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Chicago's first Irish ale debuts during St. Patrick's Day.

Chicago's first Irish ale debuts during St. Patrick's Day

Legacy Red Ale, Chicago's first Irish ale and the newest year-round brand of the Chicago Brewing Co., will be introduced throughout northern Illinois for St. Patrick's Day, according to the brewery's president, Stephen Dinehart.

"Chicago may be well known as the Second City, but it will now be known as the first city when it comes to real ale," Dinehart explained. "The Midwest looks to Chicago for new ideas and now for distinctive, world-class beers."

Legacy Red Ale, Dinehart continued, is a classic Irish-style ale with a deep red color, fresh hop aroma, rich malt body and clean dry finish. Crafted in true Irish tradition, the brewery uses a unique strain of top-fermented yeast, honoring a technique used for centuries by the Celtic brewers of Ireland.

The ale's introduction is dedicated to former Chicago brewers Michael Keeley and John Fortune, Irish immigrants, who settled in Chicago and founded ale breweries that thrived in Chicago at the turn of the century.

Initially available on draft only, Legacy Red Ale is the second brand introduced by the brewery. The company opened in July 1990 with the launch of Legacy Lager.

"We use the most expensive ingredients to make our original recipe ales and lagers," Dinehart said. "And, unless you have tried an ale made daily right in your own neighborhood, you just don't know how delicious a freshly-brewed beer can be."

PHOTO : THE NEWEST ADDITION to the Chicago Brewing Co.'s portfolio, Legacy Red Ale, will be unveiled to the northern Illinois area on St. Patrick's Day.
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Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Date:Mar 11, 1991
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