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Openings Sat Jan 22 2011

Pipeworks (and you) did it!!

pipeworks.jpgBack in December we asked you all to help in making some Chicago homebrewers' dream come true. Beejay Oslon and Gerrit Lewis were trying to make their dream of Pipeworks Brewing a reality and asking for a bit of support from the people of Chicago. We caught up with the guys in mid-January after a hectic holiday season and found out:the Pipeworks guys did it! By January 1st, they had 492 backers pledged to donate $40,075.

Inquiring minds want to know, what are they doing with all that cash? So far, they have payed for the brewhouse (kettles, burners, etc to make the beer) which will be delivered in 8 weeks and have all the refrigeration needed to keep their precious brews cold. Pipeworks is still on the hunt for the right fermentation equipment and will be sitting down with the Aldermen of Chicago to see who wants to host the micro-brewery (fingers are crossed for the 43rd!).

"We're all systems go and full speed ahead right now with a lot of work to do," said Beejay. "This is incredibly exciting, after over two years of work we see some light at the end of the tunnel... it is still unclear exactly how much tunnel is left though!!"

Their Facebook page is the best place to track their progress as the move towards opening a storefront. We solemnly promise to keep you all updated and get first crack at the brews once the guys have their doors and taps open. Congrats Beejay and Gerrit! And congrats to Chicago, who in backing these guys, proved once again that it supports artisans in their craft!

damon / January 28, 2011 8:00 AM

i heart pipeworks.

congrats... again.

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