The Local Beet’s Top 148 Breweries in Chicagoland

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August 11, 2015 at 4:19 pm

Tom Keith

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The Local Beet’s Top 148 Breweries in Chicagoland

(plus 43 in “planning stages”)

 

How can you pick a single “top brewery?“ Each brewery has its own qualities (and sometimes faults, which can also be endearing). Who’s to say that one is “the best?” That would be as silly as, say, someone declaring there was a single best motion picture every year, despite all the different, non-comparable styles.

Oh, wait, someone actually does that? smh

Well, not here at The Local Beet. We recognize that every brewery has at least a few good things going for it (like, making beer). We didn’t restrict our choice to the top one. Or the top two. Or the top ten. Or the top fifty.

So, we hereby present our choices for the top 148 breweries in the greater Chicagoland area (a somewhat arbitrary geographical definition — say, within 100 miles of my house. Because it’s all about me.). And for good measure, we threw in another 43 that have announced at one time or another that they’re in the planning stages. They’re listed in alphabetical order.

[There are undoubtedly some inadvertent errors and/or omissions in this list; let us know about any you may notice in the comments section below. We’ll fix whatever we can confirm.]

 

Brewery Name: 18th Street Brewery

Brewery Location: Gary IN (Miller Beach)

Type of Brewery: Brewpub & Microbrewery

Key Player: Drew Fox

Comments: Drew is a Pipeworks alum; the brewery aka The Sour Note www.facebook.com/TheSourNoteBrew

Web : www.18thstreetbrewery.com

 

Brewery Name: 350 Brewing

Brewery Location: Tinley Park, IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery & Taproom

Key Players: Todd Randall & Eric ?

Web: www.350brewing.com

 

Brewery Name: 5 Rabbit Cerveceria

Brewery Location: Bedford Park, IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery & Taproom

Key Player: Andrés Araya

Comments: Latin-influenced brews; 5 Rabbit Golden Ale won a silver medal at 2014 Great American Beer Festival for Golden or Blonde Ale; see www.thelocalbeet.com/2011/10/21/5-rabbit-beers-are-part-of-a-changing-beer-world/

Web: www.5rabbitbrewery.com

 

Brewery Name: 95ate5 Brewpub

Brewery Location: St. John IN

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Web: www.95ate5.com

 

Brewery Name: Alarmist Brewing

Brewery Location: Chicago IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery

Key Player: Gary Gully

Comments: formerly Panic Brewing; located in former home of Siebel Institute of [Brewing] Technology

Web: www.alarmistbrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: Ale Syndicate Brewers

Brewery Location: Chicago IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery

Key Players: Sam & Jesse Evans

Comments: the brothers formerly owned Lucky Hand Brewery in California; decided they preferred their Chicago-area roots to California craziness

Web: www.alesyndicate.com

 

Brewery Name: Aleman Brewing

Brewery Location: Chicago IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery

Comments: in planning

Web: www.facebook.com/pages/Aleman-Brewing/264505396906121?sk=info&tab=overview

 

Brewery Name: All Rise Brewing 

Brewery Location: Chicago IL

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Key Player: Tommy Nicely

Web: www.allrisebrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: Alter Brewing Company 

Brewery Location: Downers Grove IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery

Comments: planning to open Fall 2015

Web: www.alterbrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: Ancient Owl Brewing

Brewery Location: Downers Grove IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery

Comments: in planning; including art gallery & event space

Web: www.ancientowlbrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: Andersonville Brewing

Brewery Location: Chicago IL (Andersonville)

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Comments: associated with Hamburger Mary’s restaurant; see  www.thelocalbeet.com/2010/08/28/chicagos-afterthought-brewpubs/

Web: www.hamburgermaryschicago.com

 

Brewery Name: Aquanaut Brewing Company

Brewery Location: Chicago IL (Lincoln Square)

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery & Taproom to come

Key Players: Eric McNeil, & Phillip Tadros

Comments: formerly Strange Pelican; operating out of former 4 Paws Brewery, which had a fairly short life among new craft breweries

Web: www.aquanautbeer.com

 

Brewery Name: Arcade Brewing

Brewery Location: Chicago IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery

Key Players: Chris Tourre & Lance Curran

Comments: semi-partnership with Ale Syndicate; frequently invites the public to contribute name and label ideas through their Facebook page

Web: www.arcadebrewery.com

 

Brewery Name: Argus Brewing Company

Brewery Location: Chicago IL (Pullman)

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery

Key Players: Bob & Patrick Jensen

Comments: Realized their beers weren’t all they could be; recently added Mary Pellettieri as brewmaster to improve brews; proud of “green brewing” techniques; housed in historic Pullman building

Web: www.argusbrewery.com

 

Brewery Name: Around the Bend

Brewery Location: Chicago IL

Type of Brewery: Brewing with Contract Breweries; no brewery location

Comments: operates out of Ale Syndicate

Web: www.atbbeerco.com

 

Brewery Name: Atlas Brewing

Brewery Location: Chicago IL

Type of Brewery: Brewpub & Microbrewery

Key Players: John & Ben Saller

Comments: production brewery at old Jays potato chip factory on South Side, cans available; see  www.thelocalbeet.com/2012/09/19/atlas-i-didnt-shrug/

