According to Brewery President Russ Klisch, the whole brewery started with his brother, Jim. Near his birthday, Jim expressed interest in beer making, and Russ humored him by giving him a homebrewing book. To Russ’ surprise, Jim read the book, and brewed a beer. By Russ’ account, Jim was no gourmet cook, but he made a pretty good beer. Impressed, Russ decided he could brew one better. In short, sibling rivalry and common interest lead both brothers to begin entering homebrewing contests and winning awards. It wasn’t long before family and friends encouraged them to turn their hobby into a business.

The Klisch family has roots in the beer industry: their grandfather worked for Schlitz, driving a delivery truck and also worked as a chauffeur for the Uihlein’s. Russ remembers his grandfather bringing home short fills to his dad: “it was a cool job if you got to bring beer home at night.” Several family members also owned taverns. With that family history and their common interest in beer making, the brothers started their business. They decided to start small and chose a location within walking distance of their home: an old bakery building in Riverwest, at 818 East Chambers Street. They began brewing with 55 gallon stainless steel drums and used dairy equipment. On December 2, 1987 they sold their first barrel of beer to the Gordon Park Pub. With the brewery up and running, the infamous tour started soon after!

Our Beers

Amarillo Shop

American IPA

Centennial Shop

American IPA

Clutch Cargo

American Double / Imperial IPA

Denali Shop

American IPA

Fixed Gear American Red IPA

American Amber / Red Ale

Hop Jockey

American Double / Imperial IPA


American IPA

Lakefront Pils

German Pilsener

Mangy Rabbit

American Double / Imperial IPA

My Turn Series: Dylan

Dortmunder / Export Lager

Riverwest Stein Amber Lager

American Amber / Red Lager

Spiced Winter Lager

Herbed / Spiced Beer

Tiny Feet

American Double / Imperial IPA

El Wisco Mexican Lager

Seasonal Vienna Lager

Lakefront Maibock

Seasonal Maibock / Helles Bock


Seasonal Märzen / Oktoberfest

Pumpkin Lager

Seasonal Herbed / Spiced Beer

Warm Front Extra Pale Ale

Seasonal American Pale Ale (APA)

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