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Brewing since the 1980's

The idea of Art History has been brewing in the back of Tom Rau's mind since the early 1980s when he began home brewing and trying traditional styles of beer at the old Amsterdam Brew Pub in Toronto, Ontario. From those early days, Tom was hooked.


In the 1990’s Tom and his wife, Cindy, traveled to Europe to follow the writings of the famous beer hunter, Michael Jackson, to immerse themselves in the history of brewing.

2018 to 2020

In 2018 Tom traveled to Munich to study at Siebel / World Brewing Academy and graduated with a Diploma in International Brewing Technology. Upon graduating, he teamed up with Greg Browne where together they brought those European experiences to Geneva, IL to open Art History Brewing in 2020.


With Head Brewer Carolyn Stephens & Greg Browne at the helm, Art History Brewing delivers on a variety of craft beer styles. From traditional lager beer enthusiasts, to cask ale fans, or to those seeking modern hop forward & sour & fruited ales, Art History invites you to enjoy our take on a traditional German beer garden and a comfortable tasting room where you can sample beer styles that transport you back to their original historical source.

Meet The Team

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Co-Founder & VP of Sales
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Head Brewer
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Director of Brewing Operations - Geneva Lager Works
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