There are many breweries that dot Chicago; it might take years to try each one. But just down the road from nearby Bucktown neighborhood apartments in Logan Square, you’ll discover four amazing microbreweries that got started right in your own community! Although many don’t have a tap room yet, you can still pick up their creations at a number of retailers and bars in the metro area. Check out these awesome breweries in Logan Square:
1. Off Color Brewing
Being a relatively new microbrewery on the scene, Off Color Brewing has quite an impressive beer portfolio. The brewery, founded by John Laffler and Dave Bleitner, began production in 2013. Laffler and Bleitner worked as interns for Metropolitan Brewing – this is where they began to envision opening a brewery of their very own. Off Color Brewing boasts three year-round beers and an extensive list of special releases and collaborative creations. Beers that are year-round include Troublesome, a Gose-style beer made from malted wheat and coriander; Scurry, a Kottbusser brewed with honey and oats; and Apex Predator, a golden Farmhouse Ale blended with hints of fruit. Although there is currently no tap room onsite, fans of Off Color Brewing can find their year-round beers at restaurants, bars, and retailers in the metro area. And when/if they do open up a tap room, we hope to see Hops the puppy as a tour guide.
2. Arcade Brewery
Arcade Brewery is located next to gorgeous apartment and loft communities in Logan Square, down the road from nearby stores and restaurants. The brewery is all about community, which is why their brews are inspired by local fans and art. As part of a quarterly social media contest, Arcade Brewery holds a Public Brew series where fans give input on the name, label design, and ingredients of a new beer. The winners of the contest receive a special prize. When they aren’t mid-contest, co-owners Chris Tourre and Lance Curran seek comic book artists to design the packaging for their stouts and ales. Another cool feature of Arcade Brewery is their token bottle caps. These caps let fans score exclusive access to brewery events, merchandise offers, and discounts to retailers around the city.
3. Ale Syndicate Brewery
Co-founders Samuel and Jesse Evans found their passion for brewing in Chicago, eventually moving to Oakland, California to start their own brewery. As successful as their business became, they missed Chicago. They sold their Northern California brewery and headed back to the Windy City to start Ale Syndicate Brewery. Before the completion of their Logan Square location in July 2014, they partnered with local breweries around the city. Ale Syndicate’s first Chicago beer was Richie Imperial Porter, which received “Best Porter” honor by Chicago Magazine. In early 2014, the production of six-packs began for Municipal IPA, Sunday Session Hopped-Up Ale, and Van De Velde Belgo-Pale Ale. Richie Imperial nabbed the #3 spot in Paste Magazine’s Best Porters in America award this year. Fans can enjoy their brews on tap at nearby restaurants and bars or purchase a six-pack to take home at local retailers.
4. Maplewood Brewery and Distillery
Maplewood Brewery and Distillery was named after the village of Maplewood, a surviving town of the Great Chicago Fire. With its new name in place, founders Adam Cieslak and Ari Megalis continue to produce exceptional beer in Logan Square. The brewery just announced that they will begin production of spirits soon. You can find their Charlatan Pale Ale, Fat Pug Milk Stout, Creepy Ginger Belgian-Style Golden Strong Ale, and Lemon Drop American Wheat Ale at local eateries, pubs, and retailers. Maplewood Brewery and Distillery is preparing to open a tap room and offer public tours of the facility.