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At first glance, Hopewell Brewing Co. looks a lot more like a hipster coffee shop than a brewery. With minimalist wood-paneled walls and lonely lightbulbs that jut over the stool lined tables, you might expect to see folks sipping on lattes, but it is beer that fills their cups instead.
Hopewell Brewing Co. was founded by three friends who happen to be Chicago locals. Jonathan Fritz, Samantha Lee and Stephen Bossu opened their peculiar new brewery in 2016. Their plan was to create a brewery that was a contrast to the dingy and dimly lit tap rooms and pubs that are scattered across Chicago. When Hopewell Brewing Co came onto the scene, the goal was to stand out.
The overarching feeling at Hopewell Brewing Co. is one of comfort. It is a welcoming and warm environment that invites you in with its pleasant decor and kind atmosphere. Even the name Hopewell was conceived as a deeply midwest word, with no other purpose than to be inviting and make customers feel good. Fritz describes the beer at Hopewell as bright, clean and inviting. The feeling goes all the way down to the coasters proclaiming “beer inspired doodles go here.”
With two successful years under their belt, Hopewell has decided to expand their business and are now undergoing construction so they can bring their beer to more Chicago locations. Although a relatively new player among Chicago craft breweries, Hopewell Brewing Co. is already standing out as a contrasting and comfortable alternative to Chicago taprooms.