Against the Grain

Brewing Collaborations with Cleetus Friedman

Brewing Collaborations with Cleetus Friedman

RAVENSWOOD, CHICAGO

Think of one word that describes the local brewery scene...go ahead, we'll wait. For us, we just might go with "collaborative". We've sat down with nearly 40 Chicagoland beer industry folk, and virtually all of them have spoken to how the local industry is unwaveringly helpful, communal, and always willing to collaborate on everything from sharing brewery space to whipping up their next beer. We sat down with one of the industry's most collaborative, Fountainhead Chef, Cleetus Friedman, to talk what it takes to stay inventive.

Brewer Chat: Sam Cruz of Against the Grain

Brewer Chat: Sam Cruz of Against the Grain

LOUISVILLE, KY

On a recent trip down to Louisville, I threw a line out at Against the Grain to potentially chat 'beer stuff.' When I heard back with a "Come'on by, ask for Sam," I obliged. And when I showed up for a nice patio lunch at the brewery – amidst setup for a big event they were hosting that evening – Sam stepped over, introduced himself, and sat down to chat. The gesture was so nonchalant, you'd think he does it with every guest to the brewpub. From there, we briefly chatted about the space, ATG's unique attributes, and the fresh ink on a new production facility's lease.

Industry Insider: A Chat with Michael Roper of Hopleaf

Industry Insider: A Chat with Michael Roper of Hopleaf

UPTOWN, CHICAGO

Beer and mussels, mussels and beer. Anyway you put it, it's one of the most delicious combinations out there. We aren't sure why it works, we just know we love it. You'll see this combo popping up at any reputable beer bar across the city, but for anyone who is serious about beer and mussels, they know the go to place is Andersonville's Hopleaf Bar.

We sat down with Michael Roper, one half of The Hopleaf duo, to talk about the bar's history, what's going on in the Chicago beer scene, and most importantly, beer and mussels!