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BreakRoom Brewery plans to open Albany Park brewpub in 2014

Currently, there's a semi-truck parked in the middle of the space where BreakRoom Brewery will be. Despite the dust, broken floor tiles and clanging of construction equipment, head brewer Mike Pallen and founder Aaron Heineman can describe exactly how their brewpub will look.

Rolling out blueprints, they point to the large windows that will face Montrose Avenue, allowing passers-by a view into the 90-plus seat pub. Heineman motions to the future location of the 16-seat bar, which will be built by his company, Heineman Bar Co.

BreakRoom Brewery (2925 West Montrose Ave.) is located in the same building at the bar design and manufacturing business, in a front space that formerly was home to the factory employees' breakroom.

The name isn't the only aspect of the brewery inspired by the breakroom atmosphere. Mike Pallen hopes to foster a spirit of teamwork at the brewpub, where new-to-the-game brewers can come to collaborate on beers, or where established breweries can come to create one-off beers in small batches.

As for his proprietary beers, Pallen said they'll be "bigger, ballsier and more badass." He's already sampled a few test batches, including a saison flavored with chamomile and white peppercorns, and hopes to eventually experiment with unconventional barrel-aging and sour beers.

For now, though, Pallen and Heineman are focused on finishing demolition, starting construction and getting BreakRoom Brewery open by January of 2014.

kbernot@tribune.com | @redeyeeatdrink

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