Community on Tap at Vice District Brewing

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In the 19th Century, the South Loop neighborhood was one of Chicago’s many Vice Districts; brothels, prostitutes, and gambling were prevalent and city police often looked the other way. Fast forward a hundred years and “SoLo” has befallen the fate of many Chicago neighborhoods: gentrification. In place of the houses of ill repute are high-rise… Read more »

Hirter Bier: Thinking Outside The Lager

Klaus Möller, Roland Winter, Josh Gilbert, Claudia Jendron, and Nikolaus Riegler pose in front of the Temperance Beer Company sign

What comes to mind when you think of German or Austrian beer? Perhaps a liter stein of Märzen? A tall, cold pour of pilsner? Those are still prominent styles of these Central European countries but lately, the traditional breweries are branching out and experimenting with different styles and brewing methods. They’re even brewing (gasp!) ales… Read more »

The 11th Annual Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beer

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What is the quintessential Chicago beer? The West Coast has it’s tongue-destroying IPAs. The East Coast excels at traditional styles, often influenced by recipes brewed by our founding fathers. But what is a Chicago beer? Regardless of the beer style, you better believe that it is barrel-aged. Goose Island started (and perfected) the trend in… Read more »