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The Publican and Big Star Collaborate with Lagunitas for New Beer

Get ready for a new pre-Prohibition style beer.
Get ready for a new pre-Prohibition style beer.

Restaurants have been teaming up with local breweries to create house beers for a while now, so the news that the Publican and Big Star would be releasing a new brew didn’t immediatley sound like that big of a deal. But this venture with California’s Lagunitas Brewing Company is something else entirely. The beer, which is called Zephyr, is the very first restaurant collaboration for the respected brewery. It will be unveiled to the public at a beer dinner on June 6 at the Publican, though the official release party will be at Big Star on June 7. Can’t make either? Don’t worry too much, as the beer will actually be distributed to every Lagunitas account in Chicago.

So, what’s it taste like? According to the release, Michael McAvena, the Publican’s beer director, was inspired by pre-Prohibition style lagers. He decided to embrace the use of corn, which was commonly used in beers in the early 1900s. There will also be some barley in the mix. As for the label, it was designed by tattoo artist Hannah Aitchison.

The Publican and Big Star Collaborate with Lagunitas for New Beer