(Chicago, IL) – After three years of planning, financing, permitting and paperwork, build out is underway at Penrose Brewing Company, and the shared dream of opening and operating a brewery is within reach for co-founders Eric Hobbs and Tom Korder, both former Goose Island employees.
The brewery is located at 509 Stevens Street in Geneva, just a few blocks north of the heart of downtown, in a 14,000-square-foot space that will feature a 40-barrel brew house, an onsite quality assurance lab, isolated oak-aging cellar and a 1,400-square-foot taproom. Windy City Distribution is representing Penrose Brewing Company and will target select accounts throughout the Chicagoland area, with beer on draught available by early November. Bottles are scheduled to be released in early 2014 and will be available at select retailers in 12-ounce four-packs and 750-mL singles.
Hobbs, a Geneva native, said he and Korder chose Geneva for the home of Penrose Brewing Company largely because of the community’s independent spirit, which is showcased by a wide variety of small, independently owned businesses in its downtown area — including a lively restaurant scene, independently owned shops and boutique overnight accommodations — and easily accessed by Metra’s Union Pacific West line and Interstate 88.
“Geneva is already a regional destination because of everything the downtown has to offer from dining to shopping to outdoor activities along the Fox River,” Hobbs said. “Our hope is that Penrose offers another unique experience to Geneva and that people stop by for a drink and possibly a brewery tour, then visit some shops or grab dinner at one of
the great restaurants near the brewery.”
Hobbs and Korder met at their previous jobs at Chicago’s Goose Island Beer Co. Korder brings almost a decade of professional brewing experience to Penrose Brewing Company, starting at Anheuser-Busch before moving on to Goose Island, where he spent his last three years managing the brewery’s barrel-aging and innovation programs before leaving to focus on Penrose. Hobbs brings to Penrose more than 10 years of beer sales and marketing experience with Goose Island and Anheuser-Busch. A homebrewer and Certified Cicerone®, Hobbs is passionate about sharing his love of the craft through conversations and beer-centric dinners.
Drawing inspiration from his love of the Belgian brewing tradition, Korder will focus on lower alcohol by volume session ales, oak barrel-aging and alternative fermentation at Penrose. The first beers released to market will be Proto Gradus, a Belgian-inspired single; P2, a Belgian-inspired pale ale; Navette, a Belgian-inspired black ale; and Devoir, a saison.
“Although we’re always aware of what’s happening around us, we trust our style interpretation and refined impression will set us apart from other new craft breweries entering the market,” Korder said.
“Penrose is a beer-first culture,” Hobbs added. “Ultimately, we’re going to brew beers we like to drink, and we trust that quality beer brewed with intention will always have an audience.”
Belgian-inspired Single, subtle floral hop layered with fruity yeast aroma. Bready maltiness, slightly citric with a light body, but distinctly yeast forward. Crisp, clean, and quenching, as was intended.
A Belgian-inspired Black Ale with herbal, toasted aroma. Medium body, smooth texture, with bitter chocolate flavor in full support of the Ardennes yeast character. Long dry finish, turns from sweet to bitter.
Belgian-inspired Pale with tropical fruit, clove, and resiney aroma. Heady carb and medium body with sweet malt and Belgian candy sugar middle. Finishes dry with an aggressive, yet balanced, hop bitterness.
French-style saison with citrus yeast esters, and subdued earth tone. Effervescent and airy. Simple, clean, and smooth saison yeast with slightly less spice than its Belgian cousin. Mild hop bitterness, subtly tart and dry finish.
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