PARTICIPATING Breweries 2019
Many more TBA!
FINCH BEER CO.
Finch Beer Co is a place where friends come together for music, brewery tours, Finch beer favorites and the brewers’ pet projects.
Ravinia Brewng Company
Bringing over 25 years of experience to the brewery, Grant Thompson and Andrew Devlin are both masters of combining creative flavor profiles with systematic quality controls to ensure the end product delivers both "edge" and consistency.
Church Street Brewing Company
"Righteously Good Beer"
Chicago's hidden Brewery in the suburbs serving up award-winning traditional European beer. Visit them for a tour or enjoy their taproom.
Aleman Brewing was assembled by Nate Albrecht, Josh Bearry, Jim Moorehouse and Brad Zeller. They are governed by the urban hustle and corn-fed integrity of our sweet home, Chicago.
Pollyanna Brewing Company
Their beer is and will always be clean and consistent with a strong focus on balance. They feel their four flagship offerings best represent Pollyanna and take pride in their year-round availability. They're constantly experimenting with local fruits and spices, seasonal lagers, barrel-aging, wild yeast, and bacteria.
They have a bunch of tasty brews on tap for you, not to mention plenty of incredible food offerings for lunch and dinner (and a few bites for betweensies on the weekend to boot).
Toppling Goliath Brewing Co.
The Toppling Goliath Brewing Company was founded by Clark and Barb Lewey in 2009 in Decorah, Iowa after a runaway success in home brewing. In less than a decade, TG has become world-renown for IPAs and barrel-aged stouts, distributes to over 17 states and brews more than 30 beers.
Buffalo Creek Brewing
Mike Marr, owner and brewmeister, started brewing before craft beer was available at every outlet. Over 15 years as a home brewer, he leaned towards German and Belgian styles. Today, Mike has created more than 40 recipes that will serve as their recipe base. As Buffalo Creek continues to grow, they’ll continue to explore new and old styles with unique flavor profiles.
On Tour Brewing
On Tour Brewing Company celebrates life’s understated, casually significant, yet fleeting moments. Each carefully selected element of On Tour’s ambience captures the easy spirit of a simpler time and invites locals and tourists alike to linger, create memories, and sip a wide selection of carefully crafted, distinct beers. They will welcome the opportunity to journey inside and leave the world behind for a pint or two. Now, let’s go get lost.
Half Acre Beer Company
Half Acre is a Chicago beer company invested in each end of the brewing spectrum; time honored classics and experimental, sensory expanding releases. Founded in 2007 by Gabriel Magliaro, the company has evolved from a 15-barrel brewhouse on Lincoln Avenue in Chicago’s North Center neighborhood into two breweries producing over 45,000 barrels annually; two taprooms serving comfortably elevated, delicious food; a workshop for custom tap handles; and a direct-to-consumer store that brings the communal Half Acre experience full circle.
Metal Monkey Brewing
Dan, Brandi and Jason opened Metal Monkey with 20 years of homebrewing experience under their belts, a dream, a sh*t-ton of determination and a little bit of... well, no clue what they were in for!
A tight budget means they opened with a very small 3bbl system and did a lot of the buildout themselves. They’ve recently upgraded to a 10bbl system which has increased their capacity and allowed Metal Monkey to start increasing their distribution!
Door 4 Brewing Co.
Located in Decatur, Illinois and founded with the purpose of providing high quality beverages and more. Our approach is to foster creativity, fun, and excitement around craft beer. We will always look to find ways to improve on what we are doing to make our brewery a destination and our products the choice of knowledgeable beer fans everywhere.
Brooklyn Brewery is a brewery in Brooklyn, New York City. It was started in 1988 by Steve Hindy and Tom Potter. Hindy learned to brew beer during a six-year stay in various Middle Eastern nations such as Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Upon his return to his home in Brooklyn in 1984, he and Potter, his downstairs neighbor from Park Slope, quit their jobs and founded the brewery.
21st Amendment Brewery
In 2000, Nico Freccia and Shaun O’Sullivan founded the 21st Amendment Brewery in San Francisco’s historic South Park neighborhood. In addition to rotating taps of multiple award-winning hand-crafted house beers, the pub has been voted “Best Brewpub”, “Best Burger” and “Best Happy Hour” by the San Francisco press.
Vice District Brewing Co.
