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On May 4th, 1886 a bomb went off in a crowd protesting for workers rights. This occurrence later became known as the Haymarket affair and lead directly to the establishment of an eight hour work day and the holiday May Day. It is from this affair that the Haymarket Pub and Brewery gets its name.
On its webpage, Haymarket describes itself as “a bar for working people — all kinds of working people: first responders, truck drivers, IT technicians, dentists, lawyers, electricians, chefs, brewers…anyone who wants a place to come and put down their hat after a long day on the job.” Haymarket opened its doors on Christmas eve 2010 and since then they have lived up to their mission to provide a sanctuary for the working fellow.
With a menu of affordable pub food, and a beer list branching in all sorts of directions, Haymarket specializes in brewing classic Belgian and contemporary American beer. Haymarket’s brewmaster, Pete Crowley, has won over 75 local, national and international brewing awards — including medals from the World Beer Cup, the Great American Beer Festival and the Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer.
Haymarket is also home to the Drinking and Writing Theatre, a theatre that the founders started on a mission to explore the connection between creativity and alcohol. The founders of Drinking and Writing Theatre write original work that they are constantly performing at Haymarket. With music shows, theatre events and excellent beer, Haymarket is a beer house for everyone.