The brewery named after the horse that would buck anybody trying to ride it celebrated 3 years in business recently. It’s also the last stop on the Historic Dixie Highway Beer Trail.
Vice District, Evil Horse, Flossmoor Station, Rabid Brewing, One Trick Pony, Blue Island, Open Outcry, Horse Thief Hollow make up the route trail leads straight to an event at the Balmoral Race Track in Crete Township. With synergy around Chicago Brewing District and Malt Row, the idea of brewery hopping has never been more popular in Chicagoland. Those who complete the Dixie Highway Trail eight brewery route will be entered into a raffle for 4 VIP beer fest tickets at Balmoral. Word is it’s Evil Horse’s first major event and it may be an Ocktoberfest bash.
Evil Horse’s top selling beers
Downtown Hottie (American Pale Wheat Ale
Sgt Reckless ( American Pale Ale)
Trot Hopple ( American IPA)
KnDixiightmare (Scotch Ale)
Leapin Bull (Hefeweizen)
Evil Horse is one of the most gorgeous breweries in the entire state. It’s a repurposed twelve-lane bowling alley. When Founder / Brewmaster Steve Kamp and crew moved in there were four lanes still installed from a previous bar tenant. The long seating tables near the bar are actually wood converted from those old bowling lanes. The space is reminiscent of a upscale lodge. It’s a comfortable and warm space where it’s easy to lose track of time with friends. Many of the beers are named after horses in part because Crete was home to a major horse-racing facility for 90 years.
The manager of Churchill Downs racetrack in Kentucky brokered a deal to purchase the 1000 + acres of land where Balmoral Park would eventually reside back in 1926. The retired Will County racetrack nowadays is run by HITS, an event company focused on shows featuring equestrian jumping. For the festival this fall Evil Horse will produce the event while HITS manages venue and cuisine options.
Tennessee Tornado is their stellar 2nd anniversary Belgian Quad aged in Tennessee whisky barrels. Cant wait to see what they release this year.
Evil Horse Brewing is located 1338 Main St, Crete, IL
The spot is kid friendly till 9pm and dog friendly as long as they don’t bother other customers.