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A Beer for Chicago Historical past Geeks

Made with corn and cluster hops, Seipp’s Further Pale Pilsner is modeled after one of many metropolis’s hottest pre-Prohibition brews.

Seipp’s Extra Pale
Photograph: Jeff Marini

When it debuted in early July, the Conrad Seipp Brewing Co. was directly the oldest and latest beer maker in Chicago. The unique brewery, which German immigrant Conrad Seipp based in 1854, closed its doorways in 1933 (because of Prohibition), however final 12 months, Seipp’s great-great-great-granddaughter, Laurin Mack, teamed up with Metropolitan Brewing’s Doug Hurst to re-create Seipp’s Further Pale, the most well-liked of the unique brewery’s 5 beers.

The Further Pale out there now isn’t the precise model that Chicagoans would have sipped after a go to to the 1893 World’s Truthful — the unique recipe was misplaced to the ages — however by researching Pilsners of the period and poring by way of Seipp’s outdated advertising supplies, Mack and Hurst suppose they’ve gotten shut. Their Pilsner is made with corn and cluster hops. “They’re the oldest present hop selection within the U.S.,” Hurst says. “They’ve been round since pre-Prohibition.” The beer is crisp, with a spicy, floral bitterness from the hops.

The Further Pale is one in every of numerous pre-Prohibition-style beers which have popped up close by just lately, with locations like Geneva’s Artwork Historical past Brewing and Bloomington, Indiana’s Upland Brewing Co. releasing their very own throwback brews. Like Seipp’s, all of them are easy-drinking, and as such they ship a sure sense of historic consolation, as if to say: “We made it by way of Prohibition, so we will make it by way of this.”

Strive Seipp’s at Metropolitan’s taproom (3057 N. Rockwell St., Avondale), or decide up a six-pack at Binny’s.

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