As we all do at this time of year, it's time to look back at 2014. If we do say so ourselves, it's been quite the year for The Hop Review. We've been lucky enough to sit down with no-less than 28 of the craft beer industry's most knowledgeable, passionate, and driven people. This is all on top of the many events we've attended and the countless other awesome folks we've come across; many of who we plan to chat with throughout the next year.
Is brewing beer an art or science? Most brewers will tell you it's a bit of both. Empirical Brewery, sitting right on the border of Andersonville and Ravenswood, wants your help with the science side of the operation as they plan to integrate empirical consumer feedback directly into their beer portfolio.
We needed to find out more about this unique approach, so we stopped into the still-under-construction brewery to chat with Empirical Founder Bill Hurley and Brewmaster Art Steinhoff. What we found was a pair of unique, passionate, and highly analytical guys who are on the verge of starting something completely new in the Chicago beer scene. And that's not easy to do.