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

Announcing Thursday Night Bites, Not Flights

Thursdays.  They're the unwanted buffer day before Friday.  Friday-Eve, if you well.  Nothing fun happens on Thursdays.


We're taking Thursdays back with a new series of events.  Each Thursday for the next six weeks (minus Thanksgiving, obviously), we'll be tapping a little something special and inviting a few of our favorite food trucks out to make the most of your almost-weekend.

Here's what we know so far:

  • Nov 3: Firestone Walker Bretta Weisse and Mario's Cart, featuring a suggested pairing with their ceviche tostadas.
  • Nov 10: Firestone Walker Helldorado Blonde Barleywine and the Roaming Hog food truck.
  • Nov 17: Perennial Abraxas (and variants) and the Grumpy Gaucho food truck
  • Nov 24: Closed for Thanksgiving
  • Dec 1: Oskar Blues Brewery tappings (more details soon) and the Roaming Hog food truck
  • Dec 8: Some crazy Avery Brewing tappings and Mario's Cart
  • Dec 15: Beer and Chocolate Pairing with The Bruery (tickets on sale soon)
  • Dec 22: Pipeworks Tappings and the Roaming Hog Food Truck

Thursdays don't have to be boring.  Let's make them the days they deserve to be.


One Year Down...

Plank Road Tap Room has made it through the first year!  In August of 2014, we opened our door to you and we're really thankful that you chose to walk in.  

On Sunday, August 2nd, we threw a little soiree to celebrate and were blown away by the support and love that we received.  Hundreds of people turned out to share a few laughs and drink some delicious beers with their friends, new and old.

We have some pictures of the day, but before you take a look through them, we have some thank yous to hand out.

We would like to thank the breweries and distributors that have made this year possible.  We have some amazing relationships that have allowed us to create and maintain a beer list that we're pretty proud of.  We'd like to send a little extra thanks to Penrose Brewing and Solemn Oath Brewery, specifically Tom Korder and Paul Schneider, for collaborating with us on our anniversary beer.  The gesture meant more than they know.  We enjoy our relationships with both breweries and hope they continue to grow.

We would like to thank our staff for a year of hard work and success.  Without the efforts of Teresa, Jon and Jeremy, who knows where we would be and what we would have been able to accomplish.  Their hard work and dedication have kept beer in your glasses and joy in your hearts.  Please thank them when you see them.

We would also like to express our heartfelt thanks to our customers.  Your loyalty has amazed us.  The culture that you've created is something that we can't even describe.  You welcome newcomers with open arms.  You express genuine concern and fondness for our tap room, staff and each other.  You don't park at the fire department.  You amaze us every day and we appreciate it.

In case you didn't get the gist of this, we are thankful to everyone who made this first year possible.  We look forward to a few more.  Keep an eye out for a special announcement or two in the next few weeks.

Warm Regards,

Alan & Breanne