Illinois Craft Beer Week has begun. I am picking out some featured events and adding them to listing that aren't necessarily ICBW related. For a full schedule of IBCW events, check out illinoisbeer.org/icbw/
There's been a lot of local brewery news this week. First off, Vice District Brewing was suddenly evicted from their South Loop space on Tuesday. Guys Drinking Beer has dug into the legal issues, and found that Vice District has had issues with unpaid bills, and legal in-fighting among the principals. They had opened in 2014 as the first brewer in the South Loop area. A production facility opened in Homewood in 2018 had its own set of problems with municipal code and sewer issues. Co-founder Curtis Tarver was recently elected as State Representative for Illinois’ 25th District. Update (May 9): Vice District has posted a brief message on their Facebook page:
The recent occupancy confusion is a result of ongoing discussion between our entity and the landlord. We are working toward settlement. Vice is looking to reopen soon in the South Loop and continue to operate our Homewood location.
Greg Shuff, who launched DryHop Brewers and Corridor Brewery and Provisions, is planning a third brewpub in River North, at 600 N. Michigan Ave. The second floor space had been a Heaven on Seven restaurant until it was ordered to vacate in 2015. The new venture, called Crushed by Giants, will share the building with Under Armor and AMC movie theatre. (Josh Noel, Tribune)