The brewery, with a new taproom on the East Side, will continue under the direction of Aprahamian's former partner John Lavelle.

Citing timing and the demands of a growing family, Justin Aprahamian ― the James Beard Award-winning chef/co-owner of Sanford Restaurant ― has announced he’s pulled out of his other business, Like Minds Brewing Company, which he founded with “Best of the Beer Dinners” creator John Lavelle. This comes a few months after the opening of the Milwaukee brewery/taproom at 823 E. Hamilton St. 

It’s a sad development especially considering the lengths to which the partners had to go to open their main production brewery. Because of a  Wisconsin law prohibiting anyone who owns a restaurant (or tavern or retail liquor business) from also holding a brewery permit, the partners were forced them to look out-of-state for a place to brew their beers. They ended up finding a spot in Chicago. However, last year they found a way to bring Like Minds to Wisconsin after all.

The Chicago/Milwaukee restaurant and brewing operations will continue under Lavelle. (Like Minds has been building a reputation for specializing in sour beers.) 

Read more about Like Minds MKE in the January issue of Milwaukee Magazine, due out on newsstands January 2. 

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