The Irish beer brand made its brewery debut in downtown Chicago in late September with the opening of Guinness Open Gate Brewery Chicago in the city’s West Loop neighborhood. It is now the second Guinness brewery in the U.S., with the first located in Baltimore, Maryland. “We are also one of only three innovation hubs for Guinness in the world,” says Ryan Wagner, head of marketing and national ambassador for the brewery. “We get to focus on the things that make beer and food unique—new and exciting recipes, classic styles reimagined, all with the heart and heritage of Guinness at the center of it.”
The brewery features a full-service taproom and restaurant open all week, as well as a coffee shop and bakery. At the restaurant, dine on an array of cuisine ranging from oysters and Caesar salads to chicken wings, duck udon, braised lamb, and beef stew. Enjoy a well-crafted tap list with beers like Mango Chile Ale and a Pineapple Coconut Porter, or stick with a classic and have the Guinness draught stout. The bakery serves goodies starting at 8 a.m., including cookies, croissants, and scones alongside an array of nonalcoholic beverages like espresso and chai. The property is available for private meals, receptions, and corporate and social events for groups of up to 470 people reception-style. Full buyouts are also an option and give planners and attendees exclusive access to the Barrel Room, Tap Room, and patio. A partial buyout would include just the Barrel Room.