Low Dive Brewing

Low Dive Brewing Low Dive is a homebrew collective founded by Matthew Kanable, Andrew Lautner, and brothers Sean and Tim Orr.

Low Dive Brewing consists of four college friends who’s quest for the finest beer the world has to offer has ultimately lead us all to Chicago. While in college together, we actively sought out variety and bold flavors in the beers we drank, appalled by the mass consumption of pale, flavorless “beer” taking place all around us. Upon arrival in Chicago, our crew’s shared passion quickly took a turn from seeking out great beers, to brewing them. The roots of Low Dive Brewing quickly began to grow. The Low Dive brand hearkens back to early industrial America where “low dives”, “kitchen barrooms”, and “blind tigers” referred to underground, and often unlicensed saloons with no notable signage to speak of: the type of place where patrons knew to go to escape the grind of daily life...and often the reach of local law enforcement. We first came across the reference in an early historical account of industrial growth in Muncie, Indiana (home of Ball State University, where we first met) and an instant connection was made. Low Dive Brewing embodies a blue collar, artisanal approach to brewing. A far cry from the drone-like automation and one-size-fits-all approach that is macro brewing’s status quo.

Mission: Low Dive Brewing is focused on producing bold flavored, handcrafted beers.

12/30/2013

We wrapped up this year's brew schedule yesterday with another farmhouse ale. We'll leave you with this little ditty.

Happy New Year, everyone!

Going to ring in the new year with a super charge of hops. We dry-hopped half with Amarillo and the other half with Gala...
12/28/2013

Going to ring in the new year with a super charge of hops. We dry-hopped half with Amarillo and the other half with Galaxy. A 6% hop bomb is what we have here.

the best kind of mess.
12/22/2013

the best kind of mess.

Was great to see Drew in his element yesterday.
12/15/2013

Was great to see Drew in his element yesterday.

Playing around with the ICU scale today.Additionally, we pulled a sample of our latest IPA from the primary fermenter. I...
12/09/2013

Playing around with the ICU scale today.

Additionally, we pulled a sample of our latest IPA from the primary fermenter. It was brewed last week and still has a little bit of sugar to eat through, but the yeast and hops seem to be working great together.

Stingo gets bottled this week.

80 years ago today prohibition was repealed. We can all toast to the return of craft fermentation and distillation. Here...
12/05/2013
Happy Repeal Day: The Story of Congress' Favorite Bootlegger

80 years ago today prohibition was repealed. We can all toast to the return of craft fermentation and distillation. Here's a good read about George Cassiday, who may have played an integral part in ratifying the 21st amendment.

CHEERS.

Prohibition, Hypocrisy, and "The Man in the Green Hat"

HAPPY FUNKSGIVING
11/28/2013

HAPPY FUNKSGIVING

Not one to use the ______porn label, but this one was a bit tough to resist. Matt and I filled some barrels last night.
11/21/2013

Not one to use the ______porn label, but this one was a bit tough to resist. Matt and I filled some barrels last night.

This stout is on a path, and that path involves bourbon barrels from Few Spirits.
11/09/2013

This stout is on a path, and that path involves bourbon barrels from Few Spirits.

Enjoying some 35th Ward tonight. 25% malted spelt, and fermented entirely with brettanomyces.
11/08/2013

Enjoying some 35th Ward tonight. 25% malted spelt, and fermented entirely with brettanomyces.

More bugs for today's batch.
11/04/2013

More bugs for today's batch.

Had another brew night last Friday. Brewed our first stout of the season. In fact, not just one, but two. An imperial st...
10/28/2013

Had another brew night last Friday. Brewed our first stout of the season. In fact, not just one, but two. An imperial stout followed by a German stout using the parti-gyle method. The grain bill was too good not to make granola afterward.

...and we even managed to brew some lambic.
10/19/2013

...and we even managed to brew some lambic.

More fall fever.
10/07/2013

More fall fever.

A few weeks ago we got back to brewing at Low Dive east with a French Saison to close out Summer.  After the time off we...
10/06/2013

A few weeks ago we got back to brewing at Low Dive east with a French Saison to close out Summer. After the time off we were thrilled to see our Late Summer Saison take the gold in the category at today's Brixtoberfest home brewing contest! Thanks judges, glad you enjoyed!

http://brixtoberfest.brixiesbrewers.com/

Here are a few pics from this past weekend's hop harvest and brew day. Our home-grown Nugget hops were picked fresh and ...
10/02/2013

Here are a few pics from this past weekend's hop harvest and brew day. Our home-grown Nugget hops were picked fresh and added as a wet hop addition to our harvest ale.

We put our floor corker back to use last night, and bottled 4 different batches of lambic style ales dating as far back ...
09/25/2013

We put our floor corker back to use last night, and bottled 4 different batches of lambic style ales dating as far back as February 2010.

Woke up to see fluffy krausen's this morning. We brewed Farmhouse 003 last night. We wanted to use spelt when we brewed ...
09/21/2013

Woke up to see fluffy krausen's this morning. We brewed Farmhouse 003 last night. We wanted to use spelt when we brewed Farmhouse 001, but we were unable to get any in time. Not the case for 003, however. We split this batch with two different yeasts; one half was pitched with the yeast from 001, the other, Brettanomyces Claussenii. Both pitched around midnight.

