North side brewery keeps rats away with a feral feline brew crew

By Kat Lonsdorf

Meet the cats that are making sure rats don’t get between you and your beer at Empirical Brewery in Chicago.

Photo at top: Venkman the cat has a stretch as he watches over Empirical Brewery’s operation. He is part of a program that puts formerly feral cats to work. (Kat Lonsdorf/MEDILL)