But first, coffee let’s Meet the Maker. Responsible for probably 90% of our daily productivity (☕️☕️☕️), Xavier Alexander is the co-founder of Chicago’s own Metric Coffee Co., and mastermind behind the beans brewed by yours truly. From humble beginnings (think empty garage with no money)...

  For our second edition of Meet the Maker, let's have a drink with one of Chicago’s largest self-distributing craft beer companies - Pipeworks Brewing Co! Whether you're a local beer hound or a casual drinker, it's hard to deny the influence their unique and spirited...

 
Good ol' Evanston, Illinois. Aside from being the "Home of Evanston's Big Ten Team" (sorry NU grads, a shameless Illini over here), Chicago's neighbor to the North is also home to great beer, a la Temperance Beer Company, and we're excited to take this week's Beer Drop to celebrate the first-ever cans of their Birdsong Saison! I recently had the chance to catch up with Emily Kwasny, Brewery Operations Manager at Temperance, to dive into the beer, their Evanston roots, and much more. Crack open a fresh one and read on - cheers!

  We first got to know West Town’s Forbidden Root last October when we had the opportunity to feature one of my favorite beers of all time, Snoochie Boochies, as our Beer Drop. Since then, the brewery has made a few key changes - most notably bringing on a new head brewer, Nick Williams, and launching a fresh series of beers - so naturally, it was time for a revisit! We recently chatted with Nick to catch up on what’s new at FR, what makes their hazy beers so damn good, get a glimpse into daily life at the brewery, and of course, the skinny on this week’s beer - the juicy Ghost Tropic from their hazy series. Read on for our conversation, and be sure to order up your Ghost Tropic now - this release will be gone again before you know it. Cheers!

Just in case that gray, rainy weather last weekend planted the 'winter is coming' seed in your mind, this week's Beer Drop should get us all back on the right track - Around The Bend's sunny Maui Gold! A hint of pineapple makes this session IPA a fresh, crushable option to toss in the cooler for the rest of the summer. 

I recently had the chance to catch up with Dan Schedler, Around the Bend's Founder/Head Brewer/Chief Bottle Washer, to talk all things Maui Gold, ATB, the worst brew day of his life (don't worry, it all turned out okay), and what's next for the brewery as they continue to carve their niche in Chicago and beyond. Read on for our full conversation!

We've been waiting to get our hands on this one for a while, and it's time to finally get JUICY. For the first time in cans, this week's Beer Drop features Alarmist Brewing's highly regardedNew England-style IPA, Le Jus.

If you're not familiar with what the folks at Alarmist are all about, then you've come to the right place. A quintessential hobbyist-turned-pro brewer story, they've created some awfully tasty stuff in their brewery on the Northwest side, so we're pretty pleased they went pro, to say the least. Le Jus is a fantastic take on the incredibly popular NE IPA style, and their flagship Pantsless is easily going to become your next go-to pale ale.

I had the chance to catch up with Gary 'The Gullster' Gulley, Owner and Chief Alarmist, to hear more about their story, what took them so long to make Le Jus, and how they became Charlize Theron's favorite brewery.* Read on below!

THOSE. GODDAMN. PIGEONS!

As their name implies, spite isn't exactly in short supply with the folks at Spiteful Brewing, which is apparent from beer names like Go Fly A Kite Stout, If It's Too Loud...You're Too Old English Brown Ale, and the star of this week's Beer Drop, God Damn Maple Syrup Pigeon Porter. In reality, the crew behind the juice produces some serious beers - all while staying true to their roots and never taking themselves too seriously. As you'll see from our conversation with Spiteful's account manager extraordinaire, Calvin Fredrickson, this sense of humor plays a vital role in how they approach their craft. Read on for the scoop on the beers, the brewery's humble beginnings, and more:

This week's Pollyanna Brewing Company might call Lemont, IL, home, but the star of this week's Beer Drop show is all about the easy-living, land down under vibes: Kiwi Allure! Thanks to the addition of Australia's favorite fuzzy fruit, this refreshing sour wheat ale will have you coming back to the cooler for more, especially on those humid summer days. Pair that can with Pollyanna's staple Lexical Gap IPA for a hell of a 1-2 punch for your grillin' and chillin' this weekend. I recently had the chance to catch up with Pollyanna's head brewer and co-founder, Brian Pawola, to learn more about these cans, the stories behind the brewery, and where you might catch one of their beers on the big screen this year - read on for more!

We've had the opportunity to meet to a lot of people in the craft beer industry while running The Beer Drop for the past year, and have consistently marveled at how socially active its companies and personalities are. This week, we're proud to feature Middle Brow Beer Co., which takes this attitude a step further. Doing good for the people who fight to improve their communities is as much a part of what soon-to-be Logan Square-based Middle Brow is all about, as experimenting with yeast strains and new beer styles.

I was stoked when Middle Brow co-founder Pete Ternes dropped by our new Wicker Park store a few weeks back to tell his brewery's story, and even more excited to kick off our relationship with this feature: Barrel-Aged White Light, a gin barrel-aged take on their flagship witbier. Check out this unique, limited-release offering while you can, and read on to hear from Pete about all the good that Middle Brow is up to, both in and out of the brewery.