ˈprä-vən-dər // A good fall beer, ready to drink now, however. Gonna have a couple this weekend. What are you drinking?—...
09/07/2013

ˈprä-vən-dər // A good fall beer, ready to drink now, however. Gonna have a couple this weekend. What are you drinking?

—Andrew

Nimble little minx, isn't she? from now on, if asked if we're a god, we say YES. Going full stream.
09/02/2013

Nimble little minx, isn't she? from now on, if asked if we're a god, we say YES. Going full stream.

4lbs of Blackberries: Lambic bound.
08/24/2013

4lbs of Blackberries: Lambic bound.

Matt and Andrew brewed a Roggenbier yesterday. First ever decoction mash.
08/18/2013

Matt and Andrew brewed a Roggenbier yesterday. First ever decoction mash.

The kind of mess we don't mind cleaning up.
08/04/2013

The kind of mess we don't mind cleaning up.

A summary of today's brew.
08/03/2013

A summary of today's brew.

Gose The Destructor sour mashing before tomorrow's brew day.
08/02/2013

Gose The Destructor sour mashing before tomorrow's brew day.

First Nugget cones of the season.
07/26/2013

First Nugget cones of the season.

Kentucky Common wort collection
07/21/2013

Kentucky Common wort collection

What special brews do you have lined up for the weekend?
07/19/2013

What special brews do you have lined up for the weekend?

Low Dive Brewing's cover photo
07/18/2013

Low Dive Brewing's cover photo

New setup at Low Dive west - Drooo's house.
07/14/2013

New setup at Low Dive west - Drooo's house.

New Zealish IPA coming to boil.
07/14/2013

New Zealish IPA coming to boil.

06/13/2013

Drinking beer makes you super smart. duh.

She's bbaaaack...our Nugget plant is coming out of the gate strong.
05/02/2013

She's bbaaaack...our Nugget plant is coming out of the gate strong.

Brewed an ipa today using a new hop strain, Belma, from Hops Direct.
04/13/2013

Brewed an ipa today using a new hop strain, Belma, from Hops Direct.

Beautiful Spring brew day in Chicago
04/13/2013

Beautiful Spring brew day in Chicago

Brew bigger beers with our former 150 quart mash tun. For sale now! Please direct all inquiries via the Craigslist ad.
03/25/2013
Coleman Xtreme 5 Cooler, 150 Quart Mash Tun

Brew bigger beers with our former 150 quart mash tun. For sale now! Please direct all inquiries via the Craigslist ad.

CL > chicago > city of chicago > all for sale / wanted > general for sale - by ownerReply to:[email protected] [?] flag [?] : miscategorized prohibited spam best ofPosted: Coleman Xtreme 5 Cooler, 150 Quart Mash Tun - $100 (Logan Sqaure) For sale, Coleman Xtreme 5 cooler (150 Quar...

Attention all brewers / home brew clubs: we're selling our recently purchased Blichmann Boilermaker along with it's fals...
03/22/2013
30 Gallon Blichmann Mashtun

Attention all brewers / home brew clubs: we're selling our recently purchased Blichmann Boilermaker along with it's false bottom and auto sparge. Nothing wrong with it. In fact, it's like new, considering we've only used it twice. We're selling it in order to buy 2 smaller systems.

CL > chicago > city of chicago > all for sale / wanted > general for sale - by ownerReply to:[email protected] [?] flag [?] : miscategorized prohibited spam best ofPosted: 30 Gallon Blichmann Mashtun - $700 (Logan Square) For sale, 30 Gallon Blichmann Mash Tun with False Bottom an...

03/20/2013
Chicago Beer Geeks

If you're going to Dark Lord Day this year, may we suggest you take advantage of this.

The Chicago Brew Bus is our preferred method of travel to Dark Lord Day 2013! join us! for more information ..email CBG Nik - [email protected]

and maybe toss Matthew a vote, will ya?
03/18/2013

and maybe toss Matthew a vote, will ya?

by Matthew LaFleur

Matt is good people. Learn a little about him through the words and images of Michael Kiser.
03/18/2013

Matt is good people. Learn a little about him through the words and images of Michael Kiser.

http://goodbeerhunting.com/blog/2013/3/17/makerdrinker-1-matthew-lafleur

MAKER/DRINKER #1 — MATTHEW LAFLEUR
About a year ago, Matthew LaFleur came out of nowhere for me, with a humble homebrew in one hand and a handshake in the other. "I'm an illustrator," he said. "And this is a beer I made. Let me know what you think!"

Low Dive Brewing's cover photo
02/22/2013

Low Dive Brewing's cover photo

We'll be there to toast our friends. Join the party, won't you?
02/21/2013

We'll be there to toast our friends. Join the party, won't you?

Sinister is ready. Join us at Capones Liquor this Saturday from 2:00-4:00 pm for its release party. 18th Street and Spiteful Brewing will be pouring. Plus, meet the artist behind Sinister's label, Joey Potts. Do not miss this.

Brew Day: American Brown Ale brewed with cocoa nibs.
02/09/2013

Brew Day: American Brown Ale brewed with cocoa nibs.

01/30/2013
18th Street Brewery: giving Gary, IN the brewery it deserves

$20,000+

A fantastic accomplishment so far. If you haven't donated yet however, and you value the potential beer has to bring communities together, please consider visiting the link and donating to the cause.

Proud to become Gary's first ever brewery.

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