This industrial style brewery in Ravenswood is your home away from home. It's spacious, funky, has oodles of board games, and Fido is welcome. The taproom would make an excellent venue for a party or after work gathering due to the open space. Food isn't available; however, feel free to bring your own or have it delivered. Empirical does have another location in Rogers Park with a full menu http://www.empiricalbrewery.com/brew-pub-menu.html including a number of vegetarian/vegan eats.
The bartender was extremely personable and the owner himself, Bill Hurley, made an introduction and told me to let him know if I had any questions. The only thing on my mind was the beer choices, and I couldn't stop staring at the coolest beer flight tray to date!
I chose to create my own flight with a Singularity Oatmeal Stout, Munich Helles Lager, Imperial Rye Stout, and Phase Transition Robust Porter. They were all good, but the standout was the Imperial Rye Stout. The bartender twisted my arm to have another 5 oz of that once my flight was complete.
The intriguing tap list includes seasonal, production, and experimental beers. It's a plus that the drafts are available in sizes ranging from 5-20 oz. You can also purchase beer to go in the form of a 6-pack, case, growler fill, or keg.
Check out the serious swag available for purchase!
Fun facts: Empirical Brewery is named after their process - the brewers use empirical observations to improve their beer. In addition, I was immediately drawn to their logo and learned the symbol comes from an ancient hieroglyph of a clay jug with a pointed base that represents the word for beer in the cuneiform language. How about that?
The staff, beer, and atmosphere make it easy to embrace the taproom. Keep on experimenting and if you need someone to test a batch you know where to find me