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A Righteously Good Chat with Church Street Brewing

A Righteously Good Chat with Church Street Brewing

ITASCA, IL

It’s inevitable, after any homebrewer’s first successful batch of beer, they begin to hear that voice that says "you could do this for a living."  For some, that voice gets drowned out by other ventures bidding for their time.  For a few, that voice gets louder and louder until it consumes every waking moment.  Soon enough, your nights are occupied with drawing up plans for your brew system, scoping out the neighborhood for that ideal location, coming up with a memorable name, and perfecting the delicious beer you are about to spread to the masses.  For Church Street Brewing Co.’s Joe and Lisa Gregor, that’s exactly what happened after Joe’s son decided to buy dad some homebrew equipment.  Little did he know how that small gift would alter his parents’ lives in the next few years.

Picking the Top 5 Beers at the 2013 Chicago Beer Festival

Picking the Top 5 Beers at the 2013 Chicago Beer Festival


With winter in Chicago (hopefully, sort of) coming to an end, we could think of no better way to celebrate our warmer-weather-craft-beer-excitement than heading to the Chicago Beer Festival. Kicking off it's second year, the CBF again found it's home in Union Station's Great Hall; just steps from the hustle and bustle of the arrival/departure train traffic, and befittingly as crowded as the popular Chicago thoroughfare itself. Although, the scene was admittedly less stuffed than last year's inaugural event, likely due to some drama stirred up before this year's event that caused many patrons to request admission refunds. In short, some rumors were stirred up that the soon-to-be American Beer Classic, to be held at Soldier Field in May, called 'shenanigans' on Chicago Beer Festival's drink disbursement policy, alerting the Illinois State Liquor Commission that they were instituting an 'all you can drink' offering, illegal in Illinois (and likely...everywhere). This caused the CBF to recall they're unlimited samplings and institute a 20-sampling punchcard instead. But, whatever the reason for the slightly thinner crowds, we enjoyed our 1-4PM first session of the fest and wasted no time going after some new offerings, on our hunt to name the Top 5 Beers of the day.