LOGAN SQUARE, CHICAGO
It's been just over seven months since we last stopped into Mercenary Brewery & Distillery. Back in July '14, founders Adam Cieslak and Ari Megalis, were just getting started on the Illinois' first brewery - distillery combination. This was a brewery without a production beer and a distillery without a Still. Needless to say, there was a long way still to go.
Adam and Ari have been busy since the summer. Half a year later we can walk into the top bottle shops through the city and see their distinctive white labeled bottles of Charlatan Pale Ale or Fat Pug Milk Stout adorning the shelves. They also have a shiny new Still as the centerpiece of their rapidly expanding Logan Square brewery.