On a quiet corner of Belle Plaine Avenue in Chicago's North Center neighborhood, beside the Metra tracks, wild, Chicago-born yeast blows in through the third floor window of the acclaimed Dovetail Brewery, magically turning water into some of the best Lambic-style beers in Chicago and beyond.
Cofounders Hagen Dost and Bill Wesselink, both from Chicago, met at beer school in Munich: today, the microbrewery's sublime golden, German-style Lager, Bavarian-style Hefeweizen, Franconian-style Rauchbier and warm, malty Vienna-style Lager are brewed with the same exacting, traditional methods that produce the kind of beers found in small, family-run breweries in Europe.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: SPRING EVENTS AT DOVETAIL
You can stop by the brewery any Saturday for a tour, or plan a trip this spring for the following events:
CRAFT MARKET: This coming Saturday, Dovetail will play host to a craft market featuring local artisans selling everything from handcrafted soaps to jewelry: enjoy Dovetail's deliciously refreshing beers while shopping with Mom. (May 13, 1–5 p.m.—Just in Time for Mother's Day!)
MAYFESTIVERSARY: Mayfestiversary is a craft-beer lover's dream of a friendly block party. In celebration of 365 days of delicious Dovetail beers, Belle Plaine Avenue will be closed from Ravenswood to the CTA tracks for food trucks, bands, games and picnic tables. Dovetail will be serving their beer-including their first ever Maibock—from an outside dock and in the tap room. (May 27 & 28)
DOVETAIL BEER RUN: Running races are all the better when you know beer will greet you at the finish line! This June, Dovetail is partnering with the Illinois Brewery Running Series to offer a 5k-ish course that starts and ends at Dovetail. The Brewery Running Series is all about being active, having fun and giving back to the local community. Since their inaugural event in 2012, they have been able to donate over $40,000 back to local nonprofit organizations. This event will add to that tally! 10% of all proceeds go directly to the Chicago Parks Foundation, a local organization that helps fund and execute projects for the Chicago parks system. In addition to beer and swag, there will be cool merchandise for sale, live music, food trucks and plenty more beer to keep the party going after the finish line. Registration is limited, so sign up today to reserve your spot. Tickets for the run are $30. (June 4, beginning at 11 a.m.)
PLUS... GO BEHIND THE SCENES ON A BREWERY TOUR
Go behind the scenes and see how beer bubbles to life with a brewery tour. You'll taste the malt, feel the hops run through your fingers, see everything from a 120+ year old copper mash from the 1000 year-old Weihenstephan pilot brewery in Germany to a magnicent, custom-built koelschip, and sample three beers as you wander through the 22,000 square foot facility. If you're lucky, a proud Dost will be your guide. ($15)
1900 W. Belle Plaine Avenue
- Tours are offered every Saturday at 11 a.m.
- The Tap Room is open Tue–Thur 2pm-10pm; Fri 12–11 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.–11 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Did you know? Dovetail's Brewery Tap Room is family and dog friendly and guests are welcome to bring their own food (BYOF), making it the perfect spot to sip a flight of Dovetail's flagship brews! And save the date: Chicago Craft Beer Week takes over the city May 18-25, 2017.