Michigan Beer

Beer & Branding: North Pier Brewing Co.

Beer & Branding: North Pier Brewing Co.

BENTON HARBOR, MI

In the craft beer industry, there are a few categories of folks who choose to open a brewery. One of which describes the people who love to consume craft beer themselves; who love the culture, the variety, and the experience of trying styles both familiar and experimental. These people absorb all the nuances and foibles of craft beer culture. Michigan's North Pier Brewing Co. and their brand falls under this ethos.

Brewer Chat: Kevin Cary of Begyle Brewing

Brewer Chat: Kevin Cary of Begyle Brewing

NORTHCENTER, CHICAGO

Begyle (and that's pronounced Bee-gyle), is a relative newcomer to the Chicago craft scene but has already made a big splash. Hot off their accolade "Best New Brewery: 2013" by Chicago Magazine, they've been managing to keep quite busy, and their neighbors happy. Their tiny growler-filling room tucked away between the L and Metra in North Center has quickly become a destination for thirsty beer geeks in the know.

With the city on the brink of Chicago Craft Beer Week, we sat down with Kevin Cary, founder and brewer at Begyle to discuss everything from Michigan roots, pre-Untappd beer tracking, and how it all came together to form one of Chicago's most exciting, and community-centric breweries.

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.