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Local Option Sky Burial 9%2/7/2016
Three Floyds Alien Porter5.7%2/6/2016
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Hawaiian12%2/6/2016
Central Waters / Local Option La Petite Mort9.04%2/5/2016
HammerHeart Gorm the Old7.4%2/5/2016
Pipeworks Lil Citra4.9%2/5/2016
Vander Mill Hard Apple Cider7%1/22/2016
Mikkeller Nelson Sauvin Brut9%1/21/2016
Surly Darkness9.6%1/21/2016
Surly Brett Mikkelís IPA7.5%1/21/2016
Allagash Evora9%1/21/2016
Mikkeller Beer Geek Cocoa Shake12.1%1/21/2016
Prairie Bomb! - (Balcones Barrel Aged)13%1/21/2016
Three Floyds Flying Tigersault4.8%1/17/2016
Three Floyds War Mullet 8.1%1/17/2016
Spiteful Working For The Weekend7.9%1/17/2016
Pipeworks Spotted Puffer9.5%1/17/2016
Prairie Bomb!13%1/17/2016
Penrose Fractal / Belgian IPA7%1/17/2016
Jolly Pumpkin Luciernaga (The Firefly)6.5%1/17/2016
Logsdon Far West Vlaming6.5%1/17/2016
Logsdon Seizoen Bretta8%1/17/2016
Logsdon Seizoen7.5%1/17/2016
Half Acre Gin Barrel Aged Pony Pilsner0%1/17/2016
Green Flash / Alpine Handshake IPA7%1/17/2016
Founders Backwoods Bastard11.6%1/17/2016
Firestone Walker 19 (XIX Nineteenth Anniversary Ale)13.8%1/17/2016
Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout7.5%1/17/2016
Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin5.5%1/17/2016
Chimay Bleue (Blue) / Grande Rťserve9%1/17/2016
Alpine Beer Company Duet 7%1/17/2016
Almanac Saison de Brettaville7.2%1/17/2016
Almanac Farmerís Reserve Blueberry7%1/17/2016
Central Waters Brewerís Reserve Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale0%1/17/2016
Alvinne Cuvťe Freddy8%1/17/2016
Local Option Outlawger5%1/4/2016
Three Floyds Amber Smashed Face7%1/4/2016
Goose Island Madame Rose6.5%1/1/2016
Allagash Little Brett4.5%12/31/2015
Pipeworks The Jones Dog (12 Year Elijah Craig Barrel Aged)13%12/31/2015
Pipeworks The Last Kiss (Bourbon Barrel Aged)11%12/31/2015
Pipeworks The Murderous (Bourbon Barrel Aged)11%12/31/2015
Oude Quetsche Tilquin ŗ líAncienne avec Prunes de Namur6.4%12/31/2015
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Vanilla Rye Barrel14.2%12/31/2015
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Proprietorís 201414.1%12/31/2015
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Regal Rye Barrel13.5%12/31/2015
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare 201514.5%12/31/2015
Scratch Wild Grapevine Wee Heavy0%12/8/2015
Scratch Forest Saison5.8%12/8/2015
Prairie Flare5.4%12/3/2015
Three Floyds Zombie Dust6.2%12/3/2015
St. Bernardus Christmas Ale10%12/3/2015
Maine Beer Lunch7%12/3/2015
Pipeworks Santa vs. Unicorn American Barleywine10%12/3/2015
Maine Beer Mean Old Tom6.5%12/3/2015
Maine Beer Peeper Ale5.5%12/3/2015
Prairie Christmas Bomb!11.5%12/3/2015
Port Brewing Santas Little Helper - Bourbon Barrel12%12/3/2015
Pipeworks Killer Queen9.5%12/3/2015
Maine Beer Zoe7.2%12/3/2015
BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien (2014)11%12/3/2015
Local Option die KŲnigin6.5%12/3/2015
Local Option Exorcist8.5%12/3/2015
Local Option Walk Ov Shame5.8%12/3/2015
Logsdon The Conversion7.8%12/3/2015
Founders Nitro Oatmeal Stout4.5%12/3/2015
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout14.2%12/3/2015
Allagash Confluence Ale7.4%12/3/2015
Allagash Victor9.3%12/3/2015
Allagash Interlude9.5%12/3/2015
Allagash Victoria Ale9%12/3/2015
Alvinne Phi 10%12/3/2015
Siren / Crooked Stave All Bretts Are Off4.5%11/25/2015
Surly Abrasive Ale9%11/25/2015
Penrose Wild XVIII0%11/25/2015
Pipeworks Hyper Dog 7.5%11/25/2015
Nebraska Reserve Series Black Betty Russian Imperial Stout11.3%11/25/2015
Pipeworks Mocha Abduction10.5%11/25/2015
Lost Abbey The Angels Share12.5%11/25/2015
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Proprietorís 201514.1%11/25/2015
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Coffee13.4%11/25/2015
Half Acre Double Daisy Cutter8%11/25/2015
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Backyard Rye Barrel12.7%11/25/2015
Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine12.1%11/25/2015
Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine - Coffee12.5%11/25/2015
Evil Twin Imperial Doughnut Break11.5%11/25/2015
Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break11.5%11/25/2015
Evil Twin Even More Jesus12%11/25/2015
De Dolle Stille Nacht12%11/25/2015
AleSmith Old Numbskull11%11/25/2015
Dark Horse Mariachi Bubble Transporter6.75%11/25/2015
Three Floyds Arctic Panzer Wolf9%11/19/2015
Three Floyds Dreadnaught Imperial IPA9.5%11/19/2015
Great Divide Fresh Hop Pale Ale6.1%11/19/2015
Pipeworks Mosaic10%11/19/2015
Oude MŻre Tilquin ŗ líAncienne6.4%11/11/2015
Oude Quetsche Tilquin ŗ líAncienne 6.4%11/11/2015
Surly / Amager Todd - The Axe Man (Surly Version)7.2%11/8/2015
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee12%11/8/2015
Pipeworks Twin Pines Mall8%11/3/2015
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
dinkle50  (79) Chicago, Illinois | February 6, 2016
I really like this place. Probably the best beer bar in Chicago. The wings are really tasty here. So are any of the tacos or Poí Boys Massive selection, great staff, better beer. The only downside is it is a bit pricey, and sometimes the metal is very loud. I go here often though, and do enjoy about everything about this place.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis  (638) Sunnyvale, California | January 4, 2016
First drinking stop of the day. Unassuming exterior in a slow part of town. Free street parking (I parked around the corner) doesnít seem to be too hard. Nice ambiance, beers on a board near the bar, but you need to get up and walk over to read them properly. No ABV information shown. I donít know about heavy metal ambiance; they were playing 70ís soft rock when I was there. Prices are kind of up there, but then again I am not sure what is normal for Chicago. They do have a kitchen, but it is not open on Mondays. Place was pretty dead when I was there on a Monday afternoon. Worth a stop for sure, for the taplist alone.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
probsolvr  (14) , | January 1, 2016
In addition to their own beers, they are know for their aggressive tap selection and heavy metal ambiance. Perhaps an acquired taste, but I love it.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
rulas3  (53) Madrid, Spain | December 13, 2015
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
blueskunk  (10) Huntley, Illinois | July 7, 2015
Parking is easy to find, and ambiance is par. Selection isnít huge, but is pretty diverse, so itís not hard to find something. Iíve had tap issues prevent me from trying a couple beers here before. Service can be spotty. Theyíre either really on top of things or you canít find them for 10 minutes and you leave cash on the table and bail. I think they get bored when itís slow. Definitely worth checking out, but not a favorite overall.
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Sdaniel90  (19) Mexico City, Mexico | June 13, 2015
Cozy place in the suburbs thatís 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.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk  (277) Washington D.C., Washington DC | April 20, 2015| Updated July 30, 2015
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 brewpubís 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.
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
jenray  (24) Houston, Texas | April 18, 2015
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. Didnít try the food. Service the night we were there was friendly. Iíd love to go back next time in Chicago.
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
notalush  (388) Denver, Colorado | March 29, 2015
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 - heíd point at me to see if I wanted anything - monosyllabic communication - I did not try the food, as Iíd 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 Iím glad I visited, but I probably wouldnít return here - in hindsight, I should have just stayed at Goose Island and had some more (less expensive) beers in a more comfortable environment.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • OVERALL 18/20
theisti  (700) Kansas | March 2, 2015
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.

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