At Mixing Spirits we take craft beer very seriously. Some of our favorite customers are fluent in the artform of brewing, and in the Metro Detroit area there is easily 100 breweries to frequent. When we go on the road it’s never a real vacation if we don’t sample some of the local craft brews, and this past December was no exception. We travelled to Chicago to see Sue with our budding paleontologist and took a couple delicious detours on the way.
Marz Brewing is on Chicago’s near south side in the Central Manufacturing District of McKinley park. They have created a beautifully unique atmosphere that showcases their delicious brewing style, colorful art installations, and delightful music selections. We’re always a little nervous trying new breweries with the 6 year old in tow, because we’re never sure what to expect from the other customers, but it was a warm and welcoming experience. They had perfect finger food for our little brewery aficionado and they had non-alcoholic options for him to enjoy as well.
Marz Brewery began in 2013 with the vision of hosting an art collective and supporting the community around them, 6 years later it’s obvious they have succeeded. Their beer is available through distribution, but I highly recommend stopping in at their location to try their small batch beers as well. My favorite this visit was the Matcha Mochi, an imperial milk stout with matcha, lactose, and vanilla. Terry’s favorite was Attack of the Hazeoids, a hazy DIPA.
Whiner Beer Co, also on Chicago’s south side, is in a net-zero energy business incubator located in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood. While the beer is phenomenal, and the artwork for their cans is so much fun, the most impressive part of this brewery is their environmental impact (or lack thereof). They recapture their carbon dioxide for use in the indoor farms, also housed in the plant. They had a couple of books behind the bar that held the small one’s interest enough to put down Pokemon Go for at least 20 minutes, and their selection of beers was delicious.
My favorite beer from Whiner Beer Co was their Belgian stout, Nwar (let’s be honest, I always love a Belgian). Terry’s favorite was the Hell Kitty Kitty. We definitely brought some back to Michigan with us!
Between the holidays is our post 4th quarter break so Jenn was spending time with her family, but next time we’re hoping all of us will head out to the Windy City. What breweries do you recommend in Chicago? Next time it’s my turn to pick where we go so we’re going to hit up the art institute.
As we move into the new year the blog posts will be more frequent, if you have any small businesses you’d like featured please share! Monday mornings are for small business features or behind the scenes footage from our work.
Have a great week!