Chefs to Watch 2016: Benjamin Smart, Big Grove Brewery, Solon, Iowa

Chandra Ram

“Chef leaves internationally acclaimed restaurant to open a brewery in a tiny town.” There’s a lot behind that basic headline when it comes to Benjamin Smart of Big Grove Brewery in Solon, Iowa. Smart’s decision to move to Iowa following a stint at The Herbfarm is part homecoming, part family-driven, and part stretching his wings as a chef as he and his partners turn a brewpub in Solon into a...