Excellent Beer & Vegan Tamales in Pilsen


A last minute decision to head to Pilsen rewarded me with the discovery of a kickass brewery. It was a beautiful Sunday and I was excited for the stroll, as I also had street art on my mind. Lo-Rez Brewing turned out to be the kind of place where everyone can feel welcome including yogis, artists, and dogs.


The first thing that drew me in was the unconventional decor and colorful art adorning the walls. I immediately recognized work from one of my favorite local artists, KOZMO. It's apparent the owners, Kevin Lilly and Dave Dahl, have a keen eye for detail.


Seating options inside the generous taproom include bar stools, picnic-style tables, and cozy areas that will make you rethink your home design. I couldn't stop thinking about how funtastic it would be to spend the night here. Who else thinks Lo-Rez should accept overnight guests?



The brewery isn't offering flights at this time; however, they will accommodate you with samples before ordering a pint. I decided to start with a Strawberry Sweet Tooth (milk stout with strawberries). This stout is the perfect blend of strawberries and milk chocolate without being too sweet for my taste buds.


For my second and final beer, I opted for a Quad Core (quadruple ale). This boozy, malty beer has just the right amount of caramel flavor. I left the taproom feeling as happy as a clam.



Snacks are available at the bar including artisanal steak jerky and cheese flights; however, I was in dire need of more than snacks. I have had Yvolina's Tamales at several Pilsen street festivals and was elated to learn they have a new storefront. Yvolina's has several vegan options and I inhaled this quinoa/lentil tamale with green and red mole sauce.


I'm ecstatic at the prospect of a return visit to these establishments soon. A hip atmosphere, great beer, and delectable vegan tamales - what more can a girl ask for?

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