Consider this as a warning against overindulging on your birthday. A recent incident from Goose Island brewmaster, Greg Hall, was so revolting that it has actually ended up as a news item in the Chicago Tribune. Out celebrating his 45th birthday, Hall ended up at Bangers & Lace where, after a long night of drinking, he urinated into two empty beer glasses right in front of the bar. He was caught in the act by bartender Matty Eggleston, who questioned Hall about the urine. This led to a strange, and remarkably well documented exchange.
According to the Tribune, Hall told Eggleston that the urine was just beer. Eggleston then replied, “Perfect, let’s have a toast before you go.” Hall refused. Eggleston had to get rid of the glasses, before he gave Hall “some choice words.” The next day, Hall apologized to the bar, and also sent over a case of Big John stout. Eggleston has called the incident a “pure insult.”
This seems to be a regrettable story for everyone involved. Hall seems genuinely embarrassed, Bangers & Lace had to deal with two glasses of urine, and we’ve had to write the word ‘urine’ more times in one morning than we have in our entire career. This is not the way to start the morning. Here’s hoping everyone can move on.