Local Option

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Beers At Local Option

NameABVEntered
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Regal Rye Barrel13.5%8/26/2016
Almanac Dynamo Donut Barrel Noir10.2%8/26/2016
Local Option Scorched Tundra VI7%8/26/2016
Amager Hr. Frederiksen (Barrel Blend 2013 Edition)10.5%8/26/2016
Pipeworks Simcoe 9.5%8/19/2016
Local Option / Central Waters De Kleine Dood9.05%8/19/2016
Three Floyds Zombie Dust6.2%8/10/2016
Three Floyds Permanent Funeral10.5%8/10/2016
Three Floyds Apocalypse Cow11%8/10/2016
Three Floyds Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker 9%8/10/2016
The Hop Concept Mosaic & Eureka IPA8%8/10/2016
Surly Ten10.5%8/10/2016
Prairie Bomb!13%8/10/2016
Pipeworks Raspberry Berliner4%8/10/2016
Pipeworks Ninja Vs Unicorn Double IPA8%8/10/2016
Pipeworks Mango Guppy0%8/10/2016
Pipeworks The Lizard King6%8/10/2016
Pipeworks Citra Imperial IPA9.5%8/10/2016
Dieu du Ciel Pťchť Mortel 9.5%8/10/2016
Central Waters Brewerís Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout9.5%8/10/2016
Central Waters Cassian Sunset10.5%8/10/2016
BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien (2014)11%8/10/2016
Alpine Beer Company Hoppy Birthday5.25%8/10/2016
Amager Hr. Frederiksen (Colorado Whiskey Edition)11%8/10/2016
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Hammerhead12%8/10/2016
Almanac Cold Brew Coffee Barrel Noir10.3%8/10/2016
Almanac Farmerís Reserve Blueberry7%8/10/2016
Almanac Tropical Platypus6%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
Surly / Amager Todd - The Axe Man (Surly Version)7.2%7/20/2016
Struise Black Albert13%7/20/2016
Scratch Aronia Berry Old Ale0%7/20/2016
Pipeworks Lil Citra4.9%7/20/2016
Maine Beer IV0%7/20/2016
Local Option Sky Burial 9%7/20/2016
Local Option Outlawger5%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
Hoppiní 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
Dark Horse Smells Like A Safety Meeting IPA9%7/20/2016
Central Waters Brewerís 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 Farmerís Reserve Strawberry7%7/20/2016
Pipeworks Nelson Sauvin10%7/1/2016
Argus Cidery Fermentables Ginger Perry4.5%7/1/2016
Three Floyds $600 Lizard Shoes6.9%7/1/2016
Scratch Turmeric and Oak Leaf5.2%7/1/2016
Three Floyds Icelandic Pants of the Dead6%6/29/2016
Three Floyds Perched Atop The Denim Throne7.7%6/29/2016
Prairie Birthday Bomb!13%6/29/2016
Pipeworks Emerald Grouper 9.5%6/29/2016
Pipeworks Fairy Basslet9.5%6/29/2016
Lost Abbey Box Set: Track #10 (Bat out of Hell)12%6/29/2016
Maine Beer Lunch7%6/29/2016
Pipeworks The Murderous (Bourbon Barrel Aged)11%6/29/2016
Pipeworks / Local Option Rohrwerker 10.5%6/29/2016
Local Option Kentucky Common6.5%6/29/2016
Local Option Exorcist8.5%6/29/2016
Hoppiní Frog Rum Barrel Aged BORIS The Crusher9.4%6/29/2016
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)11.2%6/29/2016
Blaugies / Hill Farmstead La Vermontoise6%6/29/2016
Almanac Peach de Brettaville6.5%6/29/2016
Allagash Little Brett4.5%6/29/2016
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout14.2%6/15/2016
Spiteful God Damn Chocolate Vanilla Donut Pigeon Porter8.2%6/7/2016
Amager / Surly Todd - The Axe Man6.5%6/2/2016
Scratch Spring Tonic4.5%6/2/2016
Scratch Barrel-Aged Sahti5.8%6/2/2016
Prairie Vous Francais4%6/2/2016
Off Color Coffee Dinoísmores 10.5%6/2/2016
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Proprietorís 201514.1%6/2/2016
Half Acre Galactic Double Daisy Cutter8.5%6/2/2016
Dark Horse Tennessee Jed - Jack Daniels Barrel Aged Scotty Karate0%6/2/2016
Central Waters Black Gold11%6/2/2016
De la Senne Taras Boulba4.5%6/2/2016
Amager / Crooked Stave Chad, King of The Wild Yeasts5%6/2/2016
Almanac Farmerís Reserve Pluot7%6/2/2016
Almanac Farmerís Reserve Blackberry7%6/2/2016
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Hawaiian12%6/2/2016
Pipeworks Passion Fruit Guppy5%5/26/2016
Pipeworks Funzino9.5%5/26/2016
Hoppiní Frog BORIS The Crusher Reserve9.4%5/26/2016
Hoppiní Frog Barrel Aged DORIS The Destroyer10.5%5/26/2016
Half Acre Shrub Tundra6.3%5/26/2016
Evil Twin Imperial Doughnut Break11.5%5/26/2016
Evil Twin Even More Jesus12%5/26/2016
Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Scotty Karate Scotch Ale 9.75%5/26/2016
Almanac Apricot de Brettaville6.5%5/26/2016
Half Acre Deep Space10%4/29/2016
Spiteful God Damn Maple Syrup Pigeon Porter8.2%4/29/2016


