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25 Must-try Chicago Beers

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Jeff Bean

hophead, fisherman, and Nebraska-native

Chicago has some of the most celebrated breweries and brewpubs anywhere in the nation, and with several more on the way, I thought now would be a good time to take an inventory of the best beers currently out there.  Limiting ourselves to beers that are widely, or at least regularly, available in the city, here is our list of the Chicago area's 25 must-try beers.
About the availability scores:
5: Widely available, common on draft and in bottles
4: Less common on draft, but easy to find in bottles or vice versa
3: Smaller production, maybe limited to specialty stores or sort of expensive (~$15)
2: Beers that are only available in specific locations such as brewpub beers.
1: Brewpub only seasonals
0: Beers with a one day release

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