KINGS & CONVICTS?
Starting in 1787 and lasting 90 years England shipped over 160,000 convicts to Australia. Thieves, political prisoners and general rough nuts were put in ships and sent to the other side of the world. What is not as well known is that America was also the recipient of some of England’s shadier characters prior to Australia being blessed with England’s outcasts.
The Americans decided to have a tea party that set off a train of events that ultimately led to the English being forced to find an alternative place to intern their bad buggers. What followed is the birth of a country that enjoys sports, freedom and beer. The connection between the three countries has endured and now a couple of wandering immigrants from England (The King) and Australia (The Convict) find themselves in Highwood, Illinois looking to brew beer and debate sports and history. The King and the Convict decided that Highwood needed a brewery, and so it was decreed.