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Chicago Brewery Bracket: Suburbs – Rd. 1

Chicago Brewery Bracket: Suburbs – Rd. 1

CHICAGOLAND, IL

The Hop Review is excited for the return of the Chicago Brewery Bracket, and this year is bigger and better than ever with 64 breweries from the city and surrounding suburbs battling for the crown.

The Chicagoland suburbs pack a mighty punch, brewing some beer as good as any you can find in the U.S. With formidable players like Two Brothers, Solemn Oath, 5 Rabbit and Penrose, the area outside the city limits is no slouch. Pair these fan favorites against up-and-comers like Une Année, Mikerphone, and Hailstorm or against old standbys like Flossmoor Station and Wild Onion, and things could get interesting...

Catching Up With Ale Syndicate

Catching Up With Ale Syndicate

LOGAN SQUARE, CHICAGO

If you follow the Chicago craft scene, the name "Ale Syndicate" has likely popped up more than once in the last year or two. With humble beginning as the New Chicago Beer Co., they've had a busy couple years as they've rebranded and relocated, built a brew house from the remnants of an old train station, and expanded their award winning beer portfolio.

Back in April 2013, founders Sam and Jesse Evans walked us through their plans and took us on a tour of their brewery to be. Early 2014 marks a huge milestone for the Ale Syndicate crew as they put the finishing touches on their Green Exchange brewery. Set for a huge year, we jumped at the opportunity to track down the Ale Syndicate crew and catch up on their latest news.

Brewer Chat: Brewpub-ing with Piece's Jonathan Cutler

Brewer Chat: Brewpub-ing with Piece's Jonathan Cutler

WICKER PARK, CHICAGO

If you're familiar with Chicago's Wicker Park, then you're probably aware that Piece Brewery & Pizzeria is a neighborhood institution. In fact, you could argue Piece is spreading it's influence plenty outside the North Side. It's built a bit of a reputation. Not just as one of the best pizza joints in the country (proof here), but as home to some of the highest-regarded brews in the nation (we're not kidding). They've got the fanfare, and hardware, to prove it. What you might not know is exactly how brewer, Jonathan Cutler, came to find his home at the brewpub over a decade ago. Nor how incredibly affable and humble this guy is. We sat down to share a few pints with Cutler and discuss the globetrotting that got him here.