List of breweries in Illinois

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The Dick Brothers Brewery building in Quincy, Illinois

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.[2] Consumer purchases of Illinois' brewery products generated almost $450 million extra in tax revenue.[3] In 2012, according to the Brewers Association, Illinois ranked 36th in the number of craft breweries per capita with 68.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6]

An analysis done in 2015 reported that Chicago craft brewers occupied more square feet of commercial real estate than those of any other U.S. city. According to the same study, Chicago had 144 craft breweries, second only to Portland, Oregon which had 196.[7] In 2017, the Chicago Tribune reported that "the Chicago area has the most breweries in the nation, with 202 – topping Denver's 198 and Seattle's 168. The Chicago area includes small portions of Indiana and Wisconsin."[8]

Breweries[edit]

Name Bottling or canning Brewpub Taproom Location and other information
2 Fools Cider
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Apple cider brewery and taproom in Naperville, opened in 2016.[9]
350 Brewing Company
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Tinley Park, opened in 2014.[10][11]
4204 Main Street Brewing Company
NoN
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Opened in 2014.[12] They now have three locations – two in Belleville and one in Alton.[13][14]
57 70 Brewery Teutopolis, opened in 2018.[15][16]
5 Rabbit Cervecería
NoN
NoN
Founded in Chicago in 2011.[17] Originally the beer was contract brewed. They opened their own brewery in Bedford Park in 2012.[18][19]
718 Brew Cafe
NoN
Metropolis,[20] opened in 2016.
Alarmist Brewing
NoN
NoN
Chicago, opened in 2015.[21] Added a taproom in 2017.[22]
Aleman Brewing Company
NoN
Chicago, founded in 2013. Initially the beer was contract brewed.[23] Opened their own brewery in 2016.
All Rise Brewing Company
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The brewery began operations in 2014, inside the existing Cobra Lounge in Chicago.[24][25]
Alter Brewing Company
NoN
NoN
Downers Grove, opened in 2015.[26] Added a canning line in 2017.[27]
Alulu
NoN
Chicago, opened in 2017.[28]
Andersonville Brewing
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The Hamburger Mary's restaurant chain originated in San Francisco in 1972, and the company now has more than a dozen restaurants nationwide. The one in Chicago opened in 2006.[29] A brewery and taproom called Mary's Rec Room was added in 2009. The brewery was renamed to Andersonville Brewing in 2014.[30]
Apple Knocker Hard Cider
NoN
NoN
Cider brewery in Cobden, opened in 2012.[31]
Argus Brewery
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Chicago, opened in 2009, in a building built in 1906 as a Schlitz beer distribution facility.[32]
Arrowhead Ales Brewing Company
NoN
New Lenox, opened in 2016.[33]
Ballast Point Tasting Room and Kitchen
NoN
Ballast Point Brewing Company was founded in San Diego in 1996. It was acquired by Constellation Brands in 2015. The brewpub in Chicago opened in 2018. Most of the beer there comes from Ballast Point breweries in California and Virginia, but some is brewed onsite.[34]
Band of Bohemia
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Chicago, opened in 2015.[35][36]
Bearded Owl Brewing
NoN
Peoria, opened in 2018.[37]
Begyle Brewing Company
NoN
NoN
Chicago,[38] opened in 2012. The taproom opened in 2015.[39][40]
Belly Up Beer Company
NoN
Western Springs, opened in 2016.[41]
Bent River Brewing Company
NoN
NoN
NoN
Brewpub in Moline, bottling line and taproom in Rock Island.[42] Founded in 1997.
Big Muddy Brewing
NoN
NoN
Murphysboro, founded in 2009.[43]
Big Thorn Brewery Georgetown, opened in 2016.[44]
Birreria Chicago
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Chicago, opened in 2013 inside Eataly Chicago.[45]
Bixi Beer
NoN
Chicago, opened in 2018.[46][47][48]
Black Horizon Brewing Company
NoN
Willowbrook, opened in 2017.[49]
Blind Pig Brewery
NoN
NoN
Champaign. The beer bar opened in 2004. The separate microbrewery and taproom opened in 2009.[50]
Blue Cat Brew Pub
NoN
Rock Island,[51] opened in 1994.
Blue Island Beer Company
NoN
Blue Island, opened in 2015.[52]
Blue Nose Brewery
NoN
Opened in Justice in 2012,[53] moved to Hodgkins in 2015.
Bold Dog Beer Company
NoN
Chicago, founded in 2016; shares space with Lake Effect Brewing Company.[54][55]
Border Town Pub
NoN
Momence.[56] Bar opened in 2002. In-house brewery began operations in 2014.
Bosacki's Home Brew
NoN
Mundelein, opened in 2016.[57]
BrickStone Restaurant & Brewery
NoN
NoN
Bourbonnais,[58][59] opened in 2006.
