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.

Heavy Squeeze

Unfiltered Lemon Wheat Ale


Bleacher Seat

Wheat Ale



It’s Our… Festbier


Swedda Wedda

Oatmeal Stout


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 (Enigma)

Double IPA

(draft only)







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

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

  • St. Charles Chamber of Commerce

Mark Hedrick

Founder & Director of Brewing Operations

Matt McCowan

Head Brewer

Alfred Spencer


James Bigler


Wicked Good Stout

Regardless of pronunciation (although Swedda Wedda is much more fun to say) this 7.5% oatmeal stout is as much fun to drink as the name is to say. As the cool air from the north heads our way this seasonal will warm you just like your favorite sweater does.

Learn more

Downers Grove

2300 Wisconsin Ave • Downers Grove, IL 60515
Mon-Thu 4-8 • Fri & Sat 12-8 • Sun 12-7

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

St. Charles

12 S. First St • St. Charles, IL 60174
Mon Closed • Tue-Fri 4-9 • Sat & Sun 12-9

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