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updated: 3/1/2013 12:18 PM

Keg sales start at Lombard's Rock Bottom

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Rock Bottom Brewery in Lombard offered kegs for sale for the first time Thursday night, joining the 36 other Rock Bottom locations across the country in selling kegs of house-brewed beer.

The restaurant and microbrewery had been the only Rock Bottom location unable to sell kegs from its opening in August 2006 until January, when the Lombard village board amended its liquor license.

The license previously allowed Rock Bottom to sell alcoholic beverages to restaurant customers, brew beer on site and sell beer for carryout in up to 64-ounce containers. That meant kegs, which contain roughly 1,984 ounces, were well above the limit.

Customers wanting to buy kegs of any of Rock Bottom's house-brewed beers need to provide 48-hour notice for the brewmaster to fill the keg and should expect to pay between $120 and $150, depending on the type of brew, said Jennifer Verde, general manager of the Lombard location.

The restaurant and microbrewery offers an India pale ale, a Kolsch, a red ale, a white ale, a specialty dark and a brewmaster's choice, in addition to other seasonal offerings

Keg sales kicked off Thursday as Rock Bottom hosted an annual tapping event for its Fire Chief Ale. For the next six weeks, 25 cents from every pint of Fire Chief Ale sold will be donated to the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance for its Camp I Am Me program for childhood burn victims, Verde said.

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