Chicago breweries date back as far as 1835. Brewing in Chicago has had a rich history, from the 1855 Beer Riots to being home to the Siebel Institute of Technology which, founded in 1868, is America’s oldest brewing school. Many Chicago breweries resumed operations following prohibition. While those originals have since closed their doors, the tradition of brewing in Chicago was revitalized in 1988 when Goose Island opened, leading off the craft brew revolution we find ourselves in today.
You may be familiar with some of Chicago’s more established breweries such as, Two Brothers, Half Acre, Metropolitan Brewing, and Revolution. New breweries are opening all the time! Recently Lagunitas, who’s owner is a native Chicagoan, opened a 300,000 sq/ft brewery and taproom at 1843 S. Washtenaw Ave. The South Loop neighborhood is anxiously awaiting some additional breweries. Motor Row Brewing is currently under construction at 2337 S Michigan. South Loop Brewing Co. has raised nearly $10,000 over their goal on Indiegogo and have already teamed up with many local restaurants to help them with promotion and on September 2 Vice District Brewing opened at 1454 S Michigan Ave.
Simply a tap room Vice District serves only its own creations. Currently they have five choices ranging from 5-6% ABV and flavor profiles for every taste. The atmosphere provides a friendly neighborhood feel. In fact, I have run into fellow South Loop neighbors on a multiple occasions already! The walls are lined with long tables, creating a communal setting and the bar is an inviting spot to have a quick chat with the bartenders and owners (providing they aren’t too busy, of course!) If you prefer to have a meal with your beer you may order food from one of the nearby restaurants.
Chicago is known for its great restaurants, cocktail/wine bars, sports bars, and gastropubs, but a simple poor house that focuses its customers around a single type of beverage is a welcome and needed addition to our evening entertainment choices. Check out Vice District Brewing; Tues-Thurs 4:00-11:30pm, Fri 4:00pm-1:00am, Sat 12:00pm-1:00am, Sun 12:00-11:00pm.