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Inside Mousetrap, Lincoln Park’s Hidden Taproom for Fresh Beer

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Off Color’s taproom is now open

Barry Brecheisen

Just two weeks ago, Lincoln Park had one place for brewery fresh beer and now the neighborhood counts three. Off Color Brewing’s Mousetrap joins the reborn Goose Island Brewhouse as two places for brewery-fresh beer in the area. Though most people will come to try one of Off Color’s experimental and eventually barrel-aged beers, the bar’s fully stocked with spirits and they also serve cocktails. The third Lincoln Park brewery is Burnt City Brewing.

Mousetrap seats 150 and is tucked away south of Sheffield and North avenues. There’s no food, but they’ve developed a relationship with Pizzeria Bebu, the thin-crust specialists just around the corner. Customers can bring in their own food and enjoy one of the 16 brews on tap (12 are for Off Color and four are for guest breweries). Off Color founder John Laffler has brought on Ben Fasman (Dove’s Luncheonette, Big Star, Estereo) to work on house cocktails. They also have wine by the glass.

The grain mouse is the taproom’s mascot, and customers will see references all around the space. Off Color debuted in 2013 in Logan Square. A bottle shop helped sate big-time fans, but the taproom is a dream come true.

Take a look at the photos below. Mousetrap is now open.

The entrance is just south of the massive Whole Foods in Lincoln Park.
There are 150 seats inside.
There’s a modern industrial feel.
Plenty of tables.
The grain mouse is the taproom’s mascot.
There’s plenty of exposed brick.
Walk to the back to get to the bar.
There are 16 taps in all.
A direct view of the bar, which will be fully stocked with non-beer options.
A view toward Kingsbury.
Four of these taps will be for guest brews.
They’re focusing on experimental brews.
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The menus look like story books.
The back of the taproom toward the patio.
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They also serve beer to go.

Off Color Brewing - Mousetrap

1460 N Kingsbury Street, Chicago, IL 60642 Visit Website

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