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Ten Ninety Announced as Latest Brewery Coming to North Center

By Patty Wetli | January 29, 2015 2:01pm
 Ald. Ameya Pawar announced Ten Ninety has plans to open a brewery in North Center.
Ald. Ameya Pawar announced Ten Ninety has plans to open a brewery in North Center.
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NORTH CENTER — Another day, another brewery announced for the North Side.

Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th) broke the news on his Facebook page Thursday that Ten Ninety Brewing has plans to open at 2500 W. Bradley Place, with a community meeting to be scheduled shortly.

Ten Ninety owners did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Founded in 2012, the brewery first gained the attention of Chicago's craft beer aficionados at 2013's Beer Under Glass, the kickoff event for the city's annual Craft Beer Week.

Patty Wetli explains why the area has attracted so many brewers:

In an interview with the blog Guys Drinking Beer, Ten Ninety co-owner Brian Schafer explained that the brewery would specialize in Imperial or High Gravity beers.

The other owners of Ten Ninety are Jamie Hoban and Andy Smith. All three are longtime homebrewers.

"We see Ten Ninety as the craft beer that makes it the norm to see craft beer on the menu of white tablecloth restaurants," Schafer told GDB. "We will be the craft beer that can stand up to wine and finds its place on the dinner table paired with fine food."

Ten Ninety has been contract brewing its beers at Big Chicago in Zion, Ill., having acquired that facility in March 2014.

Ten Ninety's current lineup of brews includes an Imperial IPA, Imperial Witbier, Imperial Porter and a Jaggery Tripel made with jaggery palm sugar, which lends a caramel- or molasses-like flavoring.

Though it might not be as well known around the neighborhood as Half Acre or Begyle, Ten Ninety is no stranger to North Center. Its brews can be found at Bottles & Cans and The Bad Apple, as well as Fork in Lincoln Square.

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