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Craft Beer & Breweries in the Aurora Area

Posted on 03/07/2017 by  James Cardis

The Aurora Area is home to some of the finest craft breweries Chicago has to offer.

From the venerable Two Brothers Artisan Brewing at the historic Two Brothers Roundhouse, to brand new entrants like the B.B.G.B. Brewery at Hardware, a sustainable gastropub in North Aurora developing a reputation for its epic combination of elevated cuisine and a highly drinkable selection of pale ales, the craft breweries of the Aurora Area are renowned as much for their creativity as they are for the consistent, irresistable quality of their beers. Read on for our guide to the craft breweries of the Aurora Area, where in Illinois' second-largest city and its neighboring communities you can find inventive cuisine paired with a perfect beer to match just about any palate. 

Two Brothers Artisan Brewing at the Two Brothers Roundhouse

For 20 years this staunchly independent brewery has been synonymous with refreshing, innovative beers that introduced flavors from brewing traditions worldwide to the Chicago market, like its flagship Domaine Dupage, an unparalleled French Country Ale that continues to bring home the gold from the Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup. When Two Brothers' award-winning operation expanded in 2011 to the historic limestone Two Brothers Roundhouse in Downtown Aurora, they developed an experimental in-house brewing program to go along with craft beer cocktails, a rotating seasonal menu featuring sustainably sourced meats, seafood, and greens, and a coffee roasterie to supply the spacious Two Brothers Cafe. Next up: an artisinal distillery opens in 2017 with a lineup of house-made spirits that will include whiskeys, vodka, and gin. 

Take note: Two Brothers Roundhouse hosts its annual Two Brothers Summer Festival June 2nd-3rd, 2017 at RiverEdge Park in Downtown Aurora. 

Two Brothers Roundhouse is located at 205 N. Broadway in Aurora, IL 60505. 

B.B.G.B. Brewery at Hardware

Built from the ground up with a sustainable mission, the Aurora Area's newest brewpub is at Hardware in North Aurora, a location that includes a greenhouse, orchard, "living wall" exterior with greens, herbs, and lettuces grown on-site, and a 1.5 acre hop farm to fulfill the base of its beers at B.B.G.B. Brewery. Ranked one of Chicago's best new breweries for 2016, the considerable brewing prowess at Hardware is on display with an adventurous take on traditional beer styles. Refined, elevated lunch and dinner menus are centered around vegetarian-friendly shareable small plates, house-cured charcuterie, and a frequent rotation of mouth-watering specials. If you haven't tried their deconstruction of the classic Chicago hot dog, do it now and thank us later for the recommendation. 

Take note: Hardware will host its first ever B.B.G.B. Beer Dinner on Thursday, April 27th. 

Hardware is located at 2000 W. Orchard Road in North Aurora, 60542. 

Hopvine Brewing Company

A popular happy hour spot near the Fox Valley Mall, Hopvine Brewing Company greets you with the aroma of fresh hops and herbs growing out on its three-season patio and a warm, welcoming wraparound bar. Chef Katie DeStefano and Brewmaster Ken McMullen team up to craft experimental food and beer pairings, turning over their menu multiple times throughout the year, sparing no attention to detail: from house-made jams, jellies, and beer cheese to wild, table-side infusions of aromatics, fruits, candies, and vegetables with their beers. The entire small-batch brewing operation, from the fermentation room to the storage cooler, is exposed to the restaurant. Craft beer aficionados and novices alike can find a diverse array of styles on offer at any given time of year, from sours and root-beer ales to Belgian-style Trippels and Imperial IPAs. 

Take note: Hopvine Brewing Company supports the local and regional brewing community with quarterly events. Keep an eye on our Events page or visit Hopvine on Facebook to learn more. 

Hopvine Brewing Company is located at 4030 Fox Valley Center Drive in Aurora, IL 60504.

 


 

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Header photo credit: Michael Allen - Fox Valley Tours

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