NORTH CENTER, CHICAGO
With over 10 years of industry experience, Joe Katz knows a thing or two about drinking and selling beer in Chicago. In a previous life, Joe was challenged with creating and building out the craft beer segment for Stoller Wholesale, traditionally a wine and spirits distributor. During those years, Joe was living, breathing, and drinking all things craft beer. Frequently, that would involve him taking his work home to Carly Katz, co-owner, wife and, most recently, mother who was always rather pleased about that. Together they explored the variety and flavors that craft beer was offering and continued their education by going through the Cicerone program.
Along the way, an idea popped into their minds that they could go out and make it on their own. After all, they had all the knowledge they needed to make it in the industry. Their idea? A "liquor store" unlike any liquor store in the area. One that didn't include 40oz bottles of malt liquor, cigarettes or the complimentary layer of filth on the bottles. Instead, they envisioned a bright, clean and welcoming store front filled with a plethora of craft beer and a variety of both wine and spirits.
Bottles & Cans and talk shop with owners Joe and Carly Katz. Conveniently located on Lincoln Avenue, Bottles & Cans has been supplying Chicago with all the beer, wine and spirits they could handle. Always willing to talk about beer, Joe and Carly gave us the ins and outs of running a craft beer store in Chicago.