First “Chicago Stories” Podcast features Mayor Emanuel and Haymarket Brewery

You’ve heard of Chicago Fire, P.D., Med and Justice. Now, get ready for “Chicago Stories.” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is launching a new podcast where he meets with everyday Chicagoans and special guests in his office at City Hall and hears their stories of the Windy City.

Chicago is world-renowned for its caliber of food and drink, and its thriving microbreweries are no exception. Our first guest is Haymarket Brewery, one of the Mayor’s favorite local craft breweries led by Pete Crowley, a pioneer and decorated brewer with more than 50 awards, including gold medals from the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer Festival.

Mayor Emanuel — an avid craft beer fan—sat down with Mike Gemma, Haymarket’s Director of Operations, and Trevor Hagen, Brewer, to learn more about their take on Chicago’s brewery scene. They met with the Mayor mid-brewing and swapped stories of their deep love of beer, Chicago and the brewing process. Take a listen.

Some highlights:

7:00 — Chicago’s homegrown microbreweries “tapped a vein” in America
11:30 — The rich history of brewing in Chicago 
17:30 — The Mayor and the brewers’ local picks of favorite beers and bars

Recently, the Mayor announced Friday Night Flights, six festivals from June through August showcasing neighborhood breweries and Chicago’s vibrant beer scene. The summer series kicks off June 2, 2017 at 6pm in Pilsen, Bridgeport and Pullman with food from The Duck Inn and beers from Mad Mouse Brewing, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Marz Community Brewing Company, Argus Brewing, Whiner Beer Company, Lo Rez Brewing and Alulu Brewpub.

You can sample Haymarket’s beer at the August 11th event in West Loop and West Town, along with brews in the area.

Friday Night Flights is produced by the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild and Choose Chicago — check out the full schedule and get tickets here!

Cheers to the launch of Friday Night Flights showcasing Chicago’s thriving craft beer scene. (Photo by Brooke Collins)
Meeting with local brewers at Beer Under Glass at Garfield Park Conservatory. (Photo by Brooke Collins)

Subscribe to Chicago’s Mayor’s Office Soundcloud channel to be sure to hear the next episode of “Chicago Stories” podcast, and tweet your ideas for upcoming guests to @ChicagosMayor with #ChiStories.