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Shorewood board gets ball rolling on sewer rehab program

Residents receive approval for new village brewery

Michael (right) and Jamie Stevenson of Shorewood asked for the approval of an additional Class K license, which would allow them to open a craft brewery in the village. The board of trustees approved the license, and the owners plan to open Mad Hatchet Brewing at 913 Brookforest Ave. in the fall of 2018.
Michael (right) and Jamie Stevenson of Shorewood asked for the approval of an additional Class K license, which would allow them to open a craft brewery in the village. The board of trustees approved the license, and the owners plan to open Mad Hatchet Brewing at 913 Brookforest Ave. in the fall of 2018.

The village of Shorewood Board of Trustees approved the beginning phase of a 10-year sanitary sewer rehabilitation program during its regular meeting Tuesday.

Public Works Supervisor Chris Drey said the project was the first in a line of jobs.

The project received five bids, and the lowest responsible bid went to Conley Excavating for $582,100. Drey said homeowners in the area will receive letters about the project, and crews should begin work in two weeks.

The village will be home to another craft brewery in a few months. In the spring, Will County Brewing opened on Route 52, and the trustees approved another Class K license Tuesday, which permits craft beer sales within the village.

Petitioners Michael and Jamie Stevenson addressed the board with their plans to open Mad Hatchet Brewing at 913 Brookforest Ave. in Shorewood.

“This is something we have always wanted to do. It was basically a hobby and we started going deeper and deeper, and buying more equipment,” Michael said.

Jamie was born and raised in Shorewood, and her husband lived in Joliet. The couple resides in Shorewood with their four children.

They have brewed at home for
10 years and, after rave reviews from friends, family and strangers, have decided to take the plunge into a brick and mortar business. Jamie said last year they obtained block party permits and invited the public to try their beers for free in order to receive unbiased feedback.

The couple bought equipment from Metal Monkey Brewing in Romeoville when the brewery upgraded and have leased a space in Shorewood.

Michael said they have worked with architects and the village building officer to come up with a plan for the 3,000-square-foot space that will allow 1,100 to 1,200 square feet for the tavern itself.

Jamie and Michael said they love to visit local breweries to try new beers and want to offer a wide variety of beers as well as a revolving menu. Jamie said when they go to breweries, they look for new beers to try, so they want to give that experience to their customers.

Michael said he has been in contact with local breweries and hopes to have good relationships and collaborations with them in the future.

He already belongs to the Joliet Brewers Guild.

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