Brian Rutzen is the Cider Director at Chicago’s first cider bar, The Northman managing 20 taps of cider, 5 craft beers and in total over a 100 options of cider to partake at this 63 seat bar.
We chat how The Northman helps patrons understand cider, how it is poured, cellaring cider, cider with food, and lots of tips for attendees heading to the windy city for CiderCon (the annual cider conference for members of the United States Association of Cider Makers).
Chicago is a city of neighborhoods – with many of the names reflecting the immigrant groups that settled there. Pilsen for instance got its name from the Czech immigrants and is now housing many Mexican immigrants.
Brian says “Chicago is setup as a grid.” Making it fairly easy to get about
O’Hare Airport apple history
What does the airport code ORD stand for at this mighty Chicago hub?
Answer: Orchard Field
Taxi to Downtown from O’Hare Airport: $50 bucks (this is not absolute, might be more)
Public Transport from O’Hare to Downtown -$2 (might be a bit more but, no more than $5)
What to expect for cider options in Chicago?
Brian says that most bars nowadays have at least 2 ciders on tap
Transportation around Chicago?
Uber – Take lake shore drive to get to The Northman from Chicago CiderCon2017 for $15 bucks. Use the promo code CIDERCHAT10 for $10 off your first Uber ride.
Taking the L train from downtown to The Northman will take you 45 minutes
Contact info for Brian and The Northman
Brian’s Twitter handle: @ChicagoCider
website The Northman
address: 4337 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago
Mentions in this Chat
Cider Chat at The Northman (Chicago Cider Bar) February 7, 2017 at 4:30pm
CiderCon February 8th through 10th, 2017
Chicago Cider Summit February 11, 2017
A new promo Code For Chicago taxi service via Lyft: Use Promo Code: LYFTCIDERCHAT for $50 in ride credit. Click the link for the full detail.
Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap Known for wings and having cider on draft
Places to stop in on Randolph Street as mentioned on this chat
Duck Duck Spin
800 W. Randolph Street
1415 W. Randolph Street
German Sausage, great tastes made with bacon
Cider on Tap
Outside in the Winter: Curling!!!
Listen to the following French cider podcast episodes to prepare for the CiderCon Tastings
Ask for the following 4 #CiderGoingUP Campaign cider supporters – By supporting these cider makers, you in turn help Ciderville.
Big Apple Hard Cider – NYC
Kurant Cider – Pennsylvania
Oliver’s Cider and Perry – Herefordshire/UK
Santa Cruz Cider Company – California
The Cider Project – California
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