The Pilsen brewery at 2101 S. Carpenter St. is closing Sept. 3 after not being able to financially recover from the pandemic. Credit: Google Maps

PILSEN — A popular Pilsen brewery is closing this summer.

Lo Rez Brewing, 2101 S. Carpenter St., has become another “COVID casualty,” founder Dave Dahl said in an Instagram post. The brewery opened in the neighborhood in 2016.

“Our taproom and distribution revenue never rebounded from the pandemic,” Dahl wrote in the post. “Also during the pandemic Lo Rez took out loans to get through. But those new loan payments, and original loan payments, and the increasing costs on everything, have become too much for the business to bear.”

The last day of service is Sept. 3, Dahl said.

“Our income is down, our expenses are up, we’re too far out of whack,” he wrote. “Lo Rez is no longer financially viable.”

Lo Rez became a neighborhood favorite over the years by partnering with local groups like Pilsen Arts and Community Center, El Paseo Community Garden and Venados, and hosting events and block parties.

Dahl encouraged folks to come out to Lo Rez over the next few weeks to say goodbye and have a few final beers.

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