BuckleDown Brewing
NoN
Lyons, opened in 2013.[60]
Buffalo Creek Brewing
NoN
Long Grove, opened in 2017.[61]
Burnt City Brewing
NoN
NoN
Chicago, originally named Atlas Brewing Company. The brewpub on Lincoln Avenue opened in 2012.[62] The production brewery on 99th Street opened in 2015.[63] Renamed to Burnt City Brewing in 2016.[64][65]
Buzz Bomb Brewing Company
NoN
Springfield, opened in 2018.[66]
Carbondale Craft Beer
NoN
NoN
Ava, makers of Little Egypt beer, founded in 2012.[67]
Carlyle Brewing Company
NoN
Rockford, opened in 2003.[68]
Cary Ale House & Brewing Company
NoN
Cary. The restaurant opened in 2015. They added an in-house brewery in 2018.[69]
Church Street Brewing Company
NoN
NoN
Itasca,[70] opened in 2012.
Corridor Brewery & Provisions
NoN
NoN
Chicago, opened in 2015.[71] Added a canning line in 2017.[72]
Cruz Blanca
NoN
Founded by chef Rick Bayless in 2015, the beer was originally contract brewed.[73] The brewpub in Chicago opened in 2016.[74]
Crystal Lake Brewing
NoN
NoN
Crystal Lake, opened in 2014.[75]
Decatur Brew Works
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Decatur, opened in 2016.[76]
Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works
NoN
NoN
The brewpub in Normal opened in 2007 and the one in Champaign opened in 2011. The production brewery in Bloomington opened in 2013.[77][78] It was replaced by a new brewery and taproom in Normal in 2017.[79][80]
Door 4 Brewing Company
NoN
Decatur, opened in 2017.[81]
Dovetail Brewery
NoN
Chicago, opened in 2016.[82][83]
Dry City Brew Works
NoN
Wheaton, opened in 2014.[84]
DryHop Brewers
NoN
Chicago, opened in 2013.[85][86][87]
Effing Brew Company
NoN
Effingham, opened in 2018.[88][89]
Elder Brewing Company
NoN
Joliet, opened in 2017.[90]
Elmhurst Brewing Company
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Elmhurst, opened in 2018.[91]
Emmett's Brewing Company
NoN
NoN
West Dundee, Palatine, Downers Grove,[92] Wheaton; founded in 1998.
Empirical Brewery
NoN
NoN
Chicago, opened in 2014.[93][94] In 2015 they added a taproom.[95] In 2017 they opened a restaurant at a separate location, with the beer brought in from the brewery.[96]
Energy City Brewing
NoN
Batavia, opened in 2017.[97]
Engrained Brewing Company
NoN
NoN
Springfield, opened in 2013.[98]
Eris Brewery and Cider House
NoN
Cider and beer brewery and restaurant in Chicago, opened in 2018.[99][100]
Evil Horse Brewing Company
NoN
Crete, opened in 2016.[101]
Excel Brewing Company
NoN
Breese. Founded as a soft drink company in 1936, Excel Bottling Company started brewing beer in 2012.[102]
Exit Strategy Brewing Company
NoN
Forest Park, opened in 2015.[103]
Finch Beer Company
NoN
Chicago. Opened in 2011 as Finch's Beer Company.[104] In 2016 they changed their name to Finch Beer Company and opened a brewpub at a second location,[105] which closed later that year.[106] In 2017 they bought the Like Minds brewery and moved their operations there.[107][108]
Flapjack Brewery
NoN
Berwyn,[109] opened in 2017.
Flesk Brewing
NoN
Opened in Lombard in 2013.[110] Moved to Barrington and added a taproom in 2017.[111]
Flossmoor Station Brewing Company
NoN
NoN
Flossmoor. Brewpub opened in 1996, bottling operation started in 2008.[112]
Forbidden Root
NoN
NoN
Founded in Chicago in 2013, the beer was initially brewed at various locations.[113] The brewpub opened in 2016.[114]
Forge Brewhouse
NoN
The brewpub in Sycamore opened in 2015.[115] The production brewery and taproom in DeKalb opened in 2018.[116]
Galena Brewing Company
NoN
NoN
Galena,[117] opened in 2010.
Generations Brewing Company
NoN
Freeport, opened in 2014.[118]
Geneseo Brewing Company
NoN
Geneseo,[119] opened in 2015.
Gino's Brewing Company
NoN
Gino's East added a brewery at its River North restaurant in Chicago[120] in 2015.
Goose Island Beer Company
NoN
NoN
NoN
Founded in Chicago in 1988 as a brewpub on Clybourn Avenue, Goose Island opened a bottling plant on Fulton Street in 1995, and a second brewpub, in the Wrigleyville neighborhood, in 1999. The production brewery and its beers, but not the brewpubs, were purchased by Anheuser-Busch InBev in 2011. Goose Island now has national distribution, and some of the beer is produced at other breweries.[121][122] A brewery taproom opened in 2015.[123] The Wrigleyville brewpub closed in 2015.[124] The Clybourn Avenue brewpub was bought by AB InBev in 2016.[125]
Granite City Food & Brewery
NoN
With its headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Granite City operates several dozen brewpubs in the Midwest,[126] including six in Illinois, in East Peoria, Orland Park, Rockford, Naperville, Schaumburg, and Northbrook.
