Excellent Beer & Vegan Tamales in Pilsen

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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.

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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.

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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?

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THE BEER

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.

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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.

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WHERE TO GET TAMALES

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.

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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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