Miskatonic Brewing Company

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The Road to Hell…

…is paved with best intentions.

New year’s resolutions, am I right? In the short nine months we’ve been open we’ve met some amazing beer fans and brewed some really tasty beer (if we do say so ourselves), but the blogging, we’re still working on our timing.

We have some great things in store for the upcoming months so we’d be remiss if we didn’t get a post out and let you know what’s in the works.

Our canning line is being fabricated as we speak (or as you read.) We are hoping to get it in the cellar mid-May. That means this summer you’ll be seeing us on shelves as well as on tap. We’ll get you videos/snaps of her first steps as soon as we can. See what I did there? Don’t worry, that’s the extent of my aluminum-based puns.

Chapter 4 is out…Citra and Mandarina Bavaria are quite the mix. Touched with a kiss of Caracrystal Wheat from Briess, this 7.2% India Pale Ale is delicious and quenching, I can’t just have one. Swing by the taproom and see for yourself. Our new Maibock and Pilsner are lagering away, Oddfellow scotch and The Craven dry stout are still available for a time.

Josh and I are heading east for the annual Craft Brewers Conference in Philadelphia the first week in May. It will be refreshing to get together with our brewing cohorts for a week of technical seminars and tradeshow tire-kicking. There may be a beer or two to drink I would assume. Keep an eye peeled to Facebook and Instagram, I’m sure we’ll document the madness of the CBC in some entertaining ways.

Taproom surprises and upgrades, Chicago Craft Beer Week fun, barrel-aged nuggets of deliciousness, festival madness, special projects…all are in the works and will be revealed in due course, please stay tuned.

Yours in zymurgistic hysteria,

John the Brewer


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Day in the life and News Year resolutions

I made a NY resolution to post to the blog on a regular basis. I even planned it appropriately, I said, “In January I’ll post once, that will be my every-journey-begins-with-a-single-step moment.”

Yep, It’s February 1st. I’m not going to chalk it up to a fail, but not necessarily my best effort.

I’ve been saving links on Facebook that I am keen on commenting on, I’ve got a marketing calendar planned to get certain topics out on a regular basis, mini-video beer releases of our not-so-gorgeous mugs. There are some great things planned, but they will likely be in fits and starts.

Speaking of great things planned, I decided to give you a glimpse into a typical Monday and fill you in on some important events on the way.

I’ve cleaned the Bright Tank, the vessel our beer goes into post-fermentation, once the beer has had a chance to settle and become “bright.” We throw the acronym “CIP” around a lot, it stands for “clean-in-place,” essentially using a sprayball and the cleaning chemical’s action to dissolve the soils in the tank. Basically, I don’t need to go inside and scrub it.

Josh is responding to emails and doing sales analysis so we can better sharpen our seasonal release calendar for the next year. A lot goes into this as we will be canning in three or four months and the process is more involved with the added channels of distribution.

Waitwhat? Oh, right, this is news. We bought a canning line last week and are excited to start offering you beers in off-premise locations such as your local liquor and grocery stores.

The lead time is about 12 weeks and we have a lot of design and supply chain work to finish, but it is all in process and looking to be on schedule…for the moment.

We are wrapping up some calendar items, festivals and events about town. Taste testing some Otra Vez from Sierra Nevada and having a spirited discussion about the merits of cactus additions to German sour styles.

Our spent grain dog treats are selling really well in the taproom and I’m planning the next brew that will yield an interesting grain bill for our next batch.

Listening to Elvis Costello and getting ready to sanitize our freshly cleaned bright so we can rack (fancy word for transfer) our latest Catchpennny Session Rye Ale to be carbonated and kegged tomorrow. The rest of the day involves a disturbingly large amount of cleaning, which I will just leave to your imagination.

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In future installments of the blog, we are planning some diverse offerings, including our first video new beer release! It will be scary, uh, I mean riveting…we’re in talks with Tarantino to shoot it, stay tuned.

John the Brewer

  • MOOD: relieved, but cautious
  • DRINKING: alternatively coffee (French pressed, unknown origin) and Otra Vez (I won’t recommend this blend)
  • LISTENING: Elvis Costello, “My Aim is True”
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(Deep Breath)
Well folks, here we go…

John and I have been working on getting this beast of a project here for five years. Since dreaming up our future brewery, we’ve been analysts, recruiters, and financial planners, jumped from recipe formulators to interior designers, and dabbled in the construction business.

We came through the tunnel and out into a brave new world of craft brewing. While our previous brewery positions have done a lot to prepare us for this, the craft industry in Chicagoland has been ever-changing, and it doesn’t look like it plans on going static anytime soon.

We look forward to taking a step up to the plate as our own driving force behind the beer here at Miskatonic, and we think we have something to add to the impressive craft game you can find in this state.

Every once in awhile you’ll find some new insights or general nerding out on this page. We’ll throw out some background on us, our brewery, and all the killer people that make our joint hum along. But the easiest thing to say is, come on over to the brewery or out to an event and hang with us, we got into this industry because we wanted to work with our hands, create something, and connect with people.

Good talk, we’ll see you out there.

– Josh