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Spirit Thursday: Old Style beer

The Chicago Cubs are back in the National League Championship Series and four wins away from earning a shot at reversing the World Series curse that dates back to 1908. In honor of the Cubbies, Inside Tailgating is making Old Style beer, “Chicago’s Beer” and a staple at Wrigley Stadium, the spirit of the week.

Old Style beer has been quenching Chicagoans’ thirst since 1902, a half dozen years before “Tinker to Evers to newoldstyle_fullsize_story1Chance” and the Cubs beat Ty Cobb and the Detroit Tigers in the 1908 World Series. Old Style is actually brewed in Wisconsin – details, details – and got beat out by Budweiser as the official Cubs beer sponsor in 2013, a title Old Style had held since 1950. But ask any Northsider you know, Old Style is still the beer of choice┬áin the Friendly Confines.

Want to impress a Cubs fan, tell him or her you learned on Inside Tailgating.com what “Fully Kraeusened” means. Technically, it’s the old German brewing process of naturally carbonating beer by double fermentation – adding fermenting beer to the finished product – to create more carbonation and richness. Unofficially? Fully Kraeusened is what every Chicago Cubs fans across the country will be if the Cubbies actually win it all.


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