By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Mar 12, 2023 at 9:31 AM

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A great deal has changed since 2013 when Tommy Vandervort launched the concept for Enlightened Brewing Company, a brewery concept that – a decade later – is part of an engaged community of local breweries, each of which contributes to the ever-growing craft scene in Milwaukee. 

This week, we sat down with Vandervort and Enlightened Brewing co-owner James Larson to take a look back, not only at the origin of the brewery but the blood sweat and tears that led to the establishment of their current 14,000-square foot brewery and taproom. Along the way, we discuss the ups and downs of brewery ownership, the evolution of the craft beer scene and numerous other topics, including … soccer, bbq and what beer fans can look forward to in 2023 and beyond.  Grab a cold brew and listen in!


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Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.