Nik & Ivy Brewing

Fresh Brewed Beer, Born and Raised in Lockport

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So, Why Lockport?

Paul’s family has been in Lockport for generations. Paul’s great-grandparents emigrated to the Lockport/Joliet area around 1900. Paul was raised here, attending Lockport High School and returning to coach/teach after college. After starting a family, they decided to move back to Lockport, a community with good schools and friendly people. They also felt that the community of Lockport was ready for a family-centered business like this. Nik & Ivy Brewing gives back to the local community in a variety of ways, including hosting fundraising events for community groups as well as Pauls involvement with the Lockport Highschool Foundation. Lockport is at the center of our hearts and business.

Meet the Owners!

Paul and Chrissy met when they were both teachers. Paul taught high school as well as coaching swimming and water polo while Chrissy was an elementary school teacher. Paul left education and pursued a marketing and sales career that eventually led to owning his own small business. He worked hard to build strong teams and develop leaders. Chrissy stayed in education, working as a classroom teacher and now as a math curriculum coordinator.

For years they had used vacations to brewery hop around the country, favoring micro-brews that had a relaxing vibe and plenty of choices. After the birth of their son, Theo, they decided it was time to pursue their passions and open a brewery themselves. They now reside in Lockport with their sons, Theo and Grant, as well as their black lab rescue, Knox.

Alright, now who is Nick?

Naming a business can be a challenge on so many levels. Do we want to be funny, sweet, family centered? What message do we want to convey? Nik & Ivy brewing got its name as many things do; sitting around the family dinner table. Our last name is Ivnik. If you split it in half and turn it around, you get Nik & Ivy. Ivy can grow in the harshest of environments and is constantly climbing, trailing and creeping. It doesn’t hurt that Wrigley Field’s brick wall is covered in it too! We like it and we hope that you do too!

Meet our Head Brewer, Keven Schumacker

Here Are Ten Questions For Keven

A: Hometown is Woodridge, Illinois.
A: I've been brewing for about 3 years now
A: I started working at Ike and Oak Brewing Company as a server and bartender and realized it could be a career path for me. I then started working at Rock Bottom Brewery when the restaurants opened up post-covid and became friends with the head brewer there who eventually made me his assistant.
A: My favorite style to brew is New England IPA.
A: My favorite to styles of beer to drink are Milkshake IPA and Sours.
A: Cubs all the way!
A: Zombie dust by Three Floyds
A: When naming beers, I love word play and puns. My usual process is to look at the style I'm brewing and think of rhymes or words that sound similar to an ingredient to make funny or clever names. I’m also a big fan of niche references to pop culture or humor.
A: So many good movies but just 3?
  1. Fight club
  2. Beerfest
  3. Multiverse of madness
A: I love food whether it’s from a taco truck or a fancy restaurant as long it’s shared with good people.

Host your special event here!

Nik & Ivy is happy to help you host your next special event! We happily accommodate both small and large parties, with a capacity of 80 people. We are happy to reserve a section for those smaller groups, as well as rent the entire facility for larger ones. Pricing is based off day of week and duration.

Contact Chrissy at to schedule!

Fundraising Events!

Nik & Ivy prioritizes being a part of the community. Paul not only grew up in this community, our children are growing up here and we are happy to give back.

Contact us to host a fundraising event for your school, PTO, club, sports organization, non-for-profit or any other community group!

Fresh Brewed Beer, Born & Raised in Lockport, IL

Contact Us

CALL: (815) 524-4857

Hours Of Operation

M-W 3-9

Thurs 3-10

Friday 3-11

Saturday 11-11

Sunday 11-8