Today is the 47th birthday of Wil Turner, brewer at Goose Island Brewery. Wil’s originally from California — or at least that’s where I first met him — but moved to Chicago to brew at the Clybourn Goose Island brewpub, eventually moving to the production side. Since the sale of Goose Island, Wil’s moved back over to brewpub brewing at Revolution Brewing, also in Chicago. Wil’s a great brewer, of course, and a terrific person for the industry, always a fun guy to drink with. Join me in wishing Wil a very happy birthday.
Today is also the 49th birthday of Greg Hall, former brewmaster at Goose Island Brewing. Goose Island, of course, makes some incredible beers. Founded by Greg’s father John Hall in 1988, Greg became brewmaster a few years later and has been setting high standards ever since, though he left after the family business was acquired by ABI. His new venture is Virtue Cider. Join me in wishing Greg a very happy birthday.
Today is the 42ND birthday of Jonathan Cutler, brewmaster/owner of Piece Brewing in Chicago. His brewpub makes great pizza and even better beer. Plus, he’s a terrific, fun person. He even got a shout-out at the Academy Awards a coiuple of years ago, when Quentin Tarantino said “Piece Out” during his acceptance speech. Join me in wishing Jonathan a very happy birthday.
At Stone Brewery during CBC in San Diego in 2008. From left: Peter Schell, Eric Rose (Hollister Brewing), Ian Ward (Brewers Supply Group), Jonathan Cutler (Piece Brewing), Chad Kennedy (Laurelwood Public House) and Fal Allen (now back at Anderson Valley).
Today is Don Feinberg’s 59th birthday. Don, along with his wife Wendy Littlefield, runs the Belgian export company Vanberg & DeWulf. Their portfolio includes such great beer lines as Dupont, Castelain and Dubuisson (Bush). They were also the original founders of Brewery Ommegang. Three years ago they celebrated their 30th anniversary of being involved in the beer industry and bringing great beer to America. Plus, they’re great fun to hang out and drink with. Unfortunately, this will be their last year running Vanberg & DeWulf, as they’ve sold it and will be taking some time off, before deciding on their next project. Join me in wishing Don a very happy birthday.
Wendy Littlefield, Don and Greg Engert at a Vanberg & DeWulf tasting in Washington, D.C. (photo by Chuck Cook)
Today is the 40th birthday of Jonathan Surratt. Jonathan launched the Beer Mapping Project and also runs the website for DRAFT magazine. He also created National Growler Day, though its exact date from year to year is still fluid, and he’s a twitter diva, too. Join me in wishing Jonathan a very happy birthday.
Today is the 56th birthday of Ray Daniels. Ray is the former director of Craft Beer Marketing for the Brewers Association and today runs the Cicerone program, which he founded, to certify beer professionals, similar to sommeliers in the wine industry. He also founded the Real Ale Festival that used to take place annually in Chicago. And he’s one of my favorite people in the beer industry. Join me in wishing Ray a very happy birthday.
Today is Wendy Littlefield’s 58th birthday. Wendy, along with her husband, runs the Belgian export company Vanberg & DeWulf. Their portfolio includes such great beer lines as Dupont, Castelain and Dubuisson (Bush). They were also the original founders of Brewery Ommegang. Two years ago was their 30th anniversary of being involved in the beer industry and bringing great beer to America. Plus, they’re great fun to hang out and drink with. Join me in wishing Wendy a very happy birthday.
NOTE: Photos purloined from Vanberg & DeWulf’s website and Facebook.
If you’ve ever been to the loft that overlooks the Lagunitas Brewery, you’ve probably seen this orange couch. I’ve sat in it on numerous occasions. As I remember it, it’s a pretty comfy sofa, and you sink right into it.
But I guess I’ll have to travel to Chicago if I want to sit on it again. Check out its journey in this humorous video from Lagunitas.
Sheesh, you try and do something other than sit at your computer all day, and all hell breaks loose. At least I have an excuse, sort of. My wife and I just bought another house, which we’re having some work done on before we move in, and that’s been occupying a healthy percentage of my time over the past few weeks, which is also why I haven’t been posting as much, either. But what I missed was a wowzer. Tony Magee, the iconoclastic owner of Lagunitas Brewing, revealed via twitter that’s he’s signed a lease for an old movie soundstage (and former Ryerson Steel Factory) in Chicago, where he’s planning to build another 250-barrel brewhouse by July 2013, with the first brew anticipated in the 4th Quarter.
Adam Nasam, from Beer Pulse, happily, was paying attention and broke the story yesterday, even including a map of the property. Earlier today, Craft Business Daily had an interview with Magee, where he revealed more details about Lagunitas’ plans for the Chicago brewery.
This afternoon, Lagunitas finally sent out a press release about the acquisition and their plane for a Chicago brewery.
The Lagunitas Brewing Company of Petaluma CA is moving forward with the construction of a second brewing facility in the crossroads of the US; Chicago Illinois. Carl Sandburg’s ‘City of Big Shoulders’ will be home to a new ROLEC-built 250 barrel kettle and 200,000 barrels of initial capacity. The brewery will be operating by the 4th quarter of 2013, and will occupy 150,420 square feet on the grounds of the CineSpace Movie Soundstage complex at 15th Street and Rockwell in Chicago’s Douglas Park neighborhood.