Web: www.atlasbeer.com

 

Brewery Name: Back Road Brewery

Brewery Location: LaPorte IN

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery & Taproom

Key Player: Chuck Krcilek

Comments: 7-barrel brewery, self-distributed in Indiana only

Web: www.backroadbrewery.com

 

Brewery Name: Baderbräu

Brewery Location: Chicago IL

Type of Brewery: Brewing with Contract Breweries; new brewery location to open in Fall

Key Player: Rob Sama

Comments: Not-so-grand old name in Chicago beer recently revived

Web: www.baderbrau.com

 

Brewery Name: Band of Bohemia

Brewery Location: Chicago IL (Ravenswood)

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery & Taproom

Key Players: Craig Sindelar & Michael Carroll

Comments: Alinea alumni – planning food-related beers, similar to Moody Tongue – aiming for Fall, 2015 opening

 

Brewery Name: Beer Fairy

Brewery Location: Chicago IL

Type of Brewery: ?

Comments: in planning; may be a hoax. Beer Fairy definition: The beer fairy is a mysterious creature that does its work only at night, usually after a party has taken place. This creature, comes into your apartment (or other party facility) and glues all of your cups to the counter and tables. The beer fairy then fills many beer cans back up half way. Sometimes the fairy even goes as far as to take things and punch holes in walls. This is reason why so many people find their dwellings in these conditions the morning after a party. (Definition from Urban Dictionary) In our family, we blame it on the Johnsons (inside joke).

 

Brewery Name: Begyle Brewing

Brewery Location: Chicago IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery & Taproom

Comments: Community-supported brewery — buy a subscription and get a growler fill every month

Web: www.begylebrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: Berghoff Brewery

Brewery Location: Chicago IL

Type of Brewery: Brewing with Contract Breweries; no brewery location

Key Player: Ben Minkoff

Comments: Grand 120-year-old name in Chicago beer recently revived; brewed at Stevens Point Brewery

Web: www.berghoffbeer.com

 

Brewery Name: Big Hurt Brewhouse

Brewery Location: Berwyn IL

Type of Brewery: Brewing with Contract Breweries; no brewery location

Key Player: Frank Thomas

Comments: 7% ABV macrobrew clone reportedly brewed by Minhas Craft Brewers in Monroe, WI; see www.thelocalbeet.com/2009/12/04/western-canadas-most-popular-beers-are-local/

Web: www.bighurtbeer.com

 

Brewery Name: Big Shoulders Beer Company

Brewery Location: Zion IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery

Key Player: Rich Szydlo

Web: www.bigshouldersbeer.com

 

Brewery Name: Birreria @ Eataly 

Brewery Location: Chicago IL

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Web: www.eataly.com

 

Brewery Name: Blue Island Beer Company

Brewery Location: Blue Island IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery & Taproom

Key Players: Bryan Shimkos & Alan Cromwell

Web: www.blueislandbeerco.com

 

Brewery Name: Blue Nose Brewing

Brewery Location: Hodgkins IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery & Taproom

Web: www.bluenosebrewery.com

 

Brewery Name: Breakroom Brewery

Brewery Location: Chicago, IL

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Key Player: Aaron Heineman

Comments: Associated with Heineman Bar Company, a bar design and build business

Web: www.breakroombrewery.com

 

Brewery Name: Brewery Zatkoff

Brewery Location: Chicago, IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery

Key Player: Matt Zatkoff

Comments: in planning – searching for location. We know Matt Zatkoff. We sampled one of his first homebrews – an excellent sour; challenging for a new brewer. We expect a lot. (Not to put too much pressure on the guy.)

Web: www.breweryzatkoff.com

 

Brewery Name: Brickstone Brewery

Brewery Location: Boubannais IL

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Comments: award-winning American Pale Ale now distributed in cans; see www.thelocalbeet.com/2009/10/23/theres-more-to-bourbannais-than-the-bears/

Web: www.brickstonebrewery.com

 

Brewery Name: Bucket List Brewing

Brewery Location: Chicago, IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery

Web: www.bucketlistbrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: Buckledown Brewing

Brewery Location: Lyons, IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery

Key Players: Ike Orcutt & Sean Mahoney

Comment: available in cans

Web: www.buckledownbrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: Bulldog Brewing

Brewery Location: Whiting IN

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Web: www.bulldogbrewingco.com

 

Brewery Name: Burn ‘Em Brewing

Brewery Location: Michigan City IN

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery & Taproom

Comments: Long list of beers, but without enough ratings to evaluate on Ratebeer or Beer Advocate. Slogan: “Comforting the disturbed; disturbing the comfortable”

Web: www.burnembrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: Byway Brewing

Brewery Location: Hammond IN

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery & Taproom

Key Players: Dave Toth, Branko Sajn & Tom Duszunski

Comments: opening Fall 2015

Web: www.bywaybrewing.beer

 

Brewery Name: Cademon Brewing Company

Brewery Location: Genoa IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery & Taproom

Key Player: Cad Nordman

Web: www.cademon.com

 

Brewery Name: Cahoots Brewing Company

Brewery Location: Forest Park IL

Type of Brewery: Brewing with Contract Breweries; no current brewery location

Key Players: Dustin Adkison & Ryan Merritt

Comments: specializes in big and barrel-aged beers

Web: www.cahootsbrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: Carlyle Brewing Company

