Local Couple Opens New Brewery in Westfield
Writer / Seth Johnson
Photographer / Amy Payne
Gregory and Jackie Dikos may not be your conventional brewery owners, but the husband and wife have special things planned for Westfield’s Field Brewing.
“My husband is actually an orthopedic surgeon and I am actually a sports dietitian,” Jackie says. “We’re not what one might consider typical brewery owners, but we feel like our intentions carry more meaning than just cranking out beer and pub food. We have high expectations to provide a one-of-a-kind brewery experience.”
Located at 303 E. Main Street in Westfield, Field Brewing makes for another exciting addition to the ever-growing Westfield area. In addition to a selection of unique craft beers, the brewery offers a wide selection of food, with breakfast, lunch and dinner options to choose from. For those looking for a non-beer option, Field Brewing provides a selection of wines and craft cocktails as well.
With longstanding roots in the Midwest, Gregory and Jackie caught the craft beer bug while living in Seattle for a year.
“My husband Greg is a home brewer, and we’ve always enjoyed craft beer,” Jackie says. “We lived for a brief stint in Seattle, and our appreciation for good beer just hit a whole new level. We took on the fact that they had great beer and great food, and each brewery also represented its own space in the community.”
It’s this community-centric mentality that’s at the heart of Field Brewing.
“We wanted to create a common place where people could connect and share more than just a quick meal or a beer,” Jackie says. “It’s just creating that community environment that we experienced when we were there in Seattle.”
With this in mind, the brewery’s layout is very open and welcoming.
“Our space is unique,” Jackie says. “We have two buildings that are separated by outdoor dining and a courtyard. The one building houses the brewery and restaurant, and the other building was created to house a future distillery. But in the meantime, that space will actually serve as a lounge space and event center until we’re approved for a craft-distilling license in a couple years.”
Much like its layout, the Field Brewing food menu is also quite accessible. This is something Jackie wanted to ensure with her dietitian background.
“We actually open at 7 a.m., so we have espresso and grab-and-go breakfast items,” she says. “We have varied menu offerings from gluten-free to vegan. We’re trying to serve a lot of audiences and make it a great comfortable setting where anyone feels they can walk in the door and feel at home.”
Having lived in the Westfield area for about four years, the couple is also aware of their community’s assets, including the Grand Park Sports Campus.
“It’s a huge draw nationally for sports teams, so we are going to downright have our own housemate sports drink as a beverage,” Jackie says.
Although all of these enticing factors may make Field Brewing a destination spot, Jackie’s hope is that the business makes Westfield a better place to live, work and play.
“We don’t just want to be the destination that cranks out food and beer,” Jackie says. “We do intend to have community impact, and we’re going to do fundraising strategies to give back to the schools, enhance the trails and just provide opportunities to those in need. We want to serve a bigger role.”
In taking a closer look at their menu, customers will find an inviting selection of beers, with everything from lighter options to IPAs. These brews are all recipes that were thought up by head brewer Rian Umbach, formerly from Cincinnati’s Moerlein Lager House. As for the food, Field Brewing visitors can expect a menu that was put together by Cerulean founder chef Caleb France and chef Alan Sternberg.
As with everything else at Field Brewing, the interior was also carefully thought out.
“We consider ourselves the opposite of a lot of typical brewpub environments, which we feel like have historically been dark,” Jackie says. “We are actually extremely bright. We are full of windows everywhere.”
But whether it’s the menu or the interior, Field Brewing is mainly about one thing, and that’s Westfield.
“We really want to enhance the community in general because we’re a part of it,” Jackie says.
Field Brewing is located at 303 E. Main Street in Westfield.