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Beer Available At Local Option (arranged by most recent)
Scratch Barrel Fermented Sahti with Brett 84, Scratch Paw Paw Abbey 52, Allagash Tiarna 96, Hofstettner Heller Bock Saphir Zymatore (Sour Blend) , Three Floyds War Mullet 99, Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine 100, Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break Natale Pretty Please With A Cherry On Top 98, Wild Beer Modus Operandi (M.O.) 92, Blaugies / Hill Farmstead La Vermontoise 98, Pipeworks Simcoe 95, Three Floyds Behemoth Barleywine 100, De Dolle Dulle Teve 10ļ (Mad Bitch) 99, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout 100, Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout 98, Central Waters Brewers Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout 99, Surly Darkness 100, Firestone Walker Sucaba 100, Boulevard Smokestack Series - Imperial Stout 99, Boulevard Smokestack Series - Rye-on-Rye 99, Lost Abbey Deliverance 100
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Travlr (1324) Washington, Washington DC | January 16, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
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. Iíll definitely be back.
3fourths (1270) Boulder, Colorado | July 6, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
small rock bar type place filled mostly with college students. good folks behind the bar didnít 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 itís the highest-scoring bar in Chicago, and with that Iíd have to disagree, mostly because of ambiance and the common draft list (common compared to other bars in town, not a knock on quality).
t0rin0 (1130) Do Not Resuscitate, California | August 26, 2013
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
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 Iíve 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.
Dogbrick (658) Columbus, Ohio | November 4, 2012
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
(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.
BeerandBlues2 (576) Hanover, Maryland | June 19, 2011
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 16/20
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.
NachlamSie (542) Denver, Colorado | March 15, 2010| Updated January 5, 2011
94 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 19/20
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 Iíve 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.
Sammy (513) Toronto, Ontario | May 9, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
I had the best time of the 3 days at this bar. There were some unusually good beers here, led by one of the four of their own brews, a style I had never tried (Kentucky Common) that yields a long mildly sour finish without cherries. The owner and head brewer and 3rd bartender are a flurry of activity, and could handle even a much bigger crowd than this rainy weeknight. Small Earthy bar, safe area with a lot of students in the street.
rosenbergh (412) Helsinki, Finland | October 5, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
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, poíboy...)The service was good.
Tmoney99 (376) Cincinnati, Ohio | October 30, 2012
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 20/20
Easy to find location with street parking. Late afternoon on Saturday and the place was busy but had no trouble finding table and the same on Sunday. Chalk board with draft beer list. Freindly service and good knowledge of beers. Started with tap list and server gave one of the house bottles to go. I had new beers for me. Very good food menu of sandwichs and main courses at a good price for the city. Short trip from downtown, but long trip from Cincy. I went two nights and I will return.
phaleslu (372) Cincinnati, Ohio | April 30, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 18/20
Stopped in here for the Hipster Olympics or whatever they called the theme the Friday before Dark Lord Day. They put a bunch of cool stuff on tap, lots of Belgians I havenít seen Stateside before. The place is a shotgun-style bar near DePaul. Parking is a challenge. The service is surly and spotty. The prices are on the high side but itís Chicago and they arenít serving Bud Platinum. I didnít try the food. Cool atmosphere. Dark paint, skulls. Itís exactly what I thought it would be.
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