Going Soft from Local Drink

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November 24, 2009 at 5:15 pm

Tom Keith

Rob asked me for a post about what I was thankful for. In order of importance:

 Family and friends savoring good health and happiness.

 My aunt, Harriet Keith, a well-acclaimed artist, who recently turned 97, is still sharp, and has a most wonderful smile.

 HKChicago

This somewhat fanciful watercolor of downtown Chicago in 1937 has never been publicly displayed before.

 More to the point of my beer beat on The Local Beet:

Any beer drinkers in the city have to be thankful for the recent uptick in craft beer activity in Chicago – particularly Metropolitan Revolution (maybe open by Christmas?).

Half Acre (possibly an unfair review ), and Goose Island’s specialty beers … the Clybourn Heritage Collection (Red Felt, Demolition, Naughty Goose) and Belgian-style beers (Matilda, Pere Jaques, Juliet, Sofie). Any city should give thanks to such a great variety of craft beers, particularly for a large city that was a craft beer wasteland (excepting Goose Island, and not counting suburban offerings) a mere five years ago.

 And, vaguely related, Chicago should be thankful for its new distilled beverage scene. Koval is making many interesting, hand-crafted spirits, as is North Shore. And it would be irresponsible to leave out the South Side’s own meadery and winery, Wild Blossom.

 And I give thanks that many consumers seem to be headed in a more local direction for much of their eating and drinking needs – a trend I look forward to seeing grow in the coming years.

 Hey – was this too soft? Am I not being my usual irascible self? Giving thanks is kind of a mushy topic. But it’s not my fault. I blame Editor-at-Large Rob Gardner for suggesting it.

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