Great Central Brewing Company
NoN
NoN
Contract brewery in Chicago, opened in 2016.[127] The taproom opened in 2017.[128]
Greenstar Brewing
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Located at the Uncommon Ground restaurant in Chicago, Greenstar began production in 2014 as the first organic brewery in Illinois.[129]
Hailstorm Brewing
NoN
NoN
Tinley Park, opened in 2014.[130][131]
Half Acre Beer Company
NoN
NoN
Half Acre was founded in 2007, with the beer initially contract brewed in Wisconsin. The brewery on Lincoln Avenue in Chicago started production in 2009, and the tap room opened in 2012.[132] In 2015, a second, larger brewery started production on Balmoral Avenue, a mile and a half from the first location.[133] The Lincoln Avenue tap room added a kitchen in 2016.[134] The Balmoral Avenue brewery added a brewpub in 2017.[135]
Half Day Brewing Company
NoN
Lincolnshire, opened in 2016.[136]
Hand of Fate Brewing Company
NoN
Petersburg, opened in 2016.[137][138][139]
Harbor Brewing Company
NoN
Winthrop Harbor,[140] opened in 2018.
Hardware
NoN
Brewpub in North Aurora, opened in 2016.[141]
Haymarket Pub & Brewery
NoN
The brewpub in Chicago[142] opened in 2010. The second brewpub and production brewery in Bridgman, Michigan opened in 2017.[143]
Hickory Creek Brewing Company
NoN
New Lenox, opened in 2018.[144]
Hofbräuhaus
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Hofbräuhaus Chicago opened in Rosemont in 2013.[145] Hofbräuhaus St. Louis opened in Belleville in 2018.[146] The brewpubs are part of an international chain licensed by the original Hofbräuhaus in Munich, Germany.
The Hop Brewery
NoN
Christopher, opened in 2017.[147]
Hopewell Brewing Company
NoN
NoN
Chicago, opened in 2016.[148]
Hopskeller Brewing Company
NoN
Waterloo, opened in 2016.[149]
Hopvine Brewing Company
NoN
Aurora, opened in 2013.[150]
Horse Thief Hollow
NoN
NoN
Chicago,[151] opened in 2013.
Illuminated Brew Works
NoN
Chicago, opened in 2014.[152]
Imperial Oak Brewing
NoN
Willow Springs,[153] opened in 2014.
Industry Brewing Company
NoN
Peoria, opened in 2017.[154]
Iron Spike Brewing Company
NoN
NoN
Galesburg, opened in 2014,[155] added a canning line in 2016.[156]
Itasca Brewing Company
NoN
Itasca,[157] opened in 2017.
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
NoN
NoN
Jolly Pumpkin was founded in Dexter, Michigan in 2004, and now has several locations. The Chicago brewpub opened in 2017. Most of the beer there comes from the Dexter brewery, but some is brewed onsite.[158]
JT Walker's Brewery
NoN
Mahomet, opened in 2013.[159]
Keg Grove Brewing Company
NoN
Bloomington, opened in 2018.[160]
Kings & Convicts Brewing Company
NoN
Highwood, opened in 2017.[161]
Kinslahger Brewing Company
NoN
NoN
Oak Park, opened in 2016.[162][163]
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 brewpub opened a few months later.[164][165] In 2015 Heineken International purchased a 50% stake in the company,[166] and in 2017 it purchased the other 50%.[167]
Lake Bluff Brewing Company
NoN
NoN
Lake Bluff, opened in 2011.[168]
Lake Effect Brewing Company
NoN
Chicago, opened in 2012.[169]
Lena Brewing Company
NoN
NoN
Lena, opened in 2015.[170]
Lieferbräu Brewery
NoN
Red Bud, opened in 2018.[171]
Light the Lamp Brewery
NoN
Grayslake, opened in 2012.[172]
Lil Beaver Brewery
NoN
Bloomington, opened in 2018.[173]
Limerick Brewing Company
NoN
Lincoln. The Spirited Republic tavern opened in 2015.[174] They added a brewery in 2018.
Lionstone Brewing
NoN
Geneseo, opened in 2015.[175]
Lo-Rez Brewing
NoN
NoN
Chicago,[176] opened in 2016. Added a taproom in 2017.[177]
The Lucky Monk
NoN
South Barrington,[178] opened in 2009.
Lunar Brewing Company
NoN
Villa Park,[179] opened in 1998.