Once upon a time, two strangers bought houses across the street from one another. They quickly realized they had two things in common: drinking good beer and brewing good beer. From that point they brewed obsessively and drank responsibly (but of course). They decided to invest in their mission and their community. Vice spaces and products are dedicated to community, diversity and damn good beer.
Half Day Brewing Company
Half Day Brewing Co. is named after the town of Half Day and the friendly Native American leader of the Potawatomie tribe, Chef Aptakisic (“Half Day”). The village has welcomed Half Day Brewing Company as a space for restaurant goers and beer enthusiasts alike to frequent to satisfy their cravings for classic American pub fare and unique, handcrafted brews. Their brewery of professional brewers and chefs ensure that Half Brew remains dedicated to brewing excellent beers.
MIDWEST COAST BREWING CO.
Midwest Coast Brewing - a brewery born and raised right here in Chicago. They're proud of it, too, which is why their motto is "love where you live." That ethos is expressed in everything Midwest Coast does, from how they source ingredients and name beers, to the design of their taproom and the love they show guests. Midwest Coast is just getting started, and they are honored to join the region's vibrant and growing craft beer community.
Short Fuse Brewing Company
Named the 2018 Best New Brewer in Illinois by RateBeer, the secret to Short Fuse’s success is quite simple, really. Three words: quality craft beer. It may not be simple to get their standard of beer, but for us, it’s second nature - it’s our passion - it’s kind of our thing. The difference is in our classic brewing style mixed with our own little creative flare; the result? A taste so crisp, bold, original, and, dare we say, explosive, you’ll have to taste it to believe it.
Banging Gavel Brews
Banging Gavel Brews creates micro-brewed craft beer and serves up memorable experiences to those who share in their passion for high quality, great tasting beer.
Miskatonic Brewing Company
So many of the greatest beers in the world were markers on the journey to brew beer ourselves. They are instructive. They are canon. And we find enjoyment in devoting ourselves to the quest of their honorable replication. But we also love a good glitch. Riffing on tradition and interpreting styles in a new way enables us to tilt the board and brew with a twist. It’s our way of exploring the curiosities that make beer a constantly evolving idea.
Lil Beaver Brewery
Years ago there was a young, eager lil beaver who enjoyed beer. However, he soon grew tired and bored with the commercial beer offerings in his neck of the woods and their false claims of ‘more flavor’ or ‘better taste’ that never quite met his expectations. After touring a local microbrewery and learning the process, the lil beaver decided it was time to brew his own beer.
Noon Whistle Brewing
Since he was a kid, brewmaster Paul Kreiner annually vacationed with family in Marquette, Wisconsin with tradition built around the town whistle. The whistle sounding at noon indicated the time to crack open the first beer. Not only is the tradition about beer, but also camaraderie, good company of family & friends and the creation of memories.
Lake Zurich Brewing Co.
The Lake Zurich Brewing Company loves proudly serving tons of great beer to the lovely people of Chicagoland all around Lake Zurich.
The Red Barn Restaurant & Brewery
The family-run Red Barn Restaurant and Brewery provides American BBQ and quality craft brews to all who enter the barnyard!
Adams Street Brewery
Adams Street is where the historic Berghoff Restaurant became an establishment, earned Chicago’s first ever liquor license, and served generations of families. To many, the building on Adams Street is more than just a location; it’s a “real-time, working memory factory.” As a tribute to the place that the Berghoff family has called home for over a century, the brewery is named Adams Street Brewery.
Scorched Earth Brewing Company
Scorched Earth Brewing Co. has a simple passion – brewing beer that may appear similar to other quality craft beers on its face, but can hardly be enjoyed with just one glass and barely described with just a few adjectives or expressions. Using local ingredients, old world brewing techniques, and a whimsical sense for exploration, they hope to challenge your notion of what beer is and inspire you to share our passion with others.
Cider. A seemingly simple drink; apples plus time. At Virtue Cider, they know that it is a bit more complex. Proper farmhouse needs traditional craftsmanship, combined with sustainable methods. It needs a blend of the finest apples, grown in orchards with just the right climate. Proper cider needs hand-picked apples, barrels, and cider makers with a ton of patience. Because like all good things in life, proper cider needs time. They say patience is a Virtue, it just so happens that Virtue requires patience. Virtue, It’s at our core.
City Lights Brewing Co.
