The folks behind Lo Rez Brewing know exactly what they like: Belgian, malty beers. Unlike some trendier beers, these brews aren't overdosed with hops, and beer geeks will get a chance to it when Lo Rez opens its Pilsen brewery this spring that includes a 1,500-square-foot tasting room and party patio.
Co-founders Dave Dahl and Kevin Lilly met in the late 1990s working together at a high-tech company called Neoglyphics. They started to hang out and tip back a few pints at Bucktown's venerable and now-shuttered Artful Dodger. Dahl and Lilly share a typical story of wanting to go pro after decades of homebrewing practice, but carry the hope that their brews will stand out. After working out the financials, Dahl worked a year at Metropolitan Brewing Co., while Lilly served a stint at 5 Rabbit. They also received various certifications that bolstered their beer knowledge.
"We learned theory, we balanced that with hands-on practice," Dahl wrote. "Our beers got better, we gravitated toward drinking and making Belgians."
The name "Lo Rez" comes from a simple goal. They're not trying to chase the next thing or reinvent the wheel. They just want to brew a few Belgian-inspired beers for friends and family.
Expect a springtime opening for Lo Rez at 2101 S. Carpenter St. in Pilsen.