Pilsner is arguably the most consumed beer style in the world, with its volume being led by the major domestic breweries. But lately, craft Pilsners in particular have seen strong growth and popularity among long time domestic drinkers and craft drinkers alike. In addition to their light, refreshing body, they’re low in calories, and low ABV. What’s not to love for summer drinking? Today, our Training Manager, Chris Kolodziej, takes us through the history of Pilsner beer and showcases seven Pilsners from Lakeshore Beverage to quench your thirst this summer. Read More
Over 150 years ago, Poles started settling on Noble Street near Division, around the first Polish parish – St. Stanislaus Kostka. In the early 1900’s the intersection of Milwaukee, Ashland, and Division became a centerpiece of Chicago’s “Old Polish Downtown” neighborhood, warranting its nickname, “The Polish Triangle”. Thousands of Polish immigrants would settle here over the years, bringing with them Polish culture, food, and yes, even beer.
In 1896, Joseph Theurer, President of the Schoenhofen Brewing Company, commissioned a beautiful Italian renaissance-style mansion in Lincoln Park. At the time, the Schoenhofen Brewing Company — which operated at 18th St. & Canalport Ave in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood — was one of the largest breweries in Chicago, producing about 180,000 barrels of beer annually. Not too shabby. Read More
Chicago is best known for several things and it’s not hard to see that pizza is one of them. There are hundreds of spots throughout the city to grab a slice of our beloved pie — whether it’s thin, deep-dish, or medium crust. And down at 84th and Pulaski stands one of the true legends of Chicago’s pizza scene: Vito & Nick’s. Specializing in thin crust pizza, Vito & Nick’s has been around for nearly 100 years and has been pouring Old Style beer “since day one.” We sat down with third-generation owner and operator, Rose George, to talk about pizza (duh), running a family business, and how she can spot a north sider a mile away. Read More