It was the area's original craft beer, but unfortunately, the Pavichevich Brewing Company wasn't able to make it, going under in the '90s.
After a brief resurfacing of the brew by Goose Island, the recipe became lost over time.
Enter Rob Sama. A homebrewer and a Baderbrau fan from his college days, he wanted to make a fan site about the beer. While doing research, he realized that the trademark and recipe were up for grabs.
And a new business was born, called Baderbrau Brewery.
Fast forward to today, and Baderbrau is a staple on Chicago's southside.
They focus on drinkable ("crushable") beers, and while Baderbrau's Chicago Pilsener is the flagship, they make several other styles.
Listen in to this week's Drink This Beer. It's a great story.
Matt, originally from upstate New York, develops many of the recipes and is in charge of quality control for the award-winning Cincinnati brewery. We talked with him during the Great American Beer fest, and chatted about his background and his brewing philosophy.
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