Breweries in Cicero


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  • Koval Distillery
    Robert Birnecker and Sonat Birnecker-Hart are devoted to the art of distilling. For Robert, it’s a family tradition: he still treasures memories of his grandparents’ award-winning Austrian distillery, where he often helped out as a child. A graduate of Oxford and the University of London, Robert's wife, Sonat, gave up a tenured academic position to pursue the couple’s dream of making their own spirits from scratch. Today, Robert and Sonat’s award-winning Koval Distillery is the first to open in Chicago’s city limits since Prohibition. There, they blend classic, mainstream techniques with contemporary, indie methods, ensuring quality by using only certified organic and kosher ingredients grown in the Midwest. Using a Kothe potstill custom-made and hand-built in Germany, the husband-and-wife team produces small-batch spirits, including five original white whiskeys made from rye, oat, wheat, millet, and spelt mash. They also distill Lion’s Pride aged whiskeys, plus a selection of liqueurs and brandies, such as bierbrand made with Dynamo Copper Lager from neighbor Metropolitan Brewing. These spirits have won multiple local and national awards, from Whisky Magazine’s 100 Greatest Distilleries to Visit to the Chicago Reader’s Best Local Distillery.
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    5121 North Ravenswood Avenue
    Chicago, IL US
  • Piece Brewery & Pizzeria
    Pizza and beer are ubiquitous in Chicago, but Piece does both a little differently. Rather than deep dish, they specialize in a New Haven–style pie with toppings such as mashed potatoes and clams. The beer is also a standout, thanks to brewmaster Jonathan Culter. He crafts rye ales and hefeweizens in the pizzeria’s own seven–barrel brewhouse.
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    1927 West North Avenue
    Chicago, IL US
  • Bev Art Brewer & Winemaker Supply
    Bev Art Brewer & Winemaker Supply helps brewmasters and vintners around Chicago take their concoctions from plan to reality with wine- and-beer-making gear. Industrious hobbyists can grab their own malt extracts and carboys here, and beginners can get started with wine and beer kits. The shop also stocks brains with the skills to needed to bottle new masterpieces, hosting classes taught by brewers, winemakers, cheese-crafters, and mead-makers. The experts also contribute to some of the shop's own potions; their Wild Blossom Meadery & Winery produces barrels of honey wine made by bees who spend years squashing grapes with their tiny feet.
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    10033 South Western Avenue
    Chicago, IL US
  • Brew and Grow
    Celebrating their 25th anniversary in the end of October, the hop gurus at Brew and Grow educate burgeoning beer makers on the art of crafting cold ones via hands-on introductory courses. During 2.5-hour classes, duos learn the ins and outs of the brewing process, including basic terminology, equipment, and the differences between ales, lagers, and root beer. Pupils will sip various suds while learning about ideal ingredient combinations, then concoct customized barley pops. Though they can't immediately take class creations home, participants will be able to return to the brewery in approximately one month or after malted barley has passed its fermentation exam to tap and taste their personalized potables. At the end of the session, students will be able take home a choice of two comprehensive home brewing guides, either How To Brew by John Palmer or Radical Brewing by Chicago author Randy Mosher.
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    19 South Morgan Street
    Chicago, IL US
  • Goose Island (Wrigleyville, Clybourn Brewpubs)
    If you've ever raised a glass of Belgian-style Sofie or gotten lost in the oaky, chocolatey flavors of Bourbon County Stout, you may think that you know Goose Island's beers. But you haven't tasted the whole story unless you've visited one of Goose Island's two Chicago brewpubs. That's because the brewpubs—both of which are independently owned by Goose Island founder John Hall, despite Anheuser-Busch's 2011 acquisition of the larger company—specialize in small-batch beers that showcase the creativity and prowess of its brewers. Most of these beers are produced only once and can't be found in any beer store, corner shop, or on your roommate's side of the refrigerator. When guests visit the pubs, they have the chance to sip artful ales, imperial stouts, and IPAs that might never again be tasted once the keg runs dry. Brewmaster Nicholas Barron talked to us about the creative brews he's currently working on and what to expect during a tour of the brewpub. On the Exclusive Brews You'll Taste: "We’re able to create new batches very frequently—we have at least one new beer a week, if not two. We do a lot of small batches, one-off beers, exploring different flavors—99% of everything we make here is just for the pub [not the mass market]." On His Summery Farmers' Market Beers: "Once a week, we go to Green City Market, buy fresh local produce, and incorporate that into our new beers. . . you can follow how things ripen as the season goes on. We just did a strawberry imperial wheatwine. Next week, a hopfenweizen with sweet basil, mint and lemon balm." On the Double Life of the Brewpub's Tour Guides Typically, tour groups stand on the brewery platform so they can get a view of the brewpub's inner workings. The tour guides also provide a glimpse behind-the-scenes. "A lot of our tour guides are brewers and are excited about sharing. Bring questions.” Scroll through the slideshow at the top of the page to watch a video interview with one of Goose Island's passionate tour guides.
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    1800 N Clybourn Ave.
    Chicago, IL US
  • Rock Bottom
    For a casual environment and scrumptious American food, stop by Rock Bottom. Rock Bottom is a fantastic spot to indulge and with no low-fat options, you'll need to save the diet for another day. Be sure to complete your meal at Rock Bottom with a drink from the restaurant's full bar. Parents appreciate Rock Bottom's kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults. Rock Bottom easily accommodates large groups — there's even a reserved room available for those extra special occasions. Don't stay cooped up on a beautiful summer day! At Rock Bottom, you can dine outdoors on their lovely patio. Rock Bottom offers a free wifi hot spot — perfect for surfing the web or getting a little work done. Whether it's just you and a date or you're bringing the whole gang, it's best to call ahead and make a reservation. Keep it casual at Rock Bottom — the restaurant is laid-back and patrons dress accordingly. For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go. If you need to feed a big crowd, Rock Bottom also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers. The restaurant is adjacent to a parking lot, where optional valet is also provided. Street parking is readily available as well. If you feel like saving gas, opt for public transportation, with stops conveniently located at Grand-Red (Red), Merchandise Mart (Brown, Purple), and Chicago-Red (Red). Your tab at Rock Bottom will generally run you about $30 per person. Rock Bottom accepts all major credit cards, including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.
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    1 West Grand Avenue
    Chicago, IL US

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