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When Brewers "Know a Guy," Kriek Can Happen

Chicago's Dovetail Brewery released a kriek earlier this week that was made possible, in part, thanks to a great relationship with one of the taproom regulars.

John Holl Jul 13, 2018 - 7 min read

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One of the great benefits of owning a brewery, most owners will tell you, is the diverse cross section of people who walk through the doors and sit down for a beer. Genuine friendships can be forged over pints and shared passion, and now and again there's even an occasion for a collaboration.

This is the story of Dovetail Brewery in Chicago, regular customer Joe Daniel-who works in produce logistics-and a kriek that was released earlier this week, in what the brewery calls a "city first."

Dovetail's co-owners, Chicago natives Hagen Dost and Bill Wesselink, met in brewing school in Munich and bonded over a shared appreciation of the traditional methods in classic European beers. "Not because we think they are cool or anything but because they are the path to the highest-quality beers," says Dost. "Our favorite breweries still use those traditions at least in one way or another."

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John Holl is the author of Drink Beer, Think Beer: Getting to the Bottom of Every Pint, and has worked for both Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine® and All About Beer Magazine.