How is it that I have never been to “Malt Row” until a couple of months ago? I blame this utter lack of knowledge on the city’s massive number of breweries, but hey, I am not complaining.
Stout releases called my name
Begyle Brewing has showcased some impeccable stouts lately, which has prompted me to visit twice. My first visit was to try one of the 2021 Imperial Pajamas variants released in March. I chose the Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Stout, and it’s a winner. This well-balanced, flavorful beer is coffee and chocolate forward.
In May, I attended the 2021 Barrel Aged Snooze Button Release. There were two variants available (Bourbon and Rye), and of course, I had to sample both. These were two of the best barrel-aged beers I have had, and I plan to make these releases a tradition.
Two outdoor seating areas
Please be aware that Begyle continues to follow COVID safety precautions, and the rules are laid out on a sandwich board. They offer a nice sidewalk patio with a walk-up window for ordering. The brewery also has a spacious beer garden with umbrella tables.
So many beers to try
Aside from the dark beers, they also brew several IPAs, a Saison, a Blonde Ale, Cider, and more. After my impressive visits, I look forward to experimenting with more of their beers. Thanks for the great intro to Malt Row!
There are a few pieces of art nearby that are worth taking a look at. First, head south on N Ravenswood, and you will run into CarGuys Auto Repair at 4800 N Ravenswood, where you can view these two fun-loving pieces.
Continue south to 1800 W Irving Park Rd to see a gorgeous patio mural. Unfortunately, Maderos Latin Grill & Bar closed permanently, so check this beauty out before it disappears.
A spectacular mural will greet you about 10 minutes from this point. Take a left on W Irving Park Rd and then a right on N Ashland. As soon as you turn the corner, you will see this phenomenal piece by Ella & Pitr at Ten Cat Tavern (3931 N Ashland).
Cheers and happy hunting, beer and art lovers!