Chicago Beer: A History of Brewing, Public Drinking and the Corner Bar

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Long before corner bars stitched the social fabric of Chicago’s neighborhoods together, raucous pioneers like Mark Beaubien were fermenting over the untapped potential of the unbroken prairie. Take a determined saunter from the clamor of Chicago’s first breweries, through the hidden passages of thousands of speakeasies and then back into the current of the contemporary craft beer revival. Follow a path plastered with portraits of infamous saloonkeepers and profiles of historic bars. Author June Sawyers serves as an expert guide, stopping every so often to collect a vintage beer label, explain an original recipe or salute the heady history that sits atop the City of Big Shoulders.
ISBN: 9781467149259
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Illinois
Series: American Palate
Images: 62
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, June Skinner Sawyers is the author of more than twenty-five books, including several books on Chicago. She was a regular contributor to Chicago Tribune, where she wrote three columns at various times on local history, nightlife and travel books. She teaches at the Newberry Library in Chicago.
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