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Crafted Optimism: Home & Away with Pollyanna Brewing

Crafted Optimism: Home & Away with Pollyanna Brewing

LEMONT, IL

As city dwellers, we often take for granted the added challenges a brewery in the suburbs faces. Often fighting a battle on two fronts, one in their local market and another in the city, they require entirely different strategies. Brian Pawola, Co-Founder and Head Brewer of Lemont's Pollyanna Brewing Company leads the charge in one of the more successful breweries to tackle this challenge.

Culinary Focused Brewing with Moody Tongue

Culinary Focused Brewing with Moody Tongue

PILSEN, CHICAGO

As hand-crafted beer continues to diversify and mature, we're starting to see more breweries cater to a different type of drinker. Great beer and food have always been quite the pair, something that people everywhere are starting to remember. You won't find a bigger proponent of this idea than former chef, and Founder of Moody Tongue Brewing Company, Jared Rouben. Cutting his teeth in the kitchens of New York and Napa Valley, and the brew houses at Rock Bottom and Goose Island Clybourn, Jared brings a unique perspective to Chicago beer. We sat down with Jared in their rapidly expanding Pilsen brewery to find out what drives their approach to some of the most unique beers seen in Chicago yet.

Brewer Chat: French and Belgian Inspired Beers with Une Année

Brewer Chat: French and Belgian Inspired Beers with Une Année

WEST TOWN, CHICAGO

The Chicago craft beer scene is growing. But you already know this. You can walk into any good craft beer store and you'll be met with more choices than any one person could hope to try (and remember). Among that crowded scene however, there's something that's more difficult to find. A brewery that truly knows its identity and what they want to focus on. Une Année, the product of Jerry Nelson, is one of those breweries. With a determination to "make a few beers, very well", Jerry, along with head brewmaster Dustin Zimmerman, have brought a taste of Belgium to Chicago.

We headed west to the Kinzie Industrial Corridor to check out what's brewing at Une Année. What we found is a small shop operation cranking out some of the finest and most unique Belgian themed brews this city has to offer.