Local Option

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Beers At Local Option

Three Floyds Permanent Funeral10.5%10/26/2016
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 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 IV5.2%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 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Travlr  (2534) Charlotte , North Carolina | January 16, 2012
It was very quiet here on a holiday Monday evening, except for the rock music, of course. The staff are obviously passionate about beer, and the tap list was well chosen. Their own commisioned beers were interesting enough. Food was OK. I’ll definitely be back.
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
3fourths  (1537) Boulder, Colorado | July 6, 2012
small rock bar type place filled mostly with college students. good folks behind the bar didn’t cop and attitude with me in my suit after a dinner at Alinea, and let me sit and enjoy a couple of drinks our of the sweltering heat and humidity. they offer a number of choice drafts including house beers made by Against the Grain in Louisville, Kentucky. only one of these was available on my visit (the pils) and it was decent. worth visiting but according to RB it’s the highest-scoring bar in Chicago, and with that I’d have to disagree, mostly because of ambiance and the common draft list (common compared to other bars in town, not a knock on quality).
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
t0rin0  (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | August 26, 2013
Visited half a dozen times in the past 3 years, most recently on August 13, 2013.

This place is awesome. Great music, always a good tap line up (and now they have half a dozen house beers on tap as well), and they do some fun events. The first time I visited I had all the St Lamvinus I could drink at $8/pint. Since then I’ve been given free beers, and even recognized by the bartenders after not having been there for a number of months. This place is a regular stop for me when in Chicago.

US place rating number 500.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Leighton  (976) 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 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2  (953) Escondido, California | June 19, 2011
A nice, though loud, bar very near DePaul University. The 37 or so tap selection is very nice, and covers a wide range of styles and large number of countries. While there are bottled beers, I did not check out the beer list. We were here after the kitchen closed, so I cannot comment on the food.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Dogbrick  (837) Columbus, Ohio | November 4, 2012
(Visited 06/2012): Local Option is located on the north side of Chicago on Webster. Parking on the surrounding streets is fairly difficult to find.

The interior has a red and blue color scheme accented by a chalkboard listing the beers and some snare drum heads. The long bar is along the left side and there are some booths in the back. They also had a marker board that read "Welcome Beer Nerds", which I thought was a nice touch.

The bar has around 30 beers on tap from brewers like Goose Island, Three Floyds, Central Waters, Port Brewing and Local Option house beers. Lots of bottled options too from Bells, Three Floyds, Goose Island and many more.

Service on a weekday afternoon was good, and the bartenders were accommodating considering I showed up right as they opened.

I did not try any food on this visit.

Overall this is a great Chicago beer bar.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis  (830) 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 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • OVERALL 18/20
theisti  (779) 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.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
NachlamSie  (731) Denver, Colorado | March 15, 2010| Updated January 5, 2011
Hilariously decorated with a plethora of Miller signs, there is no Miller or other various swill to be found here. The tap list is one of the strongest I’ve seen including Mikeller, Hopsplam, Fastenbier, Dark Horse, etc. Service was personable and highly attentive. I had a veggie salad which was one of the best salads I have had. I will be back if ever in the area. The quiet neighborhood location is another plus.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
rosenbergh  (708) Tampere, Finland | October 5, 2013
Friday afternoon 5pm and this place was totally empty. Strange. Anyway there was couple of new American beers for me. They also had some beers brewed for them. Beer list was quite nice but European beers are not that rare for me. Dark and somewhat rock themed interior. Food list was somehow very New Orleans themed (muffaletta, jambalaya, po’boy...)The service was good.

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