The story of how Hardywood Park Craft Brewery came to be is quite literally as old as its co-founders, Eric McKay and Patrick Murtaugh. Their parents met first, setting the stage for a childhood friendship that would develop over decades into a shared passion for craft beer. While honing their craft as home brewers, Eric and Pat built the foundation for Hardywood Park by experiencing craft beer culture and learning every facet of the industry.
Eric McKay built an innovative mobile beer marketing platform, served as a speaker on beer marketing strategy innovation at several beer industry conferences and was selected to serve as a Great American Beer Festival judge. Patrick Murtaugh follows three generations of brewmasters in his family. He began his studies as a full time brewing student at the Siebel Institute of Technology in Chicago. He earned his Master Brewer Certification at the renowed Domes Academy.
Hardywood’s mission is to brew with purpose. This charge comes alive in thoughtfully innovative recipes. The commitment is to using local ingredients and the obsession over quality. The beers range in style from traditional to experimental, but there’s a story behind each one.
Hardywood is deeply dedicated to minimizing the environmental impact. All of the power is sourced from renewable energy, and they use recycled packaging and sustainable materials whenever possible.