100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
jmagnus87  (92) Rockford, Illinois | January 6, 2013
Looks like a biker bar from the outside. Inside, a bunch of beer geeks drinking great stuff. Bartenders and servers really know their stuff. I donít have a lot of experience with Chicago bars, but they had beer here Iíve never even heard of, along with some of their own stuff. More expensive than what Iím used to, but a pretty good deal for big city stuff. Overall, great! I canít wait to come back.
100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
SacchCerevisiae  (2) Ohio City, Cleveland, Ohio | July 19, 2011
WOW!!! Found this place on a quick trip to CHI this past weekend thanks to fellow RateBeer users. This place delivered on all levels. Very friendly and eager to serve bartenders, selection of 31 fantastic, some unusual taps, great food. Only downer was that it was just a tad more expensive than normal. A must-stop for the craft beer fan in Chicago.
100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
silvertrance  (5) Louisville, Kentucky | October 12, 2010
Find this place. Taps are the best you will see, very unique selection. Had 6 Mikkellers on while I was there. Staff was really nice. Great food, had sword fish tacos. Went back more then once while on vacation in Chicago for a week. Will return when I go back. Located near the University, watch were you park.
100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
scruz  (1) | November 9, 2010
this place is the fucking shizz!
100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
Tmoney99  (555) Cincinnati, Ohio | October 30, 2012
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.
100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
CaraCurtis  (10) Nevada | September 3, 2011
I was ecstatic when I arrived at this beer bar. It has been one of my top favorite places to drink beer. I went there during a quick trip to Chicago. We only had the chance to go twice in three days, however I wish it was more! I could not get enough. I love the atmosphere. I am a pretty big heavy metal fan and I love beer. I wish I was able to be there on one of the nights they played only metal! However, I know that will happen down the road. I had Three floyds here for the first time and on our last visit we had a cantillon classic gueuze (yellow label). Upon leaving one of the visits, I was given a free pair of local option socks since I was unable to be there for the Metallica night. What a great experience. Amazing all around, beer, food, and environment.
100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
pivotalalexi  (16) Illinois | November 1, 2011| Updated November 24, 2015
Great beer bar in Chicago.
98
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
MarcatGSB  (17) Eagle Harbor, Michigan | November 6, 2012
Great spot. This place has officially surpassed Map Room, HopLeaf, SmallBar Division, and Fountainhead on my list of personal favorite Chicago beer stops. The staff is absolutely ingrained in this business. They followed Tony from his last venture, and many have been there from the beginning. You can tell by the way they present themselves, and the care they take in their craft, creating both craft beer and a craft beer atmosphere. Great vibe in this place. Iím not a metal head. Iím a long haired hippy, but I never felt out of the place, and the staff was a great reason why. Very welcoming, the vibe is lively and overall very joyous...most of the people here are totally geeking out on the dankest beer list in the city, so why not. Their tap list is very well rounded, and at 31, itís the perfect number. A bit of everything for everyone, and I would know as my group was 10 thick, and we visited numerous times and each time someone found something new and interesting that they enjoyed. The bottle list is spectacular. Short and sweet. Plenty of vintage bottles. Focused mostly on bottles that age well, they have a great selection of things you will not find in the city, anywhere! The food was fantastic, each of the three times our group decided it was time to put some food in our belly. Swordfish tacos, shrimp tacos, crab cakes, french fries, tots, pan fried spinich. A very nice, concise, well rounded menu. I wish this place the best. This is the epicenter of beer passion in the hear of the Midwest. I am proud to support this venture.
98
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
Jeffervon  (3) Illinois | March 13, 2012
One of the top five places in Chicago consistently for years! Go to the Local Option Immediately and check out the most recent chalkboard beer list. I have been blown away by their offerings again and again. Great bunch of folks that run this place. They are creating some of their own brews lately and I must say, "Dedicated to deliciousness!"
96
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
Bobby91w  (2) Indianapolis, Indiana | June 19, 2012
My girlfriend and I went in the Monday night after DLD weekend. It was one of our many stops on our mini Chicago vacation. I was told by a bunch of locals and my best friend that used to live in Chicago that this place was a must. Having been to most of the other beer geeky bars around town, ie. Small Bar, Maproom, Hop Leaf, etc. I have to say that this is probably one of my new favorites. We sat at the bar and service was quick, I ordered a Pannepot Reserva on tap and then got an explanation on what it was and how strong it was, kinda made me laugh. My girlfriend always finds it funny when people tell me about beer. The first bartender wasnít as friendly as the second one that started working almost right after we got there. Came to find out that the second bartender was also the brewer. Neither talked to me very much until after I took off my coat and they saw I had on a Cantillon shirt which kinda opened the flood gates. I kinda look like a typical Army guy/jock, which I am, so I donít blame them for thinking I was just some college douche at first. The next couple hours I drank a Cantillon Classic Geuze, Central Waters BBBW and a bunch of other awesome beers. Had a great conversation with the Bartender/Brewer and even met the owner. Tried pretty much all of the beers that they brew and some were actually really good, I think I liked the common the best. There were even a few sours and ciders that my girlfriend liked which is a huge plus. Didnít eat but the bartender offered my girlfriend some of his personal granola that he had when she got hungry because the kitchen was closed by that time. Overall it was our best night in town and I am planning on going back in a couple months. The great service and staff really makes this place and if they know youíre a beergeek then you are in for a night of conversation and lots of crazy beers.

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