Old Irving Brewing | Irving Park | Gastropub, Craft Beer, Contemporary/Regional | Bar
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Danielle A. Scruggs

Northwest-side brewpub with "elevated eats."

Our Review

It's a struggle in the wake of the election to write about a new brewpub in a way that makes it seem like it matters. On the day after Trump's victory, I found myself at a table with a few other despondents at Old Irving Brewery, trying to medicate the malignancy of the Orange Cancer with snifters of high-ABV Imperial Black Ale. This big, boisterous new spot, with a 360-degree bar and cavernous beer hall looking out on the brewing floor's gleaming metal tanks, has its own sad history: it was originally a project of the late, great, revolutionary chef Homaro Cantu until he was found hanging in the raw unbuilt space in April 2015. His partners, Jeff Linnemeyer and brewmaster Trevor Rose-Hamblin, himself a protege of Cantu, carried on, enlisting the culinary mojo of Matthias Merges (Yusho, A10, Billy Sunday), who very recently came to the rescue of another transitioning brewpub when Finch took over from the shuttered Breakroom Brewery just two miles east on Montrose Avenue. While the postelection protests raged downtown, Old Irving Brewing's picnic tables were full, the flat-screen TVs were tuned to football, and kids played cornhole in a gaming area fenced off in front of the working part of the brewery. Read the full review >>

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