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Openings Thu Jan 09 2014

Copper House to Turn Into The Northman - Chicago's First Cider Pub

meantime.jpg If you have ever found yourself muttering, "Man, I wish Chicago had a cider pub," mutter no more. Come late spring, the guys behind Fountainhead and The Bar on Buena will be opening The Northman, cited as Chicago's first cider pub. The new concept will be located at the current location of Copper House, the former Jury's, and will offer a selection of over 100 ciders in addition to other select beers, wines and spirits. Chef Cleetus Friedman of Fountainhead will man the menu. The bar will be operated under the name "Meantime" until opening.

In the, ahem, meantime, here are some things you may not know about cider:

  • Cider can also be spelled as cyder.

  • While it may look like a beer, it's technically closer to wine.

  • Next time you are drinking one, you can thank the Romans. They brought the fermented beverage back to Rome after discovering the Ancient Britons were fermenting crab apples. The drink then became second to beer in popularity.

Updates will be posted on the bar's current Facebook page.

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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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