Pipeworks Brewing

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Pipeworks Brewing Company
Industry Alcoholic beverage
Founded 2012
Headquarters 1675 N. Western Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60647
United States
Products Beer

Pipeworks Brewing Company is a brewery in Chicago, Illinois. The brewery opened in January 2012 by founders Beejay Oslon and Gerrit Lewis.[1] Pipeworks differs from other microbreweries in that they brew their beers entirely as a constant series of 'one off' beers that are aimed specifically to the niche market of beer connoisseurs.[2] The brewery's stated goal is to release a new beer every week.[3] This approach has given the brewery and its beers somewhat of a cult status among beer enthusiasts, with its offerings selling out relatively quickly.[4]


Pipeworks began as the brainchild of Oslon and Lewis, who were homebrewers that met while working at West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago.[5] The two were educated in larger scale brewing at the De Struise Brewery in Oostvleteren, Belgium. In 2011, the pair began an online fundraising campaign to raise the capital needed to build the brewery, which would be located in Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood.[6] Olsen and Lewis planned specifically to build a smaller brewery that veered from the conventional course followed by most commercial breweries: they would not make the same exact beer twice. This concept, which is known in the industry as gypsy brewing, became conceptualized as somewhat of hybrid at the fledgling brewery, given that that style of brewing is usually done on borrowed equipment.[2] The duo also took an unorthodox approach in the building of the brewery, raising over $30,000 (USD)through internet donations via Kickstarter.[7] In late January, 2013, Pipeworks was awarded RateBeer's 'Best New Brewery' distinction for 2012.[8]


Pipeworks Beers[9]
Name Style ABV % IBU Original Release Date Notes
Close Encounter Imperial Stout 8.5 5 April 2012 Batch #7, 10
Ninja Vs. Unicorn Double India Pale Ale 8.5 150 3 March 2012 Batch #3, 8, 13.
End of Days Milk Stout 6.1 24 25 February 2012 Batch #2
End of Days Milk Stout 8.2 15 May 2012 Batch #12
Jones Dog Milk Stout 6.5 10 March 2012 Batch #4
Koval Whiskey Barrel Aged Smoked Porter 20% Porter 7 20 April 2012 Batch #1
Smoked Porter 20% Porter 7 15 May 2012 Batch #11
Hyper Dog Milk Stout 7.5 April 2012 Batch #9
Glaucus Belgian IPA Belgian-styled Strong Ale 8 23 May 2012 Batch #15
Blood of the Unicorn American Strong Ale 8.5 29 May 2012 Batch #16


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