Hops At Home: Episode 12 – Brandon and Amanda Wright, Werk Force Brewing

One of the earliest craft breweries to open in the Chicago region was Werk Force Brewing, located in Plainfield IL. Since then, the husband and wife team of Amanda and Brandon Wright have expanded their business from a home brew shop and taproom, to a large scale brewery and tap room, plus winning several medals at the World Beer Cup, GABF, and FOBAB to name just the biggies!

It was therefore a heart-breaking decision that faced them both when the corona-virus pandemic forced them to close their doors early, and furlough most of their staff. Their only concern was everyone’s well-being, including that of their daughter Mabel, who played a big part in keeping everyone positive on social media with short videos of family ‘pillow’ fights!

Just recently, they decided to re-open their doors to curbside pickup, and have organized a safe way for people to begin to obtain their award-winning brews once more. We were lucky to catch them while they were getting orders ready, and the crew enjoyed a virtual beer with them while they told us how they were doing, and also why they donated over 30,000 nitrile gloves to local hospitals and fire fighters. Don’t miss this one!

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