About 90 minutes west of the Brit and Yankee Pub studios is Freeport IL. At one time there were 15 breweries in Freeport, but alas Prohibition put an end to that, and now Generations stands alone and has proven to be worth a visit. Steven Winter is the current ‘generation’ who is the brewmaster and co-owner here, and The Brit and Ken McMullen had the opportunity to sit and chat with him, plus try some of the well-crafted brews available at the tap room.
We hear from Steven about his background, how the brewery was ‘custom-built’, and the stories behind some of his seasonal beers, one of which is an annual brew using spruce tips from a special source. Freeport is known as the Pretzel City, and we get a short history lesson on why and Freeport’s origins. Our final tasting of Steven’s Berliner Weisse, Jelly Donut, which takes us to his exceptional Smelly Donut variant, and he tells us how they produced this marvelous and unique beer. There is even a discussion on if beer is vegan…how we got there we don’t know!
We think you should take a trip to Generations…you won’t be disappointed!
- Wintergreen Spruce IPA, American IPA with spruce tips, 7.6% ABV
- Cranacopia, cranberry and black walnut double stout, 8.0% ABV
- Pretzel City Amber, American amber ale, 5.6% ABV
- Under Par Pils, Danish-style rye pilsner, 5.3% ABV
- Jelly Donut, German Berliner Weisse with cherries and blueberries, 3.8% ABV
- Smelly Donut, BA Berliner Weisse in Bordeaux wine and American whiskey barrels
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