The Actors Gymnasium 
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Kiana Harris Simon
Director of Marketing & Event Entertainment
Local Brewery Opens Taps to Support Circus

EVANSTON, IL - Much of life is about who you know. But most social connections don't lead to such unique partnerships. Evanstonians Josh Gilbert and Jenny Breen recently reconnected years after their high school days at ETHS while their lives took them in directions neither expected. Gilbert recently transitioned from architect to the owner of Evanston's first craft brewery, named for the homegrown temperance movement that swept the US in the 1920's. Breen recently became a board member of Evanston's first and only circus school, after taking classes for several years. 


Though the paths they took were unlikely, it seemed natural for Breen to ask Gilbert to sponsor the beer at a recent fundraiser at The Actors Gymnasium (AG). It seemed natural for Gilbert and Breen to team up for one of a kind entertainment for Temperance Beer Co.'s Tap Room. Out of that conversation came the idea of the Temperance Circus Night. 


On June 20th, fans of local brewing and local circus will be able to enjoy both under the same roof. Attendees will be entertained by AG performers both on the ground and in the air, including stiltwalkers, acrobats, and aerialists while sipping brews with such names as Birdsong, Freedive, and Greenwood Beach Blonde.


There is no admission fee for the fundraiser. Instead Temperance Beer Co. will donate a percentage of that night's drink sales 
to raise funds for the school which provides classes in circus and performing arts to students of all ages and financial backgrounds.


Additional funds will be raised through sales of a commemorative poster created by designer and illustrator Joe Taylor, with printing donated by Fisheye Graphics.The poster design can be seen below. 


The Temperance Circus Night takes place June 20 from 8-11 pm at the Tap Room, located at 2000 Dempster Street in Evanston. More information about the fundraiser can be found on the event's facebook page at: 


About The Actors Gymnasium:

The Actors Gymnasium is a professional Circus & Performing Arts Organization with over 19 years of experience providing premiere instruction and entertainment to the Chicagoland area. At The Actors Gymnasium, people Learn To Fly - physically, emotionally, and creatively. For additional information on The Actors Gymnasium's innovative classes, class descriptions, and performances, please visit or call 847-328-2795


About Temperance Beer Co. 

It's taken almost one hundred years, but Evanston can once again call itself home to a Temperance movement. But this time there's beer. In fact, this one is all about the beer. Aside from that tiny detail, Temperance has always been about making life better in ways big and small. We think that's a worthy goal, and one that only comes about by being open to the possibilities. It's something we think about with the beers we brew and the things we do. (And when you join us, you will too.)Welcome to a new Temperance movement. More information about Temperance Beer Co. can be found here.

Hi - res photos and more information are available upon request. 
Contact Kiana Harris Simon:, 847-328-2795
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