Beer At The Fountain - Baderbräu Chicago Pilsner

Beer At The Fountain is a weekly series that showcases some of our favorite craft beers, past, present, and future. Most, if not all, of the beers covered will be available at the Chicago Ale Fest.

The Chicago Ale Fest is a celebration of American Craft Beer at Buckingham Fountain. Whether you’re a craft beer aficionado or new to craft beer, the Chicago Ale Fest has something for everyone.

Brewery: Baderbräu Brewing Company

Beer: Baderbräu Chicago Pilsner

Style: Czech Pilsener


Photo: Baderbrau

The Baderbräu Pilsner was one of Chicago’s first real craft beers. The history behind Baderbräu is far from short-lived as their comeback has eaten the fruits of current ever changing landscape of the industry. In the early 1990’s, this pilsner was often times the only craft beer option that the public had to chose from amongst a wide variety of other beverages that saturated the market. It was their goal to make what they consider to be ‘better beer’ more popular amongst a greater number of people. It really was Chicago’s first craft beer that it had seen.

They had then underwent a change in their management after being out of the beer industry for over 10 years, while using the same recipes that had been made famous in the early 90’s. Not only did Baderbräu have all of the people who supported them and wanted their beer through the years it was taken off the shelves, but they also had a completely new market of people. Craft beer drinkers. Baderbräu Pilsner is a unique piece of Chicago that is unparalleled by any other beer. It is a unique craft beer flavor that has been around since before we even knew what craft beer was.

In the early 1990’s, long before Chicago had hundreds of craft beers to its name, there was one: Baderbräu Pilsner. This beer stemmed from the brewer’s mission to make ‘better beer” and it was one that Chicagoan’s resonated with. Due to a series of management changes, the brewery closed its doors for a decade before reopening to the demands of Chicago beer fans and saw renewed success. The recipe was the same that made it famous in the early 90’s, but now they had a new audience of thirsty drinkers: craft beer fans.

Starting out with strong citrus notes, hits beer hits the palate with a refreshing zest and a light mouthfeel, and leaves a lingering hop bitterness to keep things interesting. Baderbräu Pilsner is truly a unique piece of Chicago.

The Chicago Ale Fest is a celebration of American Craft Beer in the heart of Chicago. The 2016 fest will take place on Friday, June 17th and Saturday, June 18th. Located at Buckingham Fountain in historic Grant Park, bordered by the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan, the fest will feature more than 200 beers from over 100 American craft breweries. The fest will also feature live music and food from some of Chicago’s favorite restaurants. Join us on Chicago’s front lawn for one of the most anticipated craft beer fest of the year!


Chicago Ale Fest

June 17th & 18th

Buckingham Fountain

Josh Seago