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Drink Sat Jun 16 2007

More Beer equals More Better?

P1010002.JPGThe discussion on LTH forum reveals that some beer enthusiasts are disappointed by the newly (finally) opened Chicago Ale House on Lawrence and Leavitt Aves.

"Pedestrian" is the word one commenter used to describe the beer list. I can't help but agree. I stopped by the bar on Thursday night excited to see what beers were on the more than 50 taps advertised on a sign hanging outside of the establishment for months before its opening. The Hopleaf, this 'aint. The underwhelming list includes all your predictable standards (Blue Moon, Stella, etc.) with little regard for great regional breweries. Three Floyds and Great Lakes are represented by a mere one beer each, and even Goose Island gets shunned with only 312 on tap.

Going to the Chicago Ale House is a lot like going to buy beer at Jewel, except that it's more expensive and there are giant flat screens broadcasting sports games galore. Oh, and a handful of Michael Jordan posters, just in case you forgot that its a Chicago bar.

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Kuz / June 16, 2007 6:32 PM

It's Lawrence and Leavitt, BTW.

Do they have Shiner Bock? If so, that's enough for me.

Meghan / June 16, 2007 6:36 PM

Oh yeah, duh. I fixed that. I don't recall if they have Shiner Bock, but my husband says they did for about $4 for a 10 oz glass.

Ro / July 27, 2007 12:23 PM

They do have Shiner, but just the Bock. :)

The Enemy / December 21, 2007 8:59 PM

How can it be on "Western and Leavitt" when they are parallel to each other?

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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