Who’s Behind The Brews

We’re a small team led by founders Samantha Lee, Stephen Bossu and Jonathan Fritz. The team is comprised of folks from all sorts of backgrounds, including nonprofit advocacy work, large production brewing and organic food sales — all of which inform our approach to running a brewery that not only makes high-quality, accessible beer, but is welcoming to all and provides a rewarding work environment for our employees.


Hopewell’s History

All originally from Chicago, Samantha, Stephen and Jonathan met while in college at University of Illinois in Champaign. This was in the early 2000s, while the American craft beer scene was beginning to swell beyond its more humble status. Like many founding stories go, all three got into flavorful beer and began homebrewing together. But it wasn’t until after graduation and a long road trip out West touring breweries that their bond strengthened and a grand plan emerged: Open a brewery of their own. And like many more founding stories go, the path was long and arduous.

Samantha and Stephen both moved to Portland and then Brooklyn, where Samantha worked for nonprofits and Stephen for production breweries. Jonathan entered the world of food sales and had a stint in Philly before coming back home to Chicago. Along the way, the three of them worked on their vision of a brewery. Eight years later, Hopewell opened in Logan Square, Chicago in 2016 — and here we are today!

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Putting In The Work

We brew, sell and self-distribute across the Chicagoland area and beyond. While a daunting task all its own, selling and delivering our own beer allows us to connect directly with drinkers and develop meaningful, rewarding relationships on all sides.

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