Last week we visited Chicago to meet with Wiz, Half Acre Beer and Metropolitan Brewing. We arrived at about 2 pm and got settled at our homestay, dropped by Half Acre to watch them can some Daisy Cutter for a few minutes, then did a little sightseeing downtown and met with Wiz at Goose Island later that evening.
We started the next morning by walking to Half Acre where we met with Gabriel and Matt to discuss start up costs, canning, distribution and a ton of other brewery stuff. We are eternally grateful for them giving up some of their time for us.
We then went to Metropolitan Brewing for a little hands on production brewery experience. We spent several hours helping Doug clean a few pallets of kegs, and clean and sanitize a fermentor. Then they had a couple of 1/6 barrel kegs that they needed to empty in order to fill for another event. So, part of our job was to help "dispose" of some quite delicious Krank Shaft and Fly Wheel. I think we volunteered on the right day.
They were very helpful and answered all our questions with wisdom and insight. We ended our time with Doug and Tracy from Metro late night at the Hopleaf. We are better because of the time we've spent with them .