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More Brewing In Town: Haymarket Pub and Brewing

By Chuck Sudo in Food on Feb 23, 2010 3:40PM

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The past year has been something of a nirvana for local craft beer fans, as their local options increase with the openings of Metropolitan Brewing, Half Acre Beer Company and Revolution Brewing. If all things go well, a fourth microbrewery/brewpub will be joining those ranks by late summer.

Construction is currently underway on Haymarket Pub and Brewing, in the former Bar Louie space at 741 W. Randolph. The project is a partnership between Pete Crowley, senior brewer at Rock Bottom Chicago, and his friend John Neurauter. We'd been hearing rumblings for weeks about Haymarket and Crowley, who's also president of the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, was more than happy to fill us in on some of the details.

Crowley said that Haymarket will focus on "classic Belgian and contemporary American ales and lagers paired with hand made sausages, pulled pork, pizza and rotisserie chicken." There are plans for an outdoor beer garden, full bar, dining area with pool tables and games. About 600 square feet downstairs will be allocated for a barrel room for aging and blending. The centerpiece of the pub will be a walk through kitchen and brewery that leads to a "drinking and writing" theater. This means that, when Haymarket opens its doors, the long running and popular Drinking & Writing series with Sean Benjamin and Steve Mosqueda will have a home. Crowley is the "brewer" for Drinking and Brewing.