Category: Chicago Breweries

Dive in at Local Option

As Joan Jett would say, I love rock ‘n’ roll. Local Option is a solid place to imbibe on first-rate craft beer while listening to legendary soundtracks like Aerosmith. This metal-themed dive bar in Lincoln Park is a great place to play headbanger while salivating over the 25+ unique beers listed on the chalkboard. You would... Read more »

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,... Read more »

Who's Tapping What This Weekend

Who’s tapping what this weekend? Get ’em before they are gone! Hopleaf Bar Hopleaf is tapping some coveted/rare coffee stouts at noon on Sunday, March 31. Monday is April Fool’s Day, so a good day to call in sick perhaps? Mornin’ Latte from Toppling Goliath Coffee Dino S’mores from Off Color Most Important Beverage from... Read more »
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Who's Tapping What This Week

My newest goal is to share weekly unique tappings and/or events at some of my favored establishments. Centennial Crafted Beer & Eatery Celebrate their 2nd birthday on Friday, March 8th, with special tappings to include: Darkness by Surly (Russian Imperial Stout with a BA rating of 4.48) Lunch by Maine  (IPA with a BA rating... Read more »

OCTOPI HAS A NEW BREWMASTER & HIS NAME IS JARED

While the ideal time to visit Octopi Brewing is during patio season, I couldn’t resist a road trip to the country on a snowy Sunday.  Octopi is located in Waunakee, WI, just a short drive from downtown Madison. After learning that Goose Island’s brewmaster, Jared Jankoski, was heading north to join Octopi, I couldn’t wait.... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

Deth's Tar Deep Wood Series Release

This past weekend I had the utmost pleasure of attending my first release at Revolution Brewing Brewery & Taproom. I have spent countless days imbibing at the brewpub on Milwaukee Avenue but had never been to the Kedzie Avenue location. I was enthusiastically anticipating this for weeks and couldn’t wait to get my taste buds... 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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Fist Bump at Revolution Brewpub

Revolution Brewing produces interesting, top-rate beers and they are one of my favorite breweries. My recent visit to their fine Logan Square establishment was twofold – beer and street art. The brewpub is conveniently located within walking distance to the California blue line stop. The space is warm and inviting, and the tap handles are... Read more »