River North

Meet the Brewer

Take a look at what we asked him and what he’s cooking up for us in the future.


Gino’s Brewing Co. is located at our Gino’s East River North location at 500 N. LaSalle. Stop by for a pizza and one of our refreshing in-house brews.

Tell us about the new brewery in the Gino’s East River North location – Gino’s Brewing Co.?

Gino’s Brewing Co. resides in the Gino’s East River North location where we are exclusively brewing and pouring our hand crafted ales and lagers. We are currently operating a 10 barrel DME combinations brewhouse. We have 4 primary fermentation vessels, and 5 serving vessels which, in conjunction with some kegging operations, allow us to fluctuate an offering 5-6 different beer styles.

Describe Chicago’s beer scene.

Chicago is seeing an exciting time in its craft beer culture. In reality, Chicago is in it’s infancy when it comes to the boom of new breweries, including our own, that are popping up all over town. It’s really only been within the last 5-10 years or so that the market has really exploded; and that’s relatively short when compared to, say for instance, the west coast where some have been at it for up to 30+ years.

What makes your beer different than some of the other local Chicago beer on the scene?

I have a very traditional approach to brewing. I wish to attempt to replicate staple beer styles to the best of my ability. I feel that many brewers tend to push the envelope with how many odd ball ingredients they can cram into a beer that is 15% ABV. While there is very much a place for that in the American craft market, and I am always interested in an opportunity to taste such creations, it is not how I should be servicing my drinkers. We are but a humble brew pub. I wish for my clientele to sit down and enjoy a few sessionalbe pints, with our legendary Chicago Deep Dish Pizza, instead of having a sip of the latest trend and moving on.

Describe the 4 beers you have brewing right now (and there’s a seasonal rotation)?

Our 4 staple flagships are:
LaSalle St Lager: German Helles
Witte Chicks Dig Me: Belgian Witte
Broken English: English IPA
Great Bam-Gino: Black Rye IPA

Our seasonal offerings currently are:
GPA (Gino’s Pale Ale): Belgian Pale Ale
The Killareny Connection:Foreign Export Stout

Now that things are flowing, what are the plans for your Beer Dinners and Beer Club?

We are currently offering memberships to our Gino’s Brewing Co Beer Club. It is a wonderful program that is a steal of a deal.

With the $20 cost you receive:
-Membership for the calender year
-1 Growler with a fill of your favorite Gino’s Brewing Co beer under 8% ABV
-16oz pours for the cost of 10oz pour ( average savings about $2)
-Exclusive email invites to Gino’s Brewing Co events to keep you in the know

Our Beer Dinner are currently offered every other month, our next date being May 19th during Chicago Craft Beer Week. We do a 4-5 course dinner of non-menu items to pair with a 10oz pour of a the apporopirate Gino’s Brewing Co beer.

What are your plans for Chicago Craft Beer Week?

Currently our plans include offering a few of our selected brands at our two other locations in the city. Our Superior St location, and our South Loop location. We will also be doing the beer dinner as mentioned prior.
Other events are currently TBA


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New Seasonal Brew: Killarney Connection

Gino’s East Brewery has a new seasonal beer on tap just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! This year Chicago will celebrate the holiday on March 14. Our Brewery, located at 500 N. LaSalle, is two blocks from the Chicago River, which is famously dyed green every year. We’ll be serving up this Irish-inspired brew through St. Patty’s, so get it while it’s still here.

Killarney Collection Beer

A popular tourist destination in Ireland (more hotels than any other city in the country!), Killarney is home to famous landmarks including Ross Castle, Muckross House and Abbey and Killarney National Park. Known as a “walking town”, Killarney is a great place to explore on foot.

Since we won’t be traveling through Ireland this St. Patrick’s Day, the next best thing is our new seasonal. Killarney Connection, Our Foreign Extra Stout, is named after the town of Killarney. Brewmaster Kevin Patrick McMahon, who’s family’s lineage traces back to Killarney, chose to honor his Irish heritage with this full bodied stout.

Roasted Barley, Chocolate, and Black malts offer it’s obsidian color while also attributing a roasty espresso and dark chocolaty sweetness to the nose. With a creamy tan head, and balanced finish, this wonderfully drinkable stout will help you get your Irish on for St Patty’s day, and endure the last stretch of winter weeks ahead.

Foreign Extra Stout, Brewed In-house, 6.3%

Our taste buds are ready to try this bold beer! We’ll see all of you from now until St. Patrick’s Day!

