Rating: 4.00
Location: Lyons, IL
Founded: 2013
Last visited: October 2016

Small, functional, garage space in an industrial area of Lyons. The taproom has a small bar in the front and a few tables; no televisions. The founders, Sean Mahoney, and Brewmaster Ike Orcutt, previously worked at Hopothesis Brewing Co. in the West Loop. Their motto is: “Creativity and Determination” which allowed them to realize their dream of opening a brewery.

They had eight beers on tap. Here are a few that we sampled:

Fritzicuffs Pilsner (4.00) – Hoppy Czech pilsner; medium body, smooth as silk
Oktoberfest (3.75) – Robust malty flavor, tinge of bitterness in the finish; highly drinkable
Stompbox Imperial Stout (Not rated) – Very smooth, hearty; alcohol level hidden behind the bold malt flavor
Mark of the Yeast American Pale Ale (Not rated) – Hoppiness evident in the bouquet, medium body, significant hop finish; fruity notes evident but not overpowering
Shady Aftermath Porter (Not rated) – Lacking robustness; needs more roasted malt
Ankle Biter Small Stout (Not rated) – Easy drinking approachable stout; call it Guinness Lite

No food served, but you are welcome to bring your own. Food trucks often visit on weekends.

Hours are: Wed 4pm-10pm, Thu Noon-10pm, Fri-Sat Noon-11pm, Sun Noon-5pm.

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