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Sycamore microbrewery in works

City Council OKs updates to ordinance; business still needs 2 permits

Published: Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 11:26 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 12:19 a.m. CDT

SYCAMORE – Andrew Nordman thinks his hometown is the ideal spot to open his microbrewery.

Nordman, a lifelong Sycamore resident and co-founder of the Cademon Brewing Co., said his neighbors seem receptive to the craft-beer scene.

“I’m super excited, and we have gotten a positive response from the community,” he said.

Nordman and his partner, Brian Matejka, want to establish a small craft brewery at 2155 Oakland Drive. Two-thirds of their 2,400-square-foot building would be devoted to brewing, and one-third to a tasting room. The company’s website, Cademon.com, shows that they brew three varieties of beer: A honey ale, a red ale and a chocolate coffee stout. Nordman estimated they could be open by February if the permitting process goes smoothly.

Before they can move forward with plans to run a brewery in Sycamore, two special-use permits are required; one to run the brewery and another to operate a tap room, records show.

At its Monday meeting, Sycamore City Council members unanimously approved amending the Unified Development Ordinance to define a brewpub, microbrewery, large brewery and tap room and spell out their permitted use in the city. 

City Manager Brian Gregory said city officials felt it was more prudent to define the concepts rather than loosely apply what is the closest to them in the city zoning code.

“[Microbrewing] is a growing trend here in Illinois, and we’ve seen more interest in the concept,” he said.

Mayor Ken Mundy said microbreweries show that the liquor industry seems to be appealing to more specialized tastes.

City officials do not want to stand in the way of these developing businesses as long as they abide by city liquor codes and regulations, he said. 

“We welcome them, and we’re hopeful things can work out so they can open their business and be successful and provide another option for our community,” he said. 

Nordman, who has been brewing for four years, said he has been working on making the microbrewery a reality. 

“Home brewing is more of a blending of science and art,” he said. “You have the art of concocting ideas purely from your head combined with the science of repeating [the beer-making] process so every pint is the same.” 

What’s next

Cademon Brewing Co. owners must apply for special use permits from the city of Sycamore. Co-founder Andrew Nordman said they plan to do so in time for the next Sycamore Plan Commission meeting Nov. 11 at the Sycamore City Center, 308 W. State St.

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