Hello brew crew!
If you’ve been on one of our tours, you know that we think beer history a blast. It turns out that we aren’t alone: the Smithsonian just hired its first ever beer scholar, Theresa McCulla. From an article from the Smithsonian Magazine, here’s a quote from the new brewstorian:
“We really feel quite strongly that beer is a very effective lens into much bigger questions about American history. If you look at the history of beer, you can understand stories related to immigration and industrialization and urbanization. You can look at advertising and the history of consumer culture and changing consumer taste. Brewing is integrated into all facets of American history.”
We couldn’t agree more, and the Windy City has tantalizing tales to tell through beer. Some of our favorite Chicago stories include the following:
- The story of the city’s first brewery – if you know Diversey Parkway and Lill Street, they were named after the brewers.
- The 1855 Lager Beer Riots.
- Where did Pabst win that Blue Ribbon? At the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, of course.
- Don’t even get us started about Prohibition and Al Capone.
Do you have any favorite beer stories? Let us know; we’d love to hear from you! Otherwise, keep learning that hoppy history, perhaps while enjoying a cold pint. If you are interested in supporting beer history locally, check out and support the proposed Chicago Brewseum.
We’ve got more information for you below, and hope you enjoy.
– Bruce and the CBE Team
UPCOMING BEER EVENTS
Chicago Beer Experience Beer Tours, February (various); Link
Cider Summit Chicago – February 11, Navy Pier; Link
Polar Beer Festival – February 11, River North (Rock Bottom, 1 W Grand); Link
Winter Wonderland of Beer – February 18, Rosemont (MB Financial Park); Link
Frost Fest Craft Beer Festival – February 25, Lakeview (800 W Waveland); Link
Uppers and Downers – February 25, Thalia Hall (1807 S Allport St); Link
Darkside V – February 26, Wicker Park (Emporium Arcade Bar, 1366 N Milwaukee Ave); Link
Here are other interesting beer stories from the past month or so:
- Here’s why Chicago bars have so many Old Style signs. Link.
- Here are eight new breweries to visit on Chicago’s north side. Link.
- On Tour Brewing has opened in West Town. Link.
- Evanston’s Smylie Brothers is expanding to city’s old recycling center. Link.
- Finch Beer Co. is moving into the Like Minds Brewery space. Link.
- Pilsen is getting a new brewpub called Alulu. Link.
- Here’s how Michigan craft brewers plan to take on the country. Link.
- What’s inside a brewer’s fridge? Not what you might expect. Link.
- Beer may soon be pouring from your Keurig. Link.
- Society exists because of beer. No big deal. Link.
- We may soon find out if beer can be brewed on the moon. Link.
- For a mere $20,000, you can get a beer tailored to your DNA. Link.
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Thank you for reading and your support! 😎👍🍻
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