Participating Breweries & Brewers
Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood, often called the Black Belt, was a long stretch of city blocks that paralleled the Illinois Central railway tracks on Chicago's South Side. It’s most vibrant part, a strip of South State Street clubs and businesses that ran through the heart of Bronzeville, was called The Stroll. Bars, lounges, and ballrooms offered an array of neighborhood entertainment in the form of music, culture, and beverage.
As early as 1914, the Chicago Defender described the Stroll as the Black cultural center in America and a "Mecca for Pleasure." At the start of the Roaring 20s, the Stroll ran between 31st and 35th Streets. By the end of the decade it had extended south a mile and a half to 47th Street. The Stroll – and all that it had to offer - had become a destination for people all over the city, all over the country.
The Chicago Brewseum and the Black-owned breweries in the Chicagoland area have come together to collaborate and create a series of beers that celebrate four unique stories from The Stroll. Each brewery will use the same base brown ale recipe but will select additional varied ingredients to create a unique beer and recipe inspired by their specific Stroll story. In the end, the collab will produce four distinct, yet well connected, bronze ales.
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