Attention beer lovers, Huntley is joining the craft brewery market with two new microbreweries opening this year. Sew Hop’d Brewery will open on the north side of the Village in the Union Special complex and MORE Brewing will open on the south side of the Village off Freeman Road. While the two breweries vary in terms of space and offerings, they both have a lot to offer the Huntley community.
Sew Hop’d Brewery
The owners of Union Special (Terry Hitpas, Tom Bartel and Lance Lamb) have taken their love of beer and brought it right to the office. The three owners have partnered with longtime employee Doug Vandewalker (Development Engineer and Head Brewer) and are currently renovating the southeast corner of the plant to create a wonderful new 2,700 square foot space for Sew Hop’d Brewery. In addition to the production of craft beer, operations include a taproom and outdoor patio (80 seats inside and 30-40 seats outside), and eventually they plan to distribute beer to local restaurants. While this brewery will not have a restaurant, customers are welcome to bring their own food (BYOF). Sew Hop’d is also working with many local eateries to get on their list for delivery to their hungry patrons. Live music will be a regular occurrence. The four partners are proud to be opening Sew Hop’d Brewery in Huntley and have stated it will be a kid-friendly environment where the entire family can feel comfortable and have fun. Sew Hop’d Brewery plans to begin brewing in February and hopes to open in April.
Sew Hop’d Brewery, 1 Union Special Plaza, Huntley, IL
MORE Brewing Company
MORE Brewing currently operates a popular brewery/brew pub restaurant in Villa Park that is owned by brothers Sunny and Perry Patel and Head Brewer Shaun Berns. The Huntley facility, located in the former Chevy dealership on Automall Drive, will be their second production facility and will allow MORE to increase production and distribution of beer that cannot currently be handled by the Villa Park location. MORE Brewing will be renovating the 25,000 square foot building, which includes an 11,000 square foot area for the production of beer and packaging, and 14,000 square feet for a taproom/brew pub restaurant. The facility will include a full kitchen, special events area for private dining, a large outdoor patio and open outdoor space for large special events and overflow parking. MORE Brewing has won numerous brewing awards in just one year, including best in show at the Chicago Festival of Barrel Aged Beers. The owners look forward to sharing their love of beer (and food!) with the Huntley community. According to General Manager Evan Morris, renovations are expected to begin soon and MORE hopes to begin brewing in late spring and open in late summer of this year.
MORE Brewing Company, 13980 Automall Drive, Huntley, IL