Brewery Location: Rockford IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery & Taproom

Key Player: Don Carlyle

Web: www.cademon.com

 

Brewery Name: Cary Ale House and Brew Company

Brewery Location: Cary IL

Type of Brewery: Brewpub & Microbrewery

Comments: Tapped first beer – a saison – July 7, 2015

Web: www.caryalehousebrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: Central Street Brewing

Brewery Location: Evanston IL

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Key Player: Tom Gariti

Comments: in planning — Owner is formerly from Urban Legend Brewing

 

Brewery Name: Chain O’ Lakes Brewing Company 

Brewery Location: McHenry IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery

Comments: On the site of 1868-era McHenry Brewery

Web: www.chainolakesbrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: Chicago Beer Company

Brewery Location: Chicago, IL

Type of Brewery: Brewing with Contract Breweries; no brewery location

Web: www.chicagobeerco.com

Comment: Has begun releasing “The Bean” IPA and “Magnificent Mile” Pilsner in cans effective late August 2015

 

Brewery Name: Church Street Brewing Company

Brewery Location: Itasca IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery

Key Player: Joe Gregor

Comments: It’s not on Church Street; it’s on Industrial Drive

Web: www.churchstreetbrew.com

 

Brewery Name: Corridor Brewery & Provisions

Brewery Location: Chicago IL (Southport)

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Comments: Opening 10/15/2015; associated with Dryhop

Web: www.corridorchicago.com

 

Brewery Name: Crooked Fork

Brewery Location: Chicago, IL

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Key Player: Homaru Cantu (deceased)

Comments: in planning; named for the silverware developed at Moto Restaurant that holds herbs in the handle

Web: www.crookedforkbrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: Crown Brewing

Brewery Location: Crown Point IN

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery & Taproom

Key Players: Tim Walsh, Dave Bryan & Steve Mazylewski

Comments: I’ve been personally impressed with Crown’s offerings at various local beer festivals

Web: www.crownbrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: Cruz Blanca Cerveceria

Brewery Location: Chicago IL West Loop

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery

Key Player: Rick Bayless

Comments: in planning

 

Brewery Name: Crystal Lake Beer Company

Brewery Location: Crystal Lake IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery

Web: www.crystallakebrew.com

 

Brewery Name: Dark Moon Brewing

Brewery Location: Kenosha WI

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery

Comments: in planning

 

Brewery Name: Devil’s Trumpet Brewing Company

Brewery Location: Merrilville IN

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery & Taproom

Web: www.thedevilstrumpet.com

 

Brewery Name: Dryhop Brewing

Brewery Location: Chicago, IL

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Key Player: Greg Shuff

Web: www.dryhopchicago.com

 

Brewery Name: Emmett’s Alehouse

Brewery Location: Downers Grove IL

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Key Players: Timothy, Matthew & Andrew Burns

Comments: Small local chain outlet

Web: www.emmettsbrewingco.com

 

Brewery Name: Emmett’s Tavern & Brewing Company

Brewery Location: Palatine IL

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Key Players: Timothy, Matthew & Andrew Burns

Comments: Small local chain outlet

Web: www.emmettsbrewingco.com

 

Brewery Name: Emmett’s Tavern & Brewing Company

Brewery Location: West Dundee IL

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Key Players: Timothy, Matthew & Andrew Burns

Comments: Small local chain outlet

Web: www.emmettsbrewingco.com

 

Brewery Name: Empirical Brewery

Brewery Location: Chicago, IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery

Comments: Taproom under construction

Web: www.empiricalbrewery.com

 

Brewery Name: Exit Strategy Brewing Company

Brewery Location: Forest Park, IL

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Key Players: Chris & Katherine Valleau

Web: www.exitstrategybrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: Figure 8 Brewing

Brewery Location: Valparaiso IN

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery & Taproom

Comments: named after a  knot used in sailing and rock climbing; extensive barrel aging program — Slogan: “Harness your F8 (fate)”

Web: www.figureeightbrewing.com

 

 

Brewery Name: Finch’s Beer Company

Brewery Location: Chicago, IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery

Key Player: Ben Finch

Comments: Plans for a large new brewery along the Chicago River fell through; still looking for new brewery space

Web: www.finchbeer.com

 

Brewery Name: Flapjack Brewing

Brewery Location: Berwyn IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery

Key Players: Paul Flapjack & James The Thern Machine

Comments: in planning

Web: www.flapjackbrewery.com

 

Brewery Name: Flesk Brewing

Brewery Location: Lombard IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery

Key Players: Will & James O’Brien

Web: www.fleskbrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: Flossmoor Station

Brewery Location: Flossmoor, IL

Type of Brewery: Brewpub & Microbrewery

Key Players: Dean & Carolyn Armstrong

Comments: In Flossmoor’s old railroad station; won a silver medal for its Shadow of the Moon Imperial Stout in the Other Strong Beer category at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival

Web: www.flossmoorstation.com

 

Brewery Name: Forbidden Root

Brewery Location: Chicago, IL

Type of Brewery: Brewing with Contract Breweries; new brewery/brewpub location to open late September 2015 in West Town

Key Player: Robert Finkel

Comments: Specializes in botanicals

Web: www.forbiddenroot.com

 

Brewery Name: Forge Brewhouse

Brewery Location: Sycamore IL

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Key Player: JD

Comments: in planning

Web: www.forgebrewhouse.com

 

Brewery Name: Four Fathers Brewing

Brewery Location: Valparaiso IN

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery & Taproom

Key Players: Beth & Jason Lacny, Kim & Colin Oswald

Web: www.fourfathersbrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: Fraternite of Notre Dame 

Brewery Location: Marengo IL

Type of Brewery:?