With an incredible excitement, a humbling recognition of the historical significance of the West Side Water Works campus, an acute recognition of Milwaukee's legacy of brewing expertise and a proud sense of stewardship to respect the lore of yesterday and meet challenges of tomorrow, a craft brewery re-launched as "The City Lights Brewing Company."
Urban Renewal Brewery
Urban Renewal Brewery is a 1 year old Craft Brewery serving the Ravenswood area patrons with locally inspired beer brewed with the utmost attention to detail. With over 12 years of professional brewing experience, our co-founder and Brewer, James is excited to be producing beers desired by consumers fueled with local inspiration. Having a passion to brew a diverse array of beers using traditional ingredients and processes, our beers are sure to capture the timid craft beer drinkers while satisfying the most experienced beer drinkers.
Black Horizon Brewing Company
Black Horizon Brewing Company is a small nano-sized brewery with a taproom. Just three guys who brought the vision of opening a small community brewery to reality. They do not make batches of 1000 gallons at a time so things will change frequently, meaning you can always try something new and exciting!
Whiner Beer Co. focuses on barrel-aged beer, a tradition common in Belgium and France that is gaining foothold in the US. Industry veterans and partners Brian Taylor and Ria Neri aim to make beers for people with a wanderlust palate, a curiosity for the strange and unknown, and those who take their beer seriously, but never themselves.
Pipeworks Brewing CO.
Pipeworks Brewery Co. was established in Chicago in 2012 by friends with a shared dream of crafting quality and creative beers. Since putting the first cap on the first bottle, the brewery has garnered accolades for its distinctive beers and original artwork thanks to a growing and enthusiastic team.
Revision Brewing Company
Revision Brewing Company is known for brewing mouth-watering prominently hop-forward beers by the award-winning brewmaster Jeremy Warren and head brewer Jeb Taylor. Revision Brewing Company opened in March of 2017 and is located in Sparks, Nevada. With some serious momentum behind the beers, Revision produced 5,615 barrels of beer at the end of 2017 and the brewery projects to produce upwards of 20,000 barrels within the next few years.
Ghostfish Brewing Company strives to develop a sense of community by fostering an environment that encourages a sense of teamwork and a place of belonging. They seek to be innovative by pushing the boundaries of craft beer, leading the way to be pioneers in the continuous development and improvement of gluten-free beers for all beer drinkers.
Prairie Artisan Ales
Their beer can now be found in over twenty five states and five continents. Every day they strive to bring you favorites like Bomb!, Standard, and Prairie Vous Francais while also pushing themselves to create new inspiring beers.
Old Irving Brewing Company
Old Irving Brewing Company is a craft brewery in Chicago’s Old Irving Park neighborhood featuring a variety of house brews, an extensive selection of whiskeys/bourbons, guest ciders, and a kitchen serving wood fired eats. OIB was opened in late 2016 by Co-Founders Jeff Linnemeyer and Head Brewer, Trevor Rose-Hamblin. From the beginning, their goal has been to create a fun, laid-back neighborhood establishment that brews high quality beers and puts out tasty, wood fired eats all with a slightly unique approach and experience.
One Trick Pony BRewery
They are a small microbrewery located south of Chicago, in Lansing, IL. Come to their tasting room where they serve a selection of their hand-crafted beer. Their beer won’t make you strong or handsome, but if you enjoy craft beer and want to meet some guys that are happy to make it, serve it, and probably drink it with you, stop by or give Them a calL!
Research Pilot Brewery
For 165 years they have been passionate about American brewing. Every day, in communities across the country, their more than 18,000 colleagues work together to brew America’s favorite beers. From coast to coast, they work hand-in-hand with local communities to deliver on their dream: bringing people together for a Better World. In fact, 98 percent of the primary ingredients used in their beers are grown in the U.S., and 98 percent of the beers they sell are proudly brewed in their 23 breweries across the country.
Kinslahger Brewing Company
Just what is Kinslahger? Two words that delve deep into the core of who they are:
1) the Kinship we feel towards their community, those in their industry, their customers and business partners, and those people who inspire us.
2) the Lager beer they make. It's their main focus and they strive to make the best beer you have ever tasted.
They brewed their first commercial batch, G.F.Y. Stout, in November of 2012. From the humble beginnings on the stove, Spiteful grew to a team of 4 who help brew, package, and deliver cans, bottles, and kegs across Chicagoland!