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"We take a lot of pride in putting together the best craft beer offerings possible," said Gregory Howard
CHICAGO, IL, September 24, 2015 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Last week Yard House celebrated the arrival of some 250 kegs and 4,000 gallons of beer during Keg Day, a company ritual that takes place just days before a Yard House opens. In this case, Keg Day signaled that the new Yard House NewCity at Lincoln Park is on the brink of welcoming its first guest this Saturday, September 26 at 11am.
Yard House, which helped revolutionize the craft beer movement when the first restaurant opened in 1996 along the Long Beach waterfront, will feature 110 tap handles with 21 regional craft beer offerings brewed by 15 local brewers in the Greater Chicago area. In addition, five handles will be reserved for the restaurant's Chalkboard Series, a selection of small, limited releases from mostly craft brewers that rotate monthly keeping the selection both innovative and fresh. These featured beers are listed on a digital chalkboard prominently displayed above the island bar.
"We take a lot of pride in putting together the best craft beer offerings possible," said Gregory Howard, beverage manager for Yard House. "It's a process, and no two locations are a like; each has its own distinct beer list driven by what guests are enjoying locally. We always strive to showcase local brewers, and with NewCity at Lincoln Park we are very pleased with the local and regional selection."
Among the local brewers are Ale Syndicate, Begyle, BuckleDown, Goose Island, Half Acre, Local Option, Metropolitan, Moody Tongue, Crown Valley, Off Color, Penrose, Revolution, Solemn Oath, Temperance, Two Brothers, Three Floyds and Jolly Pumpkin.
In addition, Yard House NewCity at Lincoln Park will boast 14 new draft offerings that have never been offered before at any Yard House location, including the Not Your Father's Hard Root Beer - available by the bottle.
"I'm excited to see our guests' reaction when we open this week," added Howard. "Chicago has a dynamic craft beer scene, so it was important for us to seek out the best brewers the region has to offer. "
The glass-enclosed keg room, one of Yard House's signature architectural features, contains some 4,000 gallons of beer and is kept at a consistent temperature that ranges from 34 to 36 degrees Fahrenheit. It's now stacked with kegs that have been tagged, dated, assigned a tap handle, and placed on the beer head awaiting doors to open next Saturday at 11am when five miles of individual beer lines encased in stainless steel will carry the golden liquid to the signature island bar.
The new Yard House NewCity at Lincoln Park, which opens this Saturday, September 26 at 11am, is located where North Avenue, Clybourn Avenue and Halsted Street meet on the city's Northside. For more information, visit www.yardhouse.com. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/YardHouse or follow us on Twitter @YardHouse.
About Yard House
When Yard House opened in 1996 in Long Beach, California, it revolutionized the restaurant industry by creating a 250-tap draft beer system. Nearly 20 years and 59 restaurants later, Yard House still leads the way with great food, classic rock and a vast selection of draft beer while evolving into an award-winning dining destination known for its menu of American favorites, crafted cocktails and endless fleet of tap handles featuring the best American craft beers and imports. The exhibition kitchen creates more than 100 items made from scratch infused with quality ingredients and globally-inspired flavors. The menu includes everything from shareable plates and appetizers to grilled burgers, steaks and seafood. Each Yard House has its own distinct beer list with a handful of taps reserved for local and regional brewers along with an offering of seasonal and small-batch selections as part of its rotating "Chalkboard Series." The glass-enclosed keg room showcases hundreds of steel barrels containing some 4,000 gallons of beer that flow to the center island bar through an extensive network of tubing positioned overhead. From there the beer is fed to the taps where it's served ice-cold by the pint, 9-ounce shorty, goblet or half-yard glass container. Yard House is also well-known for its classic and alternative rock boasting a library of 5,000 songs with each location having its own distinct playlist. Yard House is open daily for lunch, dinner and late-night dining.
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