DETOURS

DETOUR: Niles, IL – Une Année

DETOUR: Niles, IL – Une Année

NILES, IL

DETOUR No. 036: In a nearby Northwest Chicago suburb, you’ll find an unassuming strip mall. In that strip mall, sandwiched between a dollar store and a Korean restaurant, sits one of the Midwest’s best sour breweries whose side label is also brewing some of the most under the radar stouts and IPAs in the area. We revisit Une Année.

DETOUR: Batavia, IL – Energy City Brewing

DETOUR: Batavia, IL – Energy City Brewing

BATAVIA, IL

DETOUR No. 035: On the shore of Batavia, Illinois’ Fox River, there is a small basement brewing operation making a name for itself via its milkshake IPAs: Energy City Brewery. The folks behind the project–David & Heidi Files. They took their brewing schedule from Church Street Brewing to Batavia, and are continuing to look to what’s next…

DETOUR: Normal, IL – Destihl Brewery

DETOUR: Normal, IL – Destihl Brewery

NORMAL, IL

DETOUR No. 034: About 120 miles southwest of Chicago is the Bloomington-Normal region of Illinois and the home of one of the state’s–and Midwest’s–largest breweries. Here, you will find the enormous beacon of a facility, set back in the fields overlooking a pond: Destihl. We pay a visit and chat with founder Matt Potts.

DETOUR: Burlington, VT – Foam Brewers

DETOUR: Burlington, VT – Foam Brewers

BURLINGTON, VT

DETOUR No. 033: Sitting on the banks of Burlington's Lake Champlain, you'll find the relatively young but acclaimed Foam Brewers. Although it's only been on the scene since ‘16, the brewery has quickly made a name for itself thanks to its embrace of the hazy, the experimental and the quirky.