Guinness opens taproom in Chicago


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Guinness is a beer that evokes a sense of belonging. It’s not just because of the huge amounts of Guinness consumed on St. Patrick’s Day. It has a strong connection to Ireland, even with the opening of its Maryland-based Open Gate brewery in 2018. (It opened as a production brewery the year before.)

Nonetheless, there is more Guinness to come to the United States. Guinness, owned by Diageo Beer Co., has announced that Chicago, a city with many Irish bars, will host the new Guinness taproom. The plan is to open doors in the West Loop neighborhood in 2023, before St. Patrick’s Day, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune.

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The 15,000 square foot space already has a multi-year lease in place. However, that will not match the 9,000 year lease Guinness has in Dublin for the St. James’ Gate brewery. The official name of the new location will be announced shortly. The announcement says the tasting room will showcase artwork by local artists and offer a rotating selection of beer, food and events. The tasting room will have a 10-barrel brewing system to make beers in small batches that will be served on site.

Of course, that means there will be beers served there that you can’t find anywhere else, and small batch beers will be imported from other Guinness locations.

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Dustin Nelson is Editor-in-Chief at Thrillist. Follow Dustin Nelson on Twitter. 


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