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Writer Josh Bernstein explores how many craft breweries are now retrenching and focusing their attention on communities close to home.
The Chicago Reader
Beer has a long history. Recently there was an entire exhibit dedicated to the history of beer at the Field Museum in partnership with the Chicago Brewseum that ran from November 2, 2018 to September 27, 2020. It revolved around the idea that beer transformed Chicago—Conrad Seipp is a big part of that story…
When it debuted in early July, the Conrad Seipp Brewing Co. was at once the oldest and newest beer maker in Chicago. The original brewery, which German immigrant Conrad Seipp founded in 1854, closed its doors in 1933 (thanks to Prohibition), but last year, Seipp’s great-great-great-granddaughter, Laurin Mack, teamed up with Metropolitan Brewing’s Doug Hurst to re-create Seipp’s Extra Pale, the most popular of the original brewery’s five beers…
WTTW PBS Member Station
For more than a decade, the former Michael Reese Hospital site and nearby truck lot have sat in limbo, waiting for possible revival as a mixed-use development or maybe the future Chicago casino. But before all of that, the Bronzeville plot was home to the Conrad Seipp Brewing Company, which was at one time the largest brewer in the United States. “In the 1870s, I believe it was the end of the 1870s, he was the number one beer producer in America…
Classic Chicago Magazine
After almost 90 years, Seipp’s beer is coming back to Chicago. Conrad Seipp, a prominent 19th-century Chicago beer baron, founded one of the city’s first breweries in 1854, just one of a handful that survived the Great Chicago Fire. By the mid-1870s, the Conrad Seipp Brewing Company dominated the Chicago beer market and was, for a time, among the largest breweries in the United States…
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The Conrad Seipp Brewing Company, once the largest brewery in Chicago, is back after nearly a century hiatus.
Eighty-seven years after the brewery’s closure, Seipp’s great-great-great-granddaughter, Laurin Mack, is bringing back The Conrad Seipp Brewing Company. Wanting to both connect to her family’s legacy and the legacy of Chicago’s brewing history, Mack has set out to revive Seipp’s beer and bring it to the present. “I think a connection to history is vitally important in understanding cities, communities, and individuals. As I have learned more about Chicago’s history, I see what a critical role brewing played in the development of our city.”