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RateBeer's Guide to the Best Beer in Illinois, USA

The following are the regional highlights -- best beers available here, best beers brewed here, events and local RateBeerian info -- for Illinois, USA. This site is interactive, so we encourage you to take part in the rating, addition and correction of the site.



These are the best beers you can find in this region's stores and restaurants based on the availability information provided by RateBeerians in this area. A beer has to have 5 or more ratings to be listed here.
1Rochefort Trappistes 10Brasserie Rochefort4607100
2Goose Island Bourbon County StoutGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)2582100
3Founders Backstage Series # 2: CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)Founders Brewing Company653100
4AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Brewing Company2524100
5Bells Expedition StoutBells Brewery2794100
6Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)Founders Brewing Company1870100
7Bells Black Note StoutBells Brewery785100
8Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Brewing Company308799.9
9Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - CoffeeGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)85099.9
10North Coast Old Stock Cellar Reserve Brandy BarrelNorth Coast Brewing Company35699.9
11Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch WeaselMikkeller151899.9
12Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Vanilla Rye BarrelGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)13199.9
13Three Floyds Dreadnaught Imperial IPAThree Floyds Brewing Company206499.9
14Deschutes The AbyssDeschutes Brewery147499.9
15Lost Abbey The Angels Share - Bourbon BarrelPort Brewing/Lost Abbey87599.9
16Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout - Oak Aged Great Divide Brewing Company223599.9
17Bells HopslamBells Brewery271399.9
18Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Proprietor’s 2014Goose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)6999.9
19St. Bernardus Abt 12St. Bernardus Brouwerij393899.9
20Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Plead the 5th Imperial StoutDark Horse Brewing Company40499.9
21Three Floyds Zombie DustThree Floyds Brewing Company115299.9
22Firestone Walker ParabolaFirestone Walker Brewing Co.96099.9
23North Coast Old Rasputin Anniversary Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout North Coast Brewing Company103899.9
24Struise Pannepot ReservaDe Struise Brouwers93599.9
25Surly DarknessSurly Brewing Company95699.9


These are the best beers, as rated by RateBeerians everywhere, that are brewed by the brewers of this area. A beer has to have 5 or more ratings to be listed here.
1Goose Island Bourbon County StoutGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)2582100
2Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - CoffeeGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)85099.9
3Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Proprietor’s 2014Goose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)6999.9
4Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Vanilla Rye BarrelGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)13199.9
5Goose Island Bourbon County BarleywineGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)55099.9
6Goose Island Night StalkerGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)75699.7
7Rock Bottom Chicago Redline Imperial Bourbon StoutRock Bottom Chicago10499.6
8Pipeworks Citra Imperial IPAPipeworks Brewing Company9999.6
9Pipeworks Ninja vs. Unicorn Double IPAPipeworks Brewing Company32499.6
10Goose Island Imperial IPAGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)64699.6
11Half Acre Galactic Double Daisy CutterHalf Acre Beer Company9199.5
12Flossmoor Station Bourbon Barrel-Aged Hi-Fi Rye WineFlossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery15299.3
13Half Acre Double Daisy CutterHalf Acre Beer Company14799.3
14Pipeworks Unicorn Galaxy Imperial IPAPipeworks Brewing Company7599.3
15Revolution Barrel Aged Institutionalized Barley WineRevolution Brewing Company11099.3
16Goose Island JulietGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)48099.2
17Haymarket Indignant Imperial Stout - Bourbon BarrelHaymarket Pub & Brewery5499.1
18Goose Island LolitaGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)53699.1
19Flossmoor Station Pretty Big IPAFlossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery6999
20Goose Island Big John Imperial StoutGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)42799
21Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Napa CountyGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)1999
22Goose Island Halia Goose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)18299
23Pipeworks Close Encounter Pipeworks Brewing Company12398.9
24Goose Island Madame RoseGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)40298.9
25Revolution Unsessionable Imperial IPARevolution Brewing Company5098.9

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 crossovert 8349
TheAlum TheAlumAurora 6053
 CornfieldOak Forest 5570


Get out and experience craft beer at area festivals, tastings and gatherings.
  Event  City  Date 
Flash Back Fridays   Chicago  3/6/2015 
Friday After Class   Chicago  3/6/2015 
Scratch Second Anniversary Party   Ava  3/7/2015 
Stout Fest 2015   Chicago  3/14/2015 
St. Patrick’s Day   Chicago  3/14/2015 
Breakfast of Champions with Founders Brewing   Chicago  3/22/2015 
Saturday Night Concert Series   Chicago  3/28/2015 
3rd Annual Grayslake Craft Beer Festival   Grayslake  5/30/2015 
The Grove Craft Beer & Wine Festival   Glenview, IL 60025  7/17/2015 
10 Big Muddy Monster Brew Fest   Murphysboro  10/17/2015 
11 Bells Brewery Tap Takeover   Rockford  11/11/2103 

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Looking for great beer near you? Check out these stores recommended by other beer enthusiasts like you.
  Place  City  Phone 
Picks Liquors   Carbondale  () 618 549-4332 
Artale Wine Co.   Rockford  (815) 815 877-9463 
Vineyard Liquors   Plano  () 630-552-8878 
The Beer Temple   Chicago  () 773 754-0907 
June Restaurant   Peoria  () 309 682-5863 

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