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Fast Facts on Ravenswood’s Newly Branded Malt Row District

Fast Facts on Ravenswood’s Newly Branded Malt Row District
Taylor Laabs

*Feature image courtesy of Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce

Ravenswood is embracing the vibrant beer culture within its Northside neighborhood by re-branding a two-mile stretch of road into Malt Row, which will feature six local breweries along with one distillery. That two-mile stretch, mapped here, will expand from Balmoral Avenue to Irving Park Road.

The re-brand is a shrewd move by the Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce, and represents just how impactful the craft beer industry has been on the local economy. According to their Events and Marketing Director Gene Wagendorf, the establishment of Malt Row just made sense for the community: “Malt Row was born out of our desire to connect and promote a flourishing group of artisans dedicated to excellent craft beer and spirits. The GRCC views these businesses as a key part of the continuing evolution of the historic Ravenswood Industrial Corridor.”

According to Gene, Ravenswood on Tap will house all events and activity for Malt Row, and should be a bookmarked page for any Chicago craft beer lover.

Credit: Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce

What Breweries Does it Include: Band of Bohemia, Begyle, Dovetail, Empirical, Half Acre and Spiteful Brewing + KOVAL Distillery

Brewery Tours: According to the Chicago Tribune, beer lovers can take a Ravenswood on Tap walking tour, which is a walking trek around each of the breweries on Malt Row. That launched on 5/15.

Upcoming Events:

  • Mayfestiversary, May 27, Features Begyle and Dovetail Brewing
  • Ravenswood on Tap, June 24-25: Features Andersonville, Band of Bohemia, Begyle, Dovetail, Empirical, Greenstar, Half Acre, KOVAL and Spiteful Brewing
  • Ravenswood ArtWalk: September 16-17: Features Begyle, Dovetail, Empirical and Spiteful Brewing

Malt Row is a destination- a place you can spend a day exploring and sampling with friends. It is our hope that by collaborating on Malt Row marketing, promotions and events that we can make that destination even more attractive to visitors from across the city and beyond.” – Wagendorf

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