Monday, March 25, 2019

Moody Tongue Brewing Coming to Former Baderbrau Brewery Space Just South of the Sloop

In case you missed it last week, a popular Pilsen brewery is moving a little closer to the Sloop (via Eater Chicago):
Moody Tongue Brewing, home of one of the most beautiful and well-designed tasting rooms in Chicago, is leaving Pilsen. The brewery needed a larger space to brew more beer and has taken over the former Baderbrau brewery near McCormick Place in the South Loop. Baderbrau abruptly closed in June and its equipment was quickly auctioned off at 2515 S. Wabash Avenue.

There’s no official timetable to open in the South Loop, said Moody Tongue’s co-founder and CEO Jeremy Cohn. They stopped brewing in February in Pilsen and began moving equipment this month into the new space. The Pilsen tasting room will remain open indefinitely, Cohn said, though the Tribune reported it will close sometime this summer. The tasting room won the Jean Banchet award for Best Bar and that helped expand the brewery’s customer base. The owners are grateful for that, but the company’s focus remains with the wholesale production. They realized in 2017 that they needed more space to brew. They’re going from 9,500 square feet in Pilsen to 25,800 square feet in the South Loop. Their goal is to expand not only domestically but into markets like China, where they are already in.

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