Get Nautical at Ironside Bar and Galley

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Ironside Bar & Galley in the River North neighborhood mimics many of the pubs I have visited in Europe. You will immediately appreciate the patio featuring flower boxes, wrought iron accents, and hanging vines. I admire the unique, nautical themed decor, and even though there are numerous TVs, they didn’t make for a loud environment during my visit. Admittedly, this bar wasn’t planned but discovered by happenstance. The outstanding draft lineup lured me in like a kid on Halloween.

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I started off with a bang, ordering The Wolf, a rare find from 3 Sheeps Brewing. This Barrel Aged Imperial Stout sits at a whopping 13.5%. It was so smooth and delicious I had to keep reminding myself to sip this one.  I couldn’t leave without getting one of my favorites out of Brooklyn, a Sorachi Ace Saison. This Belgian-style Saison has a nice citrus kick thanks to the Sorachi Ace hops.

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Ironside offers 16 tantalizing drafts and 33 packaged products. It's certainly tempting to go overboard with the choices,  but try not to lose your sea legs.  I will definitely be favoring this venue in the future and hope to have enough willpower to save some room for the appetizing food menu.

http://ironsidechicago.com/

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