We hope that you are all gearing up for the St. Paddy’s Day celebrations starting in Chicago on Saturday! It’s going to be a wild, fun time in the windy city, with plenty of beer to drink. In the meantime, satiate your taste buds with some great info from this “What’s On Tap” update:
Chicago’s 12 Oldest Bars Have Stories To Tell
The Windy City is rich with beer history, much of which we dive into on our walking tours. This article has stories about some of Chicago’s oldest bars, including the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge (a favorite watering hole of Al Capone), Southport Lanes and Billiards (a popular speakeasy during Prohibition), and Durkin’s (former ties to the Irish mafia). Janet Rausa Fuller, DNAinfo.com: Click here.
Craft Beer’s Most Famous Brew?
Some call it “ply-knee,” others prefer “plini” as in “mini.” However you pronounce it, craft beer enthusiasts wait hours in line at the Santa Rosa, Calif, brewpub just to get a taste of “Pliny the Younger.” Considered to be the first commercial triple IPA, what makes this brew so popular, and why is it brewed only once per year? The brew maintains a perfect 100 score on sites RateBeer and BeerAdvocate. John Verive, L.A. Times: Click here.
According to Dave Carpenter of Craft Beer and Brewing Magazine, English barleywine “exhibits a chewy, complex malt body that evokes plums and toffee and leaves residual sweetness in the final product.” In laymen’s terms: although Barelywine isn’t actually a wine, it will brighten the bleakest of winter days. Colin Hubbell, UticaOD.com: Click here.
Rock Out with Maibock Out
Tinley Park’s Hailstorm Brewing Co. took home a silver medal from the prestigious Great American Beer Festival. Brandon Banbury and Chris Schiller of Hailstorm speak with Joshua Riley, Daily Journal, about their award-winner beer: Rock Out with Maibock Out. Hailstorm: Click here.
Where’s The Spotted Cow?
Jerard Fagerberg, Paste Magazien, ranks New Glarus Brewing’s Top Five 5 beers. Although New Glarus’ Spotted Cow accounts for 40-percent of the brewery’s total production, it doesn’t crack Fagerberg’s rankings. But don’t confuse Fagerberg for a madman; his Top Five is how the beers stack up behind Spotted Cow. So let the Top Five debate begin: Moon Man, Serendipity, Fat Squirrel, Scream IIPA, Wisconsin Belgian Red. Jerard Fagerberg, Paste Magazien: Click here.
No Boat, No Problem
Google Maps has brought to life several of the globe’s most famous rivers. Using the Street View function we can traverse the Hudson, Seine and Thames—and now the Chicago River. Check out the new 360-degree views along the Chicago River and the visibility of popular sections such as Goose Island. Justin Breen, DNAinfo.com: Click here.