Arcade Brewery Closes, Ale Syndicate on the Bubble

Arcade Brewery Closes, Ale Syndicate on the Bubble
Arcade's gamer ethos led it to many indie comic book tie-ins.

Another shakeup in Chicago’s brewing scene unfolded Monday morning. Chris Tourre of Arcade Brewery sent the following email to their retail accounts:

Good Morning Retailers,

We wanted to inform you that Arcade Brewery will be closing effective immediately. Given the circumstances in our facility that halted our production and the inability to come to terms on a new lease that is financially feasible, we will be unable to continue our journey. We appreciate all of your support and the relationships we have made throughout the years. For on-premise accounts, we will be around in the next few weeks to collect our empty kegs from you.

We are truly saddened by this sudden and unexpected end to our brewery. After careful review we have found this to be a painful, but necessary, decision. Thank you once again for being great supporters of our brewery.

Chris Tourre
Co-Owner, Arcade Brewery

The closing was quickly confirmed, and detailed by the Chicago Tribune’s Josh Noel in a later online article. He confirmed that Arcade’s closure was due to Ale Syndicate losing the lease on its brewing space at 2601 W. Diversey Ave., which the two brewers had been co-operating. Ale Syndicate had already been having trouble making lease payments, and had its gas turned off in November, according to Noel.

Ale Syndicate’s co-founder Samuel Evans told Noel they hope to resume brewing in 2017, perhaps in another “alternating proprietorship” arrangement.

This news comes just a few weeks after Finch Beer Co. announced it was closing its brewpub space and its storefront brewery, and seeking out a similar co-brewing arrangement.

One of the other brewers that operated at Ale Syndicate was contract client Around the Bend Beer Co. Noel notes that they had shifted packaged beer production to Excel Brewing in Breese earlier this year, but was still making small draft batches at Ale Syndicate. ATB has recently announced it would be producing at Burnt City Brewing’s production facility; the former Jay’s potato chip plant on the South Side.

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