Members of the City’s liquor commission appear to support the concept of a brew-pub in Evanston. At the Oct. 28 meeting of the liquor commission, Ted Perez, president of the Evanston Home Brew Club, described his plans for a brew-pub in Evanston. “We’ll brew the beer on the premises – eight standard types and four seasonal brews. Our capacity will be a seven-to-ten-barrel system, with a total of 50,000 gal stored and sold on premises – the limit under Illinois law,” he said. “The concept is celebrating Evanston and the whole North Shore,” he added.

Growlers – half-gallon containers – would be the only carry-home products, Mr. Perez said, in answer to a question from Byron Wilson, a member of the liquor commission. Mr. Wilson, a locally known beer expert and bartender, said, “Growlers are an old American tradition. Years and years ago, every family had a growler.”

“We would be a member of the Illinois Brewers’ Guild,” Mr. Perez said. Beer would be brewed on premises, and “it will be as good as the food: American Bistro [with] a little French and a little Asian.”

Mr. Perez said he has not finalized the name for the brew-pub, but he is narrowing it down. Nor has he settled on a location, but he said that he is working with a LEED-certified architect “to use water reclamation” in the brewery. Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, who also serves as the City’s liquor commissioner, said to Mr. Perez, “Be sure that, when you pick a location, you talk with the alderman of the ward.”

Mr. Wilson said, “[The brew-pub’s] a good deal if you make a good product.”

Mayor Tisdahl also said, “If you’re concerned about whether we’re supportive – we’re supportive. We need more information to be totally supportive.”

Corporation Counsel Grant Farrar said, “Bryon is our beer expert. If you pass muster with him, it’s O.K. with us.”

For a story on the Evanston Home Brew Club, see the April 13, 2010, issue of the RoundTable.

Mary Gavin

Mary Gavin is the founder of the Evanston RoundTable. After 23 years as its publisher and manager, she helped transition the RoundTable to nonprofit status in 2021. She continues to write, edit, mentor...