Macushla Brewing Company
NoN
Glenview, opened in 2017.[180]
Maplewood Brewery & Distillery
NoN
NoN
Founded in Chicago as Mercenary in 2014,[181] renamed to Maplewood in 2015.[182] The brewpub opened in 2017.[183]
Marz Community Brewing Company
NoN
NoN
Chicago, opened in 2014.[184] Moved to a new location in 2017, and added a brewpub in 2018.[185][186]
McHenry Brewing Company
NoN
McHenry, opened in 2018.[187]
Metal Monkey Brewing
NoN
NoN
Romeoville, opened in 2016.[188]
Metropolitan Brewing
NoN
NoN
Chicago, founded in 2008.[189] Moved to a new location and added a taproom in 2017.[190]
Mickey Finn's Brewery
NoN
Libertyville, opened in 1994;[191] moved to a new location in 2014.[192]
Mikerphone Brewing
NoN
NoN
Founded in Chicago in 2015. At first the beer was brewed at SlapShot,[193] then at Une Année.[194] They opened their own brewery in Elk Grove Village in 2017.[195][196]
Miskatonic Brewing Company
NoN
NoN
Darien, opened in 2015.[197][198]
Molly's Pint Brewpub
NoN
Murphysboro, opened in 2017.[199]
Monarch Brewing Company
NoN
Monticello, opened in 2017.[200]
Moody Tongue Brewing Company
NoN
NoN
Chicago, founded in 2014;[201] tap room opened in 2016.[202]
More Brewing Company
NoN
NoN
Villa Park, opened in 2017.[203]
Motor Row Brewing
NoN
NoN
Chicago, opened in 2015.[204]
MyGrain Brewing Company
NoN
Joliet, opened in 2017.[205]
Myths and Legends Brewing Company
NoN
NoN
Westmont, opened in 2013 as Urban Legend Brewing Company.[206] Renamed to Myths and Legends in 2016.[207]
Nevin's Brewing Company
NoN
NoN
Plainfield, opened in 2012.[208] Launched the Midnight Pig beer brand in 2017.[209]
Noon Whistle Brewing
NoN
NoN
Lombard, opened in 2014.[210]
North Shore Cider Company
NoN
Cider brewery in Evanston, opened in 2017.[211]
Oak Park Brewing Company
NoN
Oak Park, co-located with Hamburger Mary's Show Lounge; opened in 2016.[212]
Obed & Isaac's
NoN
The brewpub in Springfield opened in 2012.[213] The brewpub in Peoria opened in 2016.[214]
Off Color Brewing
NoN
NoN
Chicago,[215] opened in 2013. A second brewery, with a taproom called the Mousetrap, opened in 2017.[216][217]
O'Griff's Grill & Brewhouse
NoN
Quincy, opened in 1994.[218]
Old Bakery Beer Company
NoN
NoN
Alton, opened in 2015.[219]
Old Irving Brewing Company
NoN
Chicago, opened in 2016; brewpub inspired by the cuisine of Homaro Cantu.[220]
One Trick Pony
NoN
Lansing, opened in 2012.[221]
Only Child Brewing
NoN
NoN
Opened in Northbrook in 2013,[222] moved to Gurnee in 2015.[223]
On Tour Brewing Company
NoN
Chicago, opened in 2017.[224][225][226]
Open Outcry Brewing Company
NoN
Chicago, opened in 2017.[227]
Oswego Brewing Company
NoN
Oswego, opened in 2018.[228]
Peckish Pig
NoN
Evanston, opened in 2014.[229]
Peel Brewing Company
NoN
O'Fallon, opened in 2014.[230]
Penrose Brewing Company
NoN
NoN
Geneva, opened in 2014.[231]
Piece Brewery and Pizzeria
NoN
Chicago,[232] opened in 2001.
