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We are a solar and wind-powered, farmhouse brewery that distributes beer throughout most of Illinois. We brew cellar-fermented, real ales and lagers on our off-grid farm. From gooseberries to apple mint, we grow many of the ingredients that make our beer unique and flavorful.


Big Thorn beer is fermented in our underground cellar, allowing for seasonal temperature fluctuations that add complexity and interest to the beer-making process. Additionally, all of our beer spends time aging on logs harvested from our woods. We use mulberry, oak, hickory, cherry, autumn olive, and sassafras trees in our beer-making process. After log-aging, our beer is naturally carbonated at the time of kegging/bottling. After about three weeks in the cellar, the beer is ready to be enjoyed or aged for quite some time.

We are now open to the public, and you can also find our brews at fine establishments throughout Illinois. We look forward to sharing our beer with you!

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