Chicago, IL – After months of construction, Vice District Brewing Co. is excited to announce that the taproom will officially be opening Friday, August 22nd. “We would really like to thank everyone for their patience and support along the way,” said co-owner, Curtis Tarver II. “It’s taken a bit longer than we originally planned.”
The timing couldn’t be better because it is the official downtown bus stop for those heading to the Midwest Brewer’s Fest the very next day. Festival patrons aren’t just welcomed, but encouraged, to stop in for a beer before hopping on the bus.
Located at 1454 S. Michigan Ave., Vice District Brewing Co. occupies a landmark building and pays homage to the history of the area. Exposed brick, communal tables and an open-air concept refresh the space without taking away from the building’s character. Serving tanks are nestled alongside patrons and viewing windows allow guests to watch the brewers in action.
“We’ve had numerous requests to provide our beers to local bars, but our primary focus is supplying fresh beer for the residents of the neighborhood for the time being,” says co-owner Quintin Cole. “We’ll start shipping kegs out to other establishments shortly after we’ve got everything solidified at the taproom.”
Though Vice District plans to offer 14 different beers on tap, their opening line up will consist of a more curated selection. A Black IPA, Extra Special Bitter, IPA, Blonde, and Molasses Porter will be available for patrons to try as well as a special collaboration release that is being kept under wraps until opening day.
“It’s a lot of work and we’re really excited about it,” says brewmaster, Charlie Davis. “I have a lot of recipes that I’m pretty excited about. But I’m most excited about being able to dial in the quality on a procedurally sound system. Having such acute control over the process at Vice District means we can focus on putting out the best beer possible – that’s what really drives our decision making.”