Help Wanted: Brewmaster
5 Rabbit Brewing, which has had its Latin-influenced beers made at six different breweries since launching last spring, will open a brewery of its own in the southwest suburb of Bedford Park later this year, co-owner Isaac Showaki said.
The 25,000 square-foot facility, about one mile southwest of Midway Airport, will extricate 5 Rabbit from the business of contract brewing, which has led to its beer being made in three different states during the last year.
5 Rabbit gets its name from Aztec mythology. It’s very common for pre-Columbian personal names to have numbers in them. The numbers usually refer to some kind of calendrical name.
Five in particular is a number that was associated with days that represented a loss of control. There is 5 Rabbit, 5 Lizard, 5 Vulture, 5 Flower, 5 Grass, and each one of those represents a different type of excess. One could say they are like the seven deadly sins in Christianity.
Showaki said the new facility should be running by August, with a taproom to follow in late 2012 or early 2013. He and co-owners Andres Araya and Randy Mosher are in the process of looking for a brewmaster.
The brewery will be a little more than a mile from the Toyota Park soccer stadium, in Bridgeview, whose patrons could be a natural audience.
“As soon as we are open, we want to get our beer to the Fire games,” he said. “We definitely want to a have a bus come in before games and then go to the stadium.”