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Under Contract: Collaborative Brewing with Great Central

Under Contract: Collaborative Brewing with Great Central

NEAR WEST SIDE, CHICAGO

With the barrier for entry into expanded distribution often being steep, many growing breweries have turned to third party contracts to meet demand. Contracting has developed an often negative stigma for consumers. But just take a visit to Chicago's Great Central Brewing Co. and you might find that to be incorrect.

Rapidly Rising: Head Brewer Matt Young of Half Acre

Rapidly Rising: Head Brewer Matt Young of Half Acre

BOWMANVILLE, CHICAGO

Half Acre Beer Company is something of an institution in Chicago. Great beer paired with perfect timing for the incredible boom of the craft scene in Chicago meant that by 2012, HABC had outgrown their original facility and was looking for a new home. They've found that home just north in the Bowmanville neighborhood. The huge new production facility now supplies the majority of beer to Half Acre's ever increasing distribution footprint. At the forefront of that incredible growth is Head Brewer Matt Young, one of Half Acre's earliest "deckhands" who's worked his way to the top of the brewing ladder. We stopped by Bowmanville and asked Matt why he left grad school to clean floors, how Half Acre has grown, and why he loves the brewery he calls family.

Cider Making with Paul Cade of Broken Nose

Cider Making with Paul Cade of Broken Nose

NORTHCENTER, CHICAGO

If you're a beer fan, you already know about the explosive growth of the craft industry. But often overlooked amidst the bevy of beverage options available is the craft cider, beer's apple-centric distant cousin. A long-time favorite of drinkers in northern Europe, cider is making quite the comeback in the United States, growing by leaps and bounds in recent years. And first on the Chicago scene is Broken Nose Cider Company, currently being made at Begyle Brewing. Founder Paul Cade has brought dry, European-style cider to the Windy City. One thing's for sure — this is unlike any cider we've had before–and that's a great thing.