Publisher: Barricade Books, 2006.
Hard Cover, 368 pages, 6.25 x 9.25.
"The local brewing industry and its contributions to the Windy City have long been ignored in traditional history books." So says author Bob Skilnik. In his book, BEER: A History of Brewing in Chicago, Skilnik takes readers back in time to the beginnings of an industry that once wielded tremendous influence, wealth, and power over Chicago. He goes on to describe a contemporary Chicago, where some of the biggest national breweries battle to fill the void left by the closing of the last local old-time brewery. Serving up a heady dose of brewing history, BEER takes you back to the Great Chicago Fire and the Roaring Twenties, the days of Al Capone and Prohibition. It chronicles the invasion of Chicago by Milwaukee breweries and the eventual supremacy of national beer brands in the Windy City.
Much more than a timeline, BEER is a definitive but fun-to-read volume that offers a rich history of Chicago against the backdrop of its booming and ultimately doomed brewing industry. Filled with anecdotes and little-known facts, it's a treasure for history buffs, Chicago fans, beer connoisseurs, and collectors of brewerania.
In BEER, you'll learn:
- why Prohibition was so devastating to Chicago's financial operations and reduced the City Council's treasury by 25%.
- where the "Lite" in Miller Lite came from, and how it became the best-selling beer in Chicago.
- what "virtual" brewing is—and who really makes Pabst Blue Ribbon.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Bob Skilnik is the former associate editor for the American Brewerania Journal and a frequent lecturer on beer and brewing. He is the author of five previous titles, including Drink Beer, Get Thin. A freelance writer, Skilnik has contributed articles on beer to trade journals, magazines, and newspapers such as the Chicago Tribune. He has appeared on ABC's The View, ESPN's Cold Pizza, and the Fox News Network.