Chicago craft beer fans have been eagerly following developments with Haymarket Pub and Brewery. This new brewpub is co-founded by Pete Crowley, the award-winning former brewmaster at Rock Bottom Chicago.
Wednesday evening, Haymarket got its license to serve alcohol from the City of Chicago. They have ordered their beer for delivery, and will open for business at 5:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Haymarket is in the West Loop at the corner of Halsted and Randolph (737 W. Randolph), a location that previously housed a Bar Louie and Barney's. Its vintage building has been purposed for several dining areas, with a view of their state of the art brewing system. Co-founder John Neurauter has built a pub grub menu of pizza, burgers and chicken, including several varieites of his handmade sausages.
The pub also offers space for the Drinking & Writing Brewery, a two-man theatre troupe that produces the Drinking & Writing radio show, heard monthly on WLUW, and which puts on theatrical events exploring the connection between alcohol and creativity.
Pete just started brewing Tuesday, so there will be guest beers on tap for the first several days. Pete has emailed that their focus will be on a "HOPPY holiday" starting with 12 IPAs and other hoppy beers on tap: Bear Republic APEX, Green Flash West Coast IPA, Lagunitas Hop Stoopid, Left Hand Warrior, Port Brewing Wipeout IPA, SKA Decadent Imperial, Victory Hop Wallop, Ommegang Belgian Pale, Sierra Nevada Celebration, Half Acre Daisy Cutter IPA, Southern Tier Unearthly IPA, New Holland Imperial IPA, plus Metropolitan Krankshaft Kölsch! Plus 70 bottles of US Craft and Belgian Specialties. The facility has plenty of storage for barrel-aging beers.
Haymarket is also open at 5:00 p.m. on Christmas Day, with the "late night" menu available. They will open at noon on the 26th, allowing Bears fans to watch the game on Haymarket's big screens.