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Logan Square Breweries Create ‘Brewer’s Triangle’ To Attract More Craft Beer Fans To Area

The nickname is part of a rebranding effort from Metropolitan Brewing, Maplewood Brewing and Ravinia Brewing. A launch party is set for May 20.

The three Brewer's Triangle breweries — Metropolitan Brewing, Ravinia Brewing and Maplewood Brewery — collaborated on a beer that will be available at the block party.
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LOGAN SQUARE — An eastern pocket of Logan Square home to a trio of craft breweries has a new name: Brewer’s Triangle.

Crews at Metropolitan Brewing, Maplewood Brewing and Ravinia Brewing are rebranding to cement the area’s status as a destination for craft beer, said Kris Walker, one of the founders of Ravinia Brewing.

The breweries are within walking distance of each other, and the route to hit all three is in the shape of a triangle, hence Brewer’s Triangle, Walker said.

“We found ourselves organically part of a lot of beer tourists’ and beer adventurists’ lists,” Walker said. “On the weekends, we get a lot of folks who are doing that. They come to us and then the other breweries in the area.

“We’re fortunate that we have three award-winning breweries that are all within walking distance from each other and offer very unique experiences. We thought it was the perfect opportunity to stake a claim to Brewer’s Triangle.”

A launch party with beer, barbecue and live music at all three breweries is set for 10 a.m.-8 p.m. May 20.

The free event will kick off at Maplewood, 2717 N. Maplewood Ave., and then move to Ravinia, 2601 W. Diversey Ave., at noon. The after party, from 4-8 p.m., will be held at Metropolitan, 3057 N. Rockwell St.

A special beer made in collaboration will be available at the party. Brewer’s Triangle is a “super crushable” helles lager made with Metropolitan’s house yeast and dry-hopped with Eclipse hops, according to a news release from the breweries.

For every can of Brewer’s Triangle sold at the launch party, the breweries will donate $1 to Habitat for Humanity Chicago programs that support affordable homeownership.

The block party is the first of many Brewer’s Triangle events and collaborations to come, Walker said.

“The whole idea is that we really feel the three breweries can offer one of the most amazing beer experiences — certainly in Chicago, if not in the whole Midwest — and we think there’s an opportunity to let a lot more people know about it,” Walker said. “You can park at one place and visit three and have an amazing day out.”

Metropolitan Brewing was founded by Tracy and Doug Hurst in 2009. The brewery moved into its current space, a retrofitted tannery from the 1880s next to the Chicago River, in 2018.

Maplewood Brewing launched in 2014 as the state’s first brewery and distillery under one roof. The brewery was founded by Paul Megalis, Ari Megalis and Adam Cieslak.

Ravinia Brewing is the newcomer to the group. The brewery took over the old Ale Syndicate spot in 2021 after bouncing around for a few years.

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