24 October 2016

Meet Chicago’s Best New Breweries

Chicago's beer enthusiasts have an embarrassment of riches these days, what with more than 100 breweries in the metro area, and nearly half of them arriving on the scene in the last two or three years…

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2 October 2016

Innovating — The Brewer’s Art

Mornings are the best time to make beer. At Side Lot Brewery (SLB) in Wauconda, Brewmaster Phil Castello starts early. Beer has four main ingredients: water, yeast, grain and hops. But how those ingredients are handcrafted makes all the difference to discerning beer lovers.

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3 March 2016

Wauconda’s Side Lot serves up craft beer, creative bites

Another suburban craft brewery? Check your attitude at the door because Wauconda's Side Lot Brewery offers an ultra comfortable space with scenic views of Bangs Lake, trendy bites perfectly executed and sturdy, inventive craft beer, naturally.

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5 February 2016

… Side Lot Brewery now open

A new brewery with a coffee shop feel recently opened in Wauconda. Side Lot Brewery offers craft beer, microbrews, craft spirits, boutique wines, locally roasted coffees and small plates in a rustic setting.

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28 January 2016

Tiny brewer join craft scene

Side Lot Brewery held a grand opening last weekend at its new 60-seat brewpub in downtown Wauconda. The brewery and cidery, which so far is selling its creations only on site, debuted with three beers–a pale ale, a Belgian tripel and an English mild brown ale–and two ciders, one slightly sweet, the other dry.

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14 January 2016

New Brewery In Town

A rustic, reclaimed and leather-filled lounge. Cool, welcoming color palettes and friendly faces. And best of all, food and drink capable of turning a good night into a legendary one.

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