Lagunitas Chicago Taproom | Chicago, Illinois
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Lagunitas Chicago Taproom
Excellent based on 10 ratings
Type: Brewery

1843 S Washtenaw Ave
Chicago, Illinois United States 60608 [ print map ]
773 522 1308

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Hours: Wed - Sun 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM


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Lagunitas Chicago Taproom

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Beer Available At Lagunitas Chicago Taproom (arranged by most recent)
Lagunitas Waldoís Special Ale 99, Lagunitas ScareCity #2: Rye Cocoa Porter 96, Lagunitas ScareCity #3: High West-ified Imperial Stout 99, Lagunitas Fusion XXVI 98, Lagunitas Fusion XXV 91, Lagunitas Sucks 99, Lagunitas Brown Shugga 96, Lagunitas Pils 66, Lagunitas Extra Double Dry Hopped Pale Ale 84, Lagunitas Fusion XXIV 89, Lagunitas Imperial Stout 93, Lagunitas Maximus 98, Lagunitas New DogTown Pale Ale 95, Lagunitas Fusion XXIII 83, Lagunitas Fusion XXI 68, Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale 97, Lagunitas DayTime 95, Lagunitas Sonoma Farmhouse Hop Stoopid 100, Lagunitas A Little Sumpiní Extra! Ale 99, Lagunitas Censored (Kronik) 86
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10 reviews for Lagunitas Chicago Taproom
 Ambiance  92%
 Service  83%
 Selection  75%
 Food  77%
 Value  82%
 Overall  82%
 Rating  87%
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100
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 20/20
jmagnus87  (92) Rockford, Illinois | May 19, 2015
One of my favorite chicago stops. Food is kickass, beer is great as always(including the occasional brew I havenít seen before), and the waitstaff is on their game. If I was a local, this could be my neighborhood bar.
80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 15/20
charule  (113) Chicago, Illinois | May 2, 2015
Neat taproom overlooking brewery floor. Tours on the hour. Good prices and selection of Lagunitas brews. Hours are terrible though
72
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 14/20
jrallen34  (457) Chicago, Illinois | January 2, 2015
This is a really cool spot worth checking out for every reason, except the beer. Driving up the sheer size of the place is staggering. You start awe struck. The entrance is really cool. There is a long hallway that is lit in blue neon lights playing Willy Wonka music with strobe lights. This is about 100 feet long, you feel like youíre in a cool bowling alley. There are a couple private tasting room that look like awesome places to hang out. The taproom is huge, with tons of space. The service is unreal, people are friendly, talkative and prompt. Food and empty glasses were gone in seconds of being used. The coolest thing about this place is the catwalks. You basically are sitting above the production floor and can see everything that is going on from filling kegs, to bottles being whisked by, to the conveyor belt of hundreds of cases of beer going by. The story tells itself. Its informative, and serene. The selection of beer sucks. Its basically their year rounds with a couple seasonals. This isnít a taproom but more of a commercial for their beer. The food looked great. Iíd come back to eat or maybe for a private event. There is no reason to come here for the beer. Wish it was more of a brewpub like in Petaluma where they had a bunch of one off beers.
68
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 6/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
drdisque  (45) Illinois | December 15, 2014
Is located right in the middle of the brewery. Tour was much better than I expected instead of "this is how we make beer" it was more about the history of Lagunitas, the history of the facility, and the future plans for the facility, so even if youíve been on a ton of beer tours, go on this one, they wonít waste 10 minutes explaining what a mash tun is or what yeast does. Taproom is a cool location with long picnic tables and a big bar, overlooking the production facility. They are no longer serving their beer in mason jars and have switched to somewhat proper vessels. Food was all pretty good. We went with a large group and it was a lot of fun. Only thing I would add is more rare beers and/or guest taps.
92
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
obxdude10  (123) Pottstown, Pennsylvania | December 11, 2014
If youíre a hophead and / or love Lagunitas beers, you have to go here. Itís really easy to get to from the pink line of the L. Just a short walk from the station. I thought at first I was in the wrong place, as all I saw when I walked in was a long corridor in a huge warehouse. You just have to follow the winding halls and signs to get upstairs to the pub. Along the way is a tribute to Willy Wonka, with "Pure Imagination" playing, disco balls and lasers hypnotizing you. It was a really cool way to get you across the production brewery area and upstairs to the pub. Once up there, you are greeted with Lagunitasí best beers. On draft the night my wife and I were there was A Little Sumpin Sumpin, The Hairy Eyeball, Sucks, Brown Shugga, IPA, you name it! The food was really outstanding, too. I had a Cuban sandwich and my wife had a special pulled pork sandwich. The German-style pretzel was also really good. Donít forget to stop by the gift shop on the way too. Lots of cool stuff in there. Iíll definitely be headed back here if / when Iím headed to Chicago again!
