Podcast from ETown LowDown: Original Link April 19,2018
The LowDown crew visits the Elmhurst Brewing Company with a fun bunch of “LowDown Loonies” and interviews founders and owners Frazer Donaldson and Pete Dolan. Head Chef Jason Kurosaki and Brewmaster Cam Horn join the guys to share their passion for food and craft beer. Frazer, Pete and Cam take on the MowDown. PK introduces another edition of “One Ponce a Time”, educating listeners on a bit of Elmhurst brewing history.
ELMHURST, Illinois; December 4, 2017 — Elmhurst Brewing Company is excited to introduce its new head chef, Jason Kurosaki, an accomplished executive chef whose experience with a wide variety of cuisines, with using beer in food and menu preparation, and with creating food and beer pairings, will make the brewery both a beer and a food destination.
ELMHURST, Illinois; Sept. 13, 2017 — Elmhurst Brewing Company is pleased to announce it will officially debut its first two beers – a classic, German-style Kolsch and a “hazy” red India Pale Ale – at the Elmhurst Craft Beer Fest on Saturday, Sept. 16.
The beers are the handiwork of Head Brewer Cam Horn, who joined Elmhurst Brewing in August from Franconia Brewing Co., a German-style brewery near Dallas. Cam, along with Elmhurst Brewing owners, Frazer Donaldson and Pete Dolan, will be on hand at the Elmhurst Craft Beer Fest and look forward to offering guests early samples from their microbrewery, scheduled to open in mid-November at 171 N. Addison Ave.
“We’re thrilled to be a part of the Fest again this year, and even more so, introduce Cam to our community,” said Frazer and Pete. “It will be an honor to serve our first brews in the company of so many outstanding Chicago-area micros. It’s sure to be a great day for the beer-lovers of Elmhurst.”
The Elmhust Craft Beer Fest, now in its third year, will feature beers and ciders from about 30 Chicago-area brewers, as well as live musical performances (general admission is 1-5 p.m. on the Elmhurst History Museum Grounds, 120 East Park Ave, Elmhurst).
Elmhurst Brewing’s first two pours draw from Cam’s extensive experience in German-influenced beer making, and also offer a few tasty twists. The Kolsch is brewed with 100-percent Pilsner malt and a variety of American hops (including Sterling and Mount Hood), with a hint of lemon and floral characteristics.
The red IPA includes a large number of citrus hop varieties (thrown in at the end of boil and at the “dry hop”), giving it a strong hop character without too much bitterness; other ingredients include English pale malt, German Munich malt and wheat.
Elmhurst Brewing will also have a large table at the Craft Beer Fest where branded hats, t-shirts and tin tacker wall hangings will be available for purchase. Cam, Frazer and Pete encourage everyone to lift a glass with them at the Fest Saturday. Stay apprised by following Elmhurst Brewing on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@ElmhurstBrewing).
ELMHURST, Illinois; July 5, 2017 — Horn, 33, joins Elmhurst Brewing from Franconia Brewing Co., a German-style brewery in the Dallas suburb of McKinney, Texas. Horn became head brewer at Franconia in 2010, where he worked under a fourth-generation brewer who emigrated from Germany. Long before he joined Franconia, Horn was tinkering away at home with a brewing system he built himself in 2005.
ELMHURST, IL; April 13, 2017 — Elmhurst Brewing Company is pleased to announce that construction is officially underway on a unique, family-friendly entrant to Chicagoland’s
burgeoning craft beer scene.
On April 11, the city of Elmhurst formally approved Elmhurst Brewing’s building permit, allowing
EBC partners, Pete Dolan and Frazer Donaldson, to break ground at their Addison Avenue location, in the heart of the western suburb’s vibrant downtown.
By late-summer or early fall 2017, Dolan and Donaldson expect to officially open their doors at
171 N. Addison Ave. They invite the people of Elmhurst and elsewhere to sample their ales,
lagers and other varieties brewed on-site, and enjoy lunch or dinner – inside, or out in the fresh air of a 3,000-square-foot beer garden.
“We couldn’t be more excited at achieving this important step,” Donaldson said. “With
permit in hand, we look forward to watching our brewpub take shape in the months ahead and, ultimately, serving the beer-lovers of our community and their families.”
Why a brewpub here, in Elmhurst?
The Chicago area is already home to many world-class microbreweries and a growing and
discerning population of beer-lovers eager to challenge their taste buds beyond what the massmarket brands have to offer. According to the Brewers Association, the Chicago region ranks second in the country (next to Portland, Oregon) in number of microbreweries. Chicago is also home to the Siebel Institute of Technology, a technical school dedicated to brewing science.
Elmhurst Brewing will build on that tradition while putting its own personal stamp on the
business. To that end, Elmhurst Brewing will feature:
- A 15-barrel brewhouse “behind glass,” allowing patrons to watch the brewmaster
- Full-service kitchen offering a diverse menu for both adults and kids;
- Kids’ area with games and toys;
- Private event spaces, including a 48-person mezzanine suite/lounge;
- Convenient location a five- to 10-minute walk away for many Elmhurst residents
and two blocks north of the local Metra station, with ample street and garage
Elmhurst Brewing will offer 12 varieties on tap (plus a selection of wine and craft spirits) that can be enjoyed on the premises or “to-go,” in 64-ounce glass “growlers” or 32-ounce “crowlers” (large cans sealed while-you-wait). Additionally, Elmhurst Brewing “Mug Club” members will enjoy exclusive access to a “13th tap” pouring a special, rotating beer.
How to stay apprised of Elmhurst Brewing’s progress? Follow along on Facebook, Twitter
(@ElmhurstBrewing) and LinkedIn, and while you’re at it, sign up for email updates at
ElmhurstBrewing.com. Meantime, Elmhurst Brewing hats, t-shirts and other gear are available
for purchase on the website (under “shop”).
Pete and Frazer look forward to lifting a glass with you soon!