Lagunitas Taproom Reopens April 13

A view of the bar at a preview before the Lagunitas Taproom reopens April 13.

The Lagunitas Taproom reopens at its Chicago brewery on April 13 after greater than three years of pandemic closure, and if a preview final weekend is any indication, the place hasn’t missed a beat.

Situated on the second ground of an enormous 300,000-square-foot brewery in North Lawndale subsequent to Cinespace Movie Studios and close to Douglas Park, the taproom stays a enjoyable place to hold, with good beer served in mason jars and meals that Midwesterners will respect. Heineken purchased out founder Tony Magee in 2017, although the branding and vibes on show stay strictly Lagunitas.

New taproom GM Julia Helton, a chef who competed on Meals Community’s Vegas Chef Prizefight, acknowledged Lagunitas performed it protected when deciding to convey the general public again, regardless of beer nonetheless being brewed onsite all through the pandemic.

The faucets and kinds are plentiful. The 9 year-round releases can be found, together with the flagship IPA and previous fav Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’, plus the 9% Maximus. On the opposite finish of the spectrum, they’ve their IPNA and Hoppy Refresher hop water out there as non-alcoholic choices.

We spent our 4 preview tokens on a number of the 14 restricted releases. A fav was the 3-Yr Haze, a 5.6% IPA that was juicy and simple to drink. The New New Dogtown XPA had a fair proportion of bitterness and featured Amarillo, Simcoe, and Mosaic hops at 7.5%. The 17707ST IPA featured an experimental hop with hints of peach. It was OK.

We hoped some Willettized BA stout could be on faucet, and it was. The stout had a pleasant chocolate taste, and the Metropolis Espresso was current however not overwhelming, as have been the Bourbon and Rye Willett barrels this beer was aged in. This beer stays an important worth for a BA stout.

Additionally out there: a blended Belgian ale aged in Bourdeaux barrels with blackberries, a black IPA, a pilsner and a beer, a two-year foeder-aged bitter with raspberries, and Waldo’s Particular Ale (in spite of everything, 4/20 is only a week after the taproom formally reopens).

OG Lagunitas chef Juan Carlos Bueno is again on the helm after a pandemic cease at Ravinia Brewing‘s Logan Sq. taproom. He’s introduced again Earlier than Occasions favorites like Black Mussels and Hoganitas, which is made up of pork stomach, ham, Swiss and onion on a telera roll. The cajun pasta with shrimp and andouille sausage was tasty, and this being Chicago, there’s a Slagel Farms smashburger out there. There are two Shepherd’s Pie choices, one with beef and a vegetarian one with lentils. The pretzel with Lagunitas beer cheese stays a standout. When you’re the kind that brings youngsters to a taproom, there’s even a menu for them.

As Lagunitas dips its toes again into the water, the taproom can be open Thursday-Sunday.

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