List of breweries in Illinois

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The Schoenhofen Brewing building at 500 W. 18th St. in Chicago.

Breweries in Illinois produce a wide range of beers in different styles that are marketed locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. Brewing companies vary widely in the volume and variety of beer produced, from small nanobreweries and microbreweries to massive multinational conglomerate macrobreweries. Illinois is the 25th most extensive and the fifth most populous of the 50 states, and is often noted as a microcosm of the entire country. With Chicago in the northeast, small industrial cities, great agricultural productivity, and natural resources like coal, timber, and petroleum in the south, Illinois has a broad economic base.

In 2012 Illinois' 83 breweries and brewpubs employed 1,300 people directly, and more than 45,000 others in related jobs such as wholesaling and retailing.[1][2] Including people directly employed in brewing, as well as those who supply Illinois' breweries with everything from ingredients to machinery, the total business and personal tax revenue generated by Illinois' breweries and related industries was more than $1.4 billion.[3] Consumer purchases of Illinois' brewery products generated almost $450 million extra in tax revenue.[4] In 2012, according to the Brewers Association, Illinois ranked 36th in the number of craft breweries per capita with 68.[5]

For context, at the end of 2013 there were 2,822 breweries in the United States, including 2,768 craft breweries subdivided into 1,237 brewpubs, 1,412 microbreweries and 119 regional craft breweries.[6] In that same year, according to the Beer Institute, the brewing industry employed around 43,000 Americans in brewing and distribution and had a combined economic impact of more than $246 billion.[7]

Breweries[edit]

