West Town’s District Brew Yards (417 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60622) has stood fast by the motto, “No one comes between you and your beer,” and now—even while the pour-your-own beer hall is temporarily closed to the public—no one comes between you and your barbecue either. Starting Friday, May 22, the Brew Yards announces a new, non-brewery partner has moved in and is ready for business: Lillie’s Q, serving up barbecue from Founder/Chef Charlie McKenna. The Brew Yards previously offered counter-service smoked meats in the beer hall before suspending operations in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while continuing to sell beer through the retail shop for pickup, curbside, and delivery; Lillie’s Q also permanently shuttered its 10-year-old Bucktown restaurant in March. The Brew Yards creatively announced the partnership on its @brewyards social media channels through a series of coded word puzzles May 20-21 that spelled out and revealed the message: “BBQ IS BACK! Introducing Lillie’s Q May 22.”
“I have always enjoyed Lillie’s Q and was crazy about that brisket. It is far and away one of the best in the city,” Steve Soble, founder of District Brew Yards, says. “When Charlie approached us about a partnership at District Brew Yards, we could not say yes fast enough. We are so excited to get started.”
Chef Charlie McKenna, founder of Lillie’s Q, says, “We’re very excited to move into our new location at District Brew Yards. After 10 years and with our lease ending in Bucktown, it was time to progress Lillie’s Q in a new direction. What better place than a craft brewery, because BBQ plus beer are a perfect match. In Bucktown, we focused on all American craft brews, so it’s been a natural transition for all of us.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming in both new and familiar faces at District Brew Yards along with introducing Lillie’s Q to all of their loyal followers as well,” McKenna continues. “While this was planned well before the chaos began, it makes sense now more than ever for companies to unite. We’ll all be stronger by coming together. We’re looking forward to the day when everyone can come on in, pour some craft beer, and enjoy that good ole’ Q.”
Menu and Delivery
Lillie’s Q at District Brew Yards opens for pickup and delivery business beginning at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 22. The hours of operations for Lillie’s Q and District Brew Yards are now 2-8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, closed Sunday-Monday. District Brew Yards operates its own ordering and delivery platform on its website.
The menu currently features the following barbecue dishes and Southern-inspired sides, with additional items and other classic Lillie’s Q dishes being added in the near future:
- Barbecue by the half pound, including Pulled Pork, Tri-Tip, Prime Brisket, Baby Back Ribs, and Pimento Cheese Sausage
- Barbecue sandwiches on a brioche bun, including Pulled Pork Sandwich, Tri-Tip Sandwich, and Prime Brisket Sandwich, as well as Fried Chicken Sandwich with pickle slaw
- Starters like beer-batter Fried Pickles with ranch and Smoked Chicken Wings with Lillie’s Q Buffalo Sauce and Maytag bleu cheese dressing
- Sides, such as Stone-Ground Grits, Southern-Style Coleslaw, Mac & Cheese, Baked Beans, and Potato Salad, as well as Lillie’s Q Kettle Chips
To place an order for Lillie’s Q BBQ and beer, or for more about District Brew Yards, visit www.districtbrewyards.com.