Local Option

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Beers At Local Option

Pipeworks Unicorn’s Revenge10%10/20/2016
Surly Darkness9.6%10/19/2016
Three Floyds Space Station Middle Finger6%10/15/2016
Cascade The Vine8.85%10/12/2016
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Hammerhead12%10/12/2016
Brewski Mr. Candy4%10/12/2016
Local Option / Central Waters De Kleine Dood9.05%10/12/2016
Trois Dames Forêt Noire6.8%10/12/2016
De Molen Cuvee #510.9%10/11/2016
Pipeworks Reaper Vs Unicorn10%10/11/2016
Central Waters Brewer’s Reserve Bourbon Barrel Barleywine11.2%10/11/2016
Brouhaha Forêt Noire11%10/11/2016
Pipeworks Sangremancer 8.5%10/11/2016
Pipeworks Scarlet Betta9.5%10/11/2016
Three Floyds La Noche Se Mueve7%10/11/2016
Spiteful Working For The Weekend7.9%10/11/2016
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare 201514.5%10/10/2016
18th Street Hunter Vanilla8.5%10/10/2016
Three Floyds Zombie Dust6.2%9/27/2016
Three Floyds Skeletonwitch Red Death Sour8.5%9/27/2016
Scratch Sweet Clover Coffee6.3%9/27/2016
Trois Dames Saison Brett6%9/27/2016
Scratch Cedar Oak Saison5.6%9/27/2016
Mikkeller / Three Floyds Blå Spøgelse Blueberry Bluebic7.7%9/27/2016
Pipeworks Mandarin Dragonet9.5%9/27/2016
Pipeworks The Lizard King6%9/27/2016
Pipeworks Coffee Break Abduction Imperial Stout10.5%9/27/2016
Prairie Bomb!13%9/27/2016
Local Option Scorched Tundra VI7%9/27/2016
Local Option Outlawger5%9/27/2016
Half Acre Deep Space10%9/27/2016
Jolly Pumpkin / Anchorage Matame Ahorita5.5%9/27/2016
Jolly Pumpkin / Monkish Cucurbitophobia6.1%9/27/2016
Local Option Kentucky Common6.5%9/27/2016
Brewski / Against the Grain Against the Grapefruit 4%9/27/2016
Amager / Crooked Stave Chad, King of The Wild Yeasts5%9/27/2016
Cascade Elderberry8.1%9/27/2016
Alpine Beer Company Pure Hoppiness8%9/27/2016
Founders Nitro Pale Ale5.4%9/27/2016
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee12%9/27/2016
Evil Twin Even More Jesus12%9/27/2016
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Hawaiian12%9/27/2016
AleSmith Decadence 201510%9/27/2016
Half Acre Golden Tuna4.7%9/21/2016
Scratch Aronia Berry Old Ale0%9/21/2016
Almanac Tropical Platypus6%9/21/2016
Pipeworks Raspberry Berliner4%9/21/2016
Almanac Farmer’s Reserve Blueberry7%9/21/2016
Almanac Cold Brew Coffee Barrel Noir10.3%9/21/2016
Central Waters Cassian Sunset10.5%9/21/2016
Struise Black Albert13%9/14/2016
Surly / Amager Todd - The Axe Man (Surly Version)7.2%9/14/2016
Three Floyds War Mullet 8.1%9/14/2016
Pipeworks Sure Bet9.5%9/14/2016
Pipeworks Mango Guppy0%9/14/2016
Pipeworks Lil Citra4.9%9/14/2016
Pipeworks Just Drink It Dummy9%9/14/2016
Pipeworks / Old Irving Holloway4.5%9/14/2016
Local Option Sky Burial 9%9/14/2016
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Regal Rye Barrel13.5%9/14/2016
Hoppin’ Frog / Cigar City DareDevils Got Game10.4%9/14/2016
Amager Hr. Frederiksen Barrel Blend10.5%9/14/2016
Dieu du Ciel Péché Mortel 9.5%9/14/2016
Dark Horse Smells Like A Safety Meeting IPA9%9/14/2016
Dark Horse Crooked Theratree8.5%9/14/2016
Almanac Lavender Honey de Brettaville6.5%9/14/2016
Almanac Dynamo Donut Barrel Noir10.2%9/14/2016
Pipeworks Mosaic10%9/14/2016
Logsdon The Conversion7.8%9/12/2016
Local Option Exorcist8.5%9/12/2016
Pipeworks Simcoe 9.5%8/19/2016
Three Floyds Permanent Funeral10.5%8/10/2016
Three Floyds Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker 9%8/10/2016
Three Floyds Apocalypse Cow11%8/10/2016
The Hop Concept Mosaic & Eureka IPA8%8/10/2016
Surly Ten10.5%8/10/2016
Pipeworks Ninja Vs Unicorn Double IPA8%8/10/2016
Pipeworks Citra Imperial IPA9.5%8/10/2016
BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien (2014)11%8/10/2016
Central Waters Brewer’s Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout9.5%8/10/2016
Amager Hr. Frederiksen (Colorado Whiskey Edition)11%8/10/2016
Alpine Beer Company Hoppy Birthday5.25%8/10/2016
18th Street / Mikkeller Grapefruit Dead9.7%8/10/2016
Paradox Beer Tart Noire7%7/26/2016
Prairie Paradise13%7/23/2016
Almanac Barbary Barrel Noir10.2%7/23/2016
Three Floyds Blood of the Sunsets7.2%7/20/2016
Maine Beer IV0%7/20/2016
Local Option Kentucky Common - Bourbon Barrel6.5%7/20/2016
Lagunitas Imperial Stout9.9%7/20/2016
Illuminated All Colors of the Dark0%7/20/2016
Hoppin’ Frog Rocky Mountain BORIS9.4%7/20/2016
Half Acre / Other Half Rainbow Never Ends8.5%7/20/2016
Goose Island Madame Rose6.5%7/20/2016
Central Waters Brewer’s Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout10%7/20/2016
Amager / Jester King Danish Metal10%7/20/2016
Alvinne Wild West Pommerol Barrel6%7/20/2016
Alpine Beer Company Duet 7%7/20/2016
Almanac Tangerine de Brettaville6.5%7/20/2016
Almanac Farmer’s Reserve Strawberry7%7/20/2016