Comments: County Board overwhelmingly rejected the Catholic order’s plans for a brewery, winery, and other operations on their property near Huntley, IL, because it didn’t fit with the character of the area.

 

Brewery Name: Geneva Lake Brewing

Brewery Location: Lake Geneva WI

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery & Taproom

Key Players: Pat & Jonathan McIntosh

Web: www.genevalakebrewingcompany.com

 

Brewery Name: Gino’s Brewing Company

Brewery Location: Chicago IL (Downtown)

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Comments: part of Gino’s East pizza chain; won several medals at the 2015 U.S. Open Beer Championship

Web: www.ginoseast.com/ginos-brewing-co-wins-big-at-2015-u-s-open-beer-championship

 

Brewery Name: Gnosis Brewing

Brewery Location: Oak Park IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery

Comments: in planning

Web: www.gnosisbrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: Goose Island Brewing

Brewery Location: Chicago IL

Type of Brewery: Production Brewery

Comments: Production Brewery owned by ABInBev; known for introducing the concept of barrel aging to the craft beer world with its line of Bourbon County Stouts

Web: www.gooseisland.com

 

Brewery Name: Goose Island Brewpub – Clybourn

Brewery Location: Chicago IL

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Comments: brewpubs owned independently

Web: www.gooseisland.com

 

Brewery Name: Goose Island Brewpub – Wrigleyville

Brewery Location: Chicago IL

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Comments: brewpubs owned independently

Web: www.gooseisland.com

 

Brewery Name: Gordon Biersch  Brewery

Brewery Location: Bolingbrook IL

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Comments: Local outlet of large chain

Web: www.gordonbierschrestaurants.com

 

Brewery Name: Granite City Food & Brewery

Brewery Location: Orland Park IL

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Comments: Local chain outlet; see: www.thelocalbeet.com/2010/03/18/the-world-doesn’t-need-“fermentus-interruptus-”/

Web: www.gcfb.com

 

Brewery Name: Granite City Food & Brewery

Brewery Location: Naperville IL

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Comments: Local chain outlet

Web: www.gcfb.com

 

Brewery Name: Granite City Food & Brewery

Brewery Location: Schaumburg IL

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Comments: Local chain outlet

Web: www.gcfb.com

 

Brewery Name: Greenstar Brewing

Brewery Location: Chicago IL

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Key Players: Uncommon Ground team

Comments: Organic brewery

Web: www.uncommonground.com

 

Brewery Name: Great Central Brewing Company

Brewery Location: Naperville IL

Type of Brewery: ?

Comments: in planning

 

Brewery Name: Hailstorm Brewing Company

Brewery Location: Tinley Park, IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery & Taproom

Key Players: Brandon Banbury, Chris Schiller & Gene Wabisczewicz

Web: www.hailstormbrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: Half Acre Brewing

Brewery Location: Chicago IL (Lincoln Square)

Type of Brewery: Production Brewery

Key Player:  Gabriel Magliaro

Comments: Known for Daisy Cutter Pale Ale, among many others; won a sliver medal for its Gone Away American-style IPA at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival; see  www.thelocalbeet.com/2011/06/11/standing-in-line-for-local-beer/ Planning a new, larger brewery, including a restaurant, tap room and beer garden in the Ravenswood Industrial Corridor.

Web: www.halfacrebeer.com

 

Brewery Name: Half Day Brewing Company

Brewery Location: Lincolnshire

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Comments: Set to open Winter 2015

Web: http://halfdaybrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: Haymarket Brewery

Brewery Location: Chicago IL & Bridgman, MI

Type of Brewery: Brewpub & Microbrewery

Key Player: Pete Crowley

Comments: Defender American-style Stout won a gold medal  at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival; building production brewery in Bridgman, MI to open in 2016

Web: www.haymarketbrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: Hofbrauhaus

Brewery Location: Rosemont, IL

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Comments: local outlet of international chain

Web: www.hofbrauhaus.us

 

Brewery Name: Hopothesis Beer Company

Brewery Location: Chicago IL

Type of Brewery: Brewing with Contract Breweries; no brewery location

Web: www.hopothesis.com

 

Brewery Name: Hopvine Brewing Company

Brewery Location: Aurora IL

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Web: www.hopvinebrewingcompany.com

 

Brewery Name: Horse Thief Hollow

Brewery Location: Chicago, IL (Beverly)

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Key Player: Neil Byers

Comments: 18th Rebellion won a bronze medal at 2014 Great American Beer Festival in the Kellerbier or Zwickelbier category

Web: www.horsethiefbrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: Hunter’s Brewing

