Brewery-fresh beer and food could be coming to Logan Square from the team behind Pipeworks Brewing. The acclaimed beer-maker plans to open a brewpub at 2614 N. California Avenue. It is still in the initial stages and needs community and city approvals, but ownership is shooting for an early 2019 opening. A community meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 23.
Pipeworks was founded in 2012, noted DNAinfo, but the Hermosa-based brewery hasn’t crossed into the world of food — or even a taproom. Pipeworks’ co-owner Gerrit Lewis told the Tribune that they’re working with a mystery chef with a “a long and notable Chicago resume.” Place those bets on the chef’s identity now. Using a trendy craft beer cliche, Lewis said they’d also make “experimental brews” including some sours once the brewpub is official.
Lewis is being coy as he doesn’t want to say too much until after the community meeting. He did post an exterior rendering of what the brewpub could look like and writing the he’s “going to need some community support on this one.” The brewpub would neighbor Mi Tocaya Antojeria, the acclaimed Mexican restaurant that opened earlier this year.
The new Pipeworks project would join Revolution Brewing to become Logan Square’s second brewpub. Revolution is often cited as the gold standard for Chicago brewpubs, as the parent company of Goose Island Brewing, AB InBev, in January used the Rev Brewing brewpub as an example of what they were chasing when they closed Goose Island Clybourn for renovations. Good news on that front: A Goose Island rep said construction is complete in Lincoln Park. That means a reopening is imminent.
Back to Logan Square: Pipeworks should have more to say about the project in the coming weeks. Keep it here for updates.