Carillon Brewing and Chicago Brewseum collaborate for open house event celebrating women

Carillon Brewing Co. is a production brewery in a museum at Carillon Park in Dayton. CONTRIBUTED

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Carillon Brewing Co. is a production brewery in a museum at Carillon Park in Dayton. CONTRIBUTED

The female staff members at Carillon Historical Park are taking the lead to bring back a historical ale.

Carillon Brewing Co. teamed up with the Chicago Brewseum Wednesday, Nov. 10, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for a special Open House Brew Day and ale release to celebrate the role of women in brewing history.

“Female staff members of Carillon Historical Park will be taking the lead to bring to life an 1831 Wind Malt Coriander Ale,” according to Carillon Brewing. “Family Receipts Or Practical Guide For the Husbandman and Housewife, published in 1831, is the source we use to recreate this recipe. We will be brewing this version of the recipe with locally produced wind-malt, coriander seed, and hops grown in our living history gardens. We will also be opening our brew house to the public for the day to allow guests to get a closer look at the brewing process.”

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A first batch of the 1831 Wind Malt Coriander Ale was brewed ahead of the event. The ale is a limited release, however, it will be around for a little while at the brewery on draft and in casks.

As part of the free open house event, the brewery was open during its regular hours, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and guests were encouraged to get up close and personal with the brewing area inside as the second batch was brewed. Industry experts were on-site throughout the day, including kettle makers, malt makers, beer judge experts and more.

The event was a chance for beer and history fans to interact with experts they might not usually have access to, said Kyle Spears, head brewer at Carillon Brewing Co.

The entire event was live-streamed on chicagobrewseum.org.

Chicago Brewseum is a nonprofit cultural organization that hosts in-person and virtual programs in addition to exhibitions with international partners. Its mission is to highlight the dynamic culture and innovative history of one of the world’s most vibrant industries.

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