I finally pasted together my list of beer events in Chicago from 2018, and now there's a major announcement for 2019.
Kings & Convicts Brewing Co. of Highwood, IL has announced that they will be building a second brewery, with a tap room, restaurant and event space, just over the border in Pleasant Prairie, WI. The facility will be located off I-94 and State Highway 50 in Pleasant Prairie's northeast corner, near the Woodman's Food Market.
The complete news release follows:
PLEASANT PRAIRIE, WI (JANUARY 2019) – Kings & Convicts Brewing Co. is pleased to announce plans to open their second brewery in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. The 48,000 sq.ft. facility will house a large production brew-house, taproom, restaurant and event space.
Kings & Convicts Brewing Co. has contracted with developer and land-owner, Branko Tupanjac of BRV General Construction, to build the facility which will be adjacent to a new construction 132 room all-suite hotel that will be franchised with a national hotel chain.
The new facility draws upon elements of an old world brewery complete with a colonial style feel that will help tell the Kings & Convicts’ brewing story. The building will also feature design elements reminiscent of the historical Hercules/DuPont Powder Plant that exploded in 1911 in Pleasant Prairie. With excellent visibility from Interstate 94 and easy access off State Highway 50, guests to the brewery will enjoy ample parking, ensuring a great experience in which to enjoy locally brewed Kings & Convicts beer complete with BBQ meats, burgers, tacos and salads.
“The Village of Pleasant Prairie has been great to work with, they have helped in the design process and assisted closely in the overall development. We want to create a destination brewery where we can continue to expand our brewing operations but also where people can relax with a lager and learn about the history of beer and the brewing process as well”, said Brendan Watters, Co-Founder and Convict of Kings & Convicts.
“We are excited to welcome Kings & Convicts to Pleasant Prairie. Adding attractive and unique destinations will promote tourism within the Village and offer a fun and memorable experience for residents” added Village Administrator Nathan Thiel.
The taproom will seat 200 people and include a separate event space that will be able to accommodate private parties for groups of up to 225. An outdoor deck on the second floor will overlook the Des Plaines watershed, enabling guests to enjoy a beer and a range of food cooked on site while relaxing around fire pits looking out over the perpetual green space. Summer brewery events will also be a feature of the new site.
Inside, guests in the taproom will be able to view the brewery operations and additionally scheduled tours will be available for people who wish to learn more about the brewing process and the stories of the beer that Kings & Convicts brew.
The new facility is anticipated to open for operations in the Fall of 2019. Kings & Convicts will maintain their existing taproom and brewery operations in Highwood, Illinois continuing to brew on their original site.
King & Convicts current brewery is at 523 Bank Lane, Highwood, IL.