Pig Minds Brewing Company
NoN
NoN
Vegan brewpub in Machesney Park, opened in 2012.[233]
Pipeworks Brewing Company
NoN
Chicago, opened in 2012,[234] moved to a larger space in 2015.[235]
Pollyanna Brewing Company
NoN
NoN
Lemont, opened in 2014.[236] A second brewery, with a taproom called Roselare, opened in Roselle in 2017.[237]
Prairie Krafts Brewing Company
NoN
NoN
Buffalo Grove, opened in 2016.[238]
Prairie Street Brewing Company
NoN
Rockford. Opened as Rockford Brewing Company in 2013, in the old Peacock Brewery. Renamed to Prairie Street in 2016.[239]
Rabid Brewing
NoN
Homewood, opened in 2017.[240]
Radicle Effect Brewerks
NoN
Rock Island, opened in 2012 as Against the Grain Brewery & Alehouse, changed their name in 2014 to Radicle Effect Brewerks.[241]
Radium City Brewing
NoN
Ottawa, opened in 2015.[242]
Ram Restaurant & Brewery
NoN
The Ram originated in Lakewood, Washington in 1971.[243] It is now a chain with more than 20 brewpubs, three of them in Illinois. The ones in Schaumburg (opened in 2000) and Wheeling (2001) brew their beer onsite; the one in Rosemont (2003) gets theirs from the other locations.[244]
Ravinia Brewing Company
NoN
Chicago, opened in 2017.[245]
Rebellion Brew Haus
NoN
Moline, opened in 2016.[246]
Recess Brewing
NoN
Edwardsville, opened in 2014.[247]
Revolution Brewing
NoN
NoN
NoN
Chicago. The brewpub opened in 2010.[248] The separate production brewery and taproom opened in 2012.[249]
Rhodell Brewery
NoN
Peoria, opened in 1998.[250] Moved to a larger location in 2015.[251]
Riggs Beer Company
NoN
Urbana, opened in 2016.[252]
Right Bee Cider
NoN
Apple cider brewery in Chicago, opened in 2014.[253]
River Hawk Brewing
NoN
Channahon, opened in 2017.[254]
Roaring Table Brewing Company
NoN
Lake Zurich, opened in 2017.[255]
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
NoN
Rock Bottom was founded in Denver, Colorado in 1991. The company now has about 30 locations, with Illinois brewpubs in Chicago, Lombard, Orland Park, and Warrenville, plus one in Bolingbrook that was formerly a Gordon Biersch.[256] (Both Rock Bottom and Gordon Biersch are owned by CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries.)[257]
Rolling Meadows Brewery
NoN
Cantrall, opened in 2011.[258]
Route 51 Brewing Company
NoN
Elkville, opened in 2017.[259]
Scorched Earth Brewing Company
NoN
NoN
Algonquin, opened in 2014.[260]
Scratch Brewing Company
NoN
Ava, opened in 2013.[261][262][263]
Short Fuse Brewing Company
NoN
NoN
Schiller Park, opened in 2017.[264]
Side Lot Brewery
NoN
Wauconda, opened in 2016.[265]
Skeleton Key Brewery
NoN
Woodridge, opened in 2016.[266]
Sketchbook Brewing Company
NoN
NoN
Evanston, opened in 2014.[267] The taproom opened in 2016.[268][161][269]
Small Town Brewery
NoN
NoN
Wauconda, opened in 2011,[270] tap room opened in 2015.[271]
Smylie Brothers Brewing Company
NoN
Evanston, opened in 2014.[272]
Solemn Oath Brewery
NoN
NoN
Naperville, founded in 2012.[273]
Soundgrowler Brewing
NoN
Tinley Park, opened in 2017.[274]
Spiteful Brewing
NoN
NoN
Chicago,[275] opened in 2012. Moved to a new location and added a taproom in 2017.[276]
St. Nicholas Brewing Company
NoN
Du Quoin, opened in 2014.[277]
Stockholm's
NoN
Geneva, opened in 2002.[278]
Stubborn German Brewing Company
NoN
Waterloo, opened in 2016.[279]
Tangled Roots Brewing Company
NoN
NoN
Ottawa, opened in 2016, co-located with the Lone Buffalo restaurant.[280]
Temperance Beer Company
NoN
NoN
Evanston, opened in 2013.[281]
Ten Ninety Brewing Company
NoN
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Founded in 2013. Initially the beer was contract brewed at Big Chicago Brewing Company in Zion,[282] which Ten Ninety then acquired in 2014.[283] The brewery moved to Glenview and added a taproom in 2016.[284]
Three Angels Brewing Yorkville, opened in 2012.[285]
Tighthead Brewing Company
NoN
NoN
Mundelein, opened in 2011.[286]
Timotheus Brothers Brewery
NoN
Springfield.[287]
Trail's Edge Brewing Company
NoN
Frankfort, opened in 2018 at the Smokey Barque restaurant.[288][289]
Tribes Beer Company
NoN
NoN
Started as the Tribes Alehouse bar and restaurant in Mokena and Tinley Park, then added a brewery at the Mokena location in 2015.[290] Opened a larger brewery and taproom in Mokena in 2018.[291]
Triptych Brewing
NoN
NoN
Savoy, opened in 2013.[292][293]
Two Brothers Brewing
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Two Brothers opened in 1997, and started bottling their beer in 1998. They have three brewpubs — one at the main brewery in Warrenville (opened in 2008), one at the Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora (2013), and one in Scottsdale, Arizona (2015).[294][295] In 2017 they also started distilling hard liquor at the Aurora location.[296]
Une Année Brewery
NoN
NoN
Opened in Chicago in 2013.[297] Moved to Niles and added a taproom in 2017.[298]
Urban Renewal Brewery
NoN
Chicago, opened in 2018.[299]
Vice District Brewing Company
NoN
Chicago, opened in 2014.[300]
Village Vintner Winery & Brewery
NoN
Algonquin, opened in 2012.[301]
Von Jakob Vineyard & Brewery
NoN
Alto Pass.[302] The vineyard was founded in 1996. The brewery opened in 2011.
