Sunday, April 20, 2014

BreweryWerks Brew-Cruise: Local Craft Beer Abound

Most often a Brew-Cruise article is about our adventures, hitting the road to find brewery and winery destinations worthy of a weekend away. But if you don't have time to get out of town, there are plenty of stops you can make right here in river city. Craft brews are spreading like wild fire and whether you're looking for burgers or lobster, it's not hard to find a great tasting local brew to go with it. At Bulldog Ale House, for example, in Roselle IL, you've got your choice of
approximately 70 different types of beers (with a few of their own), many of them local craft beers. Their menu of delicious burgers, pizza, and some of the best wings around will leave you satisfied with your budget intact. On the other hand if your taste buds are feeling the need for the absolute best lobster bisque in the Chicago area, then you'll want to head over to The Clubhouse Restaurant in Oakbrook, once owned,
in part, by Kevin Costner. There you'll have your choice of local brews such as; Church Street Bob's Your Dunkel, Two Brothers Domaine DuPage, Revolution Anti-Hero IPA, or Lagunitas IPA and Little Sumpin' Sumpin'. You may also want to try the mountain of meatloaf better known as the clubhouse meatloaf sundae or the prime rib while you're at it, they’re both outstanding. If you have a taste for an excellent wine, a bottle of 2011 Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon may hit the spot. Yes, it's a $56 bottle of wine, but stop in on a Monday and the bottle (and every other bottle) is half price (while the promotion lasts).

Now if the kid inside you is growing wings, you'll definitely want to fly by Pilot Pete's Restaurant at Schaumburg airport.

The Shrimp Diablo Pan Bake will light up your taste buds, but first try the beer battered scallops appetizer. Pete's firecracker lobster sandwich, a full lobster tail on a bun for a mere $13.95, is worth the trip alone, but the $100 hamburger (a pilot joke), 10 oz. of juicy ground sirloin and yum an a bun is... well, worth flying in for. And yes Pilot Pete's too, is embracing the craft beer revolution with several local brews... You'll be pleased to find Pegasus IPA, Chi-Town Pier Pale Ale and Windy City Wheat, Half Acre Over Ale, and Two Brothers Domaine DuPage, Prairie Path, Outlaw, Ebel's Weiss, The Bitter End and Cane and Ebel Hopped Up.

If you'd like to see Pilot Pete's Restaurant carry more local brews... such as... say... Solemn Oath, Finch's Beer, Ten Ninety beer, Lagunitas, Ale Syndicate, or name your favorite... be sure to drop John (the owner) a note in the suggestion box after your next visit.

No, you won’t see the big stainless steel fermenters and brite[sic] tanks or get a brewery tour at these locations, but that limited venue isn’t a survival strategy for craft brewers. Craft beers are becoming more and more available every day; however we've still got a long way to go before we see a good variety of the great beers on the market, available in local restaurants. Restaurant owners want to sell you what you want to buy. Let them know what you like best, next thing you know, you might actually be able to get a nice creamy delicious (local) stout to go with dinner out.

Friday, December 6, 2013

BreweryWerks Brew-Cruise: Redwood Brewing Co.

While in Flint, MI just before Thanksgiving we found an excellent steakhouse / Brewery called Redwood Steakhouse and Brewing Co. Literally walking distance from our hotel (perhaps in warmer weather) this place was truly an unintentional lucky find. The beautiful lodge setting with the glow of shiny copper brewery tanks was welcoming and warm on a cold night as we perused the menu for some great beer and food that would satisfy a long day of driving and appointments.

Satisfaction and then some was exactly what we found at Redwood. The steak, lobster and scallops were all cooked to perfection, and were absolutely mouthwatering good. We tasted several beers, which were delicious, and just sat back and enjoyed the comfortable lodge setting. The shiny copper tanks of the brewery are setup behind the bar... which looks cool... and banners hang over the bar representing all the awards they've won for brewing great beer. At Redwood you can enjoy flights of different craft beers made right onsite or enjoy a tall glass of your favorite.

