Hey, there! It's late Wednesday night and I'd hoped by now that I'd a nice big list of all the Illinois-side-of-the-line brewers and bars doing the socially-distant reopening this weekend. But then I had 3 extra hours of work from home tonight. Gotta watch my priorities: writing about beer while drinking beer, or making extra money which can be used to buy more beer… Hmm… So I have a start on the establishments that have announced their weekend plans. I'll keep adding to this list, though I'm sure I'll miss some. Many places may not be opening because they have not got space for outdoor seating, or they're still working with their home towns and guidelines. So if you plans on going out to these places, please do check their websites for all the restrictions they might require, especially if they can only seat people who reserve in advance. And please follow the rules about wearing your mask. You might be able to take it of while eating or drinking. Don't be a dick and ruin it for the rest of the state...
First, the good news (maybe): The state of Illinois and Gov. Pritzker announced Wednesday that bars and restaurants may open for limited outdoor seating starting Friday, May 29. I will try to keep up with posted plans, and get out an early events schedule as a learn about them (Chicago Tribune article). And, some not-so-good news (maybe): Rather than open along with other establishments in Indiana, Three Floyds brewpub in Munster had furloughed its employees, and not set a date for a possible return. The move has been speculated as based on financial issues, or the Floyds' slow progress on a new facility, founder Nick Floyd told Josh Noel, “I can’t put people in danger. No one should die over a beer. I would die for beer and probably will, but I’m not going to make people endanger themselves.” The fact that the brewpub only has space for 70 patrons may have contributed to the decision. Three Floyds commercial brewing and distilling operations will continue (Chicago Tribune). Also of note: This is the last weekend for Brixie's, the Brookfield beer bar opened in 1934. The bar was purchased by Imperial Oak of Willow Springs, which will be turning it into a second brewery and taproom. Chris DiBraccio had been managing Brixie's since 2002, taking over from his father-in-law Russel Brixie. DiBraccio is also one of the owners of Imperial Oak. More details below. I've left a space for Monday events for the Memorial Day holiday. Usually holidays are pretty light, beer-wise, but something may be announced at the last-minute...
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