Templeton Rye

Brewing Collaborations with Cleetus Friedman

Brewing Collaborations with Cleetus Friedman

RAVENSWOOD, CHICAGO

Think of one word that describes the local brewery scene...go ahead, we'll wait. For us, we just might go with "collaborative". We've sat down with nearly 40 Chicagoland beer industry folk, and virtually all of them have spoken to how the local industry is unwaveringly helpful, communal, and always willing to collaborate on everything from sharing brewery space to whipping up their next beer. We sat down with one of the industry's most collaborative, Fountainhead Chef, Cleetus Friedman, to talk what it takes to stay inventive.

Brewer Chat: Brian & Jason of Illuminated Brew Works

Brewer Chat: Brian & Jason of Illuminated Brew Works

WEST LOOP, CHICAGO

It was a cold, gloomy, Saturday afternoon in Chicago's West Loop and we found ourselves down a seemingly random back alley, tucked underneath the west bound Metra line. With no immediate signs of our quarry, we began to look for clues, knowing that we were close. Unmarked steel doors, a padlocked chain-link fence, and a stiff breeze were all that greeted us. The lone truck parked in the alley offered our only clue; a tiny bumper sticker showing an eye-balled pyramid with the words "Enjoy with people you trust." A knock on the nearest door then a welcoming handshake from the owner, and we'd arrived at Illuminated Brew Works.