We hope you enjoyed a happy Fourth of July celebration! In this edition our story taps pour over the country’s best outdoor beer gardens, new additions at Lagunitas and the beer shortage that panicked the Pilgrims into settling a new country.
Chicago can thank its many beer gardens for its appeal as the best summertime city in the country. In fact, beer gardens are the origins of Chicago’s “City in a garden” nickname. Well, that last bit’s not true, but there’s nothing phony about Kaiser Tiger’s outdoor pilsner patio, which ranks as one of the best beer gardens in the country. [CNN]
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Lagunitas was the nation’s sixth-largest craft brewer in 2015—and they’ve since expanded. Founder Tony Magee added three smaller breweries this week under the Lagunitas hood: Southern Brewery and Smokehouse in Charleston, S.C., Independence Brewing in Austin, TX and Bay Area staple, Moonlight Brewing in Santa Rosa, Calif. Lagunitas is all about expanding its local footprint coast to coast. [Chicago Tribune]
Nearly 300 pour-your-own beer bars populate this country—zero are found in Chicago. That changes next year when “Tapster” opens in Bucktown & Wicker Park. Customers will purchase their own “Tapcard” that allows them to pour their own beers—and there’s anywhere from 40-50 different craft beers available to choose from. Bartend away. [Chicago Eater]
So it was the Pilgrims’ decision to rush ashore at Plymouth Rock because the Mayflower ran out of beer? That’s the story from Larry Getlen, New York Post, and he’s sticking to it. And that’s how our country was born, children. [NY Post]
As of the end of 2015, there are now 4,144 breweries in the U.S., toppling the historic record high of 4,131 breweries in 1873. Brewery openings now exceed two per day; fifteen states are home to more than 100 breweries; and IPA remains the top craft-style sold. #Murica [Brewers Assc.]