I decided to make my own Illinois Craft Beer Week events based on places I have been wanting to visit with one exception. When I discovered Tuman's Tap & Grill was hosting an event offering rare beers from Pipeworks, one of my favorite breweries, attending was a no-brainer.
Tuman’s offers 28 tap lines with a focus on acclaimed local craft beers. I didn't even peek at a regular menu because I was too stoked over the Pipeworks menu. Can you blame me?
What I Drank
Barrel-Aged End of Days was recommended to me, so I started with that. This tasty Imperial Milk Stout is packed with heat thanks to the peppers, increasing as the beer warms.
My next beer was 2015 The Final Act, an Imperial Oatmeal Stout. This stout is boozy, chocolatey, and barrel forward. So good I had to remind myself to sip all this deliciousness.
The bar was full when I arrived, so I sat at a high-top table. I should have moved, because can you imagine getting up and down after two 13% beers when you are a person of short stature?!
I didn’t have much room for food at this point; however, I’m always a sucker for grilled veggies. Therefore, I ordered the broccoli, which was perfectly charred and delish.
Tuman’s was the perfect choice for my sole Illinois craft beer week event. The bar is neighborly and offers excellent service. A lovely patio is situated along the side street, offering some respite from bustling Chicago Avenue. I will definitely be a return customer.
Did you know the bar was originally called Tuman's Tavern (aka The Alcohol Abuse Center)? There is even a sign to prove it, which is now housed indoors. The venue received an upgrade in 2012, renaming itself Tuman's Tap & Grill.