Great Central Brewing Company

221 N Wood St Chicago

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Great Central Brewing Company connects beer-loving Chicagoans to expand their brew business along with contracting brewery clients, with the motto “our brewery is your brewery.” At their location, west of Ashland, the brewery also offers a taproom with beer and nothing else, a passion that has taken them from helping others to serving a wide variety of craft beers. The name for their company stems from the fact that Chicago used to be called the "Grand Central Market" in the 1800s because of not only its railroads but also the ability to connect people, products, and ideas. Thus, this brewing company acts as the central beer market to connect consumers and brewers.

The story behind the brewery slash business was simple: two guys wanting to help brewers serve the community to great tasting beers. Contract brewing is nothing out of the ordinary; a service providing clients with a finished product of exactly what they’re looking for. Yet, a unique aspect that Great Central did not start out with was to also put out their own product in the midst of their business. Great Central was contract-focused, solemnly providing the brewers and the community to great craft beers unlike any other.

The taproom came after their client-focused business and although it is not the main draw of their business, the space centers around beer and beer only. There is no food menu and the beers are only served in pint glasses—no tastings or flights, just a pint of beer. This simple yet beer-driven company attracts beer-lovers from all over Chicago. Their taproom is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and visitors are welcome to bring their own food. Every single beer you see in the taproom is brewed on sight so you know you are getting the real deal. To keep you entertained while you are trying some new beers, they have board games, ping pong, life sized jenga, and other activies available. Great Central Brewing is also popular for their trivia nights, which they post the dates on their Facebook page.

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