Category: Craft beer bars

Beer and a Biscuit at Swill Inn

I have been eagerly anticipating what was going to replace the Paramount Room, one of my old hangouts. The building sits near my beloved B_Line (an ever-changing myriad of murals), so I’m in the area often. I was ecstatic when I spied the eye-catching sign for the Swill Inn. The sign is actually filled with barrel strength... Read more »

Simone's - Where Art Meets Beer

I have been patronizing Simone’s for about 10 years, so it’s high time I shared a post about them. Simone’s appreciation for the arts and funky decor initially drew me in. They work diligently to showcase local artist’s work throughout the venue right down to the menu. You can even admire a colorful exterior wall while... Read more »

Frietkoten Took Me Back to Brussels

I have been patronizing the Chicago French Market for years, yet just recently learned about Frietkoten. This quaint little Belgian bar tucked inside the market had me reminiscing about drinking a 12 (quadruple by Westvleteren) at Au Bon Vieux Temps in Brussels. HOW TO ORDER I arrived upon opening to beat the lunch crowd. The staff was... Read more »
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Rare Pipeworks Beer at Tuman's

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... Read more »

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 »

Learn to Pour at Navigator Taproom

Walking into the Navigator Taproom mimics the excitement of a kid entering a candy store. There’s a lot to take in when your eyes start to survey this gleaming, warehouse-style bar. Venue features include large, communal tables, board games, a popcorn machine, a full cocktail bar, and the impressive pouring wall (where the magic happens). The taproom... Read more »
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Who's Tapping What This Week

The staff at Bar on Buena took a field trip to one of my favorite Wisconsin breweries, Three (3) Sheeps, which is their featured brewery of the month. Currently on tap – Waterslides IPA and Cashmere Hammer Nitro Stout Tapping April 9 – Roll Out the Barrel Chardonnay Barrel-aged Golden Ale (Belgian Strong Pale Ale) Tapping April... Read more »

Stand-up Bartenders at Ironside Bar & Galley

I continue to be drawn to Ironside Bar & Galley due to the rare, tempting beers on draft. It also doesn’t hurt that the bar is centrally located in the River North “hood.” I recently discovered one of the venue’s greatest assets, bartender Alex Peters. He had me in stitches while serving up some remarkable... 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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Getting Green at City Winery Riverwalk

Just about everything was coming up green this weekend if you were hanging out on the Riverwalk. I arrived bright and early on Sunday to ensure I would get a prime seat at City Winery Riverwalk for their St. Paddy’s event. The venue kicked off the 2019 season over the holiday weekend. What better place to ogle... Read more »