About LLL

Mission

Local Libations Lab LLC was founded to provide top quality, timely laboratory services at an affordable price for beverage manufacturers in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Local Libations Lab is the first independent beverage quality testing laboratory in the Chicago metropolitan area. It enables local breweries and beverage manufacturers to drop samples off for same-day processing, or schedule pick-up services for a small delivery fee. This gives beverage manufacturers rapid, actionable results through low-cost routine monitoring without the need for each to create its own properly staffed lab space.

Lab Manager – Marcus Williams

Marcus in his element, filtering beer in the biosafety cabinet.
© Photo by Hannah Graver

After spending almost six years in quality control at breweries of varying sizes, and then finding myself looking for work in the middle of a global pandemic that shut down taprooms, I noticed a trend. Most breweries are too small to hire qualified full-time lab personnel, and can’t afford the investment in space and equipment.

That’s where I come in. With my background in science (MS Biology) and experience in beer labs at Thirsty Dog (Akron, OH), Lagunitas (Chicago, IL), and Solemn Oath (Naperville, IL) breweries, I have created a lab that makes the best practice quality control techniques used by macrobreweries accessible to small, local beverage manufacturers in an affordable, convenient way.