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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.
1Founders Backstage Series # 2: CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)Founders Brewing Company642100
2Rochefort Trappistes 10Brasserie Rochefort4573100
3Goose Island Bourbon County StoutGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)2566100
4AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Brewing Company2502100
5Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)Founders Brewing Company1858100
6Bells Expedition StoutBells Brewery2775100
7Bells Black Note StoutBells Brewery782100
8North Coast Old Stock Cellar Reserve Brandy BarrelNorth Coast Brewing Company35399.9
9Deschutes The AbyssDeschutes Brewery145599.9
10Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - CoffeeGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)83899.9
11Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Vanilla Rye BarrelGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)11099.9
12Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch WeaselMikkeller150999.9
13Three Floyds Zombie DustThree Floyds Brewing Company113599.9
14Three Floyds Dreadnaught Imperial IPAThree Floyds Brewing Company206399.9
15Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Brewing Company306099.9
16Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout - Oak Aged Great Divide Brewing Company222199.9
17Surly DarknessSurly Brewing Company95499.9
18Struise Pannepot ReservaDe Struise Brouwers92899.9
19Firestone Walker ParabolaFirestone Walker Brewing Co.94999.9
20Lost Abbey The Angels Share - Bourbon BarrelPort Brewing/Lost Abbey86699.9
21Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Plead the 5th Imperial StoutDark Horse Brewing Company39599.9
22De Molen Hel & Verdoemenis (Wild Turkey)Brouwerij de Molen41299.9
23North Coast Old Rasputin Anniversary Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout North Coast Brewing Company102699.9
24Bells HopslamBells Brewery263599.9
25St. Bernardus Abt 12St. Bernardus Brouwerij391199.9


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)2566100
2Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - CoffeeGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)83899.9
3Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Vanilla Rye BarrelGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)11099.9
4Goose Island Bourbon County BarleywineGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)54399.9
5Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Proprietor’s 2014Goose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)4799.8
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 Company9499.6
9Pipeworks Ninja vs. Unicorn Double IPAPipeworks Brewing Company32099.6
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 & Brewery15199.3
13Pipeworks Unicorn Galaxy Imperial IPAPipeworks Brewing Company7399.3
14Half Acre Double Daisy CutterHalf Acre Beer Company14399.2
15Revolution Barrel Aged Institutionalized Barley WineRevolution Brewing Company10599.2
16Goose Island JulietGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)47999.2
17Haymarket Indignant Imperial Stout - Bourbon BarrelHaymarket Pub & Brewery5499.1
18Goose Island LolitaGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)53399.1
19Flossmoor Station Pretty Big IPAFlossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery6999
20Revolution Bean GeneRevolution Brewing Company9499
21Goose Island Big John Imperial StoutGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)42799
22Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Napa CountyGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)1999
23Goose Island Halia Goose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)18299
24Pipeworks Close Encounter Pipeworks Brewing Company12398.9
25Goose Island Madame RoseGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)39998.9

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Get out and experience craft beer at area festivals, tastings and gatherings.
  Event  City  Date 
Bell’s Hopslam Release Party & Tap Takeover    Chicago  2/4/2015 
Bell’s Hopslam Release Party & Tap Takeover    Chicago  2/4/2015 
Cider Summit Chicago Pre-Party and Tap Takeover at Tuman’s Tap & Grill   Chicago  2/5/2015 
3rd Annual Grayslake Craft Beer Festival   Grayslake  5/30/2015 
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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