Monday, September 8, 2008

"Tasting For A Cause" At Goose Island Brewery

Sarah's Circle, a refuge for women who are homeless or in need of a safe space, is hosting a fundraising event at Goose Island Brewery (1800 N Clybourn) on September 25th, 6-8 p.m. Sarah's Circle has been located in the heart of Uptown for 30 years, and provides housing assistance, case management, referral services and life necessities.

Tasting for a Cause! Taste a selection of 4 styles from Goose Island's Classic Family of Beer and 1 Unique Seasonal Offering. Tour the Brewery and learn about their unique craftsmanship from the Goose Island Brewmaster. There will be chances to win great prizes and cash! Profits directly benefit Sarah's Circle, a safe refuge for women who are homeless or at risk. Tickets are $35 and include 1 raffle ticket. Please R.S.V.P. by WEDNESDAY September 17. Contact Ella Phillips at or 773-728-1991, ext. 313. Payment will be accepted at the door.


  1. Mighty odd way to raise money for this cause, when one considers that alcohol abuse typically plays a role in 1) women being physically, mentally, and sexually abused by their drunken partners, and 2) by making women themselves (through over-imbibing) susceptible to physical and sexual abuse.

    Bottoms up, Sarah's Circle!

  2. Yes, if I were in charge I'd do a coffee-and-tea tasting event instead. With lots of pastries, of course. More "woman-friendly," open to all ages, and much more hip!
    (Charity events follow fads like everything else. Wine/beer tastings are a bit passe. And does anyone remember the "smoke cigars for a cause" parties of the 1990s?)

  3. Well, I don't really have a problem with raising funds with alcohol, although some good points made (but why are you back on this site billyjoe, it's been so nice without you).

    However, booze sells people, get over it.

    I understand that Goose Island is sponsoring this, but it would have been nice to see a fund-raiser being held at a local establishment vs. going down to Lincoln Park.

    It sorta reminds me when Helen Shiller had her election year fund raiser at the lovely O'brien's in Old Town vs. her own backyard.

    Regardless, if funds could be raised for Sarah's Circle, then I'll toast to that!

  4. Oh,come on. how many fund raisers for child abuse, homelessness, heart disease, etc. have been held at places that sell alcohol or have featured alcohol? Hell, I just attended a fundraiser/auction for the Child advocacy center for abused children that featured all kinds of drinking. And in included auction items from Oprah and a visit by Alpanah Singh. It's not like they're asking the people they're raising the money for to partake. Stop nitpicking. There's going to be a hell of a lot more money raised at this event for Sara's Circle than (sorry to say) at a coffee-and-tea tasting event.