  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 4/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
JohnRMurdoch  (378) Glasgow, Scotland | October 15, 2016
Craft beer bar in North Chicago. Good tap list. Black Sabbath music. No wifi. Quite expensive. Not sure about available bottles. American sports on TV. OK place. Not sure why it comes top on RateBeer for Chicago.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
miquelcrush  (203) Granollers, Spain | October 9, 2016
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
oeltroll  (7) | September 7, 2016
Visited this place after having had a number of their beers around Chicago. Exceptional draft list featuring lots of things I was unable to find around town in bottle ( let alone on draft). Bartenders were very helpful in navigating the draft list. Great food. By far the best draft list in Chicago.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 1/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
crossovert  (82) Illinois | August 31, 2016
This is a love/semi-dislike place for me. I like the staff and they have treated me well over the years but I can’t help but say they are pretentious. Their beer list is filled with over-priced garbage most of the time and they only stock a handful of breweries some of which (dark horse, Evil Twin, FFF18th street, Almanac, Surly) i consider to be pretty decent breweries not amazing but vastly overpriced and overhyped. The prices here are near the top for chicago which is already an expensive town. Their house beers are always good and decently priced compared to the other stuff on. I love the metal theme and atmosphere and the Jambalaya (and other menu items) is top notch but if they want to stay alive in the coming years they are going to have to expand their horizons or just remain a niche for extreme beer nerd with money to burn.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Shanshirohop  (27) Zaragoza, Spain | May 30, 2016
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
ads135  (266) Omaha, Nebraska | May 20, 2016
One of the best places I’ve been for beer in Chicago. Metal bar vibe, fantastic beer selection, knowledgeable staff.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Leighton  (975) London, England | May 13, 2016
An excellent place. Has kind of a neighbourhood bar vibe to it. The beer range is damn impressive; on our visit that had upwards of 10 Three Floyds beers, five+ Local Option, some Hammerhead Speedway, and many others that you’re not likely to see around. One complaint might be that the styles featured were pretty punchy; there wasn’t much lager, witbier, etc. on offer. The barman was friendly, but they probably should have had another server as the service could have been speedier - and it really wasn’t that busy. The beers seemed a little pricey to me, but I was told by a local friend that the prices here are about par for the course. Overall, I really liked the vibe in here, and the selection of beers was world class. Absolutely worth a visit.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
dinkle50  (101) 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 Po’ 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  (826) 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) doesn’t 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 don’t know about heavy metal ambiance; they were playing 70’s 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.

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