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According to Greek mythology, Eris, Greek Goddess of Discord, threw an apple into a party she was not invited to and created chaos amongst it’s guests. Founder of Eris, Michelle Foik, tossed her hat, or, should I say, her apple, into Chicago’s brewing scene in 2018, shaking things up and making Eris the first female-owned brewery and ciderhouse in Chicago.
Located in Chicago’s Northwest Side, Eris Brewery and Cider House is accompanied by an upscale pub-style restaurant that showcases an inclusive food menu with, most notably, their brunch program, which offers items such as a vegan burrito, brisket burrito and cinnamon roll griddle cakes (drool). They even recognized National Celiac Day with a gluten-free menu.
Michelle Foik, known as the “Force of Nature” of Eris, is no stranger to hospitality and craft beer. She grew up working in her family’s hotel restaurant and studied at the University of Wisconsin, Stout, earning a degree in hospitality and tourism. Michelle was at the helm of sales and operations for big name breweries like Goose Island Brewing and Revolution Brewing.
Alongside every strong business woman is… another business woman. Yes, we love to see it, female business partners in craft beer! Katy Pizza, known as the “Wrangler of Details” has a diverse background of experience, with commonality of Quality Assurance and writing for marketing audiences.
What I find to be pretty amazing about Eris is that their cider making is integrated with elements of beer brewing by experimenting with dry hopping ciders, like they do with the popular Van Van Mojo, a blueberry cider dry hopped with Mosaic hops. They’ve also brought home a GABF Bronze Medal with their NE IPA, Foiken Haze, in 2018. Eris also teamed up with 3 Sheeps Brewing in Sheboygan, WI in 2019 to create “ELLA, inspired by historical research into women’s involvement with the hop harvest in 1800s Wisconsin. Single-hop brew correct to the era, featuring Cluster hops, English ale yeast, and caramel malt.” (Eris Brewery and Cider House, Facebook)
If you find yourself in Chicago, be sure to swing by Eris Brewery and Cider House and aim to join them for a brunch that is sure to satisfy the Beer Gods and Goddesses who roam the Earth.