FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 03/17/2020:
BEERMISCUOUS SHIFTS OWNERSHIP TO EMPLOYEES
Both the Chicago-Lakeview & Highwood locations will now be owned and operated by a coalition of employees.
CHICAGO – LAKEVIEW: Today Beermiscuous is thrilled to announce that a coalition of employees have purchased both locations of the ‘craft beer café’ from founder Paul Leamon in a deal closing on March 5th, 2020. The Chicago-Lakeview & Highwood locations will now be owned and operated by a group of employees consisting of Austin Harvey, Zigmas Maloni, and Virginia Thomas. The new ownership group has a combined 34 years experience in beer sales, service, brewing, and education – and nine years with Beermiscuous.
Co-owner, and Beerista/Curator since 2014, Austin Harvey says of the sale, “[it is] a logical extension of the employees’ existing values.”
The new ownership is excited to continue the excellent selection, service, and experience that we have provided over the last six years, as well as pursue more releases, events, and collabs for our loyal customers. We are exceedingly proud to be an employee-owned and operated business. With this announcement, Beermiscuous will become the first 100% employee owned craft-beer destination in Chicago.
Recognized as one of the top craft beer destinations in Chicago, Beermiscuous is a craft beer café and bottle shop that provides a coffee shop-style atmosphere for exploring the widest variety of beers available in the city, all available by the single bottle or can.
The Chicago-Lakeview café features an ever-changing curated selection of nearly 300 local beers from more than 55 Chicagoland breweries, since 2014. The Beermiscuous Highwood café opened in October 2018 with 16 drafts, featuring 200+ bottles and cans from over 80 Chicagoland breweries.
Named “Best Chicago Bottle Shop” by The Hop Review in 2017, Beermiscuous has also been named one of Chicago’s “Best Event Spaces” by Crain’s Chicago Business.
Beermiscuous Lakeview: 2812 N Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL
Beermiscuous Highwood: 552 Sheridan Road, Highwood, IL
Lead Contact: Austin Harvey
Austin@Beermiscuous.com – Co-Owner and Lakeview Curator