SOUTH LOOP — Beer, it’s often said, was necessary to sustain civilization, and so it is with Chicago.
According to a new exhibit at the Harold Washington Library, Chicago was incorporated as a town in 1833, shortly after the first meetings on the matter held at the Sauganash Tavern. That year also saw the creation of the city’s first brewery, Haas & Sulzer. And, as Chicago is a city of conflict, it’s no surprise to find that the same year saw the Chicago Temperance League founded.
“Beer Chicago: The Refreshing History” has been installed on the ninth floor of the main library, 400 S. State St., for the rest of the year. The one-room exhibit includes a history of the city’s most famous beer companies, from Haas & Sulzer to the Peter Hand Brewing Co. (maker of Meister Brau) and on to today’s craft brews, including Goose Island, Half Acre, Metropolitan, Two Brothers and Three Floyds.
Click to listen: