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March Brewery of the Month: Alter Brewing Company🍻

Why you shouldn’t think twice about making the 45-minute drive west of Chicago to Alter Brewing Co.

Photo: Downers Grove's Alter Brewing Company

You’ve undoubtedly heard of Chicago’s big craft breweries: Lagunitas, Goose Island, Revolution, Half Acre, etc.

But just outside the city sits a vibrant craft brewery you should get to know: Alter Brewing Company.

Although they’ve only been open since December of 2015, Alter Brewing Co. has become a household name in the Chicagoland area thanks to their unforgettable beers and modern-industrial taproom.

Open 7 days a week, their taproom offers an impressive list of 11 different beers — all of which are brewed just feet away. From an unfiltered English Mild Ale (Inside Voices) to a malt-forward American Porter (Alto Porto Porter), there’s a beer for every palate.

Just this year, they added an industry veteran from Lagunitas, Matt McCowan, to their team as the new head brewer. With over 8 years of professional brewing experience under his belt, McCowan brings much-welcomed expertise and fresh creativity to the Alter Brewing Co. team.

While they don’t serve any food besides bar snacks, they have a handful of menus from local eateries behind the bar that they’re happy to share with you so that you can have something delivered. Now that’s a host we can get behind!

Check out their hours and current beers on tap below — and plan on pulling up one of their bright orange chairs for a pint. You’ll be glad you did.

Beers On Tap

  • Center Line Golden Ale Golden Ale
  • ALTERior Motive IPA IPA – American
  • Hell Hazed Over IPA – New England
  • Inside Voices English Mild Ale
  • Alto Porto Porter Porter – American
  • ‘Nilla Priest Other
  • Hopular Kid Pale Ale – American
  • Galaxy & the 7 Seas Red Ale – American Amber / Red
  • Level 3 IPA – Imperial / Double
  • Outside Voices Other
  • Tap And Unwrap Stout – Milk / Sweet

Taproom Hours

  • MON-THU: 3-10 p.m.
  • FRI-SAT: 12-11 p.m.
  • SUN: 12-7 p.m.

Alter Taproom Location

Alter Brewing Company

2300 Wisconsin Avenue

Suite #213

Downers Grove, IL 60515

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