Category: Local Taprooms

Beer Under Glass Ushers In Illinois Craft Beer Week

Beer Under Glass Ushers In Illinois Craft Beer Week
If the incessant rain has dampened your spirits, today’s launch of Illinois Craft Beer Week (ICBW) couldn’t be more opportune. Nothing like a week straight of sudsy indulgence to combat cloudy skies and wet commutes. Entering the biggest seven-day stretch for our state’s craft beer community, it’s only fitting that we experienced an explosion of... Read more »

Beer Lovers Make Themselves at Home at Wolfden Brewing

Beer Lovers Make Themselves at Home at Wolfden Brewing
If not for the signage and the wafting aroma of fermentation in progress, you’d never guess that a full-fledged brewery was thriving within the walls of the modest, two-story, 150-year-old house on the corner of Lake and 3rd Street in Bloomingdale, Illinois. On a recent Saturday, as family and friends celebrated Katie’s birthday around the... Read more »

Amid the Hubbub of Logan Square, Don't Overlook Hopewell Brewing

Amid the Hubbub of Logan Square, Don't Overlook Hopewell Brewing
The first time I popped into Hopewell Brewing for a pint, the year was 2016, and it was the taproom’s first month of operation. Fast forward three years, and a return trip finally materialized. The vast time gap between visits makes zero sense — Hopewell makes a fine beer, and I love me some Logan... Read more »
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A Trek to the Twin Cities and Other Winter Brewery Nuggets

A Trek to the Twin Cities and Other Winter Brewery Nuggets
As another relentless Chicago winter soldiers obstinately through the middle of March, it recently struck me that I haven’t posted a single brewery recap since January. No, my taste for suds hasn’t suddenly evaporated; it’s just that all our brewery visits during the past months have been of the “brief stop-in” variety. A proper evaluation... Read more »

Werk Force Brewing: A Standout in the Western Burbs

Werk Force Brewing: A Standout in the Western Burbs
A little over a week ago, we were on hand to witness Werk Force Brewing win both Gold and Silver medals in the coveted Fruit Beer category at the National Barrel-Aged Beer Competition during FOBAB 2018. A mere six days later you’d find us posted up in the Plainfield brewery’s just-over-one-year-old taproom, an assortment of... Read more »

My Pulse, My Lifeblood, My Darling: Macushla Brewing

My Pulse, My Lifeblood, My Darling: Macushla Brewing
What began as a Saturday afternoon trip from the city to the Chicago Botanic Garden in the northern burbs ended up as a mini brewery jaunt — Glenview’s Macushla Brewing being the first stop out of pure geographical convenience. Prior to Googling “nearby breweries,” we’d never even heard of Macushla, which added a little element... Read more »
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It’s Always Beer O’Clock at Noon Whistle Brewing

It’s Always Beer O’Clock at Noon Whistle Brewing
After spending an enjoyable Father’s Day afternoon at Noon Whistle Brewing in west suburban Lombard, my curiosity — pertaining to the name of the establishment, specifically — led me to the old Google machine. To my surprise and delight, there is a fun little anecdote behind Noon Whistle’s name. As the story goes, the co-owner... Read more »

A Brewery, with a Beer Garden…Finally!

A Brewery, with a Beer Garden…Finally!
I don’t typically write about our more well-known, high-profile breweries — the Half Acres and Revolutions and Goose Islands, if you will — but in the case of Half Acre’s new location, I’d like to make an exception, for a couple reasons: It’s still brand new at less than a year old. It’s awesome. For... Read more »

Metropolitan Offers Scenic Views, Smooth Brews

Metropolitan Offers Scenic Views, Smooth Brews
Metropolitan Brewing offers a rustic, picturesque setting for quenching your thirst on a hot summer day — that is, if you’re able to successfully navigate the construction site that separates the street entrance from the taproom itself. While the hidden, sunlit Avondale space has only been around since late 2016, Metropolitan has been producing consistent, authentic... Read more »
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On Tour Draws a Crowd to Chicago’s Brewing District

On Tour Draws a Crowd to Chicago’s Brewing District
As part of our pre-game for the John Prine concert at the legendary Chicago Theatre last Friday, I decided to introduce my parents to one of my favorite local establishments: On Tour Brewing. After we embarked upon our second flight of beers, it occurred to me that I’d yet to focus a blog post on... Read more »