Since opening in October 2014, Maplewood Brewery & Distillery (@maplewoodbeer, 2717 N. Maplewood Ave.) has brought a growing array of handcrafted beer to Logan Square. Brewer Adam Cieslak and Distiller Ari Megalis co-founded the business to bridge the gap between the craft beer and spirits worlds — and being the only brewery and distillery in Illinois, they are certainly paving the way.
We took a peek inside their production area before they open their tap room and release their brand-new gin and malted rye later this summer. Their nine beers, ranging from IPAs to wheat ales to an oatmeal stout, are available at liquor and grocery stores across Illinois. Or, to grab a fresh one on draft in the neighborhood, head to Small Bar (2958 N. Albany Ave.), Owen and Engine (2700 N. Western Ave.), Longman and Eagle (2657 N. Kedzie Ave.) or El Cid (2645 N. Kedzie Ave.).
Photos: Ryan McDonald