Dancing with the Green Fairy: Part Two

How did the destruction of Europe’s vineyards lead the rise of absinthe?
The mystery shrouding this jade-colored spirit has intrigued drinkers for hundreds of years. Fascination spurred imitation, often with subpar ingredients, which contributed to the dangerous reputation absinthe acquired.

Dancing With the Green Fairy: Part One

Cecil Usher guides us through the history and mystery of dancing with the green fairy
Since the 1700s, absinthe, the emerald-colored herbal spirit, has captured the collective imagination. From its beginnings as a medicine to the height of its popularity among artists like Vincent Van Gogh and Mary Shelley, its true effects and mysterious origins have been shrouded in a veil of misunderstanding.

The Bitter Truth

This week, Five Minutes in Food History explores bitters with Wigle Whiskey’s Jill Steiner
Most alcohols started out life as medicines peddled as cures for common ailments. Today, we have a robust bar culture that uses them as cheer-giving intoxicants.

Part Five: The agony and the ecstasy of Pittsburgh Brewing Company, brewers of Iron City Beer

The Lawrenceville brewery goes dark, and untold relics of city history are sold off.
Editor Charlie Deitch tells us about diving into the long and tumultuous history of Pittsburgh Brewing Company, nine years after its contested move out of the city to Latrobe.

Part four: The agony and the ecstasy of Pittsburgh Brewing Company, brewers of Iron City Beer

Iron City goes bankrupt yet again and the city wants its due
Editor Charlie Deitch tells us about diving into the long and tumultuous history of Pittsburgh Brewing Company, nine years after its contested move out of the city to Latrobe.

Part Three: The agony and the ecstasy of Pittsburgh Brewing Company, brewers of Iron City Beer

Yet another owner, Joe Piccirilli, attempts to reinvigorate Iron City, and fails
Iron City was once marketed to the people of Cleveland. You can guess how that went.

Part Two: The agony and the ecstasy of Pittsburgh Brewing Company, brewers of Iron City Beer

Australian billionaire and yachtsman Alan Bond buys out Pittsburgh Brewing Company in an effort to compete with Budweiser
Editor Charlie Deitch tells us about diving into the long and tumultuous history of Pittsburgh Brewing Company, nine years after its contested move out of the city to Latrobe. Listen to part one here.

The agony and the ecstasy of the Pittsburgh Brewing Company, brewers of Iron City Beer

The rise and fall of Pittsburgh’s favorite beer
How did Iron City Beer go from booming, producing 1 million barrels a year, to bankrupt?

In our last installment of the Isaly’s story, Brian Butko explains the difference between chipped ham and chipped chopped ham.

Is it chipped or chopped or chipped chopped?
Isaly’s, the once beloved chain of dairies and delis, sold Pittsburghers their chipped ham for years, but what exactly is this iconic regional food staple?

Brian Butko returns for more on the history of Isaly's and its iconic Klondike bars

“The funny thing about Isaly’s and their products is that Pittsburghers embrace them as their own, and yet much of the Isaly’s story and their products come out of Ohio.”
As America's appetite for ice cream rose in the early 20th century, Isaly’s developed one of its most delicious creations: the Klondike bar.

Brian Butko gives us five minutes in the food history of Isaly's, a once-beloved local chain of dairies and delis

"The business ethics they brought to it really became part of what Pittsburghers consider their identity of being hardworking yet generous."
Celine discusses the history of the beloved, bygone Islay's with Brian Butko of the Heinz History Center in this week's Five Minutes In Food History.

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