In conjunction with Chicago Craft Beer Week, local brewer JD McCormick is opening the sacred brewery doors at Moonshine Brewing Company (1824 W Division) for a unique experience for beer aficionados. Starting at 5 pm on Thursday, May 24th, beer lovers from far and near are invited to join JD for free tours of Moonshine’s on-site brewery and to learn firsthand about what goes into making a standout craft beer. In addition to $4 pints (with CCBW lanyard) and $12 64-oz growlers, JD will mark the occasion by introducing three brand new summer brews: a Belgian Pale Ale, a Kolsch and a Maiboch (still un-named – feel free to give JD your suggestions!). Guests will have the opportunity to put on their brewer’s caps and sample the new beers in their freshest state – straight from the giant steel brewing tanks inside the brewery.
Having studied at North America’s oldest brewer’s academy, Siebel Institute, as well as the world-renowned Doemens brewer’s academy in Germany, JD taps into a discerning knowledge of yeast strains to create ground-breaking micro brews. He admits to throwing out all style guidelines when it comes to producing his suds.
“The difference with Moonshine beer is creativity. My brewing is a product of my passion for art, science and history, and I’m true to my own inspiration,” JD says. “My goal is to produce beer that nobody has ever tasted. Beer that’s truly extraordinary.”
Rounding out the lineup of Moonshine beers on tap at Open House time:
Double I.P.A. 10.1% abv
Golden Pale Ale 4.4% abv
IPA 7.1% abv
Irish Stout 4.15 abv
IMPERIAL STOUT 7.8% abv
BELGIAN WHITE 4.5% abv
Kolsch – 5% A.B.V.
Miaboch – 7.5% A.B.V.
*Coming soon thereafter…The Reverend Bob – A Double IPA in honor of Moonshine’s late brewmaster.
*Note – Moonshine beers rotate regularly, so these specific beers will not always be available.
All Moonshine beer is brewed in the on-site brewery, consisting of a ten barrel system that produces 310 gallons (about 20 kegs) at one time. The four fermenters and six stainless steel tanks are housed in an annex room at Moonshine. For a private tour or tasting, please email firstname.lastname@example.org