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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

  • March 31, 2018 - BOTTLE RELEASE!!!

    Starting at 12 PM we will be releasing Vlad The Second Order Of The Dragon w/Vanilla. This is our Russian Imperial Stout, Vlad aged in Bourbon Barrels with Vanilla.
  • May 12, 2018 - Hailstorm 4th Anniversary Party!

    Details coming soon!
  • Every Thursday Night - Open Mic Night  

    Enjoy live local music or bring your guitar and play!


Russian Imperial Stout
11 % 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.

Northeast I.P.A.
6.3% ABV.

Northeast Style I.P.A. brewed with Oats and Wheat. A hazy yeast strain and super hop aroma. Hopped with Citra, Simcoe, Amarillo, Centennial and Kohatu hops.

Rock Out With Maibock Out
6.6% ABV.

2017 & 2015 G.A.B.F. Silver Medal Winner for Bock
This Maibock is brewed with Pilsner, Vienna and Munich malts, hopped with German Northern Brewer. Rich and smooth with toasty and bready malts flavors.

Bourbon Barrel Aged Arctic Ale
English Barleywine
15.3% ABV.

Recreation of the beer brewed for the English expedition of Sir George Nares in 1875 to find the famed northwest passage. Aged it in bourbon barrels for nine months.

Bourbon B.A. Vlad The Conquistador w/Coffee
Russian Imperial Stout
14.1% ABV.

This is a Bourbon Barrel Aged version of Vlad The Conquistador. It is a Russian Imperial Stout with Cocoa, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Agave and Chili Peppers. Then we added coffee beans in the barrels.

Hop Farm
Dry Hopped Brett Saison
5.5% ABV.

Hop Farm is a brett saison and dry hopped with Mosaic Hops.

Billy Bock Thornton
Bock Style German Lager
6.6% ABV.

Bock beer, in general, is stronger than your typical lager, more of a robust malt character with a dark amber to brown hue.

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.

Imperial Prairie Madness
Imperial Red Ale
8.6% ABV.

We took our Prairie Madness recipe, and scaled up both the hops and the alcohol, and added some new hops to the mix. Brewed with Citra, Simcoe, Mosaic, and Columbus, this big red ale is quite hoppy, with a big malt punch to back it up.


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 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 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 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 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.