Great Central Brewing Co. - Chicago, Illinois

Great Central Brewing Co. - Chicago, Illinois

by Joel Frieders ·

Great Central Brewing Co. - Chicago, Illinois

Great Central. Damn. In what can only be described as the “beer geek’s brewery,” my friend Jason and I had the opportunity to take a walk around, ask a thousand questions, sample everything, and blatantly marvel at their impeccably crisp-ass operation.

We were greeted by a handful of smiling, beautiful people, handed one of the most crisp helles pils I’ve ever poured into my front face flavor hole, and then immediately transported back into the brewery by brewmaster Andres and head brewer & microbiologist Laura. Jason and I both ooooohed as if on some immature and slightly overweight cue at the sight of this place. Huge, spotless tanks and burbling fermenters and meticulously placed pipes and obvs-OCD-run wires and delicious sounds, and OMG, “Y’ALL CONTRACT BREW MY CHARLATAN!!!” *waves hand on face*

Great Central contract brews up some of the most delicious beers in the country for other breweries that don’t have the capacity for their demand. From Funk in Pennsylvania (who I had never had until I put their Citrus IPA inside of me and grew four inches) to the aforementioned best beer in Chicago, Maplewood’s The Charlatan.

But that ain’t mean they don’t have their own rack of the boozy boozy yumbubbles, bros. Great Central churns out, by far, the cleanest (and aforementioned most crisp) lineup of German traditional that I’ve ever been allowed to imbibe. I’m such a fanboy for this place after having seen and tasted its product.

Thanks to Andres, Laura, Ali, Brian, Tatum, and everyone else we didn’t meet or hug for this incredible, edible experience. We will be baaaaaack!!! - Joel
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Brewery: Great Central
From: Chicago, IL 🇺🇸

Great Central Brewing Co. - Chicago, Illinois

Great Central Brewing Co. - Chicago, Illinois

Great Central Brewing Co. - Chicago, Illinois

Great Central Brewing Co. - Chicago, Illinois

Great Central Brewing Co. - Chicago, Illinois

Great Central Brewing Co. - Chicago, Illinois

Great Central Brewing Co. - Chicago, Illinois

Great Central Brewing Co. - Chicago, Illinois

Great Central Brewing Co. - Chicago, Illinois

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