It's been slow process for the fine peeps at Broad Shoulders Brewery (2337 S. Michigan) in their attempt to open up shop in Motor Row. We first heard about the project back in June of 2011 and since then their have been many bumps in the road.
But apparently that's not deterring them from chasing the dream. If you look at their Facebook page you will understand things are moving forward, even if it's at a much slower pace than anticipated:
The good news for the brewery is that there still seems to be immense interest in the project from the South Loop community (hence all of our posts) and even the broader Chicagoland area. Recently Time Out Chicago called out some of the more anticipated upcoming brewery openings and Broad Shoulders got some love:
After starting at Goose Island’s brewpub and Fulton Avenue production facility and then moving to Milwaukee’s Lakefront Brewing as their quality control manager, head brewer Frank Lassandrello saw the quality assurance issues that can occur when you fight for shelf space, which is why freshness is paramount to him.
“A lot of beer sits for a very long time,” he says, which is why he was planning on Broad Shoulders being a production facility for distribution of Lake Shore Drive Lager and Blue Eyed Blonde kegs only—until the neighborhood told him they wanted a taproom as well.
After adjusting his plans accordingly, he’ll have a space for growler fills and special-release 22-ounce bombers. The taproom features tables made from reclaimed ceiling joists pulled from his historic Motor Row building.
(Hat tip: KP!)