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Beer Available At Lagunitas Chicago Taproom (arranged by most recent)
Lagunitas Imperial Stout 93, Lagunitas Maximus 98, Lagunitas New DogTown Pale Ale 96, Lagunitas Sucks 100, Lagunitas Fusion XXIII 71, Lagunitas Fusion XXI 67, Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale 98, Lagunitas DayTime 96, Lagunitas Pils 69, Lagunitas Sonoma Farmhouse Hop Stoopid 100, Lagunitas NightTime Ale 99, Lagunitas Dogtown Pale Ale 86, Lagunitas Censored (Kronik) 88, Lagunitas A Little Sumpiní Sumpiní Ale 99, Lagunitas A Little Sumpiní Extra! Ale 99, Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
Frank (55) Chicago, Illinois | October 8, 2014
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 15/20
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.
TattooJack (7) Illinois | October 6, 2014
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
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.
ARH (69) Chicago, Illinois | September 28, 2014
74 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
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.
pablo951 (76) Chicago, Illinois | September 27, 2014
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
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!!
DrnkMcDermott (89) Downers Grove, Illinois | July 16, 2014
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
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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