The RateBeer 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 KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)Founders Brewing Company2311100
2Goose Island Bourbon County StoutGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)2767100
3AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Brewing Company2799100
4Bells Expedition StoutBells Brewery3008100
5Rochefort Trappistes 10Brasserie Rochefort5023100
6Bells HopslamBells Brewery284499.9
7Surly DarknessSurly Brewing Company102899.9
8AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese CoffeeAleSmith Brewing Company40199.9
9Rodenbach AlexanderBrouwerij Rodenbach (Palm)44399.9
10Three Floyds Dreadnaught Imperial IPAThree Floyds Brewing Company213999.9
11Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - CoffeeGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)93699.9
12Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch WeaselMikkeller169899.9
13Firestone Walker ParabolaFirestone Walker Brewing (Duvel Moortgat)105499.9
14Perennial Barrel Aged AbraxasPerennial Artisan Ales20299.9
15Dieu du Ciel Péché Mortel Dieu du Ciel212699.9
16AleSmith Speedway Stout - HawaiianAleSmith Brewing Company26799.9
17Struise PannepotDe Struise Brouwers210799.9
18Stone Imperial Russian StoutStone Brewing309199.9
19Struise Pannepot ReservaDe Struise Brouwers110999.9
20Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Brewing Company333599.9
21Prairie Bomb!Prairie Artisan Ales98899.9
22Struise Black AlbertDe Struise Brouwers157999.9
23Avery Uncle Jacob’s StoutAvery Brewing Company48899.9
24Three Floyds Zombie DustThree Floyds Brewing Company132599.9
25Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare 2015Goose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)10699.9


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)2767100
2Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - CoffeeGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)93699.9
3Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare 2015Goose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)10699.9
4Goose Island Bourbon County BarleywineGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)64599.9
5Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Regal Rye BarrelGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)12799.7
6Goose Island CthulhuGoose Island Beer Company (Brewpubs) AB-Inbev3199.7
7Goose Island Night StalkerGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)77799.7
8Pipeworks Citra Imperial IPAPipeworks Brewing Company11599.6
9Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Templeton Rye BarrelGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)3399.5
10Pipeworks Ninja vs. Unicorn Double IPAPipeworks Brewing Company44299.5
11Goose Island Imperial IPAGoose Island Beer Company (AB-InBev)65099.5
12Goose Island NutulhuGoose Island Beer Company (Brewpubs) AB-Inbev2099.5
13Half Acre Galactic Double Daisy CutterHalf Acre Beer Company10999.5
14Pipeworks Crimson SnapperPipeworks Brewing Company4699.4
15Destihl Dosvidanya Russian Imperial StoutDestihl Brewery4299.4
16Pipeworks Unicorn Galaxy Imperial IPAPipeworks Brewing Company7799.4
17Haymarket Clare’s Thirsty AleHaymarket Pub & Brewery2599.3
18Revolution Barrel Aged Institutionalized Barley WineRevolution Brewing Company13399.3
19Haymarket Indignant Imperial Stout - Bourbon BarrelHaymarket Pub & Brewery5999.3
20Half Acre Beer Hates AstronautsHalf Acre Beer Company3799.2
21Half Acre Double Daisy CutterHalf Acre Beer Company19299.2
22Goose Island BrettanomiteGoose Island Beer Company (Brewpubs) AB-Inbev3799.1
23Revolution Deth’s TarRevolution Brewing Company12999.1
24Flossmoor Station Pretty Big IPAFlossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery6999
25Pipeworks / 4 Hands Black TunaPipeworks Brewing Company1898.9


A list of the RateBeerians from this area with the most beer ratings. These are great people to contact to better get to know beer in this area.

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Get out and experience craft beer at area festivals, tastings and gatherings.
Clark Street Ale House Bocce League Night
Chicago 7/27/2016
Lisle Ale Fest
Lisle 9/24/2016
Logan Square Beer Fest
Chicago 10/1/2016
Woodstock Ale Fest
Wooodstock 10/1/2016
Witch Craft Beer Fest
Geneva 10/29/2016
Brew Year’s Eve (City & Suburban locations)  
Chicago and Elgin 12/31/2016
Bells Brewery Tap Takeover
Rockford 11/11/2103

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Elijah P’s Burgers & Brews
Alton () (618) 433-8445
The Beer Temple
Chicago () 773 754-0907