Mercenary Brewery & Distillery

Maplewood Brewery & Distillery - The New 'Mercenary'

Maplewood Brewery & Distillery - The New 'Mercenary'

LOGAN SQUARE, CHICAGO

The craft beer industry is, without a doubt, one of the friendliest, most collaborative places a business owner could set up shop. Having said that, we've seen our fair share of less than friendly industry dealings over the last few months. Unfortunately, that theme hit close to home recently for Chicago's own Mercenary Brewery & Distillery. After a recent legal confrontation, Mercenary is now known as Maplewood Brewery & Distillery. We caught up with Adam and Ari for a quick chat to find out how they're taking a bad situation and turning it into a positive.

Revisting Mercenary Brewery & Distillery

Revisting Mercenary Brewery & Distillery

LOGAN SQUARE, CHICAGO

It's been just over seven months since we last stopped into Mercenary Brewery & Distillery. Back in July '14, founders Adam Cieslak and Ari Megalis, were just getting started on the Illinois' first brewery - distillery combination. This was a brewery without a production beer and a distillery without a Still. Needless to say, there was a long way still to go.

Adam and Ari have been busy since the summer. Half a year later we can walk into the top bottle shops through the city and see their distinctive white labeled bottles of Charlatan Pale Ale or Fat Pug Milk Stout adorning the shelves. They also have a shiny new Still as the centerpiece of their rapidly expanding Logan Square brewery.

The Hop Review's Best Moments of 2014

The Hop Review's Best Moments of 2014

As we all do at this time of year, it's time to look back at 2014. If we do say so ourselves, it's been quite the year for The Hop Review. We've been lucky enough to sit down with no-less than 28 of the craft beer industry's most knowledgeable, passionate, and driven people. This is all on top of the many events we've attended and the countless other awesome folks we've come across; many of who we plan to chat with throughout the next year.