Brewery Location: Chesterton IN

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery & Taproom

Key Players: Justin Reisetter & Amy Gentry

Comments: Tiny taproom

Web: www.huntersbrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: Illuminated Beer Works 

Brewery Location: Chicago IL (West Loop)

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery

Key Player: Brian Buckman

Web: www.ibw-chicago.com

 

Brewery Name: Imperial Oak Brewing Company 

Brewery Location: Willow Springs IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery & Taproom

Web: www.imperialoakbrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: Ironwood Brewing

Brewery Location: Valparaiso IN

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery & Taproom

Key Player: Barb Kehe

Comments: purchased 3 Barrel system formerly used by Chicago’s late, lamented Golden Prairie Brewing; located in a formerly residential brick bungalow

Web: www.ironwoodbrewing.beer

 

Brewery Name: ISOB Brewing Company 

Brewery Location: Manhattan IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery

Comments: in planning?

 

Brewery Name: Knight & Gunner Brewing Company 

Brewery Location: Chicago IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery

Comments: in planning? website disabled

 

Brewery Name: Lagunitas Beer Company

Brewery Location: Chicago, IL (Lawndale)

Type of Brewery: Production Brewery

Key Player: Tony Magee

Comments: Second brewery for Petaluma CA-based company; Largest brewery between Milwaukee and St. Louis. Impressive taproom, with great views of the brew floor. Announced 9/8/2015 Heineken has acquired a 50% interest in the brewery, but Chicagoan Tony Magee and the rest of the current management team will remain in charge.

Web: www.lagunitas.com

 

Brewery Name: Lake Bluff Brewing

Brewery Location: Lake Bluff IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery & Taproom

Key Player: Dave Burns

Web: www.lakebluffbrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: Lake Effect Brewing 

Brewery Location: Chicago, IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery

Web: www.lakeeffectbrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: Light the Lamp Brewery

Brewery Location: Grayslake IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery & Taproom

Comments: Hockey-themed brewery

Web: www.lightthelampbrewery.com

 

Brewery Name: Lo Rez Brewing

Brewery Location: Chicago, IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery

Key Players: Dave Dahl & Kevin Lily

Comment: in planning

Web: www.lorezbrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: Local Option

Brewery Location: Chicago, IL (Lincoln Park)

Type of Brewery: Brewing with Contract Breweries; no brewery location

Web: www.localoptionbier.com

 

Brewery Name: Lucky Monk Burger Pizza & Beer Co 

Brewery Location: South Barrington IL

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Web: www.theluckymonk.com

 

Brewery Name: Lunar Brewing Company

Brewery Location: Villa Park IL

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Comments: see: www.thelocalbeet.com/2010/04/21/drink-local-on-earth-day-and-why-that’s-a-really-lousy-headline/

 

Brewery Name: Mad Mouse Brewery

Brewery Location: Chicago, IL

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Comments: Inside Moxee Restaurant

Web: www.moxeerestaurant.com/mad-mouse-brewery/

 

Brewery Name: Mama Mia Pizza Beer Company

Brewery Location: St. Charles IL

Type of Brewery: Brewing with Contract Breweries; no brewery location

Key Player: Tom Seefurth

Comments: Pizza-flavored beer, actually made with pizza in the mash

Web: www.mammamiapizzabeer.com

 

Brewery Name: Maplewood Brewery & Distillery

Brewery Location: Chicago IL (Logan Square)

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery & Distillery

Key Players: Adam Cieslak & Ari Megalis

Comments: formerly Mercenery Brewing

Web: www.maplewoodbrew.com

 

Brewery Name: Marz Commuinity Brewing

Brewery Location: Chicago, IL (Bridgeport)

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery

Key Players: Ed & Mike Marszewski

Comments: Taproom to come

Web: www.marzbrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: Metropolitan Brewing

Brewery Location: Chicago, IL (Ravenswood)

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery

Key Player: Doug Hurst

Comments: Specializes in lagers; reportedly seeking larger location; see www.thelocalbeet.com/2009/08/14/metropolitan-beer-lager-evangelists/

Web: www.metrobrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: Mickey Finn’s Brewery

Brewery Location: Libertyville IL

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Web: www.mickeyfinnsbrewery.com

 

Brewery Name: Middle Brow Beer Co.

Brewery Location: Zion IL

Type of Brewery: Brewing with Contract Breweries; no brewery location

Comments: donates to anti-violence charities

Web: www.middlebrowbeer.com

 

Brewery Name: Mikerphone Brewing

Brewery Location: Chicago, IL (Lawndale)

Type of Brewery: Brewing with Contract Breweries; no brewery location

Key Player: Michael Pallan

Comments: operates out of Slapshot; “craft beer inspired by music”

Web: www.mikerphonebrewing.com

 

 

Brewery Name: Moody Tongue Brewing Company

Brewery Location: Chicago, IL (Pilsen)

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery

Key Player: Jared Rouben

Comments: food-centric beers from former chef at Thomas Keller’s Per Se restaurant in NYC, then Goose Island Clybourn brewmaster; got media coverage with a black truffle beer priced at $120 per bottle (22 oz. bomber)

Web: www.moodytongue.com

 

Brewery Name: Motor Row Beer Company

Brewery Location: Chicago IL (South Loop)

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery & Taproom

Comments: formerly Big Shoulders Brewing

Web: www.motorrowbrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: My Three Sons Brewing

Brewery Location: McHenry IL

Type of Brewery: ?

