CHILLICOTHE — Find out why Chillicothe Public Library is putting the “pub” back in “public library” by joining them for A Year of Beer, a new series of programs exploring the world of beer.

According to The Brewers Association’s 2017 Midyear Report, in 2017, the number of breweries in the U.S. climbed to 5562, with another 2700 reported to be in the planning stages. So what’s all the brew-ha-ha about?

A Year of Beer offers an in-depth exploration of beer, from its historical and social contexts, to the cutting-edge craft brew scene, to the science of hops farming – with a variety of tastings making the learning process thoroughly experiential.

Presenters for the series are drawn largely from among area brewing professionals. Leading off on March 13, Bryan Ballard of White Oak Brewery delves into the history of American beer, from 1612 to the present. Attendees may sample some “historic” American beers along the way. Coming up April 3, presenters from Tannins & Hops provide pro advice on what beer should you try if you like wine. On May 1, Matt Rixner of Fox Pub discusses craft beer in Illinois. More details are brewing, but the library expects to line up monthly presentations at least through 2018.

“History of American Beer” will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, at Chillicothe Public Library, 430 N. Bradley Ave., Chillicothe IL. The program is free and open to ages 21 and older. Please register by March 11. For more information, please visit or call 309-274-2719.