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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.
1Bells Black Note StoutBells Brewery746100
2Rochefort Trappistes 10Brasserie Rochefort4382100
3Goose Island Bourbon County StoutGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)2432100
4AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Brewing Company2390100
5Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)Founders Brewing Company1802100
6Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Proprietor’s 2013Goose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)173100
7Bells Expedition StoutBells Brewery2705100
8Bells HopslamBells Brewery261399.9
9Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Brewing Company289599.9
10Firestone Walker ParabolaFirestone Walker Brewing Co.91399.9
11Deschutes The AbyssDeschutes Brewery139799.9
12Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch WeaselMikkeller141499.9
13St. Bernardus Abt 12St. Bernardus Brouwerij374499.9
14Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout Great Divide Brewing Company216999.9
15Struise Pannepot ReservaDe Struise Brouwers87699.9
16Three Floyds Dreadnaught Imperial IPAThree Floyds Brewing Company200699.9
17Three Floyds Zombie DustThree Floyds Brewing Company104999.9
18Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - CoffeeGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)76999.9
19Lost Abbey The Angels Share (Bourbon Barrel)Port Brewing/Lost Abbey83499.9
20North Coast Old Stock Cellar Reserve Brandy BarrelNorth Coast Brewing Company32099.9
21Surly DarknessSurly Brewing Company92999.9
22Founders Imperial StoutFounders Brewing Company166099.9
23North Coast Old Rasputin Anniversary Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout North Coast Brewing Company99799.9
24Goose Island Bourbon County BarleywineGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)45599.9
25Oskar Blues Ten FIDYOskar Blues Brewery205499.9


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)2432100
2Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Proprietor’s 2013Goose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)173100
3Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - CoffeeGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)76999.9
4Goose Island Bourbon County BarleywineGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)45599.9
5Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Backyard Rye BarrelGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)21399.8
6Goose Island Night StalkerGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)74599.7
7Rock Bottom Chicago Redline Imperial Bourbon StoutRock Bottom Chicago10499.6
8Pipeworks Citra Imperial IPAPipeworks Brewing Company8399.6
9Pipeworks Ninja vs. Unicorn Double IPAPipeworks Brewing Company27299.6
10Goose Island Imperial IPAGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)64599.6
11Half Acre Galactic Double Daisy CutterHalf Acre Beer Company9199.5
12Flossmoor Station Bourbon Barrel-Aged Hi-Fi Rye WineFlossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery14599.3
13Pipeworks Unicorn Galaxy Imperial IPAPipeworks Brewing Company6799.3
14Half Acre Double Daisy CutterHalf Acre Beer Company14399.2
15Revolution Barrel Aged Institutionalized Barley WineRevolution Brewing Company9399.2
16Goose Island JulietGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)45199.2
17Haymarket Indignant Imperial Stout - Bourbon BarrelHaymarket Pub & Brewery5099.1
18Goose Island LolitaGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)50399.1
19Flossmoor Station Pretty Big IPAFlossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery6999
20Revolution Bean GeneRevolution Brewing Company8599
21Pipeworks Close Encounter Pipeworks Brewing Company12398.9
22Goose Island Big John Imperial StoutGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)40698.9
23Pipeworks Coffee Break Abduction Imperial StoutPipeworks Brewing Company19798.9
24Goose Island Halia Goose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)16998.9
25Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Napa CountyGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)1898.8

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 crossovert 7200
TheAlum TheAlumAurora 5672
 CornfieldOak Forest 5465


Get out and experience craft beer at area festivals, tastings and gatherings.
  Event  City  Date 
Firestone Walker/3 Floyds Night!   Chicago  8/21/2014 
Bruegala   Bloomington  8/22/2014 
Bucktown Arts Fest Craft Beer Tent   Chicago  8/23/2014 
Doti Liquors’ 6th Annual Big Beer Tasting   Elmhurst  8/24/2014 
Beer Maker’s Dinner   Aurora  8/24/2014 
Bruery Two Ways   Chicago  8/28/2014 
Labor Day Gose Wild!   Chicago  9/1/2014 
SOB Festival   Springfield  9/6/2014 
Logan Square Beer Fest   Chicago  9/20/2014 
10 Terrible Twos: Jerry’s Andersonville’s Second Anniversary   Chicago  9/20/2014 
11 12th Annual Festival of Wood & Barrel Aged Beers (FoBAB)   Chicago   11/14/2014 
12 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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