Scorched Earth Brewing Co. taps into local thirst for craft beer
ALGONQUIN – Something happened to Mike Dallas eight years ago.
He opened a gift from his in-laws. A home beer brewing kit.
“I thought it was going to be another hobby, but it quickly grew into an absolute obsession,” said 38-year-old Dallas.
His wife, Jennifer, has seen his hobbies before. Guitar. Woodworking. Bagpipes.
“This one just took over,” Jennifer Dallas said.
Now Mike Dallas is hoping that obsession can translate into a successful business as they get ready to open a brewery and taproom in Algonquin called Scorched Earth Brewing Co.Not to say he’s fickle, but Mike Dallas has had his fair share of careers. He calls himself a “perpetual dreamer.” From college, he joined the Air Force, then went on to law school. He worked as a lawyer for one month before deciding it wasn’t for him. From there, he enrolled in graduate school for public administration. The last stop on his career tour, he was a project manager for the village of Mount Prospect for the past eight years.The ever-supportive Jennifer Dallas works as a financial adviser in Barrington. It’s her pragmatism that helped the couple go into the brewery business with their eyes wide open.“You have to do it for the […]