Our Beers

Distinctive taste in every beer, and a beer for every taste. We’re brewing the kinds of beer that we like to drink. We think you’ll like them too.

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Year Round

Take a sip of the foam-topped, carbonated heart of our lineup. If these aren’t in your local store, they should be! Tell them to start stocking up on Alter.

Heavy Squeeze Unfiltered Lemon Wheat Ale

Heavy Squeeze

Unfiltered Lemon Wheat Ale

Hopular Kid Pale Ale

Hopular Kid

Extra Pale Ale

Alterior Motive IPA

Alterior Motive

India Pale Ale

Ambigram Hazy IPA


Hazy IPA

Center Line Golden Ale

Center Line

Golden Ale


Every season is beer season at Alter! Our brewers have you covered all year round.

Bleacher Seat Wheat Ale

Alsatian Tartlet

Tart IPA


Alterado Mexican-Style Lager


Mexican-Style Lager


Festbier German-Style Lager


German-Style Lager


Swedda Wedda Oatmeal Stout

Swedda Wedda

Oatmeal Stout


Brewhouse Exclusives

Innovation is a key piece of our brewing program at Alter, and this year we’re planning to take it to new heights with our monthly brewhouse exclusive program. We’ll be exploring new flavor combinations, unique hop profiles, and Altered takes on traditional styles. Expect delicious new beers, as well as exciting variations of old favorites.

Needless to say, we are pumped to welcome you in and share these these unique offerings with you, as they will only be available on draft and in cans at Alter locations.

Our current exclusive is a fan favorite loaded with luscious Michigan cherries, King Balaton Cherry Wheat Ale.

King Balaton Cherry Wheat Ale

Brewery Draft List

Try even more specialty brews when you come visit us in Downers Grove and St Charles.

Tap lists updated weekly.

Beer Awards

  • 2016 Silver Medal @FOBAB
  • 2017 Bronze Medal @FOBAB
  • 2017 Silver Tut @Day of the Living Ales
  • 2018 Bronze Tut @Day of the Living Ales
  • 2016 Best in Show @Lombard Ale Fest
  • 2017 Taster Choice Award @Lombard Ale Fest
  • 2020 CBMA Gold Crushie Award
  • 2021 Bronze Medal @FOBAB


  • 97,000+ check-ins on Untappd

  • 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 Nextdoor Neighborhood Favorite

  • 4.5 Stars on Trip Advisor, and recommended as #2 thing to do in Downers Grove

  • 4.5 stars on Yelp


  • Heritage Corridor Ale Trail

  • Illinois Craft Brewers Guild

  • Brewers Association

  • American Homebrewer’s Association
  • Chamber630 (local Chamber of Commerce)

  • St. Charles Chamber of Commerce

Head Brewer Matt McCowan

Matt McCowan

Head Brewer

Brewer - Alfred Spencer

Alfred Spencer


Aaron Potter


King Balaton Cherry Wheat Ale

Hail to the King

Our ruby red cherry wheat ale brewed with Michigan cherries will give your taste buds the royal treatment with its signature blend of light cherry sweetness and pinch of tartness.⁠ Say hello to summer, your highness.

This limited, luscious brew is only available to all subjects of the realm at both of our locations, so be sure to stop in and try some while you can!

Downers Grove

2300 Wisconsin Ave • Downers Grove, IL 60515
Mon-Thu 3-10 • Fri + Sat 12-11 • Sun 12-7

Get Directions  •  (630) 541-9558  •  Full Details

Oak Brook

1170 22nd St. • Oak Brook, IL 60523

St. Charles

12 S. First St • St. Charles, IL 60174
Mon-Thu 4-11 • Fri+Sat 11-12 • Sun 11-11

Get Directions  •  (331) 901-5949  •  Full Details