Meet the Winchester Brewing Folks (Updated)

Meet the Winchester Brewing Folks (Updated)
Kathryn Winchester, sister of owner Bob Winchester, with her boyfriend Nick

I have found that if I wait too long to write up a post, it tends to slide off my radar and never get done. That’s why I put this story up as soon as I could, errors and all. I am grateful that the store’s owner, Bob Winchester, wrote me to offer some emendations, which I am running here below:

“I visited Dublin in October and got to tour St. Jame’s Gate where the Guinness factory is. I came up with the idea for the shop while on my way back when watching a video about O’so Brewing. They started by opening a homebrew shop then saved enough money to build their brewery. When looking into Willow Springs as a location, we initially started negotiating on a 1200 sq ft unit next door, but the landlord encouraged us to move into the bigger space. With all the new room we decided to add the taproom for the local beer tastings. It’s all been a great experience and the Village of Willow Springs has been especially motivational to get the Village Center built up. We hope to be the first of many businesses in this area and hope to encourage others to follow their dreams.”

As I put my Valentine’s weekend calendar together, I want to quickly pass along a photo of Kathryn and Nick, from Winchester Brewing Co.’s grand opening. This is a new homebrew shop that opened Friday, Feb. 6.

Kathryn’s husband Bob Winchester is the owner of the new shop, which features homebrewing supplies of course, but also has a retail section plus a cooler with packaged commercial beers, emphasis on local and “green” breweries. And yes, that’s a draft tower with five taps behind them, mostly with local beers like Alter, Blue Nose, Half Acre, Imperial Oak and Noon Whistle. They maintain a list of tap and packaged beers at

Winchester’s location at 131 Market Street is, in fact, practically around the corner from Imperial Oak, and their assistant brewer came in while I was visiting to grab an emergency supply of Dried Malt Extract.

Their first event is a wine and painting party on Feb. 12. They plan on more brewing classes and tastings, and a chance to sit at the bar and watch their big screens.

As always, I encourage you to stop on by and say The Beeronaut sent you. Then count the blank stares.

I also see they have already expanded their hours of operation: They’re now open Tuesday through Thursday 12 noon – 10:00 pm, Friday noon – 11:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9:00 – 11:00 pm. They have seating so you can hoist a few while watching TV sports there.

Filed under: Beer Business

Tags: Homebrewing


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    Just stumbled across your blog and I like it a lot. I'll be stopping by here much more often to stay in the loop with what's going on in the Chicago beer realm.

    Just wanted to let you know, the link to Winchester Brew Co.'s website in this article seems to return an error and I bet they'd really appreciate the link credit ;)

    Again, I think you've got some really good content on here and look forward to seeing all the beer Chicago has to offer.


  • In reply to Zakk Glista:

    Hi, Zakk.

    I checked the link from the editor: Okay. Then from the actual article in the Safari browser. Got the error you did.
    I added "www." to the link and re-saved.Still get the error, but it may be because I'm pulling the cached version of the page. Works okay from a Windows Explorer machine that hasn't had the page before.

    Thanks for calling this to my attention!


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