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.
LOGAN SQUARE, CHICAGO
There was once a time when Baderbräu (now, that's pronounced 'bay-der-brau') gave the Miller and Budweisers of the world a run for their money on Midwestern store shelves. Since that time, the brand and original brewery has completely fallen into obscurity and, until recently, was just a memory for many a Chicago old-timer.
Rob Sama aims to change all that and bring the city's "Original Craft Beer" back to prominence. We sat down with Rob at Logan Square's Radler to discuss his history with a brand he loves and the tall task of resurrecting a historic label in a market exploding with options.