Name Bottling or canning Brewpub Taproom Location and other information
350 Brewing Company
NoN
Tinley Park, opened in 2014.[8]
4204 Main Street Brewing Company
NoN
Belleville, opened in 2014.[9]
5 Rabbit Cervecería
NoN
NoN
Bedford Park, opened in 2011.[10]
Argus Brewery
NoN
Chicago, opened in 2009, in a building built in 1906 as a Schlitz beer distribution facility.[11]
Atlas Brewing Company
NoN
Chicago, opened in 2012.[12]
Begyle Brewing Company
NoN
Chicago,[13] opened in 2012.
Bent River Brewing Company
NoN
NoN
NoN
Brewpub in Moline, bottling line and taproom in Rock Island.[14] Founded in 1997.
Big Chicago Brewing Company
NoN
Zion,[15] opened in 2012. Contract brewer for Ten Ninety beer and other brands.
Big Muddy Brewing
NoN
Murphysboro, founded in 2009.[16]
Birreria Chicago
NoN
Chicago, opened in 2013.[17]
Blind Pig Brewery
NoN
Champaign. The beer bar opened in 2004. The separate microbrewery and taproom opened in 2009.[18]
Blue Cat Brew Pub
NoN
Rock Island,[19] opened in 1994.
BrickStone Restaurant & Brewery
NoN
NoN
Bourbonnais,[20] opened in 2006.
BuckleDown Brewing
NoN
Lyons, opened in 2013.[21]
Carbondale Craft Beer
NoN
NoN
Ava, makers of Little Egypt beer,[22] founded in 2012.
Carlyle Brewing Company
NoN
Rockford, opened in 2003.[23]
Chain O'Lakes Brewing Company
NoN
McHenry, opened in 2013.[24] McHenry County's only craft brewery.
Church Street Brewing Company
NoN
NoN
Itasca,[25] opened in 2012.
Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works
NoN
NoN
Normal, Champaign, Bloomington, founded in 2007.[26][27]
DryHop Brewers
NoN
Chicago,[28] opened in 2013.
Emmett's Brewing Company
NoN
NoN
West Dundee, Palatine, Downers Grove,[29] founded in 1998.
Engrained Brewing Company
NoN
Springfield, opened in 2013.[30]
Excel Brewing Company
NoN
Breese. Founded as a soft drink company in 1936, Excel Bottling Company started brewing beer in 2012.[31]
Finch's Beer Company
NoN
Chicago,[32] founded in 2011.
Flesk Brewing
NoN
Lombard, founded in 2013.[33]
Flossmoor Station Brewing Company
NoN
NoN
Flossmoor. Brewpub opened in 1996, bottling operation started in 2008.[34]
Galena Brewing Company
NoN
NoN
Galena,[35] opened in 2010.
Goose Island Beer Company
NoN
NoN
Founded in Chicago in 1988 as a brewpub on Clybourn Avenue, Goose Island opened a bottling plant nearby in 1995, and a second brewpub, in the Wrigleyville neighborhood, in 1999. The production brewery and its beers were purchased by Anheuser-Busch InBev in 2011. Goose Island now has national distribution, and some of the beer is produced at other breweries. The brewpubs remain independently owned.[36]
Gordon Biersch Brewing Company
NoN
Gordon Biersch has its headquarters in San Jose, California. They operate brewpubs in a number of locations, including one in Bolingbrook.[37]
Granite City Food & Brewery
NoN
With its headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Granite City operates several dozen brewpubs in the Midwest, including three in Illinois, in East Peoria, Orland Park, and Rockford.[38]
Half Acre Beer Company
NoN
NoN
Half Acre was founded in 2007, with the beer initially contract brewed in Wisconsin. The brewery in Chicago started production in 2009, and the tap room opened in 2012.[39]
Hamburger Mary's
NoN
Hamburger Mary's originated in San Francisco, California and the company now has about a dozen restaurants nationwide. One opened in Chicago in 2006;[40] the brewpub was renamed in 2014 to Andersonville Brewing Company.[41]
Hailstorm Brewing
NoN
Tinley Park,[42] opened in 2014.
Haymarket Pub & Brewery
NoN
Chicago,[43] opened in 2010.
Hofbräuhaus Chicago
NoN
Rosemont, opened in 2013. This is one of a number of restaurants throughout the world licensed by the original Hofbräuhaus in Munich, Germany.[44]
Hopvine Brewing Company
NoN
Aurora, opened in 2013.[45]
Horse Thief Hollow
NoN
Chicago,[46] opened in 2013.
Illinois Brewing Company
NoN
Bloomington,[47] opened in 1999, brewery became operational in 2000.
Imperial Oak Brewing
NoN
Willow Springs,[48] opened in 2014.
Iron Spike Brewing Company
NoN
Galesburg, opened in 2014.[49]
JT Walker's Brewery
NoN
Mahomet, opened in 2013.[50]
Lagunitas Brewing Company
NoN
NoN
Founded in 1993, and based in Petaluma, California since 1994, Lagunitas built a second brewery in Chicago in 2014, the largest in the city. The taproom opened a few months later.[51][52]
Lake Bluff Brewing Company
NoN
Lake Bluff, opened in 2011.[53]
Lake Effect Brewing Company
NoN
Chicago, opened in 2012.[54]
Light the Lamp Brewery
NoN
Grayslake, opened in 2012.[55]
The Lucky Monk
NoN
South Barrington,[56] opened in 2009.
Lunar Brewing Company
NoN
Villa Park,[57] opened in 1998.
Mad Mouse Brewing Company and Moxee restaurant
NoN
Chicago, opened in 2014.[58]
Metropolitan Brewing
NoN
Chicago, founded in 2008.[59]
Mickey Finn's Brewery
NoN
Libertyville, opened in 1994.[60]
Moody Tongue Brewing Company Chicago, founded in 2014.[61]
Moonshine
NoN
Chicago, added an in-bar brewery in 2008.[62]
Nevin's Brewing Company
NoN
Plainfield, opened in 2012.[63]
Obed & Isaac's
NoN
Springfield, opened in 2012.[64]
Off Color Brewing
NoN
Chicago,[65] opened in 2013.
O'Griff's Grill & Brewhouse
NoN
Quincy, opened in 1994.[66]
One Trick Pony
NoN
Lansing, opened in 2012.[67]
Only Child Brewing
NoN
Northbrook, opened in 2013.[68]
Peckish Pig
NoN
Evanston, opened in 2014.[69]
Penrose Brewing Company
NoN
Geneva, opened in 2014.[70]
Piece Brewery and Pizzeria
NoN
Chicago,[71] opened in 2001.
Pig Minds Brewing Company
NoN
Machesney Park, opened in 2012.[72]
Pipeworks Brewing Company
NoN
Chicago, opened in 2012.[73]
Ram Restaurant and Brewery
NoN
The Ram[74] originated in Lakewood, Washington. It is now a chain with about 30 brewpubs, three of them in Illinois, in Wheeling, Schaumburg, and Rosemont.
Revolution Brewing
NoN
NoN
NoN
Chicago. The brewpub opened in 2010.[75] The separate production brewery and taproom opened in 2012.
Rhodell Brewery
NoN
Peoria, opened in 1998.[76]
Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery
NoN
Rock Bottom[77] started in Denver, Colorado, and the company now has about 30 locations, including four in Illinois, in Chicago, Lombard, Orland Park, and Warrenville.
Rockford Brewing Company
NoN
Rockford.[78] Opened in 2012 in the old Peacock Brewery.
Rolling Meadows Brewery
NoN
Cantrall, opened in 2011.[79]
Scratch Brewing Company
NoN
Ava,[80] opened in 2013.
SlapShot Brewing Company Chicago, founded in 2013.[81]
Small Town Brewery
NoN
Wauconda, founded in 2011.[82]
Smylie Brothers Brewing Company
NoN
Evanston, opened in 2014.[83]
Solemn Oath Brewery
NoN
NoN
Naperville, founded in 2012.[84]
Spiteful Brewing
NoN
Chicago,[85] opened in 2012.
Stockholm's
NoN
Geneva, opened in 2002.[86]
Temperance Beer Company
NoN
NoN
Evanston, opened in 2013.[87]
Three Angels Brewing Yorkville, opened in 2012.[88]
Three Floyds Brewing
NoN
NoN
Three Floyds is located in Munster, Indiana,[89] but serves the Chicago area and is a member of the Illinois Craft Brewer's Guild. The brewery opened in Hammond, Indiana in 1996 and moved to Munster in 2000. The brewpub opened in 2005.
Tighthead Brewing Company
NoN
Mundelein, opened in 2011.[90]
Triptych Brewing
NoN
Savoy, opened in 2013.[91]
Two Brothers Brewing
NoN
NoN
Two Brothers was founded in 1996. They have a brewpub at the main brewery in Warrenville, and another one at the Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora.[92]
Une Année Brewery
NoN
Chicago, opened in 2013.[93]
Urban Legend Brewing Company
NoN
NoN
Westmont, opened in 2013.[94]
Village Vintner Winery & Brewery
NoN
Algonquin, opened in 2012.[95]
Von Jakob Vineyard & Brewery
NoN
Alto Pass.[96]The vineyard was founded in 1996. The brewery opened in 2011.
Wild Onion Brewery and Onion Pub
NoN
NoN
Lake Barrington. The brewery opened in 1996 and the brewpub opened in 2003.[97]