According to Lagunitas founder and CEO, Tony Magee, the idea got very real in the last 2 months. A few days spent with a calculator and a couple more visiting sites around the city crystalized the plan. “I was born and raised in Chicago so the siting questions were easy to figure out. But the real driver behind it all was two-fold; first, I realized that there was about 4 ounces of diesel in every 22oz bottle of our beer when enjoyed in Chicago, even more if you’re in NYC. Secondly, the future of Craft Beer is, we believe, local and we sure want to be a part of the future so the decision was easy. One of the best things about craft brewing is being close to the people who are digging it.”
Lagunitas is just finishing up a major expansion of its Petaluma home where it built a new brewhouse that will eventually enable it to brew more than four times what it brewed in 2011. The Petaluma brewery only has fermentation capacity to meet its needs through 2013. By building a second brewery in Chicago, Lagunitas will be adding that needed future capacity closer to where it will be enjoyed. According to Magee, “By the time Lagunitas Chicago is ready to mash in we will move about 140,000 barrels of production there. All the left coast and western states beer will still be brewed in Petaluma and life at the Petaluma brewery will be pretty calm, for a change, for a while…!”.
Awesome news for Lagunitas. That’s the fourth regional brewery this year to announce a second location. I’d say we’re witnessing a definite trend.
- Admiral Sasquatch
- Argus Brewing
- Bent River Brewing
- Big Muddy Brewing
- Blind Pig Brewery
- Blue Cat Brew Pub
- BrickStone Restaurant & Brewery
- Carlyle Brewing
- Chain O’Lakes Brewing
- Chicago Beer Company
- Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works
- Doubleheart Brewing
- Drinking & Writing Brewery
- Elmwood Brewing
- Emmett’s Ale House
- English Prairie Brewery
- Finch’s Beer Company
- 5 Rabbit Cerveceria
- 4 Paws Brewing
- Flatlander’s Restaurant & Brewery
- Flossmoor Station Brewery
- Galena Brewing
- Goose Island Brewing
- Gordon Biersch Brewing: Bolingbrook
- Grafton Winery and Brewhaus
- Granite City Food and Brewery: East Peoria, Orland Park, Rockford
- Half Acre Beer Co.
- Hamburger Mary’s
- Harrison’s Brewery and Restaurant
- Haymarket Brewing
- John S. Rhodell Brewery
- JW Platek’s Restaurant and Brewery
- Lake Bluff Brewing
- Last Bay Beer Company
- Limestone Brewery and Restaurant
- The Lucky Monk Burger, Pizza & Beer Co.
- Metropolitan Brewing
- Mickey Finn’s Brewery
- Millrose Brewing
- New Chicago Beer Co.
- New Oberpfalz Brewing
- Obed & Isaac’s Microbrewery & Eatery
- O’Griff’s Irish Pub Grill & Brew House
- Ol’ Glory Beverage Company
- Oval Brewing
- Pabst Brewing: Woodridge
- Piece Brewery
- Pipeworks Brewing
- Pizza Beer Company
- Ram Restaurant & Brewery: Rosemont, Schaumburg, Wheeling
- Revolution Brewing
- Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery: Chicago, Lombard, Orland Park, Warrenville
- Rolling Meadows Brewery
- Solemn Oath Brewery
- Tighthead Brewing
- Two Brothers Brewing
- Two Brothers Roundhouse
- Une Année Brewery
- Wild Onion Brewing Company
Illinois Brewery Guides
Guild: Illinois Craft Brewers Guild
State Agency: Illinois Liquor Control Commission
- Capital: Springfield
- Largest Cities: Chicago, Rockford, Aurora, Naperville, Peoria
- Population: 12,419,293; 5th
- Area: 57918 sq. mi., 25th
- Nickname: Prairie State
- Statehood: 21st, December 3, 1818
- Alcohol Legalized: December 5, 1933
- Number of Breweries: 52
- Rank: 10th
- Beer Production: 8,999,624
- Production Rank: 5th
- Beer Per Capita: 21.6 Gallons
- Bottles: 44.6%
- Cans: 45.4%
- Kegs: 9.7%
- Per Gallon: $0.23
- Per Case: $0.51
- Tax Per Barrel (24/12 Case): $6.98
- Draught Tax Per Barrel (in Kegs): $6.98
- $0.12/gallon in Chicago & beer sold in clubs plus additional 10% retail tax for all beer sold in clubs
Economic Impact (2010):
- From Brewing: $748,215,023
- Direct Impact: $2,730,875,319
- Supplier Impact: $2,317,033,213
- Induced Economic Impact: $3,238,802,131
- Total Impact: $8,286,710,664
- Control State: No
- Sale Hours: On Premises: Depending on local government; 24-hour bars are permitted in Cicero; a handful of 21-22 hour bars exist in Cook County, and the Metro East.
- Grocery Store Sales: Yes
- Notes: Opening/closing hours are up to the decision of counties or towns.
Data complied, in part, from the Beer Institute’s Brewer’s Almanac 2010, Beer Serves America, the Brewers Association, Wikipedia and my World Factbook. If you see I’m missing a brewery link, please be so kind as to drop me a note or simply comment on this post. Thanks.
For the remaining states, see Brewing Links: United States.