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Maplewood Brewery & Distillery Eyes Mayfair As Partners Plan Expansion

The brewery's owners are considering expanding the business to a property at 4300 W. Montrose Ave. near the Blue Line.

The building at 4300 W. Montrose Ave.
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MAYFAIR — A former warehouse in Mayfair is one of a few buildings Maplewood Brewery & Distillery is considering as owners hatch a plan to expand the business.

Adam Cieslak, Maplewood’s co-founder and head brewer, confirmed the brewery’s owners are considering expanding the brewery to a 14,660 square foot property at 4300 W. Montrose Ave., located a block from the Kennedy Expy. and the CTA Blue Line. They are also looking at properties in Bridgeport, Pilsen and Back of the Yards.

“We like the space, area and community, but this is still at such a preliminary stage that nothing is concrete,” Cieslak said. “We haven’t decided on any space in particular and are still finalizing our plans for expansion.”

The Mayfair property, being marketed as perfect for “a brewery, distillery, roastery, etc.,” is available for sale or lease, according to a Strauss Realty listing. It’s up for sale for is $2.5 million.

The inside of the property at 4300 W. Montrose Ave.

Ald. Sam Nugent (39th) asked Cieslak to meet with the Mayfair Civic Association to share their plans for the property if Maplewood does decide to move in.

“She wanted the community to have input on this,” said Adam Roberts, a spokesperson for Nugent.

The association was not immediately available for comment.

When Maplewood first launched in 2014, the Logan Square-based brewery and distillery, the first of its kind in the state, went by the name Mercenary Brewing and Distillery.

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Three childhood friends launched Maplewood Brewery & Distillery in Logan Square in 2014.

The brewery was founded by Paul Megalis and Ari Megalis alongside Adam Cieslak, who’s been friends with them since kindergarten.

The three DePaul University alums had about eight years of homebrewing and distillation experience before opening the brewery 2717 N. Maplewood Ave.

A year after opening the business, they changed its name to Maplewood Brewery & Distillery after getting a cease and desist letter from Odell Brewing Company, which alleged an infringement on its Myrcenary Double IPA beer.

The Maplewood name was chosen in honor of the former village of Maplewood, which was one of the areas that survived the Great Chicago Fire and aided in the rebuilding of Chicago after the fire and was later annexed by the city in 1889.

The former village is now part of Logan Square and Maplewood Avenue is also where the brewery and distillery is located.

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