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A dry parade organized by the Women's Christian Temperance Union in Chicago in 1908. Photo: Charles R. Childs, Chicago Historical Society

The Century-Long Clash Between Chicago's Temperance Advocates and Beer Lovers

Daniel Hautzinger

The year Chicago was incorporated also saw the founding of the city’s first temperance group and first brewery, and the two factions grew and clashed for the following decades, leaving their mark on the city and suburbs, until temperance briefly won out with the ratification of Prohibition 100 years ago.
Half Acre Beer Company's Balmoral Taproom. Photo: Courtesy Half Acre

New Acreage: Half Acre Beer Company's Growth

Daniel Hautzinger

In its first year of production, around a decade ago, Half Acre Beer Company produced 600 barrels of beer. Last year, they hit 40,000, thanks to their expansion into a second brewery in 2014. Now, they've opened a taproom at that second space, featured on Check, Please! on January 11.
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