Maplewood Brewery & Distillery has converted space at its 3-year-old production facility in Logan Square into a room full of relaxed vibes, good beer, and pub food. Maplewood Lounge officially opens on Friday at the end of a quiet block at 2717 N. Maplewood Avenue. The atmosphere represents more of a cleaned-up neighborhood dive rather than a brewery’s taproom.
Maplewood brews award-winning beers like Fat Pug, an oatmeal stout that impressed at this year’s Great American Beer Festival. The beers will take up the spotlight with 14 taps featuring Maplewood’s core beers Fat Pug, Charlatan pale ale, Son of Juice IPA, and Pulaski Pils. But Chicagoans don’t have to live on beer alone. Barman Matt Frederick — who managed the EZ Inn (the divey cocktail lounge in Ukrainian Village) and created the drinks at Diana Dávila’s acclaimed Logan Square Mexican restaurant, Mi Tocaya Antojería — has mixed up some cocktails for Maplewood using the spirits made onsite. The cocktail side is serious; they’re making four kinds of ice. They’ll have boozy slushies, draft cocktails, and more.
The building doesn’t have a kitchen, but Maplewood neighbors a catering company. They’ve worked out an agreement so the caterers can provide burgers, Publican sausages, and fries for the lounge. The food’s passed into the taproom through a space between the two buildings.
Maplewood co-founders Adam Cieslak and Ari Megalis will host the space’s first bottle release on Wednesday. They won’t serve drinks, but customers can get a sneak peek of the space. Meanwhile Maplewood Lounge officially opens on Friday. Take an early tour by looking at the photos below.