Matt Hess, the head of River North Brewing, decided to go the brand-new route, because with used equipment, Hess says, you’re "at the mercy of the market." When Hess first started shopping around in March of last year, there was a 12-week wait for new equipment. By the time he was ready to place his order for a 15-barrel brew system, a few months later, the lag time had jumped to around 22 weeks. These days, Hess figures the wait is close to six months. "I wish there was a good local tank manufacturer," he says.
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Breweries: River North Brewery