Hop Butcher

Chicago , Illinois

Beers currently on tap

Ruby Waves

American Red IPA


“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 refers to this great city as “Hog Butcher For the World.” And though the literal meaning behind that moniker has faded since the closing of the Union Stock Yards in 1971, it embodies and inspires who we are and the beers we brew in three meaningful ways.

For starters, we love hops and we use them A LOT. The multitude of occasions to use hops within the brewing process is boundless and we explore and experiment relentlessly, forever in the name of incredible flavors and worldly aromatics.

The “Butcher” portion of our namesake is thankfully less bloody than the history behind it, but there’s no shortage of inspiration drawn from those passionate and knowledgable about their craft like the butchers we know and love are. We hope you find us to be that same brand of approachable, except with hops, grain, yeast and water in a brewery instead of a butcher shop and a meat-filled counter.

Finally, at some point, you’ll refer to us simply as “Hop Butcher” (and we’re cool with that), but the “For The World” part is an important and meaningful element of our name. It inspires the ingredients we use, the characters on our labels, the balance of our beers, how we communicate and more. It guides everything from who we partner with to where our cans and kegs are distributed…and where they someday might be distributed.


Hop Butcher For The World

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Hop Butcher

Chicago , Illinois

Website: http://www.hopbutcher.com/