Chicago’s First Contract Brewery Announces Opening and Clients

Chicago's First Contract Brewery Announces Opening and Clients

Chicago, IL — Great Central Brewing Company (GCBC) announced today their first roster of brewing clients, marking the start of production at Chicago’s first dedicated contract brewery. Maplewood Brewery and Distillery, Begyle Brewing Company, Like Minds Brewing and Around the Bend Beer Company, all of Chicago, Ill. have signed on to leverage GCBC’s 32,000 square feet of state-of-the-art brewing capacity.

“Partnering with great breweries like these to make more of what we all love is our singular focus and the reason we founded GCBC,” said CEO and co-founder David Avram. “Their trust in our team, our facility and our dedication to quality is both humbling and exciting.”

Chicago's First Contract Brewery Announces Opening and Clients

With an initial capacity of 24,000 bbl annually, GCBC’s flexible, craft-only facility has the capability to scale to 125,000 bbls., and the entire operation has been optimized to deliver efficiency and quality for its clients—whether scaling up, offloading to meet seasonal demand or looking to capitalize on GCBC’s central Midwest location. The company’s staff of hand-picked brewing and packaging experts, including certified cicerones, ensure that every ounce of beer leaving the dock will taste as the clients intend.

Beginning in early-to-mid 2017, consumers will be able to savor beer brewed at GCBC in the facility’s integrated tasting room, designed by Jillian Kliewer. Ms. Kliewer’s commercial interior design credits include SPiN Standard LA, Le Grand Pigalle Hotel and Urban Outfitters.

“The tasting room will provide our clients a brick-and-mortar location to connect firsthand with consumers, share their brewing story and get direct feedback on their products. We want to create a space for each client to make their own, and we’re excited for Jillian to bring this vision to life,” explains co-founder Conor McFerran.

Great Central Brewing Company is located at 221 N. Wood, Chicago, Illinois 60612.

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