THE EVIL HORSE STORY
Do what you want and don’t let anyone stand in your way. That was Evil Horse – the name of our undersized appaloosa mare with an oversized desire to never be ridden. Owned by our Brewmaster; she refused to be conquered, and riding her became a challenge that many attempted and few succeeded. For those that got bucked off, we’d drink a beer in your honor – one that we took pride in crafting ourselves.
As Evil Horse’s legend grew, so did our desire to create our own craft beer. We took inspiration from that obstinate appaloosa’s attitude – and opened Evil Horse Brewing Company, brewing the best beer possible, letting nothing stand in our way.
Evil Horse has remained unbridled and unconquered to this day, as has our passion to bring you an exceptional craft brewery experience that you can enjoy with family and friends.
The Seggebruch Building
1338 Main st., Crete, illinois
In 1911, William Seggebruch constructed this building to house his grain, flour and feed business, as well as Fred Rohe’s insurance office. The building's second floor was a large hall, which was frequently used for dances and roller skating. By 1917, Crete Theater had started showing movies in the hall. In the 1920s, Seggebruch's auto repair business and Zirzow’s barbershop also occupied the building. A large addition was built on the west side in 1940 to house K & J Bowling Alley. In 2001, the second floor was expanded over the bowling lanes as well, and a restaurant and another business opened upstairs. The first floor of this historic building was completely renovated in 2015 for Evil Horse Brewing Company, which opened its doors to the public in April 2016.
Steve started brewing career at home in 1983 after reading an article in the Chicago Tribune about unique Christmas gifts. Steve has been a member of the American Homebrewers Association since 1984. Since then, he’s brewed hundreds of different recipes and styles and has won numerous awards in brewing competitions.
In 1985, Steve passed a lengthy exam and was awarded the title of Beer Judge administered by the “Beer Judge Certification Program”, which certifies and ranks beer judges and sanctions competitions worldwide. He’s organized many competitions over the years and has judged thousands of beers during that time.
In 1987, he became the President of the Chicago Beer Society and held that position for a two-year term. Chicago Beer Society is one of the dominant beer and brewing clubs in the USA.
In 1991, Steve was a co-founder of the “Brewers of South Suburbia”. He’s held the position of President for two different terms and is currently a board member. (The annual club picnic is held every September at his farmstead, Evil Horse Farm.) He remains an active member and serves as Beer Style Moderator at its monthly meetings.
Steve has assisted at several commercial breweries throughout the brewing process. These breweries include: Flossmoor Station, Brickstone and Lagunitas. In 2010, he brewed his recipe for a Dortmunder lager at Flossmoor Station which was entered in the Pro-Am competition at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver Colorado. In 2012, one of his beers won a competition in which thirteen Chicago area homebrew clubs submitted best-of-show entries from club-only competitions and the winner was chosen by Chicago area tavern owners as the “most sellable and best tasting beer”. This earned Steve an all-expenses-paid trip to Petaluma, California where he brewed at Lagunitas. The result was a 240 barrel Black IPA called “Fusion 8”.
Steve has experienced the home brewing and the Craft Beer Revolution from its very beginning. He is well-respected throughout the Craft Brewing industry and is certified by the World Brewing Academy of Siebel Institute of Technology | Domemens Academy through his successful completion of their Concise Course in Brewing Technology.