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Malört: A Chicago Tradition

In the 1930’s, Carl Jeppson, a Swedish immigrant to Chicago, began producing and selling his homemade concoction, Malört. Based around a traditional scandinavian bäsk, Malört is Swedish for “wormwood,” one of its more distinctive ingredients.

Chicago has embraced this niche liquor as a local curiosity.

In the Ingress world, it has become a sort of rite of passage. Chicago Enlightened gladly shares this local tradition with both Enlightened and Resistance across the world where we may meet.

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It is not possible to forget our two-fisted liquor. The taste just lingers and lasts – seemingly forever. The first shot is hard to swallow! Persevere. Make it past two ‘shock-glasses’ and with the third you could be ours… forever.
— Malört bottle text
This stuff sucks. I’ll have another!
— Andrew Krug
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While it is an acquired taste, many ask, why drink Malört?

It’s self evident…
It’s less painful than winter Ingress on the lakefront.
It’s less annoying than the hopeless GPS drift in The Loop.
It’s  better tasting than the smell of Lower Lower Wacker Drive.
It’s taste lingers less than a spoofed down field.
It’s more mild than rush hour traffic on the Dan Ryan.

Simply put, it makes the daily grind more tolerable, giving us an excuse to get together, have fun, escape from the world, frack a few portals, and enjoy our local Ingress community.


Malört Luminaries