Breaking: Limestone may close down tonight

Tonight, Saturday, could be last call for Plainfield's popular Limestone Brewing Company. I learned the news in a group email this afternoon from homebrewer and author Marty Nachel, which noted:

Anyone who ever wanted to check out the Limestone brewery in Plainfield has about 12 hours to do so.  It appears that leasing issues is forcing them to close their doors as early as tomorrow.

A followup post referred to a post on the group board for the Plainfield Ale and Lager Enthusiasts (P.A.L.E.), which had held its regular meetings at Limestone. Ed Malnar, a member of the group's board of directors, wrote:

I know this will come as a shock to many of you, but we have been informed by [Limestone brewmaster] Ken McMullen via Facebook that Limestone is likely to close after this evening. Many of us will be there to say goodbye. I encourage you to join us. The only other information I can share with you is his post on Facebook:

"Hello, PALE. I just want to let you all know that you should come to Limestone tonight. We are having issues with our lease and may be locking the doors for the last time when we close tonight. I will be there partying and would love to have a few with all of you. There is a possibility we could pull this off and remain open, but it is slight.I am grateful for all that PALE has done for me and will continue to be a member. Heck, I could be a homebrewer again next week! But I will post more about that when I have time.
Anyway, say a prayer for us and come have a (possibly) last beer with me tonight!

Peace!
Ken"

The PALE Board of Directors will be meeting next week to review all the implications for our club. Rest assured, PALE will continue.

Regards, Ed Malnar

I tried to drop a line to McMullen, who is of course at the brewpub this afternoon. I will update with a confirmation when I can.

Limestone Brewing Company opened in December 2009 in a strip mall at 12337 S. Route 59, between Plainfield and Naperville. When I visited shortly after opening, owner Steve Caton showed me around, pointing out the extra construction work that had to be done so the building's ceilings would support winches needed to bring heavy pallets of grain to run through the mill and into the mash tun.

The restaurant serves (I'll optimistically keep the present tense here) an interesting mix of American style cuisine to match McMullen's beers, along with a number of high-end craft beers on guest taps.

Limestone's possible closing is the second blow to the craft beer scene in the Plainfield and Joliet area. Finnegan's Irish Pub in downtown Plainfield was closed in September over licensing issues with the village. Finnegan's owner Dale Lewis, and Caton, have been big supporters of the craft beer movement, and put on the first Midwest Brewer's Fest last August as a fundraiser to restore Plainfield's Riverfront area, site of Electric Park, a 1900's resort. Planning is under way for MWBF 2012.

If the closure goes through, it would leave the entire Joliet area again without a craft beer oasis.

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