Comments: in planning?

Web: www.mythreesonsbrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: Nevin’s Brewing Company

Brewery Location: Plainfield IL

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Comments: associated with Nevin’s Irish Pubs in Evanston & Naperville

Web: www.nevinsbrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: New Oberpfalz Brewing

Brewery Location: Griffith IN

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery & Taproom

Key Players: Dan & Jennifer Lehnerer

Comments: primarily German styles;  see  Web: www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeKlYuhBAAI

Web: www.newoberpfalz.com

 

Brewery Name: Noon Whistle Brewing Company

Brewery Location: Lombard IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery & Taproom

Key Players: Jim, Mike & Paul

Web: www.noonwhistlebrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: Off Color Brewing

Brewery Location: Chicago IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery

Key Players: John Laffler & Dave Bleitner

Comments: both interned at Metropolitan Brewing, former Goose Island and Two Brothers guys, respectively; specializes in obscure and rare beer styles

Web: www.offcolorbrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: On Tour Brewing Company

Brewery Location: Chicago IL

Type of Brewery: ?

Comments: in planning; opening late 2015

Web: www.ontourbrewingco.com

 

Brewery Name: One Trick Pony Brewery

Brewery Location: Lansing IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery & Taproom

Comments: fun, funky taproom; horse-themed brews

Web: www.onetrickponybrewery.com

 

Brewery Name: Only Child Brewing

Brewery Location: Gurnee IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery & Taproom

Key Players: Ben & Amanda Rossi

Comments: formerly in Northbrook

Web: www.onlychildbrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: Peckish Pig

Brewery Location: Evanston, IL

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Key Player: Tom Fogarty

Web: www.thepeckishpig.com

 

Brewery Name: Penrose Brewing

Brewery Location: Geneva, IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery & Taproom

Key Players: Eric Hobbs & Tom Korder

Web: www.penrosebrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: Piece Pizzeria & Brewery

Brewery Location: Chicago IL (Wicker Park)

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Key Player: Jonathan Cutler

Comments: Multiple award-winning beers to pair with New Haven-style pizza

Web: www.piecechicago.com

 

Brewery Name: Pigs Mind

Brewery Location: Machesney Park IL near Rockford

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Web: www.pigmindsbrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: Pipeworks Brewing Company

Brewery Location: Chicago, IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery

Key Players: Beejay Oslon & Gerrit Lewis

Comments: unique, somewhat quirky, highly awarded brews; planning new production brewery next to Off Color; see  www.thelocalbeet.com/2010/04/07/the-newest-chicago-brewery-in-the-pipeline-has-belgian-roots/ and www.thelocalbeet.com/2013/01/27/chicagos-pipeworks-named-worlds-best-new-brewery/

Web: www.pdubs.net

 

Brewery Name: Pokro Brewing Company 

Brewery Location: Griffith IN

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery with Tasting Room

Key Players: Joe & Robyn Pokropinski

Web: www.facebook.com/PokroBrewingCompanyInc?rf=521079837953625

 

Brewery Name: Pollyanna Brewing Company

Brewery Location: Lemont IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery with Tasting Room

Key Player: Brian Pawola

Comments: formerly Brew Hounds; beers available in cans

Web: www.pollyannabrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: Ram Restaurant & Brewery

Brewery Location: Schaumburg IL

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Comments: Local outlet of large chain; White Eagle Smoked Wheat won a silver medal at 2014 Great American Beer Festival in the Historical Beer category

Web: www.theram.com

 

Brewery Name: Ram Restaurant & Brewery 

Brewery Location: Wheeling IL

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Comments: Local outlet of large chain

Web: www.theram.com

 

Brewery Name: Revolution Brewing

Brewery Location: Chicago, IL

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Key Player: Josh Deth

Comments: Award-winning brewery has grown quickly, Anti-Hero flagship, see www.thelocalbeet.com/2009/09/17/you-cant-have-any-of-this-beer-yet/ and www.thelocalbeet.com/2010/02/05/on-being-an-a-at-revolution-brewing/

Web: www.revbrew.com

 

Brewery Name: Revolution Brewing

Brewery Location: Chicago, IL

Type of Brewery: Production Brewery & Tap Room

Key Player: Josh Deth

Web: www.revbrew.com

 

Brewery Name: Rock Bottom Brewery

Brewery Location: Chicago, IL (River North)

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Comments: Local outlet of large chain; Brewmaster Haley Shine is area’s first female brewmaster

Web: www.rockbottom.com

 

Brewery Name: Rock Bottom Brewery

Brewery Location: Lombard IL

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Comments: Local outlet of large chain

Web: www.rockbottom.com

 

Brewery Name: Rock Bottom Brewery

Brewery Location: Orland Park IL

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Comments: Local outlet of large chain

Web: www.rockbottom.com

 

Brewery Name: Rock Bottom Brewery

Brewery Location: Warrenville IL

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Comments: Local outlet of large chain

Web: www.rockbottom.com

 

Brewery Name: Rockford Brewing

Brewery Location: Rockford IL

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Comments: housed in 1857 brewhouse; also known as Prairie Street Brewhouse

