Meet The Ale Syndicate, New Name For New Chicago Beer Co.

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When we toured The Plant last year, one of the businesses that was planning to become part of its sustainable ecosystem was a new brewery called New Chicago Beer Co.; the theory was that its spent grains would go to feed tilapia elsewhere in the complex. But New Chicago had to back out of the building and we thought that was the end of New Chicago Beer Co. Which it was but it wasn't— now the brothers behind it, Jesse and Samuel Evans, are set to begin operations in The Green Exchange, another sustainable business project, later this year as The Ale Syndicate. They tell DNA Info that the name change came in part from the fact that they've been collaborating with other breweries such as Big Chicago Brewing Company in Zion and Galena Brewing Company in Galena, and more generally from the collaborative nature of their business, where there's no head brewer as such. Their first brews— Municipal India Pale Ale, Sunday Session, and Richie Imperial Porter— will roll out at 20 craft beer bars around the city around March 20. [DNA Info]