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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.
1Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Proprietor’s 2013Goose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)191100
2Bells Black Note StoutBells Brewery761100
3Rochefort Trappistes 10Brasserie Rochefort4451100
4Goose Island Bourbon County StoutGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)2457100
5Bells Expedition StoutBells Brewery2731100
6Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)Founders Brewing Company1839100
7AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Brewing Company2429100
8Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch WeaselMikkeller145199.9
9Bells HopslamBells Brewery262599.9
10North Coast Old Stock Cellar Reserve Brandy BarrelNorth Coast Brewing Company34199.9
11Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout Great Divide Brewing Company218199.9
12Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Brewing Company294099.9
13Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - CoffeeGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)79399.9
14Deschutes The AbyssDeschutes Brewery141199.9
15St. Bernardus Abt 12St. Bernardus Brouwerij380899.9
16Three Floyds Dreadnaught Imperial IPAThree Floyds Brewing Company203599.9
17Firestone Walker ParabolaFirestone Walker Brewing Co.92399.9
18Surly DarknessSurly Brewing Company94499.9
19Struise Pannepot ReservaDe Struise Brouwers90299.9
20Three Floyds Zombie DustThree Floyds Brewing Company108799.9
21AleSmith IPAAleSmith Brewing Company191299.9
22Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutGreat Divide Brewing Company124499.9
23Hoppin Frog Barrel Aged BORIS The Crusher Hoppin’ Frog Brewery87299.9
24Struise Black AlbertDe Struise Brouwers137599.9
25Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti BreakEvil Twin Brewing61199.9


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)2457100
2Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Proprietor’s 2013Goose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)191100
3Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - CoffeeGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)79399.9
4Goose Island Bourbon County BarleywineGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)47899.9
5Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Backyard Rye BarrelGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)23899.8
6Goose Island Night StalkerGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)74899.7
7Rock Bottom Chicago Redline Imperial Bourbon StoutRock Bottom Chicago10499.6
8Pipeworks Citra Imperial IPAPipeworks Brewing Company9199.6
9Pipeworks Ninja vs. Unicorn Double IPAPipeworks Brewing Company28299.6
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 & Brewery14699.3
13Pipeworks Unicorn Galaxy Imperial IPAPipeworks Brewing Company7299.3
14Half Acre Double Daisy CutterHalf Acre Beer Company14399.2
15Revolution Barrel Aged Institutionalized Barley WineRevolution Brewing Company9499.2
16Goose Island JulietGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)45999.2
17Haymarket Indignant Imperial Stout - Bourbon BarrelHaymarket Pub & Brewery5099.1
18Goose Island LolitaGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)51499.1
19Flossmoor Station Pretty Big IPAFlossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery6999
20Revolution Bean GeneRevolution Brewing Company8699
21Goose Island Big John Imperial StoutGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)41299
22Goose Island Halia Goose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)17499
23Pipeworks Close Encounter Pipeworks Brewing Company12398.9
24Pipeworks Coffee Break Abduction Imperial StoutPipeworks Brewing Company20198.8
25Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Napa CountyGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)1898.8

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 crossovert 7563
TheAlum TheAlumAurora 5833
 CornfieldOak Forest 5497


Get out and experience craft beer at area festivals, tastings and gatherings.
  Event  City  Date 
Founders Speciality Beer Tapping   Chicago  10/28/2014 
Brewery Collectibles Show   Elk Grove Village  11/9/2014 
Baller Barrel-Aged Beer Bash   Chicago  11/13/2014 
12th Annual Festival of Wood & Barrel Aged Beers (FoBAB)   Chicago   11/14/2014 
Krampus Baller Beer Bash!   Chicago  12/6/2014 
Krampus Baller Beer Bash!   Chicago  12/6/2014 
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 
June Restaurant   Peoria  () 309 682-5863 
Binny’s Beverage Depot - Algonquin   Algonquin  (847) 847 458-2470 

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