I discovered Lo Rez Brewing while scoping out the extraordinary Pilsen art scene in 2019. I wrote about them at that time because I was impressed during my visit. The brewery reopened at the end of March, and I had to stop in for a beer on a gorgeous spring day (and share the good news).
The taproom experience
Lo Rez loves artists, dogs, and kids. Don’t worry if you don’t fall into any of these categories, as you are still welcome. The taproom is a funky, warehouse-style structure with lots of exposed brick. It’s comfy and open with seating that includes picnic tables, bar stools, and sofas. The staff takes COVID precautions seriously and made me feel safe. For everyone’s convenience, there is a bottle of hand sanitizer on each table.
Chill patio vibes
The patio space is pleasant in every way and wheelchair accessible. It’s the type of place where you want to linger as long as possible. It’s tastefully decorated with red accents and string lights. I love that it’s covered so inclement weather doesn’t deter you from visiting.
What does Lo Rez serve?
The taproom menu offers many beer styles (drafts and cans) including Belgian Inspired, Tart/Sour/Wild, Hoppy, Roasty/Barrel-Aged, and Lager/Session/Gluten-Free. As you can see, the possibilities are endless for beer enthusiasts. There is a limited snack menu that includes two cheese flights. You may also bring your own food or ask one of the friendly bartenders for delivery menu options.
When the label art matches the beer
I knew the beer I would order before I arrived because I’m obsessed with barrel-aged beers. Far North Declaration is an imperial stout aged in Far North Spirits rye whiskey barrels for 12 months. The 2020 version will tempt your palate with dark chocolate, black cherry, and vanilla notes. I bought some of this tasty beer to go, excited all over again when I saw the can. The amazing label art, entitled The Guardian, is by @fedzart.
Whether or not you need to “go,” the bathrooms are worthy of checking out. You can expect an art-filled experience that will put a smile on your face, and here’s a teaser.
I become more enamored with Pilsen after every visit, and Lo Rez Brewing is one of the reasons the neighborhood is special. Cheers, fellow beer lovers!