Web: www.rockfordbrewingco.com

 

Brewery Name: Route 2 Brews

Brewery Location: Lowell IN

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery & Taproom

Web: www.route2brewery.com

 

Brewery Name: Rude Hippo

Brewery Location: Chicago, IL

Type of Brewery: Brewing with Contract Breweries; no brewery location

Web: www.rudehippo.com

 

Brewery Name: Rustic Road Brewing Company

Brewery Location: Kenosha WI

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery & Taproom

Web: www.rusticbrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: Scorched Earth Brewing Company

Brewery Location: Crystal Lake IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery & Taproom

Key Players: Michael & Jennifer Dallas

Web: www.scorchedearthbrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: Shoreline Brewery

Brewery Location: Michigan City IN

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Comments: makes World Beer Cup Award winning Beltaine Scottish Ale

Web: www.shorelinebrewery.com

 

Brewery Name: Skeptic Brewing Company

Brewery Location: Melrose Park, IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery

Key Players: Karl Loepke & Mike Kusnierz

Web: www.skepticbrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: Sketchbook Brewing

Brewery Location: Evanston, IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery & Tasting Room

Key Players: Shawn Decker & Cesar Marron

Comments: Community-supported brewery — buy a subscription and get a growler fill every month. Tasting room for samples and 64 oz. growlers/32 oz. howlers only -— a personal favorite; Cesar was  the winner of the Samuel Adams Longshot American Homebrew Contest 2013; brewery moving from alley location to Chicago Avenue Evanston street side location soon

Web: www.sketchbookbrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: SlapShot Brewery

Brewery Location: Chicago, IL (Lawndale)

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery

Key Players: Steve & Brian Miller

Comments: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel included Slapshot beers in his bet with Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn over the 2015 NHL championship winner; he didn’t have to pay up.

Web: www.slapshotbrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: Small Town Brewing 

Brewery Location: Wauconda IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery

Key Player: Tim Kovac

Comments: particularly known for its hard root beers, which are mostly contract brewed

Web: www.smalltownbrewery.com

 

Brewery Name: Smylie Bros.

Brewery Location: Evanston, IL

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Key Player: Mike Smylie

Comments: Brewpub with better food than many. Ambitious plans to expand to second location in Evanston; see  www.thelocalbeet.com/2015/08/04/smilin-with-the-bros-at-smylie-bros/

Web: www.smyliebros.com

 

Brewery Name: Solemn Oath Brewing

Brewery Location: Naperville, IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery & Taproom

Web: www.solemnoathbrewery.com

 

Brewery Name: South Loop Brewing

Brewery Location: Chicago IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery & Taproom (to come)

Key Players: Jeremiah Zimmer, Jude LaRose & Jason Maxwell

Comment: currently operating out of Aquanaut Brewing until a South Loop space is found

Web: wwww.southloopbrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: Spiteful Brewing

Brewery Location: Chicago IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery

Key Players: Brad Shaffer & Jason Klein

Comments: Tasting room to come

Web: www.spitefulbrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: St. John Malt Bros.

Brewery Location: St John IN

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery & Taproom

Key Players: Dave, JIm & Dan

Comments: 15 barrel capacity – kegs, bottles and cans

Web: www.sjmaltbros.com

 

Brewery Name: Stockholm’s

Brewery Location: Geneva IL

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Web: www.stockholmsbrewpub.com

 

Brewery Name: Temperance Brewing

Brewery Location: Evanston, IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery & Taproom

Key Players: Josh Gilbert & Claudia Jendron

Comments: Gatecrasher won a silver medal at 2014 Great American Beer Festival for English-style IPA; also see www.thelocalbeet.com/2014/11/25/temperance-beer-in-the-city-of-temperance/

Web: www.temperancebeer.com

 

Brewery Name: Ten Ninety Brewing Company

Brewery Location: Zion IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery

Comments: known for high alcohol beers – ten ninety refers to 1.090 gravity before fermentation starts; adding lower alcohol beers to its portfolio — Ciitra Pale Ale, at 5.5% ABV is a good example. Reminiscent of Three Floyd’s Zombie Dust. Purchased Big Chicago Brewing. Plans to open new brewery and Taproom in Glenview December 2015.

Web: www.ten-ninety.com

 

Brewery Name: Three Angels Brewing 

Brewery Location: Yorkville IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery

Comments: housed in a cool old barn

Web: www.threeangelsbrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: Three Floyds Brewing

Brewery Location: Munster, IN

Type of Brewery: Production Brewery with Brewpub

Key Player: Nick Floyd

Comments: one of the world’s greatest breweries; Dark Lord Day was the original festival surrounding a beer release; other have copied the concept

Web: www.3floyds.com

 

Brewery Name: Tighthead Brewing Company 

Brewery Location: Mundelein IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery & Taproom

Key Player: Bruce Dir

Web: www.tightheadbrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: Transient Artisan Ales

Brewery Location: wherever

Type of Brewery: Gypsy Brewer

Key Player: Chris Betts

Comments: Partners with other breweries and brews on their equipment

Web: www.transientartisanales.com

 

Brewery Name: Tribes Beer Company 

Brewery Location: Mokena IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery with Brewpub

