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Brewer Chat: Kevin Cary of Begyle Brewing

Brewer Chat: Kevin Cary of Begyle Brewing

NORTHCENTER, CHICAGO

Begyle (and that's pronounced Bee-gyle), is a relative newcomer to the Chicago craft scene but has already made a big splash. Hot off their accolade "Best New Brewery: 2013" by Chicago Magazine, they've been managing to keep quite busy, and their neighbors happy. Their tiny growler-filling room tucked away between the L and Metra in North Center has quickly become a destination for thirsty beer geeks in the know.

With the city on the brink of Chicago Craft Beer Week, we sat down with Kevin Cary, founder and brewer at Begyle to discuss everything from Michigan roots, pre-Untappd beer tracking, and how it all came together to form one of Chicago's most exciting, and community-centric breweries.

Beer Travels: To Kalamazoo and Back Again

Beer Travels: To Kalamazoo and Back Again

MICHIANA, MIDWEST

Two thirds of The Hop Review have roots in Michigan. Despite that fact, neither of us have spent much time in the southwest part of the state and, perhaps more egregiously, haven't taken the time to stop in Kalamazoo (widely considered the second best beer city in Michigan) for a brew on our way back to Chicago.

On an recent May Saturday morning, we woke up early, jumped in our car, and set out on a mission to change that. Luckily for us, there are more than enough beer-themed distractions scattered between Chicago and Kalamazoo to break up the trip and allow us the opportunity to check in with some of the Midwest's finest breweries along the I-94 corridor.