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Jim Slonoff

Old bourbon and wine barrels set off the special event space at Alter Brewing in Downers Grove, which serves its beer creations in its tap room. "We do get the beer geeks in here, but we also get grandmas and grandpas," co-founder Mark Hedrick said. (Jim Slonoff photos) Developing names for beers can be as much of an art as brewing them, as Whiskey Hill Brewing's on-tap board displays. Tap room manager Stephen Peterson holds a flight of the current offerings at the Westmont operation. There's a beer for every palate at Orange & Brew in Downers Grove, whether from the extensive selection of packaged products or served up by owner Eric Schmidt from the taps featuring styles from local breweries.



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