Key Player: David Kerns

Web: www.tribesalehouse.com

 

Brewery Name: Twisted K-8 Brewing

Brewery Location: LaPorte IN

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Comments: pronounced “Twisted Kate”

Web: www.twistedk-8.com

 

Brewery Name: Two Brothers Brewing Company & Taphouse

Brewery Location: Warrenville IL

Type of Brewery: Production Brewery with Brewpub

Key Players: Jim & Jason Ebel

Comments: won a gold medal for its Sour Beer #2 in the Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer category at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival

Web: www.twobrosbrew.com

 

Brewery Name: Two Brothers Brewing Company & Roundhouse

Brewery Location: Aurora IL

Type of Brewery: Production Brewery with Brewpub

Key Players: Jim & Jason Ebel

Comments: Aurora location was previously Walter Payton’s

Web: www.twobrosbrew.com

 

Brewery Name: Umgawa Brewing Company

Brewery Location: Chicago, IL (Rogers Park)

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery

Comments: may no longer be in planning; trademark application considered abandoned 6/9/2015

Web: www.facebook.com/pages/Umgawa-Brewing…/14100794492619

 

Brewery Name: Une Année Brewery

Brewery Location: Chicago, IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery

Key Player: Jerry Nelson

Comments: focus on Belgian styles

Web: www.uneannee.com

 

Brewery Name: Urban Legend Brewing

Brewery Location: Westmont IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery & Taproom

Web: www.urbanlegendbrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: Veteran Beer Company

Brewery Location: Chicago, IL

Type of Brewery: Brewing with Contract Breweries; no brewery location

Comments: Supports Veterans’ charities

Web: www.veteranbeercompany.com

 

Brewery Name: Vice District Brewing

Brewery Location: Chicago IL (South Loop)

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery & Taproom (to open soon)

Key Players: Quintin Cole & Curtis Tarver II

Comments: In historic Buick Building

Web: www.vicedistrictbrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: Village Vintner

Brewery Location: Algonquin IL

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Web: www.thevillagevintner.com

 

Brewery Name: Werk Force Brewing

Brewery Location: Plainfield IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery & Taproom

Key Players: Brandon & Amanda Wright

Comments: Associated with Chicago Brew Werks home-brew store

Web: www.werkforcebrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: Wildrose Brewing Company 

Brewery Location: Griffith IN

Type of Brewery: Brewpub

Web: www.wildrosebrewing.com

 

Brewery Name: Wild Onion Brewing Company 

Brewery Location: Lake Barrington IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery & Brewpub

Web: www.onionpub.com

 

Brewery Name: Windmill Brewing

Brewery Location: Dyer IN

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery & Taproom

Key Players: Scot Vander Griend, Justin Verburg & Jeremy Ward

Web: www.windmillbrew.com

 

Brewery Name: Zum Bier 

Brewery Location: Waukegan IL

Type of Brewery: Microbrewery

Web: www.zumbier.com

 

Brewery Name:?

Brewery Location: Burr Ridge IL

Type of Brewery: ?

Comments: in planning

 

Brewery Names:?

Brewery Location: Chicago IL

Type of Brewery: ?

Comments: 13 breweries in planning

 

Brewery Name:?

Brewery Location: Darien IL

Type of Brewery: ?

Comments: in planning

 

Brewery Name:?

Brewery Location:

Brewery Location: Dundee IL

Type of Brewery: ?

Comments: in planning

 

Brewery Name:?

Brewery Location: Hampshire IL

Type of Brewery: ?

Comments: in planning

 

Brewery Name:?

Brewery Location: Itasca IL

Type of Brewery: ?

Comments: in planning

 

Brewery Name:?

Brewery Location: Lake Zurich IL

Type of Brewery: ?

Comments: in planning

 

Brewery Name:?

Brewery Location: Lombard IL

Type of Brewery: ?

Comments: in planning

 

Brewery Name:?

Brewery Location: Riverside IL

Type of Brewery: ?

Comments: in planning

 

Brewery Name:?

Brewery Location: South Elgin IL

Type of Brewery: ?

Comments: in planning

 

Brewery Name:?

Brewery Location: Westmont IL

Type of Brewery: ?

Comments: in planning

 

I’m just pissed off that Boilover Brewery, which is in my basement, only came in at #149. Maybe it’s because it’s not licensed; it’s a homebrew setup. Still, if you’re nice to me, I might let you sample some Boilover Brews. (Boilover Brewery … Sloppily made beers for people who don’t know any better™)

We want to thank the entire team at the beer department of The Local Beet for traveling the region, using their own personal contacts, and scouring the interwebs to help develop this list.

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2 Comments

  1. Cheryl Cheek says:

    Brewery Name: Burn’Em Brewing
    Brewery Location: Michigan City, IN
    Type of Brewery:
    Comments: http://burnembrewing.com/

    • Tom Keith says:

      As mentioned, the geographic definition we used for “Chicagoland” was rather arbitrary. But since we included a couple of places in Rockford, IL, it would only be fair to include Michigan City and other NW Indiana breweries that are within a comparable distance, too. So check back, and we’ll add Burn ‘Em, Shoreline, and Crown Brewing. Any others in your area that deserve mention?

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