Here are some of the news items about local brewers that got pushed aside as I was trying to keep up with Chicago Craft Beer Week: Lagunitas The announcement in April that California brewer Lagunitas would build a 250-barrel expansion brewery in Chicago had prematurely assumed that a lease for the space was already signed.... Read more »
After averting a shutdown this previous January, Limestone Brewing Co. has shut its doors in Plainfield, and announced they will open a new location in Aurora’s Fox Valley area. Limestone’s owners, Hospitality Development Group LLC, made the announcement on Saturday, March 24. “It has been a tremendous couple of years,” the announcement quotes General Manager... Read more »
As I wrote here yesterday, Limestone Brewing Co., brewmaster Ken McMullen had written that difficulties with their lease might have forced them to close their doors after Saturday night, January 7. However, a call to Limestone has confirmed that they are still open and will stay in business for the foreseeable future. While any business... Read more »
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... Read more »
The village of Plainfield has come into its own as a craft beer destination within the past few years. There’s Limestone Brewing Company
, north of town on Rt. 59, which opened its doors late in 2009. About the same time, Finnegan’s Irish Pub
downtown reinvented itself as a craft beer and foodie destination.
On August 27, Plainfield and environs will see more of the local craft beer scene as Limestone, Finnegan’s, Two Brothers
Brewing, and an army of local volunteers presents the first Midwest Brewers Fest
at the Plainfield Riverfront, south of Lockport St. on the west bank of the DuPage River.
The MWBF is a fundraiser for the Plainfield Riverfront Foundation
, dedicated to redeveloping the Riverfront as an attraction and a showcase of sustainable use. The area had once been the site of Electric Park, a vacation resort built by the trolley companies to which they brought summer tourists from throughout the Chicago region in the early 1900’s. As the trolley service died out, Electric Park fell into disrepair, and its last remnants were destroyed in the tornado of August 28, 1990.
In 2007, Plainfield Village and its Park District adopted a plan for developing a two-mile stretch of the river through downtown. As with other riverfront towns like Naperville, the plan hopes to build the DuPage River as a resource and an attraction for private and public development. The Riverfront Foundation was founded in 2009 to shepherd outreach and fundraising to implement the Master Plan.
The area was already hosted the River Days Festival, and further volunteer cleanup has been going on throughout the summer to prepare for the MWBF, simply to clear space for the fest...
Missed the Great Taste? Fuhgeddaboutit! This weekend and next, we get a few manageable beer fests of our own! Through August 31 IPA Fest 2011 Quenchers Saloon, 2401 N. Western Ave., Chicago (773) 276-9730 Join us as we celebrate the American IPA. We’ve tapped 12 more IPAs on August 17th: GROUP THREE – East Coast:... Read more »
Yes, the weekend is taken up with Dark Lord Day and related events. You can read about them at this link, and see what else is going on on this page: Friday, April 29 Half Acre Ginger Twin releaseHalf Acre Brewing, 4257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 248-4038The mighty Ginger Twin will once again drop... Read more »
Friday, April 1 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Lucky Monk First Friday SocialThe Lucky Monk Burger, Pizza & Beer, 105 Hollywood Blvd., South Barrington, IL (847) 898-0500The Lucky Monk’s first Friday Happy Hour event features live entertainment and cocktail specials including $5 Grey Goose, $4 House Micro Brews, $3 Miller Lite and a complimentary appetizer buffet... Read more »