World Beer Cup

Finding a Place with Mike Byrnes of Argus Brewery

Finding a Place with Mike Byrnes of Argus Brewery

PULLMAN, CHICAGO

Contributor Kevin Sterne goes on a quest to leave his pale ale/saison comfort zone. His tour led him to a historic brick building that previously housed the Schlitz Brewing Company horse carriages. Here, he spoke with Mike Byrnes about a small South Side Chicago lager brewery's place in an otherwise hop-obsessed scene.

Brewer Chat: Brewpub-ing with Piece's Jonathan Cutler

Brewer Chat: Brewpub-ing with Piece's Jonathan Cutler

WICKER PARK, CHICAGO

If you're familiar with Chicago's Wicker Park, then you're probably aware that Piece Brewery & Pizzeria is a neighborhood institution. In fact, you could argue Piece is spreading it's influence plenty outside the North Side. It's built a bit of a reputation. Not just as one of the best pizza joints in the country (proof here), but as home to some of the highest-regarded brews in the nation (we're not kidding). They've got the fanfare, and hardware, to prove it. What you might not know is exactly how brewer, Jonathan Cutler, came to find his home at the brewpub over a decade ago. Nor how incredibly affable and humble this guy is. We sat down to share a few pints with Cutler and discuss the globetrotting that got him here.