We didn't start brewing with the idea it would be a commercial venture. We started because of curiosity, we started because of a desire to create something, and we started for the love of great beer. Like many of the great craft breweries, our first venture into making beer was as homebrewers. Like many homebrewers, our first attempts were from kits purchased at a local homebrew shop. It wasnâ€™t long before we all wanted to do more, to have more control of the process. Dave Estis and Tom Karvonen began augmenting the kits with extra hops and extra malt extract to get more flavor and, frankly, more alcohol. Not too much time had passed before Dave ran out of things to tinker with and determined we should do â€œall-grainâ€ batches. Dave built a stand with three propane burners and the pumps that would be necessary for the process at his home in Oak Park.