Other beer companies[edit]

Closed breweries[edit]

Historical breweries: before 1980[edit]

  • Blattner & Seidenschwanz Brewery, Chicago, opened ca. 1850, closed in 1857.[114]
  • Bluff City Brewery, Alton[115]
  • Bohemian Brewing Company, Chicago, opened in 1891, closed in 1896.[116]
  • William Bohn Brewery, Chicago, opened and closed in 1893.[117]
  • Charles Brand & Ernest Hummel Brewing Company, Chicago, opened in 1880, closed in 1997.[118]
  • Michael Brand Brewery, Chicago, opened in 1878, closed in 1879.[119]
  • Brewer & Hofmann Brewing Company, Chicago, opened in 1886, closed in 1902.[120]
  • Brisach & Hessemer Brewery, Chicago, opened in 1858, closed in 1859.[121]
  • Broadway Brewing Company, Chicago, opened and closed in 1934.[122]
  • Bucher & Hiller Brewery, Chicago, opened in 1858, closed in 1866.[123]
  • Dick Brothers Brewery, Quincy, founded in 1856, closed in 1951.[124]
  • Griesedieck Western Brewery, Belleville, makers of Stag beer.[125]
  • Lill and Diversey Brewery, Chicago, founded 1833.[126]
  • Meister Brau Brewery, Chicago, originally known as Peter Hand Brewery.[127][128]
  • Meyer Brewing Company, Bloomington[129]
  • Peacock Brewery is located in Rockford. The original brewhouse was built in 1857. It was successively owned by the Peacock Brewing Company, the Rockford Brewing Company, and the Rock River Brewing Company, the last of which closed in 1939.[130]
  • Reisch Brewery, Springfield, founded in 1849, closed 1966.[131]
  • Ruff Brewing Company, Quincy, founded in 1855, closed 1948.[132]
  • Schoenhofen Brewery, Chicago[133]
  • Seipp Brewing Company, Chicago, founded in 1854.[134]
  • Sieben's Brewery of Chicago, noted as a point of dispute between Dean O'Banion and Al Capone during Prohibition. See North Side Gang.[135]
  • Stenger Brewery, also known as J and N Stenger Brewery, Naperville, founded in 1848, closed in 1893.[136]

Modern breweries: after 1980[edit]

See also[edit]

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