Evanston, IL: Smylie Brothers Brewing Company (www.smyliebros.com) is excited to announce a scheduled opening for June 24, 2014. The Brewpub, located at 1615 Oak Avenue in Evanston (phone: 224-999-7320), will open with dinner service through Sunday with brunch and lunch services added later in the year. The restaurant brings craft beer, Texas-style barbecue, wood-fired pizza, and Midwestern comfort food to downtown Evanston.
On why he decided to open the brewpub, owner Mike Smylie explains, “I grew up with a large family – there are five Smylie Brothers and over forty cousins on the North Shore – and I have been cooking for as long as I can remember and home brewing since college. My dad is from Texas, and so we grew up on Texas barbecue. Family and friends always asked when we would open a restaurant, and now we can’t wait to share our beer and food with Evanston.”
Evanston’s Fourth Ward Alderman, Don Wilson, adds “I have been waiting with great interest since I first heard about the idea and concept. I am excited to see what Smylie Brothers has in store for us!”
Beer lovers can expect head brewer Brad Pulver to deliver a fresh take on old-world styles at Smylie Brothers. The brewpub will have twenty-four taps with eight featuring a rotation of Smylie Brothers beers and the remaining taps offering local, Midwestern brews from the Great Lakes area. The beer list will switch but visitors can expect to find Smylie’s signature beer, a California Common or ‘Steam beer’ (the only true American beer), and a Belgian brew always on tap. For those who want to enjoy Smylie Brothers beer at home, growlers will be available.
Executive Chef Grant Carey promises an eclectic mix of regional American cuisine. From Midwestern comfort food to the Smylie family’s secret Texas style barbecue recipes, the Smylie Brothers menu will compliment the brewpub’s beers and even use ingredients straight from the brewery.