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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.
1AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Brewing Company2553100
2Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)Founders Brewing Company1929100
3Bells Black Note StoutBells Brewery789100
4Founders Backstage Series # 2: CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)Founders Brewing Company684100
5Bells Expedition StoutBells Brewery2813100
6Rochefort Trappistes 10Brasserie Rochefort4666100
7Goose Island Bourbon County StoutGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)2604100
8Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Brewing Company312499.9
9Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Proprietor’s 2014Goose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)8899.9
10Three Floyds Zombie DustThree Floyds Brewing Company118099.9
11Surly DarknessSurly Brewing Company96799.9
12Deschutes The AbyssDeschutes Brewery148799.9
13Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Plead the 5th Imperial StoutDark Horse Brewing Company41699.9
14St. Bernardus Abt 12St. Bernardus Brouwerij397899.9
15Three Floyds Dreadnaught Imperial IPAThree Floyds Brewing Company207499.9
16Bells HopslamBells Brewery274699.9
17Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout - Oak Aged Great Divide Brewing Company225399.9
18Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Vanilla Rye BarrelGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)14899.9
19Lost Abbey The Angels Share - Bourbon BarrelPort Brewing/Lost Abbey88399.9
20Firestone Walker ParabolaFirestone Walker Brewing Co.97599.9
21Struise Pannepot ReservaDe Struise Brouwers96999.9
22Avery Tweak (Meph Addict)Avery Brewing Company15899.9
23Lost Abbey DeliverancePort Brewing/Lost Abbey69599.9
24Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti BreakEvil Twin Brewing65799.9
25Firestone Walker SucabaFirestone Walker Brewing Co.80699.9


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)2604100
2Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - CoffeeGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)86199.9
3Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Proprietor’s 2014Goose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)8899.9
4Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Vanilla Rye BarrelGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)14899.9
5Goose Island Bourbon County BarleywineGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)56799.9
6Goose Island Night StalkerGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)76199.7
7Rock Bottom Chicago Redline Imperial Bourbon StoutRock Bottom Chicago10499.6
8Pipeworks Citra Imperial IPAPipeworks Brewing Company9999.6
9Pipeworks Ninja vs. Unicorn Double IPAPipeworks Brewing Company32999.6
10Goose Island Imperial IPAGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)64699.6
11Half Acre Galactic Double Daisy CutterHalf Acre Beer Company9199.5
12Half Acre Double Daisy CutterHalf Acre Beer Company15399.3
13Pipeworks Unicorn Galaxy Imperial IPAPipeworks Brewing Company7599.3
14Revolution Barrel Aged Institutionalized Barley WineRevolution Brewing Company11299.3
15Goose Island JulietGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)48199.2
16Revolution Deth’s TarRevolution Brewing Company9299.1
17Haymarket Indignant Imperial Stout - Bourbon BarrelHaymarket Pub & Brewery5499.1
18Goose Island LolitaGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)54099.1
19Goose Island Halia Goose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)18799
20Flossmoor Station Pretty Big IPAFlossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery6999
21Goose Island Big John Imperial StoutGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)43899
22Wild Blossom Nau-t-gal / Nau-t-guyWild Blossom Meadery & Winery8298.9
23Pipeworks The Jones Dog (Bourbon Barrel Aged)Pipeworks Brewing Company4298.9
24Destihl Saint Dekkera Barrel Reserve Sour: Fraise (Strawberry)Destihl Brewery4498.9
25Pipeworks Close Encounter Pipeworks Brewing Company12498.9

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 crossovert 8675
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 CornfieldOak Forest 5570


Get out and experience craft beer at area festivals, tastings and gatherings.
  Event  City  Date 
3 Floyds Tap Takeover @ Division Ale House   Chicago  4/30/2015 
Founders Brewing Co. Limited Release Tap Takeover/Chicago Craft Beer Week Pre-Party    Chicago  5/13/2015 
Lagunitas CCBW BBQ Beer dinner   Chicago  5/21/2015 
The Day After   Chicago  5/25/2015 
3rd Annual Grayslake Craft Beer Festival   Grayslake  5/30/2015 
The Grove Craft Beer & Wine Festival   Glenview, IL 60025  7/17/2015 
The Grove Craft Beer & Wine Festival   Glenview, IL 60025  7/17/2015 
Highwood Craft Beer Festival   Highwood  9/12/2015 
AHA Rally at Lagunitas Brewing Co. - Chicago   Chicago  10/4/2015 
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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