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A Brief History of Beer in Chicago

There is some dispute as to when Chicago gained its first brewery; was it in 1833, the same year the city was incorporated, or was the first commercial beer production seen closer to 1835? The first brewery to make a real impact on Chicago was the one founded by William Haas and Conrad Sulzer. The German-speaking immigrants arrived from New York, and were quickly producing hundreds of barrels of beer annually. In the years that followed, many breweries would rise and fall (and burn) in the Windy City. Here's a brief guide to Chicago's beer history. More

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