Category: beer flights

Goose Island with a Side of Upton's

I have habitually visited the original Goose Island at Clybourn for years. I thought it was time (a few months back) to check out one of their other venues, choosing Goose Island at Fulton Street. Upon arrival, I was greeted with a menu that immediately had me salivating. Goose Island consistently offers too many lip-smacking... Read more »

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.... Read more »

Where to Drink Beer in Los Angeles

I recently spent a glorious week in warm, sunny, palm tree-lined Los Angeles where there is no shortage of breweries or craft beer. I chose to stay in three different neighborhoods to make things more interesting. My beer consumption exceeded my expectations, which in turn caused me to overindulge more than once. It was totally worth... Read more »
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Come for the Sandwiches, Stay for the Beer

There’s nothing like discovering a kickass bar while you are out wandering and snapping street art. I was in between neighborhoods and feeling quite parched from too much sidewalk stomping. Jerry’s Sandwiches in Andersonville was just what I needed after perusing the stellar draft list and discovering they had a patio.  https://www.beermenus.com/places/6856-jerry-s-andersonville Not just any... Read more »

Catch a Flight at The Florentine

There are so many breweries and craft beer bars in Chicago that it’s easy to overlook a venue tucked away inside a hotel. I’m ecstatic to have discovered The Florentine, located inside JW Marriott Chicago, thanks to the Activate events hosted by the Chicago Loop Alliance. The Florentine is sophisticated, open, and inviting with a... Read more »

Alulu Brewery - Pilsen's Hidden Gem

Alulu Brewery and Pub is relatively new and an absolute hidden gem in Pilsen. When I heard about it, I was intrigued by the food as much as the beer. Upon arrival, I was immediately drawn to the open-air window and attractive patio. The moment I entered I felt at home with instantaneous acknowledgment from the staff.... Read more »
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Get Crafty at Bulldog Ale House

I discovered this newish venue by sheer accident due to the Lollapalooza takeover and so delighted I did. For starters, Bulldog Ale House (State Street location) has a killer patio, allowing you to hone your people watching skills. The wind was out of control during my visit, but not enough to make me move inside;... Read more »

Friendly Vibes at Bar on Buena

I discovered this easygoing watering hole in Buena Park when I lived across the street roughly eight years ago. They make it so effortless to be a repeat customer because it’s like hanging out at a friend’s house. Bar on Buena (BoB) is open and inviting with garage-style windows and a swell patio that welcomes furry... Read more »

Let Your Eyes do the Talking at Ballast Point

I got wind of San Diego’s Ballast Point opening a brewpub in Chicago and I couldn’t stop panting when I read they had a rooftop patio. Summer is here, which means being outside as much as possible with a beer in tow. Bonus points for a patio that offers eye-level captures of the city’s skyscrapers.... Read more »
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Head North to the Biergarten at Olbrich Park

  Everyone knows Chicagoans love to head north to Wisconsin in the summer (the interstate will tell you so). There is a new Biergarten in Madison at Olbrich Park that is not to be missed. It’s located along Lake Monona and offers a fetching view of the Wisconsin State Capitol and skyline. The Biergarten shares the beach... Read more »