"Hog Butcher For The World, Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with Railroads and the Nation's Freight Handler; Stormy, husky, brawling, City of the Big Shoulders."
- Carl Sandburg
In his poem "Chicago," Carl Sandburg first refers to this great city as "Hog Butcher For the World." And while the literal meaning behind that moniker has faded since the mid-twentieth century closing of the Union Stock Yards, it anchors and inspires our ethos in three meaningful ways:
For starters, we love hops. We love the variety of flavors and aromas they contribute to beer and employ (for the most part) a hops-first approach to ensuring our beers are memorable and bursting with flavor and aroma. Often, we'll do so by highlighting a single variety. Other times, it'll be bucketfuls of our own proprietary blends that we're dumping into the boil kettle in pursuit of keeping your tastebuds entertained.
What comes to mind when you hear the word 'butcher'? Skilled. Knowledgable. Hard-working. Approachable. Dependable. Quality. Community. These are all of the traits we think of and most importantly, aim to emulate, only as brewers with a brewery instead of a butcher with a butcher shop. Ultimately, we want you to know, trust and like us and the beers we brew just as you would your neighborhood butcher. Let us be your go-to. Want to know the story behind a certain beer or ask about the varieties of hops we use? Ask us. We'll talk shop with you. After all, the more you know about what's in your glass, the more you'll appreciate drinking it.
Finally, you'll undoubtedly refer to us simply as "Hop Butcher" at some point (and we're cool with that), but the "For The World" part remains meaningful both to how we brew and who we brew for. It guides how we build recipes and what ingredients we use; where we distribute our cans and kegs and ultimately what we strive to be both now and when we grow up: For The World.
Hop Butcher For The World