John J. Hall

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.

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.