Urban Forest Craft Brewing Opens Amid Pandemic

Rockford, IL’s newest craft brewery pays homage to the urban forest.

Urban Forest Craft Brewing officially opened May 23. The grand opening was limited to curbside service due to Illinois’ shutdown of bars and restaurants due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The interior of the brewery’s taproom, including the bar, tables and floor, are made of salvaged hardwoods.

Urban Forest Craft Brewing

Alex Cando, who co-owns the brewery along with Heath Meyers, told the Rockford Register Star, “It was the name that came first. An urban forest is like, you know, a park in the middle of a sprawling city. We hope that our beer can be kind of that oasis. We really focus on the quality of our beers and want that to shine out in an increasingly more competitive craft beer market. Hopefully, our beer will stand out.”