Adams Street Brewery is a continuing example of the Berghoff family’s dedication to employee excellence and loyalty. We’re all like family here.
In 2017, The Berghoff Restaurant transitioned ownership to Pete Berghoff, 4th generation owner, alongside his parents, Jan and Herman (pictured with Pete), 3rd generation Berghoff owners. Later that year, they began a delicate restoration of The Berghoff’s century-old bar, lower level annex, main dining room, and third floor in preparation for the soon-to-be Adams Street Brewery.
Carrying on the 130-year-old family tradition, started by Herman Joseph Berghoff, (Herman’s grandfather and Pete’s great-grandfather), the Berghoff family began brewing beer in December of 2018. This marked The Berghoff Restaurant’s 120th anniversary in Chicago. Pete’s institutional knowledge and commitment to producing quality products have made him a great “Hoperator.”
Jim started his brewing career in 1996. He moved from San Diego to Chicago to attend the Siebel Institute and learned the ins and outs of the brewing industry. This move fast-tracked him to become head brewer for five years at both River West Brewing and Prairie Rock Brewing. He then transitioned to Rock Bottom Brewing, where he called home for over a decade.
He came to Adams Street Brewery in early 2021 as head brewer and was a key player in keeping the brewery operating during The Berghoff Restaurant’s closure and re-opening. With his passion for making a great-tasting product, you can find him busy in the brewhouse, but most “hoppy” with a freshly brewed beer in his hand.
Jim began his craft beer career as an avid home-brewer here in the Chicagoland. He then worked at Short Fuse Brewing Co. and Vice District Brewing before joining the Adams Street team in late 2021. His debut beer on tap was his Pre-Prohibition Lager—Lewis’s Can-O-Corn, which became an instant fan favorite.
You can find Jim on the third-floor pumping grain to the brewhouse or diligently checking temperatures and rotating products in our lower level fermentation room. His “lager”-than-life enthusiasm for craft beer makes him a fantastic addition to our team.
“We like to think we’re coming full circle,” says Pete Berghoff, Herman Berghoff’s great grandson. “We feel The Berghoff is a special place filled with family and Chicago history. Why not really incorporate our roots?”