I love the Windy City. It has buildings that stretch to the heavens, the cursed Cubs and its own style of hot dogs. What’s not to like about that? It’s a gritty lakefront community with a checkered history of crooked politicians, mob bosses named Bugsy and Capone and their illicit everything everywhere. Like most cities,... View Article
Full Pints - In The Barrel January 1, 2013 - Tomme Arthur
Full Pints - Pull Up A Stool Goose Island Brewing Co. September 1, 2010 - Julie Johnson
I think Goose Island was the first brewpub I ever visited, not too long after you opened. Tell me how the brewery began and how you moved into the company. My father [John Hall] was in the paper packaging business, which was a good business, but about the least sexy business there is. And he... View Article
Beer Travelers - Full Pints September 1, 2010 - Brian Yaeger
When I think about artists and their expressions,” said Tomme Arthur from Port/Lost Abbey Brewing, “I am reminded that art is in a constant state of evolution. Brush strokes get refined, subject matter improves and the essence of the artist and his perspective is suddenly brought to the front with amazing clarity.” Brewers, like musicians,... View Article
Beer Travelers - Full Pints January 1, 2008 - Paul Ruschmann
Mention Chicago to most people, and what comes to mind? Conventions, sports and, oh yes, unpredictable weather. Not long ago, a convention landed us in the city, and Mother Nature greeted us with 90 degree heat and humidity to match. Oh, the hardships of beer traveling.
Book Reviews - Full Pints January 1, 2007 - Timothy J. Holian
The current work is an expanded version of the author’s 1999 book The History of Beer and Brewing in Chicago, 1833-1978, adding approximately 100 pages to the original text. The first book is a lively, easy-to-read account of Chicago brewing from its origins until the closing of the Peter Hand Brewery. Special emphasis is placed... View Article
Full Pints - Travel Features September 1, 2005 - Paul Ruschmann
As part of its silver anniversary celebration, All About Beer Magazine asked me to name my 25 favorite American beer cities. Lists like these invite controversy, which isn’t a bad thing. Differences of opinion make for good discussion and are amicably resolved over a pint or two.