This is the second piece in a five-part series about the history of the Chicago flag and its connections to Chicago drinking history. Read Part 1 here.
It’s no secret that Chicago is quickly becoming a key player in the rapidly growing brewing industry. But this certainly isn’t our first time at the beer rodeo. As important as railroads and stockyards were to our city, so was beer. Chicago is, in fact, a city built on beer and it was a thriving beer town before the Great Fire of 1871 devastated both the city and the local brewing scene.