Four new breweries are joining the beer scene.
Introducing Argus, 5 Rabbit, New Chicago Brewing Company, Pipeworks.
Argus has been churning out craft brews in the Roseland neighborhood for about two years. Haven’t heard of it? You will soon. “We started by just doing custom brews for bars, mostly in the suburbs—Ballydoyle in Downers Grove was our first customer,” explains Patrick Jensen, 26, who runs the brewery (11314 S Front St, 773-941-4050) with his father, Bob, working alongside veteran brewmaster Grant Johnston. An ongoing expansion that will triple the brewery’s size revved up Argus’s output, and a three-month-old distribution deal with Chicago Beverage Systems now delivers Argus’s Holsteiner, California Steam and Pegasus IPA to dozens of additional stores and restaurants across the city (including Binny’s, Roots Handmade Pizza and the Publican). The brewery’s two-story, red-brick building along the Metra Electric Line boasts a long beer history dating back to 1906, when beer-delivery horses trotted out of what was then a distribution stable on Schlitz Row (a now mostly demolished complex of the megabrewery’s offices and company housing, plus bars that served workers from nearby Pullman). For the younger Jensen, who previously worked with his dad in real estate, being a part of Chicago’s brewing legacy is a dream come true. “It’s very social; you get to know everyone—in the bars, the other brewers.… As a brewer, you’re everybody’s best friend.”—Martina Sheehan