Siebel 150th Anniversary Alumni Weekend during Festival of Barrel-Aged Beer in Chicago!

By Keith Lemcke
September 28, 2022

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Siebel Institute of Technology, we are inviting those who have participated in Siebel Institute and World Brewing Academy programs and courses to come to Chicago for 3 days of beer-related revelry, camaraderie and, of course, industry-leading education in conjunction with the Festival of Barrel-Aged Beer (FOBAB) in Chicago ( You will get to meet the staff of Siebel Institute (with some familiar faces) while sharing a beer or two with fellow brewers, former students and teachers, and brewing industry luminaries.

Have a look at the details below and use the links to register for the events. Please contact your former classmates and bring them together this November in Chicago! If you have any questions, contact Keith Lemcke at , and bookmark this page to check for updates!  HELP US PLAN FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION! Visit the survey page at  to indicate which events you will attend. Don't forget to fill in your email address!

Thursday, Nov. 3, 8:00 am to approx. 12:45 - A 4-hour Barrel Program Management Workshop sponsored by Siebel Institute is designed and presented by Marty Scott (Barrel Program Manager, Revolution Brewing) and Tim Faith (Brewmaster at Octopi Brewing). To be held at the Revolution Brewing production facility. This promises to be an amazing presentation designed specifically for professional brewers interested in establishing and/or expanding a barrel-aging program. SEATING IS EXTREMELY LIMITED. Tickets can be purchased at .

Thursday, Nov. 3, 1:30 to 5:30 - Immediately following the barrel program management presentation at Revolution Brewery, we will walk for a post-presentation get-together that will be held at nearby Metropolitan Brewery. This allows for questions to be presented to our barrel presentation instructors and panelists, and it will also be a Welcome Reception for the Siebel Alumni FOBAB weekend!  Those attending the Barrel Program Management Workshop will receive coupons for beer at this event, otherwise this will be a pay-as-you-go event at the bar. Light food will be served at this beautiful location on the river, a true must-see facility in Chicago and a showcase for Germanic beer styles. After this afternoon reception is concluded, participants will be free to head out and enjoy the city for the evening or to stay at Metro to enjoy the beer and the skyline view.

Friday, Nov. 4, 12:00 pm until 5:00 pmAn open house at the Siebel Institute’s West Loop location! Come to our 322 South Green St. location where you can meet with Siebel staff, and raise a toast to the current WBA International Diploma Program students on their last day in Chicago before leaving for the Munich segment of their studies. Expect Siebel giveaways and great beer in the Bier Stube. This will be followed by a short walk to Haymarket Brewpub at approx. 2:00 pm for an afternoon at this amazing brewpub. The Haymarket event will close at about 5:00 to allow for the 25-minute walk to Credit Union 1 Arena for the start of Friday’s FOBAB session. (a pay-as-you-go bar at Haymarket)

Friday, Nov. 4 @6:00pm, The Friday FOBAB session! - The Festival of Barrel-Aged Beer returns to Credit Union 1 Arena for 2 in-person tasting sessions: Friday, November 4 from 6:00 - 10:00 and Saturday, November 5 from 1:00 - 5:00. At FOBAB, you can sample hundreds of barrel-aged beers, ciders, meads, and perries across 12 style categories, each hand-crafted and aged in contact with wood or wood barrels in breweries from coast to coast. While tickets are available for both sessions, we are asking those involved in the Alumni Weekend to attend the Friday session (should they want to attend just one session).  Siebel has a block of tickets ($85 plus fees) secured for purchase for this event. FOBAB details are at, BUT TO BOOK TICKETS, CLICK HERE. to access the block of tickets reserved under Siebel Institute. RESERVE YOUR TICKETS SOON AS THE EVENT MAY SELL OUT!

Saturday Nov. 5, 1:00pm until ??? The Great Brewing District Pub Crawl - For those who aren't attending the Saturday FOBAB session, Saturday gives us all a chance to sleep in a little later and then gather for a little "hair of the dog" in Chicago's Brewing District (CBD).  There are a half-dozen breweries in the CBD including Goose Island’s Fulton St. Production Brewery (the starting point for the crawl at 1:00), and each location on the crawl has its own great vibe and amazing beer selection. This crawl is easily accessible via public transportation including the Green Line. There is no charge to participate, with pay-as-you-go bars at each location. Follow Siebel Institute on Facebook and Instagram for locations during the crawl.

Need a hotel in the area?

Check out the Crowne Plaza Hotel, just a few minutes’ walk from Siebel Institute and the FOBAB event space at Credit Union Arena. Click here to visit the hotel information, and ask if there are special rates available for Siebel Institute guests.

Got Questions? Contact Keith Lemcke, Director of Marketing, at