We use beer & tavern history to teach about the past.
Drinking and learning? Of course!
After getting to know my friend, John Hall, founder of Goose Island Beer Co., I found myself inspired by his story. A Chicago legacy was born because of a few inspirational trips to England and a plane delay. In 1986, John began to craft a plan to open a brewery and make a great English ale that he would call Honkers Ale. This one beer style set the tone for what would be a great Chicago company and would start a craft beer revolution in the U.S. So that got me thinking: how do beer styles impact history, culture and identity? The only way to find out was to go to these cities and talk to people about beer.
For the next three weeks I’ll be doing just that. By meeting with brewers and historians and local experts in London, Burton-Upon Trent, Edinburgh, Vienna, Salzburg, Plzen, Prague, Brussels, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Stuttgart, and Munich, I’m hoping I can answer some of my questions.
Join me In Search of the Story of Beer by following along on Twitter and Instagram: @LizGaribayChi and #storyofbeer