Beer is Big in DuPage!

Beer is Big in DuPage!

Microbreweries are on the rise in DuPage County and we are proud to showcase our member breweries Alter Brewing Co., Church Street BrewingMore Brewing CoRed Arrow Tap Room, and Two Brothers highlighting the best craft beer and food pairings for this holiday season, with our Goodwill Ambassador Judy Hsu of ABC7! Watch the 11am segment below and share with friends and family on social media!

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Microbreweries, or craft breweries, are trending in destinations across the nation and DuPage County is among them. There are more breweries in the US now than there were at any other time, and new locations are continuing to pop up around Chicagoland. DuPage’s diverse and affluent community, green spaces, and sustainability efforts provide an ideal setting for craft breweries.

What makes craft breweries unique? 

The craft beer market puts an emphasis on supporting local and providing a beer-tasting, beer-learning experience rather than simply enjoying a drink. Adam Hoockzo of Alter Brewing Company states, “There is so much artistry happening in the craft beer world, that the emphasis has been put on the full experience of tasting the beer. There is always something new and exciting to try.” Many local breweries host trivia nights, yoga events, food trucks and paint nights to encourage people to really engage in a comfortable atmosphere. “It has almost gotten to the point where breweries are the modern country club,” said Chet Brett of Church Street Brewing Company.     

Check out the sampling below for a glimpse into DuPage County’s craft beer industry.

BREWERIES

Alter Brewing Company 
2300 Wisconsin Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515
630.541.9558

What’s the story? In 2013, three men came together and began laying foundations for a new brewery. Alter Brewing was born on December 18, 2015- built upon a passionate love for the beer industry and its people. Alter Brewing Company’s beer is a clarion call to the community to alter their preconceptions not only of what beer is, but also what beer can be.

“The beauty of Alter is that it’s not just young beer aficionados strolling through our door. You’ll see everyone from over 21-year old college students to retirees occupying seats at the bar, which makes for a unique and exciting collection of people.” – Adam Hoockzo

Click here for more information on their story.

Alter Brewing Hours
Monday-Thursday 3:00PM – 10:00PM
Friday–Saturday 12:00PM – 11:00PM
Sunday 12:00PM – 7:00PM

Church Street Brewing Company
1480 Industrial Drive
Itasca, IL 60143
630.438.5725

What’s the story? Joe and Lisa Gregor began brewing when their eldest son, Steven, came home one Christmas holiday and shared that he had been “home-brewing” with his chemistry professors. He brought home a recipe for the family to brew, and Joe quickly bought a home-brewing kit to begin the process. After they completed their first “home-brew,” Joe was hooked.

Joe and Lisa began looking for a brewery location in 2010 and originally decided on a location in Addison on Church Street in 2011- hence where the name comes from. Unfortunately, the location fell through- but the name stuck. In 2012, they had finally found a new location in Itasca (their current location) and began and completed a six-month build out.

This year, Church Street celebrated their five-year anniversary with a weekend full of live music, food trucks, and of course, great beer. The brewery was also awarded Daily Herald Reader’s Choice Top Pick 2017.

“The demographics of the ‘craft’ beer consumer are perfect for the makeup of the industry in DuPage County. I love the beer industry, Church Street Brewing and DuPage County.” – Chet Brett

Click here for the full story.

Church Street Hours
Monday-Thursday 5:00PM – 10:00PM
Friday 4:00PM – 11:00PM
Saturday 12:00PM – 11:00PM
Sunday 12:00PM – 7:00PM
Book the taproom for your next event or simply stop by for a free tour.

More Brewing Co.
126 S. Villa Avenue
Villa Park, IL 60181
630.501.1519

What’s the story? It began with two brothers who saw the culture of craft beer as retailers, but were missing out on the action from a production standpoint. They own two bottle shops in Villa Park and have a pretty extensive craft beer selection, but wanted to open a brewery of their own to dive deeper into the community. With little brewing experience, they set out to find a brewer that they could work with along with finding a location. “We chose Villa Park because we already had invested in two other businesses in the same village and feel like we can offer even more – no pun intended,” said Sunny Patel, owner of More Brewing Company. The name comes from the town’s old name of Ardmore (which is also the name of their two bottle shops – Ardmore Station). They decided to drop the “Ard” and stuck with More.

