With standing room only at its recent pre-opening party on September 26, Yard House opened its doors at the NewCity development in Lincoln Park, Chicago, at Clybourn and North avenues the following day for lunch.
Yard House celebrated the arrival of some 250 kegs and 4,000 gallons of beer during Keg Day, a company ritual that takes place just days before a Yard House opens. In this case, Keg Day signaled that the new Yard House NewCity at Lincoln Park, Chicago, is on the brink of welcoming its first guest at 11 a.
New drafts are flowing at every Yard House as the restaurant introduces The Official Yard House 2014 Draft. Nationally, more than 1,000 new tap handles have been introduced based on beer trends such as the popularity of India Pale Ales (IPAs), expansion of the wheat and fruit beer categories, and consumer demand for gluten-sensitive beers.
Yard House may not have invented craft beer, but it certainly helped fuel the craze when it opened its flagship restaurant on December 7, 1996, in Long Beach, California, with an astounding 250 taps. More than 16 years and 42 locations later, Yard House will open its very first Pacific Northwest location February 10 at 11 a.