Enjoy a Flight in our Taproom

Barrel aging Vlad II

Fermentation Row

Enjoy a beer by the fermentor!

Plenty of room for an event

Our weekend space opens up

16 taps of constantly changing heaven


Craft Beer, Music and Food Trucks

We believe in focusing on the key aspects of the brewing process that most affect quality and stability. We believe in big bold flavors. When we say something has a unique ingredient in it, you can bet you will taste it. We are growing our barrel aging program as fast as possible and exploring new tecniques with wood fermentation, wild ales and exotic ingredients. We regularly host live music and food trucks on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Brewmaster / Owner


Finance / IT / Owner


Operations / Owner


Taproom / Owner



Upcoming Events at the Brewery

  • Every Thursday Night - Open Mic Night  

    Enjoy live local music or bring your guitar and play!


Russian Imperial Stout
10.6% ABV.

This huge Russian Imperial stout is as complex as they come. Big hop flavor and aroma that fades to clean malt with notes of chocolate, coffee, and roasty goodness.

Prairie Madness
7.0% ABV.

2017 G.A.B.F.© Gold Medal Winner for American IPA
Brewed with American, German and English malts, duly hopped with Mosaic and Simcoe Hops. This India Pale Ale is our Midwest take on a classic American craft style. Great malt character and hop aroma with a smooth, citrusy flavor, followed by a crisp, clean finish make this a distinctive beer.

South Side Irish Red
Irish Red
5.6% ABV.

This malty Irish style red ale was inspired by the famous red ales from Ireland. It starts with smooth English specialty malts and finishes with a nice continental hop finish to cut the malt and balance this beer out.

Crash Test Dummy
Belgian Style Tripel
9.0% ABV.

Belgian Style Tripel with aromas of spice, pepper and clove phenolics from the Belgian yeast. Just enough hop presence to balance the big malt bill.

Honey Seeker
American Barleywine
10% ABV.

Honey Seeker is Blonde American Style Barleywine brewed with Honey.

Hotel Life
American Lager
4.7% ABV.

Hotel Life is very mild on the hop and malt character. A straw to gold, very clean and crisp, highly carbonated lager.

Northeast Oat I.P.A.
6.5% ABV.

Cirrus is a Northeast Style Oat IPA. The hops used are Simcoe, Mosaic, and Citra.

American Strong Lager
7.4% ABV.

A strong, malt forward American lager. Easy to drink, with a touch of sweetness from the corn used to lighten the body of this beer.

České Pilsner
Czech Style Pilsner
4.4% ABV.

Our Czech Style Pilsner has a beautiful golden color and just the right amount of hops to give it spicy floral flavor, and a crisp refreshing finish.

Santa's Cookies & Milk Stout 2018
Imperial Milk Stout
11% ABV.

Tiss the season for 2018 Santa's Cookies & Milk Stout. This stout is our seasonal collaboration with The Open Bottle. This year's version is a samoas cookie inspired imperial milk stout brewed with coconut, caramel, vanilla, and cocoa nibs.

Black Cat Porter
6.2% ABV.

Robust American Porter with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and a touch of roast malt. English hops and English Yeast.

České Temný
Czech Style Dark Lager
4.4% ABV.

A traditional Czech style dark lager; malty and bready, with a touch of coffee and roast. Subtle Saaz hop flavor.

Vlad's Day Off
Imperial Dark Lager
10% ABV.

Imperial dark ale with sweet honey and spicy rye notes.

Haus Helles
German Style Helles Lager
5% ABV.

Pale German lager with rich, bready malt characteristics and a light hop presence. Malty, but not sweet. An easy drinking lager.

Mexican Style Lager
4.6% ABV.

Brewed with Pilsner and Vienna malts, and a touch of flaked maize, this Mexican style lager is clean, crisp, and easy to drink.

Rose's Imperial Stout
Russian Imperial Stout
10.3% ABV.

A recreation of Dick Van Dyke's NHC gold medal-winning RIS from the 1991 national homebrew competition. Brewed with Maris Otter, wheat, English crystal malts, German Munich, debittered black malts, and molasses, this huge stout is smooth and roasty with a touch of sweetness. A small amount of licorice root was added for a touch of complexity.


Taproom hours:
         Mon: Closed
         Tues-Wed: 12 noon - 8 PM
         Thurs: 12 noon - 9 PM
         Fri-Sat: 12 noon - 10 PM
         Sunday: 12 noon - 8 PM


× Brandon

Brandon Banbury

Brandon came from a background as an accomplished home brewer who has specialized in beligian, sours, and barrel aged beer. Brewing at his home in the south suburbs, his beers have gained regional recognition and won many national awards. Brandon also brings 8 years experience in food and beverage plant systems and civil engineering. Professionally with Hailstorm Brandon has won a gold, silver and bronze medal in the indiana beer cup, as well as a silver medal at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival. He is a BJCP recognized beer judge and frequently judges in both professional and home brewing competitions.

× Chris

Chris Schiller

Chris was a homebrewer for over 5 years and had wanted to scale up to commercial brewing since the start. Specializing in porters, stouts, belgian trippels, and bavarian wheats, he rounds out some of the offerings at Hailstorm. He designs the labels, and coming from a career in consulting and software engineering, Chris supports the accounting/finance/IT operations of the busines.

× Gene

Gene Wabiszczewicz

Gene brings a wealth of construction and operations experience to our team. He helped design our taproom and brewery layout and function. He maintains our taproom and brewery as well as organizing and coordinating special events.

× Josh

Josh Wabiszczewicz

Josh has years of experience in the hospitality industry and brings his excellent people skills and professionalism to our tap room and keeps everything running smoothly. He manages all of our special and weekly events, and our wonderful team of taproom experts.