The building where Chicago’s new Guinness brewery stands is a repurposed rail depot built in 1910. One of the main design elements is a 7,700-pound metal harp that hangs over the main bar.
The 15,000-square-foot brewpub officially opens on Thursday, September 28 at 901 W. Kinzie Street in the West Loop. There’s even a 136-seat patio for the weeks left in Chicago’s patio season. The harp took 300 hours to fabricate, and patience is something Guinness knows its fans possess. Fans know it takes time to pour a proper pint of the super stout at the right temperature and in the correct glass. The staff at the Guinness Open Gate Brewery got a crash course in the brand’s history and training in how to make sure their beer is properly dispensed. Guinness’s first American brewpub opened in 2015 in Baltimore.
Guinness Open Gate Brewery, 901 W. Kinzie Street, opens Thursday, September 28.