Have you ever joked about beer being better than sex? That proposition will get a new twist in a few months when DryHop — a gastro-pub with an all-star lineup in the brewhouse and kitchen — opens in a Chicago storefront last occupied by a shop selling sex toys and other adult novelties.
DryHop is the brainchild of Greg Shuff, a 2010 Purdue University graduate. Shuff cut his teeth while still in college by starting Last Bay Brewing, a “nanobrewery” in Indianapolis.
Brant Dubovick, the head brewer, has roots in the craft brewing movement that date to the late 1990s. He came to Chicago last year after a nearly seven-year stint as head brewer at Pittsburgh’s Church Brew Works.
With plans to complement their beer with a dining experience a big step above “bar food,” Shuff has also hired chef Pete Repak. He previously worked for the renowned Chicago restaurateur Charlie Trotter, and most recently was a Midwest regional prepared food coordinator for the Whole Foods supermarket chain.
To read more about their plans for DryHop -- which will be located at 3155 N. Broadway in Chicago’s Lakeview East community -- please click this link to the Hop Head Farms website, for which I am producing a series of profiles of important players in the Midwest craft beer revolution.
Also please check out the latest piece, on the young guys building Chicago's community-supported Begyle brewery; and profiles of Justin Maynard, executive director of the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, and Sam Sherwood, head brewer at Walldorff Brewpub and Bistro in Hastings, Michigan, voted recently by a Michigan travel magazine as the state's top microbrewery.