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Old Irving Brewing, Bow Truss Coming Soon And Sooner To Old Irving Park

By Patty Wetli | April 12, 2016 9:35am
 Old Irving Brewing is aiming for a summer opening.
Old Irving Brewing is aiming for a summer opening.
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OLD IRVING PARK — Neighbors thirsting for new places to eat and drink in Old Irving Park are about to have that craving quenched.

At Monday night's meeting of the Old Irving Park Association, a pair of highly anticipated businesses — Bow Truss Coffee Roasters and Old Irving Brewing — offered updates on their progress.

Bow Truss is two or three weeks away from opening at 4185 W. Irving Park Road, where it will join Lou Malnati's and Potbelly as part of Centrum's Irving-Avondale-Keeler development, according to Aaron Hill, who handles wholesale accounts for the coffee company.

"We just wait for the permits and whenever we get them, we open," said Hill, who demonstrated his pour-over skills while presenting at the meeting.

Jeff and Renee Linnemeyer teased that Old Irving Brewing, 4419 W. Montrose Ave., could follow Bow Truss in a matter of months.

"This summer — no more specific than that," said Jeff Linnemeyer.

Old Irving Brewing was originally planned as Crooked Fork, the brainchild of the late chef Homaro Cantu, who committed suicide in 2015.

Linnemeyer, an Old Irving neighbor of Cantu's, was the lead investor in Crooked Fork and has continued to develop the project with head brewer Trevor Rose-Hamblin, a Cantu protégée.

Chef Matthias Merges, another Old Irving resident who owns a string of restaurants in Hyde Park and Logan Square, joined the team and is developing the menu.

"The food's going to be wonderful," promised Renee Linnemeyer, as she ticked off Merges' accomplishments at Yusho, A10 and Billy Sunday.

The brewery will likely open with six to eight beers on tap and while they will include "the usual suspects" of IPAs and stouts, Rose-Hamblin's background as a chef means the brews will have some interesting twists, said Jeff Linnemeyer.

To-go beers will be available in 22-ounce "bomber" bottles and in growlers, but the majority of Old Irving Brewing's output will be consumed on-site, he said.

"Maybe down the road we'll get into distribution," he said.

The brewery will be open for dinner service on weeknights, and lunch and dinner on Saturdays and Sundays, the Linnemeyers said.

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