Late last year Vice District Brewing Co. secured space for a South Loop taproom and construction is schedule to begin in the next few days with the goal of opening to the public in July.
South Loop community plays a major role in the minds of owners Curtis Tarver II and Quintin Cole. From communal seating to encourage conversation to the plan to host community events for non-profits, the owners want their 2,200 square-foot space to support ‘positive-vices’ like volunteerism.
“We want Vice District to help bring back the energy that the South Loop once had. We plan on being very involved with other businesses and non-profits in the area,” said Cole.
Though no food will be offered on-site, food trucks will be parked outside and guests are invited to bring in their own or have something delivered from one of the neighborhood restaurants.
“We’re all about supporting other local businesses and we feel like giving people the option to bring their own food in while enjoying our beers allows us to do that,” said Tarver.
The taproom will feature a 7-barrel brew system and eight functional serving tanks visible to patrons. Once installed, the setup will feed 10 tap lines with the ability to serve 115 guests at a time.
According to the brewery's Facebook page, Vice District is currently in the public notice period for the City of Chicago Liquor license application, the state already visited the site for the manufacturers license application, and they've submitted their craft brewery application. Now, it's a waiting game!
The name of Vice’s brewmaster is a secret for the time being, as well as the names of the beers they plan on serving, however, a small group of testers were scheduled to begin sampling beers in late April.