Chicago-beer

When I walked in, the first and only words out of my mouth were: “Sebastian… Tap my keg!" 

I don’t think I’ve ever seen him laugh so hard. 

Then finally he says, "I will definitely tap your keg!”

Once the picture was taken he finished with, “You have to tell everyone that I was totally drunk in that picture!" 

I died of happiness today. 

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Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration Around the World

  • Empire State Building, New York
  • Chicago River, Chicago Illinois
  • Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, NYC (“world’s oldest and largest parade”)
  • Sydney Opera House, Australia
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Moscow, Russia
  • Disneyland Paris, France
  • South Boston, Massachusetts
  • Kate Middleton present traditional sprigs of shamrock to officers and guardsmen at the base at Mons Barracks in Aldershot, Hampshire, England

*New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh opted to skip this years St. Patrick’s Day parade over gay rights dispute. In addition 3 beer companies, Guinness, Sam Adams and Heineken withdrew their sponsorship from this years parade to support LGBT rights.

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Learn How To Cross Stitch

Are you in Chicago (or will you be on 2/8?)

Then puh-leaze come learn to cross stitch and drink some beer with me and other cool people. Start 2016 by putting down your device and learning a fun, analog, hobby! 

In a few hours you will learn how to 1) Read a pattern 2) Get yourself set up 3) Learn to Cross Stitch and 4) Have a completed cross stitch piece for you wall! Boom! 

Class is $30 and includes all materials and some Ale Syndicate Craft Beer. Class is in the Green Exchange in Logan Square. 

What: Cross Stitch 101

Where: Green Exchange, Logan Square, Chicago

When: Monday, February 8th / 6-8:30pm

Cost: $30 includes materials and beer

Register Here today! Let’s hang out. Tell your friends.

Muah!

Shannon

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Sour Grapes

There are plenty of legitimate reasons to distrust the Anhueuser-Busch owned Goose Island Beer Company. A-B’s anticompetitive practices are well documented, but the fear that buyouts lead to a drop in beer quality seems to be unfounded. Goose Island’s blackberry infused Juliet is still a great wild ale. 

Juliet opens with a sour, funky scent. The body is fizzy like a blackberry soda, the thin bubbles quickly dissipate. On the palate Juliet opens with the grains and finishes with lots of acid. Grassy hay covers up the fruit flavor, but that’s to be expected after two years in the bottle. As far as lambic-style beers go, Juliet brings nearly as much complexity as the Belgian originals.

There is a lot of nitpicking I could do here – it’s not spontaneously fermented; it’s not blended from multiple vintages; it lacks the cheesy weirdness from extended wild fermentation – but I’m not sure how much that comes from my reluctance to praise Goose Island. I’ll just say Juliet is very tasty and leave it at that.

It’s National Beer Day, and there’s no better place to celebrate than Chicago.

In 1833, German immigrants established the area’s first brewery. By 1900, the city’s sixty breweries produced more than 100 million gallons of beer a year. Chicago soon became a leading center of “scientific brewing,” boasting a special school, the Siebel Institute of Technology. Above: Workers at Siebel’s Brewing Academy, 1422-24 W. Montana Street, August 1909

Read about Chicago’s brewing history

To purchase a copy
E-mail rightsrepro@chicagohistory.org and give them this number: ICHi-25667

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