Alarmist Brewing Review

on July 2, 2020

Alarmist Brewery Review

  • Location: 4055 West Peterson Ave., Suite Rear, Chicago, IL 60646 [map]
  • Website:
  • Phone: (773) 681-0877
  • Established: 2014
  • Distribution? Yes
  • Type: Taproom
  • Tours: No
  • Untapped Link: Here

Summary: Punching above their weight, Alarmist Brewing has carved out a name for themselves in the Chicagoland beer market, particularly with the GABF Gold Medal Award Winning Le Jus hazy IPA and other hazy beers.

History: Gary Gulley got into beer in his early-to-mid 20s after graduating college, but took a couple decade hiatus until 2008, when an unfinished basement, his old homebrewing equipment, and some major life challenges beckoned him to brew again. He started professionally in 2014, originally as Panic Brewing and changing it to Alarmist after a trademark dispute. Gary hired Head Brewer Aaron Dahl and the two have created a brewery that punches above its weight. Their gold medal won at the Great American Beer Festival, the most prestigious and widely attended in the U.S., for Le Jus was an incredible and should hopefully put them on the map for a long time.

Taproom: The taproom is located in the Sauganash neighborhood on the far northwest side. In a common craft beer way, it is pretty non-descript and is located in a small commercial building. The taproom itself is pretty basic, but patrons are rewarded with some of the best hazy beers the city has to offer. Like most taprooms, food can be brought or ordered in.

Beer: In addition to Le Jus, check out their other hazy beers; they often release new options regularly. Additionally, their Phobophobia is an excellent more drinkable option modeled off of traditional Belgian Patersbier. In 2020, they debuted Dragged Through the Garden, a vegan-friendly beer, in conjunction with Joe Hehl, a vegan recipe creator.

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