Monday, April 14, 2008

Goose Island closing Clybourn brew pub

From the Chicago Tribune

Goose Island closing Clybourn brew pub
It’s a sad day for Chicago beer lovers.
Goose Island has announced it’s closing the Clybourn Avenue brew pub where founder John Hall launched the business 20 years ago. Hall said the company was unable to negotiate a new lease and will close the brew pub, 1800 N. Clybourn Ave., at the end of the year. The award winning brewery will continue making its bottled beers at Fulton Street Brewery, 1800 W. Fulton St., and pub brewer Wil Turner will continue to make his array of beers at the Wrigleyville location, 3535 N. Clark St.

“But we’ve got eight months,” Hall said. “We’ve got a list of things we want to do. We’ll celebrate some of our past beers.” Those will include pub only favorites such as Hop Scotch, Aviator Dopplebock and Lincoln Park Lager. The Clybourn pub will also host special dinners and bring back some past brewers to help celebrate. Hall also said the company has been looking at spaces over the past couple years, but it will take some time to find a new space and open another brew pub. Don’t espect anything before next year.

As for the Siebel Institute of Technology & World Brewing Academy target="new" classes taught at the Clybourn location, president Lyn Kruger says they will continue through the end of the year as well. In the meantime, Siebel, which has taught the intricacies of the craft to many local homebrewers and professionals alike, will look for space to relocate in 2009, she said.


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