Shop Small Day 228: Chicago Brew Werks

Once again, today's small business was a reader's recommendation (keep 'em coming!). I initially felt a little like a fish out of water, but owner Brandon (far left in the photo) made me feel right at home in no time. You don't have to be a home-brewer to find something to love at Chicago Brew Werks.

If you are, in fact, a home brewer, odds are you've already heard of Chicago Brew Werks. While they've only been in this location a few months, they've been in the area for over year. They are the go-to for all of your home-brewing supplies: whether you're just getting started or already have a following.

If, on the other hand, you're like me and are more interested in drinking beer than making your own, they have samples too!

They had 4-5 local craft beers on tap yesterday, and I was eavesdropping while Brandon educated tasters on the subtle differences between the beers. They didn't happen to have my favorite Two Brothers on tap that day, but they've made a showing in the past.

Chicago Beer Werks is waiting for final approval to begin in-house brewing and sampling of their own beer too.

In addition to the supplies they also have t-shirts, glasses, and a really cool bottle (trying to figure out another use for it besides just beer) for sale.

Even if you don't like beer, if you're crafty there may be something here for you too. The first things I thought of when I saw the bulk bags of bottle caps were the necklaces & magnets I see at craft shows/flea markets. I was partial to the American Flag ones if anyone is looking to break out the glue gun.

Interested in learning how to home-brew? Follow their Facebook page for information on upcoming classes.

I will be heading back with a friend (or two!) soon for tastings. Anyone joining us?

Brandon isn't the only entrepreneur in his house, wait until I talk about his wife later this week!

"Hey! Do you have Gmail? If so, make sure you go into your “promotions” box and drag one of my emails over to your “primary” box. That way, you’ll never miss one of my posts!”

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Chicago Brew Werks
14903 S. Center St. Unit 107
Plainfield, IL

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