Wake Brewing
NoN
Rock Island, opened in 2017.[303]
Werk Force Brewing Company
NoN
Plainfield, opened in 2014.[304]
Whiner Beer Company
NoN
NoN
Chicago, opened in 2016.[305]
White Oak Brewing
NoN
NoN
Normal,[306] opened in 2015; added a taproom in 2017.[307]
White Rooster Farmhouse Brewery
NoN
Sparta, opened in 2017.[308]
Wild Blossom Meadery
NoN
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Chicago; opened in 2001; moved to a new location and added a taproom in 2017. Wild Blossom brews mead, using their own honey, and also makes wine and beer.[309]
Wild Onion Brewery
NoN
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Lake Barrington. The brewery opened in 1996 and the Onion Pub brewpub opened in 2003.[310] The Wild Onion Tied House restaurant opened in Oak Park in 2017; the beer there is brought in from the Lake Barrington brewery.[311]
Will County Brewing Company
NoN
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Shorewood, opened in 2018.[312]
Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery
NoN
NoN
Lena, opened in 2016.[313]
Wolfden Brewing Company
NoN
Bloomingdale,[314] opened in 2018.
ZümBier
NoN
NoN
Waukegan, opened in 2014.[315]

Other beer companies[edit]

  • 51st Ward Beer Company, Westmont, founded in 2014.[316] The beer is contract brewed at Church Street Brewing Company and Ten Ninety Brewing Company.
  • Around the Bend Beer Company was founded in Chicago in 2015. Their beer has been brewed at Ale Syndicate[317] and at Excel. It is now brewed at Burnt City.[318]
  • Banging Gavel Brews, Chicago, founded in 2014. The beer is contract brewed at Church Street Brewing.[319]
  • Berghoff beer was first brewed in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1887, and has been served at the Bergoff restaurant in downtown Chicago since 1898, except during Prohibition. Since 1954, the beer has been produced under contract — first by the Falstaff Brewing Company in St. Louis, Missouri, then by the Joseph Huber Brewing Company in Monroe, Wisconsin, and currently by Stevens Point Brewery in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.[320] Berghoff also had a separate brewpub in Chicago from 1990 to 1993.[321]
  • Bucket List Brewing, Chicago, founded in 2014. The beer is brewed at Slapshot Brewing Company.[322]
  • Cahoots Brewing was founded in Oak Park in 2013, and is currently based in Forest Park. The beer is contract brewed at Church Street Brewing Company and Ten Ninety Brewing Company.[323]
  • Chicago Beer Company is based in Chicago and was founded in 2010. The beer is contract brewed at the Stevens Point Brewery in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.[324]
  • Gun Craft Beer, Lake Barrington, started in 2017. The beer is contract brewed at Church Street Brewing in Itasca, Illinois.[325]
  • Hop Butcher for the World. Opened in 2015 as South Loop Brewing Company, renamed to Hop Butcher in 2016.[326] They are using their own brewing equipment at the Aquanaut brewery in Chicago.[327]
  • Hopothesis Beer Company was founded in Chicago in 2013. The beer was contract brewed at Minhas Craft Brewery in Monroe, Wisconsin.[328] Hopothesis was acquired by Finch Beer Company in 2016.[329]
  • Hubbard's Cave is a second brand of beer produced by the Une Année Brewery.[330]
  • Karetas Brewing Company was founded in Chicago in 2016. The beer has been brewed at Ale Syndicate in Chicago and at Church Street Brewing in Itasca.[331]
  • LaGrow Organic Beer Company. They are using their own brewing equipment at the Aquanaut brewery in Chicago.[332][333]
  • Local Option Bierwerker is based in Chicago. The beer is contract brewed at different breweries.[334][335]
  • Middle Brow Beer Company is based in Chicago and began production in 2014. The beer was contract brewed at Big Chicago Brewing Company[336] and is now brewed at Ten Ninety which bought out Big Chicago.[283]
  • MillerCoors, the second-largest beer company in the United States (after Anheuser-Busch),[337] has its national headquarters in Chicago, but does not operate any breweries in Illinois.
  • Rude Hippo Brewing Company is based in Chicago and was founded in 2014.[338] The beer is contract brewed at 18th Street Brewery in Gary, Indiana and at SlapShot Brewing in Chicago.[339]
  • Saint Errant Brewing was founded in Chicago in 2016. The beer is brewed at Mikerphone in Elk Grove Village[340] and at Begyle in Chicago.