Redwood Brewery makes India Pale Ales, annual hefeweizens, stouts, porters and more. But that's not all... if wine is more your thing, or you're just in a different mood, you won't be left out; you can try flights of wine or call for reservations at one of their wine tastings. The wine isn't made by Redwood, but they have many tasty options to try. Combined with their presentation, this all lead to a pleasant night out.

If you're passing through Flint Michigan and have the chance, be sure to stop by Redwood Steakhouse and Brewing Co. You can find them online at

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Brew-Cruise - DESTIHL Restaurant & Brew Works

Beer batter bacon?! Really?

A mere two hours from Chicago (2 ½ from the West burbs), is a gem of a brewery, DESTIHL Restaurant & Brew Works, located in Champaign, IL. Our visit started in the bar with a nice view of the brewery in a glassed in room.  DESTIHL has a sweet setup for tasting beer and plenty of great tasting beers to choose from. The atmosphere is comfortable and inviting, and if you happen to have Trent or Laura waiting on you behind the bar, you’ll enjoy hearing about the history of the brewery, where it’s headed and all you want to know about the different beers.

A nice change from many brewery tasting bars, DESTIHL gives you the choice of 4oz, 12oz, or 16oz glasses. This is great for anyone looking to try several beers (we tried 10), or for those coming back for their favorite flavor. Prices range from $1.25 to $2.00 for the 4oz. and you can order just one if you like, as opposed to having to buy a flight. Better yet, if you’re really unsure about a beer to try, you can get a 1oz taster.

All this made for an enjoyable evening, but that was only half the fun. After a two and a half hour drive to get to DESTIHL, we were hungry and in the mood for something different. Different is exactly what DESTIHL has to offer. Beer batter bacon… seriously?! This had to be tried. DESTIHL offers dishes that tantalize and challenge your pallet. Our waiter Matt described the menu as eclectic and he was very helpful in explaining our options along with what beer would best complement our choices. Every one of the staff was knowledgeable, the beer and food was great, and the facility offered an interesting and pleasant d├ęcor.

Whether you’re local to Champaign or looking for reason to get out of town DESTIHL is worth the trip.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Used Racking, Beams, and Wire Deck For Sale

We've got used pallet racking, beams, and wire decking for sale.  Call for sizes or stop by our warehouse in Spring Grove, IL to see for yourself.

Come pick it up with your truck or request a quote for delivery.

Call American Industrial Werks for pricing...847-477-2648.

For Sale - Steel V-groove Caster Wheels

We got some Steel V-groove Caster Wheels for sale. They are a couple different sizes. These are designed to guide equipment by rolling on inverted angle iron track.

Call American Industrial Werks... 847-477-2648... make an offer.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

HVAC and Mechanical Services

American Industrial Werks has opened a new division for HVAC and Mechanical Services. Uniquely positioned, members of this new division will work directly with our rigging and machinery moving crews on plant relocations, as well as machinery installations.

Additionally this team will also work on it's own offering several new services and expanding our commercial and industrial HVAC and Mechanical capabilities.

Services we are now providing:

•   Full Heating and Air Installations
•   Air Conditioner & Furnace Repair
•   Spring/Fall Tune-ups & Ongoing Maintenance
•   Temperature Management Solutions
•   Energy Evaluations
•   Rooftop Units
•   Refrigeration
•   Gas Hook-ups & Process Piping
•   Ductwork Repair
•   Machinery Ductwork
•   Sheet Metal / Guards
•   Hydraulic & Pneumatic Piping

The HVAC and Mechanical team compliments American Industrial Werks core services very nicely, but it also affords our customers improved quality control and better pricing.

With more than 15 years of field and management experience our new HVAC and Mechanical team will provide our clients with superior service and competitive prices.

A phone call away...

Call American Industrial Werks today, to discuss your next HVAC or Mechanical piping project.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Naperville Inaugural Craft Beer Festival - JULY 20

Set your calendars for July 20th this summer and join American Industrial Werks in supporting the local community and local breweries. Naperville will host it's inaugural craft beer festival with more than 180 different beers from craft breweries all around the country. Come and taste selections from local breweries as well, at this one-day event with food and live music.

American Industrial Werks is proud to have been part of the installation process for several of the breweries attending this event.