Category: Craft beer bars

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 »

Midnight Orange at Jefferson Tap

I was minding my own business checking out some fresh paint when I decided to peruse Untapped. When what to my wondering eyes did appear but a 2018 Bourbon County Variant.  I had yet to try any of the new versions and Midnight Orange Stout was calling my name at Jefferson Tap & Grille. For... 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 »

Get Nautical at Ironside Bar and Galley

Ironside Bar & Galley in the River North neighborhood mimics many of the pubs I have visited in Europe. You will immediately appreciate the patio featuring flower boxes, wrought iron accents, and hanging vines. I admire the unique, nautical themed decor, and even though there are numerous TVs, they didn’t make for a loud environment during... Read more »

Kasey's Tavern - Where Everyone Knows Your Name

Kasey’s Tavern is an unassuming neighborhood bar in the Printer’s Row/South Loop neighborhood. I was studying the top-notch draft list in advance and was on cloud nine after perusing the tempting options. Upon arrival, I was extremely impressed with Nicole, the sole bartender, who was taking care of customers inside and out. The moment I walked... Read more »
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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 »

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 »
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Get Cozy at The Aberdeen Tap

I was seriously crushing on the new murals recently added to the Hubbard Street Mural Project. The weather was sticky and I was yearning for a beer to quench my thirst. Out of the blue appears this corner pub beckoning me inside. Upon entry, a Beatles’ favorite “A Hard Day’s Night” was playing and I... Read more »