Middle Brow Bungalow
Owners: Bryan Grohnke, Pete Ternes, and Polly Nevins | Location: Chicago | middlebrowbeer.com
New breweries are constantly popping up in Chicago, making it hard to stand out in a crowded, boozy field. But Middle Brow, which first debuted as a brewery in 2011, upped the ante with the recently opened Bungalow, its brewpub in the Logan Square neighborhood on the westside of the city. When it comes to the brews, Middle Brow prefers fun and unfussy rather than cramming as many hops into a bottle as possible. But what makes the brand truly shine is its bread program; the restaurant has a house baker making their loaves fresh every day. In the morning daypart, the menu focuses on toasts with local jams.
In fact, Middle Brow's bread specialties have been a linchpin in its off-premises business during the pandemic. Its online ordering platform has an entire section devoted to sourdough, from whole-grain rounds to rye squares to country rounds.
In addition to bread, Middle Brow has sold pantry items, local produce, pizza (ready-made and kits), and, of course, beer.