Little did I know Mike Royko, one of my all time favorite writers, helped launch the craft brewing revolution in the 70’s. Royko’s daily newspaper columns were full of blunt, crusty sarcasm that somehow held an underlying warmth that completely resonated with the city of Chicago. He gave Governor Jerry Brown the name “Governor Moonbeam”. I remember opening the newspaper each morning to page 2 to read what Royko had to say about Chicago politics, sports, food or culture.
Joe Sixpack’s later column chronicles how Rokyo’s bitter snarky criticism of beer in the 70’s and his championing of smaller regional brewers helped start create the current American beer landscape. You can read about it here.