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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for October 20, 2014

October 20, 2014

•Chicago-based Goose Island Brewery is adding a 90-seat tasting room and public tours for the first time at its Fulton Street facility on the city’s north side. Goose Island, owned by Anheuser-Busch since 2011, has never before welcomed the public to its brewery, but management had noted the recent success of rival craft facilities in Chicago that all have tasting rooms. Lagunitas Brewing Co., which opened a brewery in Chicago earlier this year, maintains a taproom with live music. Nearby Half Acre Beer Co. is enlarging its taproom on Lincoln Avenue and also starting up a second brewery late this year. Goose Island initially will open its tasting room Thursdays through Saturdays and later expand to a six-day a week schedule. Tours will last as long as 75 minutes and cost $10, which will include three 2-ounce samples plus a souvenir pint glass.


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