Category: Craft Beer Neighborhoods

Amid the Hubbub of Logan Square, Don't Overlook Hopewell Brewing

Amid the Hubbub of Logan Square, Don't Overlook Hopewell Brewing
The first time I popped into Hopewell Brewing for a pint, the year was 2016, and it was the taproom’s first month of operation. Fast forward three years, and a return trip finally materialized. The vast time gap between visits makes zero sense — Hopewell makes a fine beer, and I love me some Logan... Read more »

DryHop Brewers: A Seasoned Vet with Staying Power

DryHop Brewers: A Seasoned Vet with Staying Power
You won’t find it nestled among other taprooms within craft beer havens like the Chicago Brewing District or Malt Row, and it doesn’t occupy a commodious former warehouse or factory-style space like so many of its contemporaries. DryHop Brewers, founded in 2013, became a pillar of the local beer scene the old-fashioned way — meeting... Read more »

Chicago Brew Fests: Where the Beer Flows Like Wine

Chicago Brew Fests: Where the Beer Flows Like Wine
Summertime in Chicago. Tis the season in which, for some reason, the guilt you would usually feel after tipping a few beers too many nights in a row is conspicuous only in its absence. A valid excuse is never difficult to find. The weather’s gorgeous — I’ll have a beer. The Cubs are playing tonight... Read more »
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From the West Coast to the West Loop: Ballast Point Brewing

From the West Coast to the West Loop: Ballast Point Brewing
About three weeks ago, a new taproom quietly opened in the West Loop, joining neighborhood staple Haymarket and Rick Bayless’ relatively new brewery-taquería combo Cruz Blanca as one of three brewpubs in the uber-gentrified stretch of the Near West Side. Ballast Point Tasting Room and Kitchen is no small addition to the area (or to... Read more »

Whiner: A True Gem in Back of the Yards

Whiner: A True Gem in Back of the Yards
If you’re looking for Whiner Beer Co., first you’ll have to find The Plant, a net-zero energy business incubator that’s currently doing its part to disrupt traditional consumption models in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood. My sister/homebrew partner Annie stopped by Whiner this past weekend to tip back some beers and see first-hand how energy... Read more »