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Beer Available At Local Option (arranged by most recent)
Dark Horse Bruce’s Spruce , Lost Abbey Box Set: Track #10 (Bat out of Hell) 100, Verzet Oud Bruin 94, Gueuze Tilquin - Draft Version 4.8% 99, Three Floyds Apocalypse Cow 99, Three Floyds Permanent Funeral 100, Three Floyds Alpha Kong 96, Surly Pentagram 98, Scratch Spring Tonic 85, Pipeworks Da Fuzz 93, Pipeworks Crimson Snapper 98, Pipeworks Coffee Break Abduction Imperial Stout 99, Pipeworks Pistachio Abduction , Maine Beer Lunch 100, Local Option Walk Ov Shame 81, Local Option Voku Hila 75, Local Option Outlawger 91, Local Option Mourning Wood 92, Local Option Dampf Loc - Neue Welt Hefe Gerste 72, Local Option Blood ov the Kings 72
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Sdaniel90 (16) Mexico City, Mexico | June 13, 2015
76 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Cozy place in the suburbs that’s easy to get there as a tourist. Dark and broody place with a somewhat bizarre food menu. Selection is decent but not world class. Service is excellent.
solidfunk (213) Washington D.C., Washington DC | April 20, 2015
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Stopped in here for my brief beer moment on a trip to Chicago. This place was definitely great, both for the tap list and bottle menu. Lots of great stuff from the Midwest to drink here. I was unlucky with Three Floyds - the main reason I came - as they only had one of their beers on tap but had a Plead the 5th and some other good stuff as well. No flights here, pint is the smallest size you can get making it difficult to get taste much of the stuff - unfortunately that meant I had to leave out many of the brewpub’s own beers in favor of the other stuff around. Prices are good, some bombers really cheap. Good music, with an old Soundgarden album playing. Friendly locals.
jenray (24) Houston, Texas | April 18, 2015
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
Was there late on a weeknight. Sat at a booth in the back. The place has a dive metal bar atmosphere, which is not usually my thing, but I enjoyed my time here. The beer selection was great and I found several interesting things to try. Prices were a little high. Didn’t try the food. Service the night we were there was friendly. I’d love to go back next time in Chicago.
notalush (379) Denver, Colorado | March 29, 2015
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 13/20
I was a bit surprised by the small and low-key nature of then place, considering their beer is distributed so widely now - not sure exactly what I expected, but this is basically a small beer nerd bar masquerading as a dive metal bar - seems kind of incongruous, really - a chalk board lists the beers - no beer list to tell you the style, description, or prices (because fuck you) - the bartender was willing to describe the beers, but seemed kind of annoyed to do so - the selection had a few imports, a lot of common regional stuff, plus some smaller local stuff like Pipeworks and Half Acre - good assortment, but nothing of world-class caliber - bottle selection seemed decent - service was gruff - not rude (at least not until later), just kind of aloof and coarse - he’d point at me to see if I wanted anything - monosyllabic communication - I did not try the food, as I’d just eaten at Goose Island - beer prices are astronomical - I had two low-gravity beers (a shaker of lager and a ten ounce Belgian single, both local) and the bill came to sixteen bucks (I can only imagine what the imports and higher gravity stuff costs) - actually, from what I could see on the computer behind the counter, it was 15.50, but the bartender told me 16 (because fuck you) - when I handed him my card, he rather rudely told me that there was a 20 dollar minimum on debit/credit cards - naturally, there is no signage anywhere around the bar indicating this (because fuck you) - perhaps seeing that I was taken off guard by this, he told me he would run the card "this time," acting like it was the biggest damn hassle in the world and he was doing me this huge favor - overall, I guess I’m glad I visited, but I probably wouldn’t return here - in hindsight, I should have just stayed at Goose Island and had some more (less expensive) beers in a more comfortable environment.
theisti (616) Leawood, Kansas | March 2, 2015
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Visited mid-afternoon to meet a friend and have a beer. I was the only person in the bar when I got there, and the guy working the bar was very welcoming and friendly. Smaller room, very much a bar layout. Sort of a grunge metal feel to it, though it was very clean. 30 high quality taps, featuring 9 Local Option beers. Food is also available with a Cajun focus. Easily the best draft selection I saw during my weekend trip to Chicago.
88 = ★★★★ (best in area, a must for locals and visitors)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
PMgep (25) Lund, Sweden | February 12, 2015
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
Had a great time here. Gave Alexi a surprise visit and left late, causing a hungover flight to Amsterdam the next day. Great beer, blasting metal in the speakers. I’d come back
cards04 (133) Steinbach, Manitoba | January 23, 2015
84 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
I have to give this place props for the selection and the amazing and rare beer they bring.. I mean they got founders CDN breakfast stout. Awesome. When I went there though.. The music was blaring loud, the service was iffy... And the place was beyond packed... And I realize this was a special occasion.. But it was still kind of annoying. You absolutely have to go here when in town... But brace yourself.
mikem409 (246) bloomfield, Michigan | January 1, 2015
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Neighboorhood dive bar with a massive tap list and some very cool bottles. Very friendly service and loud metal music. I wish this was my corner bar.
theothermatt (44) Lakewood, Colorado | December 25, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Divey Bar and Restaurant by DePaul in a nice area. Plenty of their own beers on tap, along with guys taps. They need to list the style or a description of their beers instead of just a name that tells us nothing. Food was good, and cost was reasonable.
OPIE788 (40) Ohio | December 4, 2014
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Stopped in on Monday to check this place out. It has a legendary reputation in Ohio. Stories of some of the hardest to find beer on the planet being on tap or in bottles any day of the week. Well, it did not disappoint. Aside from their own brews, which are amazing, they had a dozen or so guest beers. I had been trying to get Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin for a few years and there it was. There was no Bourbon County left on the shelves but they had it. Definitely worth the trip. Just a heads up, the kitchen is closed on Mondays.
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