When a brewery is named after one of the labor movement’s most powerful struggles, there’s bound to be a revolution inside its brewing kettles. Such is the case with the Haymarket Pub & Brewery, established near Chicago’s Haymarket Square, where the workers’-rights rally and resulting riots took place in 1886.
With Haymarket beers such as The Defender American Stout (a black ale that won the 2014 World Beer Cup Gold award for American-Style Stout) and the Mathias Imperial IPA (named in honor of Officer Mathias Degan, the first Chicago police officer to die in the line of duty during the Haymarket Affair), owners Pete Crowley and John Neurater stay true to their name. Their customer-loyalty program is aptly named the Local 737 Beer Drinker’s Union. In the Haymarket restaurant, where pizzas, burgers, and other pub food is served up, there’s even a sandwich called The Riot (which includes Neurater’s house-made sausage).
Haymarket has made its mark on the city’s craft-brewing movement with additional wins in the Great American Beer Festival and the Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beers.
Crowley, who started his brewing career at Denver’s Rock Bottom Brewery before transferring to its Chicago location, has brought the spirit of collaboration to Haymarket. He’s worked with chefs and other brewers to create new tastes. With chef Stephanie Izard, of Girl & the Goat, Crowley has crafted several beers, including Girl & The Goatee VI, a saison farmhouse ale.