Links TapRoom to Open 11/11 in Chicago's Wicker Park Neighborhood
Links TapRoom - an All-American craft beer and sausage focused neighborhood bar - from owner/beer director Michael Quinlan and managing partner Cary Michael - will open to the public at 4:30pm on Saturday, January 11 in the former Bin Wine Café space at 1559 North Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park. Links will feature 36 All-American craft beers on tap, four All-American cask beers on beer engines, about 40 All-American crafts available in large format bottles, and about 10 by the can. Featured breweries will include Une Anee, Founders, Firestone Walker, Greenbush, Dark Horse, Green Flash, New Holland, Revolution, Jolly Pumpkin, Half Acre, and many more.
"Great beer, great sausages, and great fries all in a laid back neighborhood bar is what Links is all about," said Cary Michael, formerly of Branch 27, Rockit Bar & Grill, and Lettuce Entertain You. "Links will be a place that really appeals to the people in our neighborhood and beyond."
Links will be outfitted with four DigitalPour (digitalpour.com) screens that show which beers are on tap, brewery name, price, glassware, how much is remaining in the kegs, and customer social media integration via social media "check-ins" and updates tagged via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Foursquare.
Links will also feature five wines (two reds, two whites, one prosecco) on tap along with Fernet Branca liquor on tap as well. Links will have a limited liquor bar as well as the Links' beverage program is very craft beer forward.
Consulting chef Joe Pierro of Big Onion Tavern Group and Lance Avery of Big Fork Brands (bigforkbrands.com) have created a classic sausage-focused food menu that will feature about eight different links including Chicago Steak & Ale (made with sirloin, bacon, Bell's Amber Ale, horseradish), Bratwurst (made with veal, pork shoulder, toasted spices, whole milk), 3 Chile Chorizo (made with pork shoulder, jalapeños, chipotles, habaneros), and Vegan (made with portobello mushrooms, black beans, and tamari) for the opening menu.