ALGONQUIN – Scorched Earth Brewing Co. in Algonquin has completed its first phase of an expansion project that will double the size of its brewery.
The first phase includes the addition of a new tap room space, which doubles the seating area by adding authentic German beer garden tables. The space also added new flatscreen TVs and more restrooms.
Co-founder Jennifer Dallas said the brewery will be 128,000 square feet once the expansion project, which started in the fall, is completed.
With the extra space, the brewery can book private parties and special events – something it didn’t have the room to accommodate in the past.
“Ever since we’ve opened we’ve been limited in our seating, so this brings more comfort,” Dallas said. “It is a lot more accommodating for seating and a relaxed and fun environment.”
Crystal Lake native Corey Hagberg painted the walls in a “street-art” mural style, featuring the brewery’s Huckster and Giant Killer-style artwork.
“The artwork is our eye candy, and it’s different than anything you’ll see around here,” Dallas said.
The second phase is expected to wrap up by the summer and will add more taps, a new Crowler canning system for “to go” beer, more space for entertainment and music, indoor games, seating and more.
Dallas said she hopes to have more games, such as bocce, bags, pingpong and possibly arcade games.
The brewery opened in 2014 and previously has been recognized for being “Illinois Made.” Co-founder Mike Dallas said he works with small businesses around McHenry County and uses their products in the craft beers.
For example, the brewery uses berries from Heider’s Berry Farm in Woodstock and uses cocoa nibs from Ethereal Confections in Woodstock.
The tap room, 203 Berg St., is open Thursdays through Sundays. For information, visit http://scorchedearthbrewing.com.