Howells & Hood is my go-to place in the Loop for craft beer, where the drooling commences at the menu. The venue offers 119 craft beers on tap with an impressive selection of each beer style including my favorites - Indie Lager, Stout, Porter, and Belgian. My ongoing objective is to try as many new beers as possible, so I love that they offer 6-oz pours. You can also choose from a number of different flights or create your own.
I highly recommend their kickass patio, which features a unique bar in the middle of comfy booths and tables with high-back seats. Maybe you will be as lucky as I was last February when it was actually warm enough to open the patio and throw back a few cold ones without a jacket. I used to work next door, making many hours a happy one after 5 pm. This outdoor space is perfect for groups (think communal tables), and if you admire architecture like I do, you will want to spend some time looking up.
Check out the venue details https://www.howellsandhood.com/beer-pages-334.php, Updated beer lists can be found here https://www.beermenus.com/places/9764-howells-hood.
See you at the hood!