The permit for the new Begyle Taproom has been approved!
This time last year we introduced Begyle Brewing Company’s tasting room. Just as Begyle’s brews garner praise from beer lovers, the tasting room got praise from design fans; it was featured by Inhabitat and Architect’s Newspaper. The combination of great beer and cool space has also been appealing to customers. People from the neighborhood stop in for a growler on their way home from work. They also linger to to chat with the brewers on hand … and almost immediately wanted something more – a place to linger with a pint and chat with each other and the friendly brewers.
BY POPULAR DEMAND: THE NEW BEGYLE TAPROOM
The result is the Begyle taproom expansion. The project has been relatively simple, converting underused office spaces adjacent to the current tasting area into a new open plan seating space and adding an entry door on Ravenswood. At the same time, the building slab will be replaced and reinforced in several places to support the addition of new tanks. We can’t wait to down to a pint in the new taproom space!
Here’s a sketch of the expanded floor plan.
Do check out this great interview with Kevin Carey at the Hop Review for more on the history of the business and building. Carey shares his plans to be a good neighbor to both the Ravenswood corridor and the adjacent residential areas. By locating Begyle just off the Irving Park brown line stop, he hopes to tempt visitors to Chicago out of the Loop and into the neighborhoods.
BEGYLE’S ALREADY-GREAT TASTING SPACE
The style of the expansion will match what already exists with simple details and sleek, industrial materials related to the building’s industrial heritage. For more photos and information check out our previous posts on the subject:
Or simply scroll down for some of our favorite images of the existing Tasting Room.