in McHenry County, Il.
Once upon a time... the brewery's co-founder, optimist and perpetual dreamer – Mike Dallas - decided to turn his love of craft beer, homebrewing, and sharing his passion with others into a plan to open a brewery. Jen, his wife and pragmatist, was a bit skeptical after supporting so many of Mike's "loves," including the guitar, woodworking, and the bagpipes, as well as "careers" including the Air Force, law and public administration. But it was Mike's drive, paired with Jen's new found interest in craft beer, and the intrigue of being a business owner, that eventually led her to support his dream and transform their lives into brewery owners. Since August 2014 (when the brewery opened to the public), their lives as owners of a new brewery have never been more crazy! To learn more about how we got started, please check out our blog.
The namesake of the brewery was initially forged by our interest to claim a name that truly represented the land and its history. Years before Illinois was settled, much of it was covered by vast swaths of prairie grasses. Uninspired by pictures of prairies alone, we dug deeper. Our research took us to stories about and images of prairie fires, some of which were ignited by terrible forces of nature and truly destructive, others that were purposefully started. The event and their aftermath inspired us. While the fire essentially wiped out an ecosystem, it also provided a new beginning for greater growth, diversity, and creativity - a fresh start. Scorched Earth symbolizes this for us in so many ways. More than anything, though, it represents a blank canvas to create a unique and diverse portfolio of beers, and experiences for you and for us.
The Ladies and Gents Who Make it All Happen
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Beer is woven into so many cultural traditions and events that we love to enjoy with family and friends. Neither of us really grew up with any "cultural traditions" beyond those marked with a red hat and beard, bunny ears, or a carved squash. So in many ways, we have adopted these beer-related cultural experiences as our traditions. They are now becoming a part of who we are – our lifestyle – our American heritage. Today, the doors are finally open and we invite you in to share our passion for beer – and find a place in your life for new traditions with Scorched Earth Brewing.
Michael & Jennifer Dallas
Founders, Scorched Earth Brewing Co.