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COVER STORY | Nicole Bergner of Obscurity

Nicole Bergner of Obscurity
Nicole Bergner of Obscurity


ELBURN/ELGIN/WEST DUNDEE–Nicole has always had a passion for bringing the culinary side to cocktails and introducing flavors and combinations that most people never dreamed possible. She absolutely loves working with like-minded individuals, and being able to show off her creativity in unique and fun ways as a mixologist at Obscurity Brewing and Craft Mead in Elburn.

Craft beer, handcrafted cocktails, delicious BBQ, mead, and cider are enhanced by Nicole’s drive to think outside the box.

"What I love most about working with Nicole is her ability to be creative on the spot,” says co-worker, Alysa B. (DeKalb). “Whether that be her immediate problem-solving skills when facing a difficult situation or creating a very accommodating environment for last minute events.”

Nicole takes her art from work to home to hobby as a homebrewer and member of multiple local crafted cocktail groups as well. This busy married mom of two young boys is also level one beer server certified with the Cicerone program, a member of the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, and a moderator for the Chicago Area Microbrewery page.


Favorite cocktail to mix?

Anything smoked

Favorite cocktail to drink?

Classic Old Fashioned made with Whistlepig Rye 10 year

Most unique ingredient you've ever mixed with?

Smoked tomatoes or BBQ sauce

Most unique garnish you've ever used to decorate with?

Cotton Candy, gold flakes, or a handcrafted Champagne foam

Favorite local place for craft cocktails or brews besides your place of business?

Penrose Brewing Company, Geneva (for beer) or Barrel + Rye, Geneva (for drinks)