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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Hoppiness

Posted by lizgaribay on July 4, 2011

Happy Birthday, America! Home of the brave, land of the free, terrain of the tavern, domain of the drunk. We’ve been drinking as a country as long as the English started settling here in the 16th Century. During the 1580s, some of the earliest British colonists were adjusting to their new surroundings in Virginia by [...]

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Savage Pub

Posted by lizgaribay on June 7, 2011

There’s nothing more exciting than meeting someone that possesses a shared passion in something that you do or something that you find interesting – especially when that said topic is the history of a culture’s drinking habits. I first met Bill Savage at a lecture I was hosting.  After a chat, I quickly learned of his knowledge and enthusiasm for Prohibition, literature, [...]

Everything’s Coming Up Roses

Posted by lizgaribay on May 8, 2011

I’m a girl that loves flowers.  There’s nothing original about that.  I’m a girl that believes she had the best mother in the whole wide world.  Again, not a new idea.  But I’m also a girl that loves throwin’ down some cold hard cash and placing a bet on anything that lends itself to such [...]

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Tied To Beer History

Posted by lizgaribay on April 2, 2011

There’s not a day goes by that I don’t think about spending some time in a local tavern just to soak up a little bit of history.  I am always unbelievably overwhelmed about how much we don’t know about the liquored past, yet I am always absolutely grateful for what we do know.  But as [...]

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174 And Counting…

Posted by lizgaribay on March 3, 2011

Happy Birthday, Chicago!  Our fantastic city turns an amazing 174 years old today (March 4th) and Chicagoans have been drinking in taverns way before our incorporation in 1837.  In fact, it was in 1833 that a few prominent residents got together at the Sauganash Tavern to talk about making this small town official.  Located within [...]

It’s All About The Journey

Posted by lizgaribay on February 13, 2011

I was sitting in my office at work on Tuesday, January 18th when I opened the e-mail and read the words, Ric passed away suddenly last night. I read that sentence over and over again. I thought it was a joke. Some stupid ass joke that Ric, and only Ric, could find slightly amusing. When [...]

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Home Is Where The Heart Is

Posted by lizgaribay on January 1, 2011

There’s a saying that goes, home is where the heart is. It’s true. Whether its physical or emotional, Chicago will always be my home sweet home. But as I’ve grown up, I’ve come to encounter new people and places that have created a sense of home for me. From the ancient and vibrant cities of [...]

Deck The Pubs!

Posted by lizgaribay on December 4, 2010

Nothing beats Christmas time in Chicago. It feels as though the city has been decking the “halls” since our incorporation in 1837 and it seems as if all the Christmas lights along Michigan Ave. have been around since the invention of the light bulb. Not sure if that’s true, but I do know that, in [...]

Cozy, Toasty, and Ghosty

Posted by lizgaribay on November 5, 2010

November is my favorite month of the year for so many reasons. It’s finally time to grab a light jacket and shuffle through the freshly fallen leaves on the ground. Halloween, the greatest of all holidays, has just passed and I was hopefully able to scare the bejeezus out of vast numbers of small children. [...]


Posted by lizgaribay on September 6, 2010

September is here and while many folks are busy with their back to school preparations, I get ready for my Fall activities: drinking German beer. It all begins with Labor Day because much of that history is rooted in Chicago. Thanks to the efforts of many hard-working German immigrants that demanded an 8 hour work [...]

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