News, event recaps, photos and more from the minds behind Plank Road Tap Room, a craft beer bar in Elgin, Illinois. 


The pace around here has been nuts!  We have everyone from painters to carpenters to beer system techs working like crazy to get this place open.

To give you an idea, we have three more government bodies that will be in this week for their inspections.  The fire system, taps and everything else should be wrapped up this week as well.

After that, I just need to handle the little things like finalizing licenses, setting-up shop and actually getting beer in here.

Bottom line: we're almost there.  I'll let you know when we're open and, very likely, I'll give you zero notice.  I was going to post pretty pictures with this post, but at this point, you should be following us on Instagram.  I post lots of pretty pictures there.



Sneak Peek!

There comes a point in every aging man's life where he takes the time to appreciate the little things.  This, friends, is not one of those little things!

After getting in to a fun-filled slap fight with the local post office, I picked up a package from a friend in the Northwest this morning.

Ladies and gentlemen...



Tap Handles!!!

If I\we showed you all 14, your family would sue us for blowing up your mind.

If I\we showed you all 14, your family would sue us for blowing up your mind.

This bevy of elegant beauties are made of the finest bigleaf maple.  They made the trip all the way from Oregon in hopes of finding a better life and budding careers in the beer service industry.  

Why the use of a standardized tap handle, you ask?  You're more than welcome to ask me while you're swirling your first glass of beer.  My answers, unedited, are much more exciting.



Baby, it's cold outside!

We've had a little lull in activity at the cabin recently.  Basically, it's cold and no one wants to break-down or build anything in there.

I'm excited to tell you all that the schedule has just picked up.  We will be opening sooner, rather than later.  We have a self-imposed grand opening deadline in place that's already giving me nightmares.  I'll put that date out there for you guys soon enough.

There are some things in the cabin that need to be destroyed (aggressively) to make way for our contractors.  I've been given that task and I look forward to swinging the big stick for a day or two.  I'm hoping to lock myself in there this Sunday and get this all taken care of.  I'll try to throw up another post with some pictures, assuming I don't make a trip to the E.R.  If you're driving by on Sunday afternoon, feel free to honk.  It'll make me laugh a little.