Evanston

Changing Perceptions with Shawn Decker of Sketchbook

Changing Perceptions with Shawn Decker of Sketchbook

EVANSTON, IL

Evanston, Illinois has a long history with alcohol, mostly spent avoiding it all together. The city is finally seeing changing perceptions and is experiencing its own craft renaissance, now home to a cidery, distillery, and several breweries. One of those is Sketchbook Brewing Co., founded on the premise of bringing together a community that's still not totally convinced beer belongs.

Talking Beer with Nico Freccia of 21st Amendment Brewery

Talking Beer with Nico Freccia of 21st Amendment Brewery

SAN FRANCISCO, CA

The Chicago beer scene just got a little bigger thanks to new arrival 21st Amendment Brewery's distribution. Since 2000, they've been pumping out award-winning beers from their popular SF brewpub. With a lineup that includes  a session ale, black IPA, Baltic porter and–arguably their most famous beer–a watermelon wheat, there's a little something for every beer drinker. And for the first time ever, Chicagoans will have easy access to their recognizable lineup of craft cans.

Brewer Chat: Claudia Jendron of Temperance Beer Company

Brewer Chat: Claudia Jendron of Temperance Beer Company

EVANSTON, IL

It's no stretch to say the people behind Temperance Beer Company are pioneers. For one, the brewery is the first to open in the city of Evanston since the Prohibition era; not a simple feat in a community that was dry until 1972. And behind any brewery, there must always be a Brewmaster. Claudia Jendron is carving out her own path in a largely male dominated industry and is leaving quite the foot print. Her English Style IPA Gatecrasher has just won a silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival, a huge (and as we found out, unexpected) honor.