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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Download the entire 2020 beer calendar.

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.

Hell Hazed Over

New England IPA

Hopular Kid

Extra Pale Ale

Alterior Motive

India Pale Ale

Center Line

Golden Ale


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

Swedda Wedda

Oatmeal Stout


Heavy Squeeze

Unfiltered Lemon Wheat Ale


Bleacher Seat

Wheat Ale



It’s Our… Festbier


Special Release

Available only at the taproom, these can be purchased in 1/2 barrel, 1/6 barrel kegs, and growlers.

Dank You

Double IPA


Dank You (variant)

Double IPA








Barrel Aged

Our barrel aged beers are the union of passion and patience, spending months in barrels until they emerge as something truly unique. We hope you enjoy this year’s trio inspired by the spirit of space exploration.

Imperial Endeavor

Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout

November 2019 Release

Cherry Hypergiant

Barrel-Aged Stout with Cherries

November 2019 Release

Lunar Reconnaissance

Barrel-Aged Stout with Vanilla & Cocoa

November 2019 Release

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


  • 62,000+ check-ins on Untappd

  • 2017, 2018, 2019 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

  • Chamber630 (local Chamber of Commerce)

  • Lisle Chamber (for now)

  • American Homebrewer’s Association

Mark Hedrick

Founder & Director of Brewing Operations

Matt McCowan

Head Brewer

Alfred Spencer

Head Cellerman

James Bigler


Dank You has been canned (in a good way)

This staple of our taproom menu features a new combination of hops every time we brew it. Our current release features the tropical talents of Sabro and Mosaic hops, and is available in cans so you can bring that sweet hoppy goodness home.

Learn more

Downers Grove

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

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St. Charles

12 S. First St • St. Charles, IL 60174
Opening in Spring of 2020 • Now booking events!

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