72
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 15/20
Frank  (61) Chicago, Illinois | October 8, 2014
This place is in the actual brewery--like right in the center of it--which is in a kind of out of the way area on the west side of Chicago. I could not recommend it to visitors looking to rack up ticks but otherwise it is a pretty cool place to visit. Despite itís out of the way location, it is really popular and is a pretty "normal" Chicago crowd rather than some sort of beer nerd convention, which is fine by me but is the direct result of the fact that you are just not going to find some huge selection of unusual Lagunitas beers here. There is basically the stuff you can get in any decent liquor store plus one of two specialty beers on draft. What makes it worth going to is the fun, beer-garden in the middle of a huge production brewery atmosphere and also the fact that a lot of people seem to bring their parents here so thereís lots of old folks staggering around drunk. You can do tours but I didnít since brewery tours are universally boring. There is kind of a cursory menu of drunchies that works well enough but is definitely an afterthough. Prices are reasonable--$5 sixteen ounce drafts even for stuff like Hop Stoopid--which I think had something to do w/ all the drunk old people. You can get your beers in a plastic cup and walk around the premises. It is not as cool as Three Floyds back in the day when you could just walk right up to the fermenters and bang on them w/ drumstick if you wanted (note: this was discouraged) but still pretty nifty. This is a pretty quick bike ride for me so I will definitely be back. If your time in the city is limited, you will probably run into the beers here at a dozen different other bars so, you know, only go if you just really, really want to see a large craft brewery.
90
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
TattooJack  (17) Illinois | October 6, 2014
Have to do the day trip on this one because the hours are more that of a museum than a bar, but Iíve been to most of the museums in this town and this is much better. Started with a 4 sampler of the beers I hadnít tried before and a killer barbacoa nachos which is a meal for 2 in itself. The people that work there are super nice, and will guide you thru the maze of entrance, and the 18th street bus lets off right in front (western bus 2 blocks away @ 16th). Friendly service, good food, and beer in a jar. A touch of class hidden in an industrial park.
74
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
ARH  (96) Chicago, Illinois | September 28, 2014
First, itís very cool that Lagunitas has now setup shop in Chi-town, and itís a humongous facility thatís not too difficult to get to via public transit (right off the pink line). They do really way putting the tap room at the "third" floor right smack in the middle of the place overlooking the entire production. Cool vibe with live music, beer hall type seating and an above average selection (for a taproom) including seasonals and experiments. However ... they serve the majority of their beers in mason jars!!! WTF! Have some pride in your beers guys! Half the joy of beer is in presentation and aroma ... the mason jars accomplish neither! I suppose they cater more to flight ordering, but I expected just a bit more out of one of my favorite breweries.
90
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
pablo951  (90) Chicago, Illinois | September 27, 2014
Lagunitas has invaded Chi-Town, and I love it!! Humongous space, live music, great beer, excellent service.. Nuff said. Location is on a remote part of Chicago but well with the trip!!
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
DrnkMcDermott  (89) Downers Grove, Illinois | July 16, 2014
Hidden deep withing the massive former steel distribution center, deep within what is now Chicagoís largest movie studio is Chicagoís largest brewery. The tap room is two flights up after following the signs through long corridors to the center, but affords a scenic view of the massive complex. Despite the setting, the tap room is homey bar type place, with room for live music, some TV screens, and free peanuts and pretzels. Food menu is a little light, and a bit pricey. But I tried the chicken sandwich and found nice and tasty. For the tour, you go back downstairs to a part of the floor area marked by a huge banner they decided was too big to hang outside. While waiting for the tour to start, you can drink more beer. The enire tour is conducted along one of the many catwalks overlooking the plant, so now danger of anyone getting their fingerprints all over the Fizzy Lifting Drinks machine. A little hard to get to, but a great place to visit.

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