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Penrose Brewing is like the Frank Lloyd Wright of beer. Not just in their artful, clean-lined aesthetic, but also in their beautifully complex Belgian-inspired and wild beers. Former Goose Island employees, founder Eric Hobbs and brewmaster Tom Korder have created a “beer-first culture,” marrying the art and science of the craft.
Their gateway session ales are available on draft at bars and restaurants throughout Chicago, but a visit to the Geneva-based brewery is mandatory. The pristine taproom looks into a rustic barrel-aging room, showcasing the very balance they strive for in all they do. And like the master architect, Penrose isn’t all work and no play--there may be a secret or two up their sleeves.
Penrose can seem like a trek from city limits, but it's an easy trip on the train. If Metra isn't an option, it's still well worth the drive to Geneva. Make a day trip out of it by working up a thirst walking along the picturesque Fox River before heading to Penrose. After you've done your work at the brewery, stop for dinner at Nobel House or continue drinking at Plank Road Tap Room.