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when he worked for Coleman in the 1940s. Ultimately, they chose the location at 19200 South LaGrange Road because of its proximity to Interstate 80 and the Holiday Inn that is currently under construc- 6 | January 25, 2018 | The Mokena Messenger news Craft beer scene in Mokena keeps growing Recently-opened shop pours, sells many local brews Amanda Stoll, Assistant Editor The ever-expanding craft beer scene has another dot on the local map, but coowner Denver Worker said the supportive and collaborative nature of craft brewing supports the multitude of bottle shops and craft breweries along the “I-80 beer corridor,” as he calls it. “Ultimately, all of us together is kind of a great place for people to come looking for beer,” Worker said. “A lot of the beer drinkers come seeking it out. They want to go to multiple places, and we felt like we could be a part of that.” He and Dan Rusnak, who have been friends since growing up in Tinley Park together, have talked for years about opening a business together. The ideas were varied, but none ever came to fruition — until they dreamt up Crafted. The two have both been fans of craft beer for years, but Worker said the decision to start a business around it took a lot of convincing for themselves and their wives. Only after attending multiple craft beer festivals throughout the years and visiting numerous shops in the area with similar business models were they finally able to commit. The shop, which sells packaged beers and offers as many as 12 beers on tap, focuses on Midwestern LTHS FOUNDATION beers, but occasionally features beers from around the country, as well. Worker and Rusnak, who live in Lockport and Orland park, respectively, both still hold their full-time jobs. Worker said it has been a Prom Dress Resale 10am-1pm Saturday & Sunday, January 27 & 28 NEW THIS YEAR:: Special occasion and mother-of-the-bride section! Hundreds of top designer prom gowns and homecoming dresses available! Located at: Lockport Township High School East Campus Cafeteria 1333 E. 7th St., Lockport For more info call (815) 588-8121 Crafted Bottle Shop and Tap Room 19200 S. LaGrange Road, Unit E, in Mokena Hours: Closed Mondays 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday- Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday Noon-6 p.m. Sunday Online: Twitter: @crafted79 Facebook: Crafted 1979 Instagram: crafted1979 Owners Denver Worker and Dan Rusnak pose for a photo behind the bar at Crafted Bottle Shop and Tap Room at 19200 S. LaGrange Road, Unit E, in Mokena.. huge commitment since the build out, which they did almost entirely themselves, and shop opening nearly two months ago. “Basically everything else was hand-built and designed by us, and [we] put a lot of effort into it,” Worker said. “... We wanted to be a little bit different than the typical bottle shops that we researched.” One special touch that might not be evident to newcomers is the lighting above the bar. The beam used to support the lights was once part of Rusnak’s grandfather’s workbench Please see crafted, 9 Crafted’s ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, Jan. 18, drew a small crowd to the shop to try beers and celebrate Mokena’s latest contribution to the area craft brew scene. Photos by Amanda Stoll/22nd Century Media mokena the Mokena Messenger | January 25, 2018 | 7 After 38 years, CLOSING THE DOORS FOREVER! Must liquidate our entire collection of fine jewelry and custom designs! FINAL DAYS... HURRY, SALE ENDS SOON! SALE PRICES GOOD AT BOTH LOCATIONS! 17024 OAK PARK AVENUE TINLEY PARK • 708-429-4367 M-F 10AM-6PM • SAT 10AM-5PM 1876 E. LINCOLN HIGHWAY NEW LENOX • 815-463-4653 M-F 10AM-6PM • SAT 10AM-5PM All Major Credit Cards and Layaways Accepted • Discounts Off Original Retail /Suggested Retail Prices