By Ryan Terrell
Source My Suburban Life
A local brewer is hoping to tap into the booming craft beer business.
Tim Hoerman, a Westmont resident since 2004, is bringing his Urban Legend brand beers up a level with a micro brewery he hopes to open by July 1.
He’s backed by a group of six investors and is in the midst of converting a warehouse in an industrial area just northwest of 63rd Street and Cass Avenue into a brewery on top of a tasting area.
For Hoerman, an attorney who has been brewing beers and winning awards for it for the past four years, the business idea was a no-brainer.
“I think the entire suburban area is underserved as far as micro breweries are concerned,” he said from the warehouse at 1115 Zygmunt Circle, where large fermenting tanks were being installed late last week. “A lot of people in the area are becoming familiar with craft beers and we really think they will be receptive to this idea.”
The idea is to brew and bottle beer inside the warehouse, but also host private tasting parties of up to 30 with the fermenting tanks and other brewing equipment serving as a backdrop. Food will not be served.
“Essentially we’re a brewery with a tasting room,” Hoerman said, adding that beer lovers will be able to purchase beer to bring home as well. “And we’re going to have a bar up front, too.”
Hoerman said to start he will be brewing five of 10 his award-winning beers using state-of-the-art beer brewing technology.
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