Get Botanical at Forbidden Root

I have been to Forbidden Root for a quick beer a couple of times and waited for a lunch visit to do a well-deserved proper blog post. Be sure to eye up the building, even before entering the brewpub. Once inside, admire the fact that the 107-year-old structure still has the original brick walls in place.

My recent social call is proof the venue offers phenomenal lunch specials. I was expecting my grilled cheese and kale salad to be less than the standard portion since they are only $5 each; however, my assumption was dead wrong. Both the sandwich and salad were large and filling, as well as being utterly delicious.

Forbidden Root is Chicago's first botanic brewery, taking beer to another level by adding unique ingredients. Another great lunch deal is a flight of three 5-oz pours for just $7. I quaffed this mouthwatering flight with an additional small pour:

  • Purple Pils (Pilsner) - I really enjoyed the notes of lavender and violet
  • Rye Me a River (Saison) - citrusy taste and smell 
  • Big DAM Scoop (Imperial/Double White Stout) - this was so DAMN good and the standout for me was the vanilla
  • Snappy Dresser (Belgian Tripel) - this was boozy and tasted like bourbon 

I highly recommend getting to know Forbidden Root and their one of a kind brews. I can't wait to see what they do next!

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