Founded by Joran Van Ginderachter, the former brewmaster of
Three Taverns Brewery in Decatur
, local homebrewer and engineer Shawn Bainbridge and partner Tim Kilic, Halfway Crooks' vision includes limited production of esoteric beers including unfiltered lagers, mixed fermentation and saisons that they control throughout the entire brewing process, from raw ingredients to storage to the glass.
Halfway Crooks plans to open in May or June of 2018 and will feature a 10-barrel draft beer system and a rooftop patio. Local architecture firm Square Feet Studio will design the space, and a limited menu of locally-sourced meats and cheeses will be available. While the team does not plan for Halfway Crooks to become a full-service brewpub, they hope to host pop-up dinners and partner events with chefs. Halfway Crooks is the first tenant to be officially announced at the Summerhill development.