Let Your Eyes do the Talking at Ballast Point

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I got wind of San Diego's Ballast Point opening a brewpub in Chicago and I couldn't stop panting when I read they had a rooftop patio. Summer is here, which means being outside as much as possible with a beer in tow. Bonus points for a patio that offers eye-level captures of the city's skyscrapers.

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A shiny, three-barrel brewing system will greet you upon entering the massive 12,000-foot venue. I didn't linger on the first floor, because I was anxious to check out the rooftop despite the heat. An elevator whisks you to the top where you will immediately be fixated on the views.

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Mother Nature failed miserably in the rooftop weather department; however, no disappointments were noted thanks to the flawless service, extraordinary beer, and squeaky clean garage-style windows. I spent most of my time in the covered and air-conditioned space with intermittent moments to the outdoor area for photo ops and sunshine.

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40+ taps are offered and there were so many good ones on the menu I had a few too many (sorry, not sorry). I started with a flight consisting of Mocha Marlin Porter, Sextant Oatmeal Stout Nitro, Russian Imperial Stout, and Peanut Butter Victory at Sea Porter. This bevy of dark beauties was smooth and tasty. I chose to end on the light side with a Piper Down Scottish Ale and I Am Brut IPA. I typically don't like hoppy beer; however, this IPA was so good.

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Ballast Point Chicago is simply top-notch in every way and I intend to be a repeat customer. A big shout-out to my fabulous server, Jorge, and hats off to Ballast Point for a great addition to Chicago and the neighborhood. Cheers!

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