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Chicago Beer Gets Even Craftier: Baderbräu to Open Brewery in South Loop

Facility includes tap room and could open next year.

Future site of the Baderbräu brewery
Future site of the Baderbräu brewery
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Might as well put a bird on top of the Hancock Building, because Chicago continues to rival Portland when it comes to breweries.

This time, it's the South Loop with some some craft brew love. Baderbräu brewing announced plans for a 25,000-square-foot brewery with a tasting room. They're shooting to open next year at 2515 S. Wabash Ave., according to the Trib. A 4,000-square-foot taproom on the second floor is part of the plan.

Baderbräu started showing up in Chicago in 1989. Eventually it ended up part of Goose Island, before the brewery phased the brand out in the late 1990s. A new owner brought the beer back in 2012.

The craft beer scene keeps growing in Chicago, as this news coincides with new facility announcements from Finch Brewing Co. and Eris Brewery and Ciderhouse. Portland is known as the gold standard for craft brew. And some local Chicago brewers, including those who appeared in last week's screening of bourbon-barreled beer film, "Turn Brown For What," said they'd be surprised if Chicago's beer scene doesn't rival Portland's in the coming years.

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