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.
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.
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.
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.
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!