Associate Members

DRAFT Magazine – Official Sponsor of #FoBAB and #ImBIBE

Hello Craft Beer Enthusiasts! I wanted to inform everyone that DRAFT Magazine has become an Official Sponsor of the Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers, as well as our ever-expanding enthusiast program named ImBIBE. What is [...]

Ale Syndicate: “It Just Takes Time”

If anyone has faced the extensive challenges that can arise when opening a brewery, it is the Evans brothers. Samuel and Jesse Edwin Evans came on the Chicago craft beer scene over the summer of 2011 [...]

4 Paws Brewing Sets Sights on Chicago Craft Beer Week

Sopping wet, I walked into Matt Gebhardt’s office one rainy afternoon in February to learn about 4 Paws Brewing, his soon-to-be up and running brewery near Andersonville, Illinois. After a brief exchange of handshakes and introductions, [...]

Shop Local – Guild Members Have Gifts for You!

It’s that time of the year again. It’s cold outside (weird Chicago-December-heat-wave not withstanding), those annoying bell ringers are outside every store, and you have to buy gifts for just about every person you have ever [...]

The Village Tap – A Chat with Michael Green

  There is an old adage (some might even call it a cliché) that states ‘actions speak louder than words.’ It is one thing to say that hospitality is the most important aspect of your business, [...]

An Afternoon at Greenbush

  Right out of a horror movie with names like Anger, Retribution, Pain, Delusion, Rage, Penitence, and Apathy, the beers at Greenbush are scary good.  Just short drive from Chicago, located at 5885 Sawyer Road in [...]

Chicago Brew Werks: A Community Based Shop

Brandon Wright and his professional photographer wife, Amanda, owners of Chicago Brew Werks located in  Plainfield, IL ( recently invited me into their home.  I met Brandon earlier this year at a tasting event he hosted [...]

Christopher DiBraccio Talks Craft Beer – Brixie’s in Brookfield

An Interview with Christopher DiBraccio, Owner of Brixie’s Bar and Grill   On a fairly dilapidated strip of Ogden Avenue in Brookfield, IL, surrounded by cheap motels and funeral homes, is one of Chicagoland’s best kept [...]

A Q&A with Kristina Bozic – West Lakeview Liquors

  We had a chance to visit with Kristina, owner of West Lakeview Liquors and current Associate Member of the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild. The Bozic Family has owned West Lakeview Liquors since 1988. Kristina took [...]

A Chat with Elliot Beier

On the busy thoroughfare of Western Avenue in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, in the shadow of pulsating neon lights of the Kerosotes movie theatre, lies Owen & Engine, a British-style gastropub that transports you from the [...]