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Brewer Chat: Adam & Ari of Mercenary Brewery & Distillery

Brewer Chat: Adam & Ari of Mercenary Brewery & Distillery

LOGAN SQUARE, CHICAGO

Depending on exactly who you ask, there are about 85 craft breweries and 18 craft distilleries in the state of Illinois. Until now, however, there have been exactly zero brewery/distillery combinations in the Land of Lincoln. That's somewhat surprising considering the success seen by other combo facilities like Michigan's New Holland Brewing and Oregon's Rogue Ales & Spirits.

That's all about to change as Mercenary Brewery & Distillery get's set to open in Chicago's Logan Square. Tucked down a side street just round the corner from fellow newcomers Ale Syndicate and Arcade Brewery, owners Ari Megalis and Adam Cieslak are hard at work on their soon-to-be combo facility. We stopped in during their buildout phase to find out more about the lifelong friend's history and their plan to bring the best of both worlds to the Windy City.