The Publican

Revisting Mercenary Brewery & Distillery

Revisting Mercenary Brewery & Distillery

LOGAN SQUARE, CHICAGO

It's been just over seven months since we last stopped into Mercenary Brewery & Distillery. Back in July '14, founders Adam Cieslak and Ari Megalis, were just getting started on the Illinois' first brewery - distillery combination. This was a brewery without a production beer and a distillery without a Still. Needless to say, there was a long way still to go.

Adam and Ari have been busy since the summer. Half a year later we can walk into the top bottle shops through the city and see their distinctive white labeled bottles of Charlatan Pale Ale or Fat Pug Milk Stout adorning the shelves. They also have a shiny new Still as the centerpiece of their rapidly expanding Logan Square brewery.

Industry Chat: Rebekah Graham of The Publican

Industry Chat: Rebekah Graham of The Publican

FULTON MARKET, CHICAGO

As an anchor of the West Loop since 2008, The Publican has received nothing short of rave reviews. Just ask any fan of pork, seafood or great beverage. And ever since their original beverage list was composed, it's needed tending to in order to stay atop the ever-changing trends. Enter: Rebekah Graham; extensive traveler, industry veteran and all-around fan of the adult beverage. She's been with The Publican since day one. And we can say with certainty, Rebekah has one of the most unique perspectives of anyone we've spoken to thus far.