More Brewing Co. Hours
Monday–Thursday 11:00AM – 11:00PM
Friday–Saturday 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Sunday 11:00AM – 11:00PM

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Noon Whistle

Noon Whistle Brewing Company
800 East Roosevelt Road Suite C
Lombard, IL 60148
630.376.6895

What’s the story? Brewmaster Paul Kreiner annually vacationed with family in Marquette, Wisconsin with tradition built around the town whistle. The whistle sounding at noon indicated the time to crack open the first beer. Not only is the tradition about beer, but also, camaraderie, good company of family and friends and the creation of memories.

“Let us enjoy the time we have with our friends and families, make new friends along the way and have great memories of it all.” 

Noon Whistle Brewing Company Hours
Tuesday – Thursday 12:00PM – 10:00PM
Friday – Saturday 12:00PM – 11:00PM
Sunday 12:00PM – 7:00PM

Red Arrow Tap Room
111 E. First Street
Elmhurst, IL 60126
630.501.1322

What’s the story? Joseph Tota and Jim Pacente came up with the idea of Red Arrow Tap Room during one of their frequent runs along the Red Arrow Highway in Union Pier, Michigan. They imagined a place filled with friendly people enjoying great beer and delicious food in a fun, modern environment, free of the hassles and headaches that so often accompany the contemporary restaurant experience. They brought innovation to the craft beer industry with technology, Pour Your Own self-service, and hospitality-included pricing. Red Arrow Tap Room was the first Pour Your Own establishment in the Chicagoland area and was voted Daily Herald’s Best New Restaurant in 2017.

Red Arrow Tap Room features 48 self-serve taps featuring independent craft beer, wine, and cocktails. At Red Arrow, individuals get to pour as much or as little as they want, and are charged by the ounce. Customers of age receive a Pour Pass that is either linked to their credit card or prepaid. Patrons insert their Pour Pass into the tap of their choice, their funds are displayed on a monitor and then they’re able to pour their own beverage.

“Fun technology, very interactive, good vibe, good beer. Food is very tasty.” – MySuburbanLife.com

Click here for more information.

Red Arrow Hours
Monday–Thursday 4:00PM – 11:00PM
Friday–Saturday 11:00AM – 12:00AM
Sunday 11:00AM – 10:00PM

Two Brothers Brewing Company and Tap House
30W315 Calumet Avenue
Warrenville, IL 60555
630.393.2337

What’s the story? Two Brothers Brewing Company was founded by brothers Jim and Jason Ebel who discovered their passion for beer while traveling the world. Over the past 20 years, Two Brothers has grown and spread into over a dozen states, but always remains true to its passion. The company plans to remain family owned and not sell out to a big corporation. Two Brothers continually finds ways to use technology to improve efficiency and conserve energy.

“At Two Brothers, we like to say ‘Follow your passion, and drink ours,’ because everyone of us here is passionate about brewing our award winning beers sustainably and with the highest quality ingredients and care.” – Bruce Miller

Click here to learn more about their story and their green initiatives.IMG_0349 03780_preview

Two Brothers Hours
Monday–Thursday 11:00AM – 11:00PM
Friday–Saturday 11:00AM – 12:00AM
Sunday 11:00AM – 9:00PM

Upcoming Events
December 2: HOSS Holiday Show & Toy Drive
December 7: 12 Beers of Christmas Tapping Party


Share your brewery experiences with us using #DuMoreHopping. And, if beer isn’t your thing, check out our local wineries- Lynfred Winery and D.O.C. Wine Bar.

Cheers,
The DuPage CVB Team
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3 thoughts on “Beer is Big in DuPage!

  1. And did you know that you also have a great craft beer podcast that is published from West Chicago?
    The Brit and Yankee Craft Beer Podcast has been covering craft beer and breweries across DuPage and Chicagoland since 2007.
    One brewery you have missed is Dry City in Wheaton!
    Plus Emmets is in Wheaton as well!

  2. And to add a further comment, Hopvine Brewing in Fox Valley Mall has brewed a celebratory beer for the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, in collaboration with The Brit and Yankee Craft Beer Podcast.
    It will be available on Saturday at the brewery. Its called Markle Sparkle and its a British Strong Golden Ale.
    Stop by and sample it…DuPage is rocking with greT breweries!

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