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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.

Brewer Chat: Pato Thornycroft of Lake Bluff Brewing

Brewer Chat: Pato Thornycroft of Lake Bluff Brewing

LAKE BLUFF, ILLINOIS

If you're not from the sleepy northern Chicago suburb, beer probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Lake Bluff, Illinois. Perhaps it's a nice looking village that whisks by when you're on your evening Metra commute. Perhaps it's the proximity to the small but picturesque beach less than a mile from the train track.

We're here to tell you that you should hop on the Metra, get on your bike, jump in your car, or pretty much do whatever it takes to spend an afternoon in Lake Bluff. Why? Lake Bluff Brewing Company and brewer Pato Thornycroft are brewing award winning beer that will appeal to every type of beer drinker in a comfortable, but still quirky enough to be interesting, setting. As we discovered on a Sunday morning bike ride from the city, there's a whole lot more to Lake Bluff and it's new brewing company than you might think.