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Author: Liz Garibay

Wanting to combine a love for pubs, history & her native Chicago, Liz Garibay created History on Tap, a project that explores the city's past through its great saloons. She started History Pub Crawls for the Chicago History Museum, the organization's most popular offering.  Her work and expertise have been lauded by The Huffington Post, the LA Times, the Chicago Tribune, 190 North, University of Chicago, the Society of Pub Historians of the UK, & an assortment of other media, cultural organizations, & happy tavern & brewery owners.  Her iPhone/Android app Chicago Taverns & Tales was lauded as one of the top 10 travel apps for Chicago, and Liz was recently named one of thirteen women making an impact on Chicago's craft beer scene.

The Brew Dog Days of Winter

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 12:00 AM by Liz Garibay

Trevor Rose-Hamblin










When Trevor Rose-Hamblin moved to Chicago in 2008, he never thought he'd end up working for one of Chicago's top chefs. Nor did he ever think he would end up heading a new craft brewery in Chicago. And he certainly didn't think he would end up brewing beer with the Brew Dogs in Scotland. But that's exactly what he's doing right now.

Drinking Up the Chicago Flag: Star 1

Friday, January 30, 2015 12:00 AM by Liz Garibay

Liz Flag Beer
Whether you’re a born and bred Chicagoan or a transplant who has embraced this great city as your home, one thing connects us all: our flag.

This iconic symbol of our city has been displayed in public and private spaces in its current form since 1939; a version of it was first approved in 1917. It’s seen in places you would imagine and in places you might think unimaginable. Journalist Elliott Ramos reported on the symbolic importance of the flag for WBEZ; author Robert Loerzel wrote a piece for Chicago Magazine about how our flag — and our undying love for it — compares (or doesn’t) to other cities.  

Chicago Craft Beer: From Revolution to Evolution

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 12:00 AM by Liz Garibay

Okay, here’s the deal: I love Chicago. I love history. I love beer. And all in that order. I love them so much that I have made a career of pulling all three together. I’ve always said that if I could live in Chicago during a specific time period, I would choose the late 1870s. We were a thriving beer town with nothing but hope for both beer makers and beer consumers. A thirsty and creative city full of promise. A population that pulled together to build community for a greater sudsy good. Greatness was our destiny — our only destiny.

The Lincoln Park Lion Roars Again

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 12:00 AM by Liz Garibay

RLP Union Jack

As I waited to speak with Colin, a young girl had just walked through the door and inquired about a job.  While she didn’t have an appointment, Colin briefly spoke with her and quietly gave me the “one second” gesture. He managed to throw in a few comical one-liners before telling her to come back at 5 p.m. for a trial run as a hostess.


Beer, glorious beer!  Since our beginnings as the Town of Chicago in 1833, we’ve had a thing for that thing called beer.  It’s almost as if it’s in the water....hey, wait a minute.  But it’s true, Chicago and beer are soul mates and it’s no surprise that Chicago Craft Beer Week actually spans over two weeks.  Beginning tonight, you can participate in eleven days of unique beer-centric events happening throughout the city and suburbs.  I wish I could go to all, but here’s a suggestion for lesser known, not-to-be missed happenings near you.

Cinco De Mayo

Growing up in a Mexican family in Chicago, there were always three guarantees: pride in our heritage was abundant, food and beverage were serious matters, and life was loud.  As an adult, things have not changed.  As we celebrate Cinco de Mayo today, all three will undoubtedly join together to make an appearance. Maybe that's even true for you. But before we begin the celebration, some history.

Wrigley Field Beer Liz Garibay

The baseball history loving world has embarked on a season long celebration of 100 years of Wrigley Field.  While the majority of us Cub fans can wallow in our misery of never having witnessed a major league championship, we can certainly bask in the glory of cheering on our team in one of the world's grandest sport cathedrals.  Although the ballpark is my own personal holy place, what makes Wrigley Field particularly special for me is the historic neighborhood she calls home.  And her saloons help tell her story.  

Like an adult in a beer store, I awed at the dust-free environment that glistened with what seemed like miles and miles of gleaming pipes, palettes of glorious kegs, an endless sight of beautiful hardware and, maybe the best part, the sweet, sweet stench of beer being made. And what a beautiful sight it was.  Join me in my exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Chicago's newest beer mecca. Welcome to Lagunitas Chicago

Slainte! Chicago's Authentic Irish Pubs

Monday, March 17, 2014 12:00 AM by Liz Garibay

St. Patrick’s Day can mean different things to different people.  For me, it’s not about shamrocks and leprechauns or green beer, but rather, about my hometown and its Irish heritage.  Chicago’s history is an Irish history - a town built with the help of many immigrant hands hailing from the Emerald Isle.  To honor this Irish history on St. Patrick's Day, let's take a look at some of Chicago's most authentic Irish pubs.

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