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The Comedy Bar at Gino’s East River North

Chicago’s Premier Entertainment Venue The Comedy Bar Now at Gino’s East River North’s Third Floor

The Comedy Bar

Grand Opening on Valentine’s Weekend on February 13 & 14 Features Chicago’s Stand Up Comedy Headliners Sean Flannery, Derick Lengwenus, Russell Williamson, Kevin Williams, Sean White and Ali Clayton.

CHICAGO (February 2015) – The Comedy Bar, formerly located at 157 W. Ontario, is now under new ownership and located at Gino’s East River North’s third floor in the historic building at 500 N. LaSalle Street.

The grand opening will take place on Valentine’s weekend, Friday, February 13 and Saturday, February 14, with showings at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person; or the grand opening Valentine’s package is $55 per couple, which includes two tickets, two glasses of Prosecco, and a dessert.

The star-studded grand opening headliners include: Sean Flannery, voted best stand-up comedian in Chicago in 2010 by the Chicago Reader; Chicago resident Derick Lengwenus, winner of the Audience Choice Award at the TBS Just For Laughs Festival; Russell Williamson, a New Jersey native who has made himself a household name in the Chicago comedy scene since moving here in 2005; Kevin Williams, who once served in the Army and United States Coast Guard where he won “The Funniest Person in the Military” Comedy Contest; Sean White, named one of the 2014 “Top 16 Chicago Comics” by Chicago magazine; and Ali Clayton, whose stand-up and solo characters have been featured in the Cape Fear Comedy Fest, Laugh Track Comedy Fest, Chicago Women’s Funny Fest and TBS Just For Laughs Chicago.

Located in the upbeat River North district, The Comedy Bar first opened in 2011 and still sets the bar for stand-up in the city. The original concept, still intact with the same booking and operations leadership, was to create a quality stand-up comedy venue in the heart of the city, easily accessible to tourists and locals, and with affordable ticket prices and no drink minimums. Its first booking was a Comics to Watch showcase presented by Comedy Central and the New York Comedy Festival. The Comedy Bar has been featured as one of Chicago magazine’s “Best Comedy Clubs in Chicago.”

“Deep dish pizza, craft beer and comedy are quintessential Chicago,” says Noah Himmel, Vice President and third generation of family owners of the legendary Gino’s East. “With The Comedy Bar now on the third floor of Gino’s East River North, and Gino’s Brewing Company now open, we are excited to offer all three Windy City staples under one roof.”

The venue is now housed on the spacious third floor at 500 N. LaSalle which features a performance stage; a full bar and Gino’s Brewing Company and craft beer menu; and signature Gino’s East River North appetizers including Deep Dish Nachos, Homemade Spinach Mozzarella Sticks, Jumbo Chicken Wings and more. Guests may enjoy deep dish pizza prior to or after the comedy shows on the first and second floor dining rooms. The space accommodates 160 guests and is great for private events, corporate- and tour- group outings.

For tickets and information, visit ComedyBarChicago.com or call 312.836.0499. February shows are Thursdays at 8 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m. & 10 p.m.; and in March 2015 will expand to:

Wednesdays at 8 p.m. & 10 p.m.
Thursdays at 8 p.m.
Fridays at 8 p.m. & 10 p.m.
Saturdays at 8 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.

Follow on Twitter: @TCBChicago and www.facebook.com/TCBChicago.

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Our First Beer Dinner

growler2Join us on the evening of Thursday, March 5 at Gino’s Brewing Company for the first of many beer dinners and events to come. Meet brewmaster Kevin McMahon and enjoy a 4-course meal with 10 oz. beer pairings. We’ll be pouring our first four brews and matching them with items from our menu (and a few surprises). Yes, there will be pizza, but expect more as well! Plus, at the end of the meal you’ll get a pint of your favorite brew of the bunch!


Sign up here to secure your spot!

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Brewery Now Open

Gino’s East River North, (at the historic building, 500 N. LaSalle) is famous for its Chicago-style deep dish pizza since 1966, and announces the new Gino’s Brewery Company is now open.

Gino’s East River North is now pouring small batch, house-brewed beers expertly crafted by Brewmaster Kevin McMahon, including a unique Black Rye IPA, English IPA, Belgian Witte, and traditional German Helles.   The beers are $6 and $7 for a pint, $4 and $5 for a 10 oz. pour; and a flight with samples of all four is $7.

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