WBEZ | brewery http://www.wbez.org/tags/brewery Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Booming craft breweries attract new beer makers to Chicago http://www.wbez.org/sections/culture/booming-craft-breweries-attract-new-beer-makers-chicago-102528 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS6350_alyssa_cornett-scr.jpg" style="height: 412px; width: 620px;" title="Bartender Alyssa Cornett pours a beer at Revolution Brewing in Logan Square. (Tricia Bobeda/WBEZ)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F60535402&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Wil Turner loves beer.</p><p>He gushes about its flavorful notes and tones like a seasoned sommelier. But he does it while wearing a baseball cap and listening to the punk rock band Black Flag.</p><p>Turner is head brewer at <a href="http://revbrew.com/" target="_blank">Revolution Brewing</a> in Logan Square and a member of the <a href="http://www.illinoisbeer.com/" target="_blank">Illinois Craft Brewers&rsquo; Guild</a>.</p><p>These guys take beer seriously.</p><p>&ldquo;We exchange raw materials, information and we love to go sample each other&rsquo;s beer,&rdquo; Turner said about the guild. &ldquo;I like to call (it) liquid inspiration.&rdquo;</p><p>Turner isn&rsquo;t the only one feeling inspired lately.</p><p>The burgeoning craft brewery industry has led a growing number of Chicago beer lovers to start their own businesses.</p><p>The guild reports 57 craft breweries currently operate in Illinois and counts a whopping 67 more in planning.</p><p>The planning number includes some still wading through paperwork and setting up facilities.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS6352_stairsbrew-scr.jpg" style="height: 195px; width: 280px; float: right;" title="Head brewer Wil Turner sanitizes tanks at Revolution Brewing in Logan Square. (Tricia Bobeda/WBEZ)" />It may take them months or years to open for business. But others are almost ready to pour pints.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><p>Clint Bautz of <a href="http://www.lakeeffectbrewing.com/" target="_blank">Lake Effect Brewing</a> has set up shop in Portage Park. He will distribute just a few kegs at a time.</p></div><p>It&#39;s taken him about a year and a half to set up a brewing facility, file all the necessary paperwork and find partnering pubs to carry his product.</p><p>Soon he&rsquo;ll be able to sit down at a neighborhood bar and order his own beer.</p><p>&ldquo;Definitely it will be a moment,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;It will be a bit surreal. Definitely looking forward to that.&rdquo;</p><p>Bautz decided it was time to go pro after realizing his homebrew hobby had taken over the house.</p><p>&ldquo;We have three bedrooms,&rdquo; Bautz said. &ldquo;Fermentation was in one bedroom, and then I bought a few more fermenters and and started brewing beer in the other bedroom.&rdquo;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS6351_fourglasses-scr.jpg" style="height: 205px; width: 280px; float: left;" title="Taster portion of four beers made in-house at Revolution Brewing in Logan Square. (Tricia Bobeda/WBEZ)" />Then it grew to a storage unit in the basement. And the deck.</p><div class="image-insert-image ">The brewing process took over the kitchen and the boil over process left surfaces a sticky mess.</div><p>Bautz said brewing is part art, part science and a whole lot of janitorial labor.</p><p>The guild reports overall beer sales in the US dipped about one percent in 2011.</p><p>But craft brewing grew 13 percent last year, continuing the industry&#39;s trend toward double digit annual expansion.</p><p>Major players like California brewery Lagunitas <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-04-10/features/chi-lagunitas-to-open-new-brewery-in-chicago-20120410_1_brewery-beer-lagunitas-brewing" target="_blank">recently announced</a> plans to open a Chicago brewery and tap room.</p><p>And for now, it seems like there is still room for upstarts like Greg Shuff too.</p><p>Shuff will open <a href="http://www.dryhopchicago.com/" target="_blank">Dryhop Brewers</a> in Lakeview this winter.</p><p>The gastropub will tailor its food menu around seasonal brews made with locally sourced ingredients.</p><p>He thinks there is plenty of room for craft brewers to grow in Illinois.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s an industry where no one wants anyone to do anything but make great beer,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;We all look at it from the perspective of if one of us does well, it really elevates the whole craft beer scene and we all benefit from it.&rdquo;</p></p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 15:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/sections/culture/booming-craft-breweries-attract-new-beer-makers-chicago-102528 Chicago's Goose Island brewery moves some beer production out of state http://www.wbez.org/story/beer/chicagos-goose-island-brewery-moves-some-beer-production-out-state <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/honkers.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago's Goose Island Beer Company is shifting some production to New Hampshire.</p><p>Goose Island brews popular beers like 312 and Honker's Ale, as well as specialty beers like Matilda, and limited-editions like its Bourbon County Stouts.<br /><br />Brewmaster Greg Hall says production grew more than 20 percent last year. Goose Island is operating at &quot;full capacity,&quot; and the company has demand for even more beer. The brewery is temporarily shifting some production of Honker's Ale and India Pale Ale to the Redhook Ale Brewery in Portsmouth, N.H.</p><p>Hall says the company eventually plans to build another brewery in Chicago, and bring that production back here. They're hoping to take advantage of growing demand:</p><p>&quot;It's very exciting that it appears craft beer and Goose Island in particular has really gotten over that tipping point,&quot; Hall said. &quot;We're not just for the real beer aficionados now. We're no longer a curiosity for the mainstream beer drinker. We're just part of the regular rotation.&quot;<br /><br />Hall said that's partly because people's tastes have changed. He said many people favor more flavorful beers now.</p><p>He also credited the tough economy. He said people are saving money, so they're not necessarily buying new cars or taking trips to celebrate, but they still want to reward themselves. Demand for Matilda, one of the more expensive offerings from Goose, grew 97 percent last year.</p><p>&quot;Beers' role as an affordable luxury is, I think, more important now than ever,&quot; he said.<br /><br />Hall says the first batch of IPA brewed in New Hampshire ships this week. The brewery's doing a test batch of Honker's Ale right now. That beer will likely ship from the East Coast this spring.</p><p>Nationally, the craft brewing industry is growing quickly, according to figures from the Brewers Association. Craft beers were up 9 percent by volume in the first half of 2010, compared to overall U.S. beer sales, which dropped nearly 3 percent in that same time period.</p></p> Tue, 22 Feb 2011 20:45:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/beer/chicagos-goose-island-brewery-moves-some-beer-production-out-state