April 2017 Around Town 2

Lake Zurich’s First Brew Pub Plans Opening

Imagine a comfy, upscale setting with world-class brews, tasty food from the occasional food truck and established neighboring restaurants in a refurbished venue with a Shakespearean reference. Imagine no more, says Lane Fearing, a Barrington resident and long-term brewer at Mickey Finn’s in Libertyville.

Roaring Table Brewery is the brainchild of Fearing and his wife, Beth May (a noted designer in her own right). The brewery, tucked away in a former retail space at 739 W. Route 22 (three doors west of Trader Joe’s) is aiming for an upscale vibe with lounge, couches, community tables and fireplace. Fearing, with a diploma from the renowned Siebel Institute, is a fan of Belgium and French farmhouse ales, as well as taste profiles not typically found around here, such as New England IPAs.

If all goes to plan with build out, delivery of equipment and licensing, Fearing and May could start making beer in late spring with a Grand Opening sometime this summer. To learn more, go to roaringtable.com.

Timothy Grant Moves on Up the Road

Before the holidays the moving signs went up at Timothy Grant Jewelers in Lake Zurich. The much anticipated new store, a mile north of the former location at 155 N. Rand Road (between Honey Lake and Old Rand Roads), is a real stunner. Patrons can shop in a private, more luxurious setting while receiving the extraordinary service and expert craftsmanship for which Timothy Grant is known.

To learn more, visit timothygrants.com, call 847.726.1556 or stop in to the new location.

Wine Lovers Need Apply Here

North Barrington’s Anton Steinhart has shared passions for wine and helping others. After a church mission trip Steinhart launched a company that combines direct selling of upscale wines with fundraising. Since starting Wines for Humanity Steinhart’s enterprise has seen tremendous growth, now operating in 14 states. To date, the company has made a difference of nearly $4 million dollars for locally based charities and not-for-profits.

The company is based on a simple premise: local advisors host fun wine tastings for gatherings of up to 16 neighbors and friends. Each advisor shares knowledge about wines, as well as tastings of at least seven varietals. The advisor provides the wines for a modest cost of $59 (plus tax) and brings all stemware. A host invites guests into their homes for an entertaining, educational experience. At the end of the tasting, interested guests may select bottles of wine for delivery later, knowing that up to 12.5% of each is donated to charity.

Steinhart says he is recruiting more advisors to join the Wines for Humanity team. In addition to raising funds, advisors personally trained by Steinhart make an attractive supplemental income just by sharing their love of wine. More importantly, the advisors are raising funds for charities focused on assisting the homeless.

To learn more about becoming an advisor, or to schedule a tasting in your home or for a favorite not-for-profit, visit winesforhumanity.com or call 847.917.3601.