Guinness brewery in Chicago opens to the public

28 September, 2023

The Chicago Guinness Open Gate Brewery has opened to the public, marking the Diageo-owned brewery’s second location in the US following the 2018 brewery opening in Baltimore.

The new site, housed in a former rail depot in the city’s West Loop neighbourhood, features a brewery, taproom, restaurant and bakery.

“This is an exciting step in the continuing evolution of the Guinness brand in America. It’s been a long journey, but we are so thrilled to be opening our doors this week and to contribute to Chicago’s world class food and beer scene,” said Rodney Williams, president of Diageo Beer Company.

“As a Chicago native, I can confidently share that we aim to celebrate and showcase this great city and make a positive impact in the community, all while serving great beer.”

Brewer Megan Schwarz will oversee the production of a number of experimental beers, including  Corn Maize Cream Ale and a Mango Chile Ale, signatures like Guinness Draught Stout, Guinness Extra Stout, and Guinness Foreign Extra Stout will be available in the taproom but brewed in St James Gate, Dublin.

“Open Gate Brewery is the centre of innovation and creativity for Guinness, particularly when it comes to beer,” said Ryan Wagner, national Guinness ambassador and head of marketing, Guinness OGB Chicago.

“Opening in Chicago allows us to be a part of one of the most storied and celebrated beer communities in the United States – and we can’t wait to bring the unique flavours and heritage of Guinness brewing to an exciting tap list that will appeal to every kind of beer drinker. Our brewers Megan and Nate are among the best in the industry, and we’re stoked to share their beers with Chicago and beyond.”

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