  • Tocayo Brewing Company was founded in 2015 as a joint venture between chef Rick Bayless and Constellation Brands. The beer is contract brewed at Two Brothers in Warrenville.[341]
  • Veteran Beer Company, founded in 2013, is based Chicago. Their brewery is located in Cold Spring, Minnesota.[342]
  • WarPigs Brewing Company, founded in Chicago in 2017, is a joint venture of Three Floyds (in Munster, Indiana) and Mikkeller (in Copenhagen, Denmark). The beer is contract brewed by Great Central Brewing in Chicago and Wisconsin Brewing in Verona, Wisconsin.[343] The WarPigs brewpub in Copenhagen opened in 2015.[344]
  • Woggly Square Brewing Company, Tinley Park, founded in 2018. The beer is brewed at 350 Brewing Company.[345]

Closed breweries[edit]

Historical breweries: before 1980[edit]

  • Blattner & Seidenschwanz Brewery, Chicago, opened ca. 1850, closed in 1857.[346]
  • Bluff Brewery, Quincy, opened in 1857, closed ca. 1910.[347]
  • Bluff City Brewery, Alton.[348]
  • Bohemian Brewing Company, Chicago, opened in 1891, closed in 1896.[349]
  • William Bohn Brewery, Chicago, opened and closed in 1893.[350]
  • Charles Brand & Ernest Hummel Brewing Company, Chicago, opened in 1880, closed in 1997.[351]
  • Michael Brand Brewery, Chicago, opened in 1878, closed in 1879.[352]
  • Brewer & Hofmann Brewing Company, Chicago, opened in 1886, closed in 1902.[353]
  • Brisach & Hessemer Brewery, Chicago, opened in 1858, closed in 1859.[354]
  • Broadway Brewing Company, Chicago, opened and closed in 1934.[355]
  • Bucher & Hiller Brewery, Chicago, opened in 1858, closed in 1866.[356]
  • Dick Brothers Brewery, Quincy, founded in 1856, closed in 1951.[357]
  • Eber Brothers Brewery, Quincy, opened ca. 1868, closed in 1906.[358]
  • Griesedieck Western Brewery, Belleville, makers of Stag beer.[359][360]
  • Peter Hand Brewery (later known as Meister Brau Brewery), Chicago, the original makers of Meister Brau beer; ceased brewing in Chicago by 1978. They were the last brewery in the city until 1987.[361][362]
  • Hofmann Brothers Brewery, Chicago, closed in 1925. The related Hofmann Pub in Lyons, located near Hofmann Tower, is also thought to have been a brewery, and was later owned by the Peter Fox Brewing Company; the building was destroyed in a fire in 2013.[363][364]
  • Lill and Diversey Brewery, Chicago, founded 1833.[365]
  • Manhattan Brewing Company of Chicago. Opened in 1893; later renamed to Canadian Ace Brewing Company; closed in 1968. Notorious for its connections to Al Capone.[366]
  • McAvoy Brewing Company, Chicago, opened in 1865, closed in 1920.[367]
  • McHenry Brewery, McHenry, opened in 1868.[368]
  • Meyer Brewing Company, Bloomington[369]
  • Pabst Brewing Company was founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1844. They operated a brewery in Peoria Heights, Illinois from 1934 to 1982.[370]
  • 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.[371]
  • Reisch Brewery, Springfield, founded in 1849, closed 1966.[372]
  • Ruff Brewing Company, Quincy, founded in 1855, closed 1948.[373]
  • Schoenhofen Brewery, Chicago, makers of Edelweiss beer.[374]
  • Seipp Brewing Company, Chicago, founded in 1854.[375]
  • Sieben's Brewery of Chicago, noted as a point of dispute between Dean O'Banion and Al Capone during Prohibition. See North Side Gang.[376]
  • Star Union Brewery, Peru, closed in 1966.[242]
  • Stenger Brewery, also known as J and N Stenger Brewery, Naperville, founded in 1848, closed in 1893.[377]
  • Warsaw Brewery, Warsaw, founded in 1861, ceased production in 1971. Reopened as a bar and restaurant in 2006.[378][379]
  • White Eagle Brewery, Chicago, opened in 1904, closed in 1950.[380]

Modern breweries: after 1980[edit]

  • 4 Paws Brewing, Chicago microbrewery, opened in 2013, closed in 2014, sold to Aquanaut Brewing.[381]
  • Abbey Ridge Brewery and Tap Room, brewpub in Pomona, opened in 2014,[382] destroyed by a fire in 2017.[383]
  • Ale Syndicate was founded in Chicago in 2013. The beer was originally contract brewed at several locations, including Big Chicago Brewing Company, Galena Brewing Company, and Excel Brewing Company.[384] The brewery opened in 2014. It closed in 2016.[318]
  • America's Brewpub in the Walter Payton Roundhouse, Aurora,[385] opened in 1996, closed in 2011.
  • Aquanaut Brewing Company, Chicago, opened in 2014,[386] closed in 2017.
