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The New Beer Culture Summit is a Mixed Fermentation

On a sunny August day last year, I was driving north on the Dan Ryan expressway with Chicago Brewseum founder and director Liz Garibay, bound for lunch at Forbidden Root. We’d just left a meeting about the Chicago Brewseum’s exhibit, “Brewing Up Chicago,” then still in production. It’d been a long morning—I’d driven up from … Continue reading The New Beer Culture Summit is a Mixed Fermentation

Containing a Kernel: Bud Light’s New Ad is Really Old

(Update 5/26/2019: A Wisconsin federal judge has ordered Anheuser-Busch to halt some advertisements suggesting MillerCoors uses corn syrup without “giving more context.”) Anheuser-Busch has revived an age-old marketing tactic in American brewing, even though it might be a bad idea. The nation’s largest brewer repeatedly uses high-profile Super Bowl ads to premiere bold narratives about … Continue reading Containing a Kernel: Bud Light’s New Ad is Really Old

What’s Traditional? Revisiting History through Adjuncts

Recently, David Berg published an impassioned article on Good Beer Hunting’s website, defending the use adjuncts from both historical and scientific standpoints. Himself a brewer at August Schell Brewing for over 20 years, Berg objects to the ongoing criticism of adjunct ingredients in craft beer culture, particularly the Brewers Association’s “blacklisting” of large brewers who … Continue reading What’s Traditional? Revisiting History through Adjuncts

The Lager Beer Riot: Chicago’s ‘First North Side War’

Chicago’s complicated relationship with alcohol is older than classic Old Style signs, Al Capone, or local option. The city was barely twenty-one before alcohol began permanently changing its cultural and political structure. On April 21st, 1855, one thousand German immigrants, joined by some Irish neighbors, marched on city hall in protest of liquor laws which … Continue reading The Lager Beer Riot: Chicago’s ‘First North Side War’

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