  • Arcade Brewery opened in Chicago in 2014,[387] and operated as an alternating proprietorship at the Ale Syndicate brewery.[388] It closed in 2016.[318]
  • Baderbräu Brewing Company. In 2012 they revived Baderbräu beer,[389] which initially was contract brewed at the Stevens Point Brewery in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. The Chicago brewery and tap room opened in 2016,[390] and added a kitchen in 2017.[391] It closed in 2018.[392][393]
  • Big Chicago Brewing Company, Zion,[394] contract brewer for beers such as Ten Ninety, Cahoots, and Middle Brow. Founded in 2012, they were bought out by Ten Ninety in 2014.[283]
  • Big Hurt Beer was owned by former baseball player Frank Thomas. The Big Hurt Brewhouse restaurant in Berwyn opened in 2014[395] and closed in 2016. It reopened in 2017 under the name 35 Sports Bar & Grill,[396] and closed again in 2018. The beer, which was also available in cans, was contract brewed by Minhas Craft Brewery in Monroe, Wisconsin.[397][398]
  • Black Belt Brewery, Lake Zurich, production brewery with a canning line, opened in 2016,[399] closed in 2017.[400]
  • Box Office Brewery and Restaurant, DeKalb,[401] opened in 1994, closed in 1998.
  • Brass Restaurant & Brewery, South Barrington,[402] opened in 2003, closed in 2009.
  • BreakRoom Brewery, Chicago brewpub, opened in 2015,[403] closed in 2016.[404]
  • Cademon Brewing Company, brewery and taproom in Genoa, opened in 2014,[405] closed in 2016.[406]
  • Capitol City Brewing, Springfield.[407]
  • Chain O' Lakes Brewing Company, McHenry taproom, opened in 2013 in the old McHenry Brewery building,[408] closed in 2018.[409]
  • Chicago Brewing Company, Chicago, opened in 1989.[321]
  • Chief's Brewing Company, Champaign, became Joe's Brewery.[410]
  • Copper Dragon Brewing Company, Carbondale. Opened in 1996,[411] ceased brewing in 2005; still open as a live music venue.
  • Crooked Waters, Peoria brewpub, closed in 2000.[412]
  • Flatlander's Restaurant and Brewery, Lincolnshire, opened in 1996, closed in 2012.[413]
  • Glen Ellyn Sports Brew, Glen Ellyn.[414]
  • Golden Prairie Brewing, Chicago, opened in 1992.[321]
  • Govnor's Public House, Lake in the Hills, opened in 2001,[415] closed in 2008.[416]
  • Harrison's Restaurant and Brewery, Orland Park, opened in 1998, closed in 2013.[417]
  • Hopcats Brewing Company, Chicago brewpub, opened in 1998.[418]
  • Hopper's Garage Brewing Company, Antioch brewery, opened in 2015.[419]
  • Illinois Brewing Company, Bloomington,[420] opened in 1999, brewery became operational in 2000, closed in 2014.
  • Joe's Brewery, Champaign,[410] ceased brewing, bar still open.
  • J.W. Platek's Restaurant & Brewery, Richmond, closed in 2010.[421]
  • Like Minds Brewing Company, founded in 2014. The beer was originally contract brewed by Hinterland in Green Bay, Wisconsin. In 2015 they moved to Chicago and opened their own brewery.[422] In 2016 they opened a second location, a brewpub in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.[423] In 2017 they sold their Chicago brewery to Finch Beer Company.[107] In 2018 the Milwaukee location closed.[424]
  • Limestone Brewing Company, Plainfield brewpub, opened in 2009, closed in 2012.[425]
  • Mad Mouse Brewing Company, Chicago, opened in 2014 in the Moxee restaurant,[426] closed in 2017.[427]
  • Moonshine, Chicago bar and restaurant that opened in 2001, added an in-house brewery in 2008, and closed in 2014.[428][429]
  • M.T. Barrels Restaurant & Brewery, West Dundee.[430]
  • O'Grady's Brewery and Pub, Arlington Heights, opened in 1996.[431]
  • Pavichevich Brewing Company, Elmhurst, original makers of Baderbräu beer,[321] opened in 1988, closed in 1997.
  • Peoria Brewing Company, Peoria, production brewery and brewpub, opened in 2014,[432] closed in 2017.[433]
  • Prairie Rock Brewing Company.[434] The Elgin brewpub opened in 1995 and closed in 2009; the Schaumburg brewpub opened in 1999 and closed in 2007.[435]
  • Sieben's River North, Chicago brewpub, opened in 1987, closed in 1990.[321]
  • SlapShot Brewing Company, Chicago, opened in 2013.[436]
  • Slow City Makgeolli was the country's largest and highest-profile maker of makgeolli, a fermented rice beverage native to Korea with an alcohol content similar to that of beer. A subsidiary of Baesangmyun Brewery, it opened in Niles in 2013.[437][438] It closed ca. 2016.[439]
  • The Tap & Growler, Chicago,[440] opened in 1987, closed in 1992.
  • Taylor Brewing Company, Lombard brewpub, closed in 2011.[441]
  • Weeghman Park Restaurant Brewery, Chicago brewpub, opened in 1997, closed in 1999.[442]
  • The Weinkeller, Berwyn,[443] opened in 1988, closed in 2000.

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