Local Option

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Beers At Local Option

Half Acre Deep Space10%4/29/2016
Spiteful God Damn Maple Syrup Pigeon Porter8.2%4/29/2016
Saint Somewhere / Jester King Bouteille Vert5%4/29/2016
Off Color Fierce3.8%4/21/2016
Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tomme11%4/21/2016
Scratch Oud Bruin (Barrel-Aged for 2 years)0%4/21/2016
Off Color Coffee Dino’smores 10.5%4/21/2016
Local Option Outlawger5%4/21/2016
Local Option / Central Waters De Kleine Dood9.05%4/21/2016
Local Option Sky Burial 9%4/21/2016
Local Option Kentucky Common6.5%4/21/2016
Local Option Exorcist8.5%4/21/2016
Logsdon The Conversion7.8%4/21/2016
Jolly Pumpkin / Evil Twin / Mikkeller / Leelanau Hamajang5.8%4/21/2016
Jolly Pumpkin / Evil Twin / Leelanau Brewing Innovator Man6.8%4/21/2016
Almanac Valley of the Heart’s Delight (Batch 3)7%4/21/2016
Off Color / Side Project Corybantic6.6%4/21/2016
Almanac Valley of the Heart’s Delight (Batch 1 & 2)7%4/21/2016
Jolly Pumpkin Rojzilla7.4%4/21/2016
Jolly Pumpkin La Roja Du Kriek7.2%4/21/2016
Blaugies / Hill Farmstead La Vermontoise6%4/21/2016
Almanac Elephant Heart de Brettaville6.5%4/21/2016
AleSmith Speedway Stout12%4/21/2016
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Hammerhead12%4/21/2016
Jester King Autumnal Dichotomous (2015)6.8%4/21/2016
Jester King Simple Means5.6%4/21/2016
Jester King Mad Meg Farmhouse Provision Ale (Batch 10+)9%4/21/2016
Jester King Ol’ Oi!6.3%4/21/2016
Jester King Funk Metal8.2%4/21/2016
Jester King Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale (Batch 11+)5.9%4/21/2016
Jester King Le Petit Prince Farmhouse Table Beer (Batch 11+)2.9%4/21/2016
Jester King Boxer’s Revenge Barrel-Aged Wild Ale10.2%4/21/2016
Off Color / Jester King Radiolaria 4.5%4/21/2016
Jester King Bière de Miel5.8%4/21/2016
Jester King / Side Project / Off Color Intersection of Species4.6%4/21/2016
Dunham / Jester King Amicis Magicus5.3%4/21/2016
Jester King / 18th Street Brewery Multifarious6.6%4/21/2016
Amager / Jester King Danish Metal10%4/21/2016
Jester King / Local Option Feral Dampf 5.7%4/21/2016
Local Option Kentucky Common - Bourbon Barrel6.5%4/19/2016
Central Waters Brewer’s Reserve Bourbon Barrel Barleywine11.2%4/8/2016
Local Option Kentucky Common - Templeton Rye Barrel6.5%4/3/2016
Three Floyds Amber Smashed Face7%3/16/2016
Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA13.6%3/16/2016
Scratch Paw Paw Tripel8.3%3/16/2016
Central Waters Brewer’s Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout9.5%3/16/2016
AleSmith Nut Brown Ale - All English (Draft Only)5.25%3/16/2016
AleSmith / Mikkeller IPA 6%3/16/2016
Pipeworks The Lizard King6%3/16/2016
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Hawaiian12%3/16/2016
Pipeworks / Local Option Rohrwerker 10.5%3/16/2016
Pipeworks Crimson Snapper9.5%3/16/2016
Founders Imperial Stout10.5%3/16/2016
Almanac Truthful Statement9%3/16/2016
Surly Blakkr9.99%3/16/2016
Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast7.5%3/16/2016
Three Floyds Permanent Funeral10.5%3/16/2016
De Proefbrouwerij / Hair of the Dog Flanders Fred7.5%3/16/2016
Prairie Bomb!13%3/16/2016
Pipeworks Ninja vs. Unicorn Double IPA8%3/2/2016
Scratch Cascara Sour5.5%3/2/2016
Scratch Wild Carrot Ale6.9%3/2/2016
Pipeworks Equinox9.5%3/2/2016
Pipeworks / Local Option Schlüssel Berserker9.5%2/12/2016
Jester King Wytchmaker Farmhouse Rye India Pale Ale (Batch 9+)7.3%2/11/2016
Jester King Figlet6.2%2/11/2016
Jester King Das Wunderkind4.5%2/11/2016
Jester King Commercial Suicide Oaked Farmhouse Mild (Batch 6+)3.3%2/11/2016
Jester King Autumnal Dichotomous (2014)4.9%2/11/2016
Jester King Ambrée6.4%2/11/2016
Pipeworks The End of Days - Elijah Craig Bourbon Barrels13%2/11/2016
Pipeworks The Final Act13%2/11/2016
Pipeworks Something Hoppy This Way Comes10%2/11/2016
Pipeworks Pistachio Abduction10.5%2/11/2016
Pipeworks Mint Truffle Abduction10.5%2/11/2016
Pipeworks Hello... 9.5%2/11/2016
Pipeworks Grand Guignol Act Three11%2/11/2016
Pipeworks Da Fuzz8%2/11/2016
Pipeworks The Jones Dog (Bourbon Barrel Aged)13%2/11/2016
Pipeworks The Hyper Dog (Barrel Aged)13%2/11/2016
Three Floyds Alien Porter5.7%2/6/2016
HammerHeart Gorm the Old7.4%2/5/2016
Pipeworks Lil Citra4.9%2/5/2016
Vander Mill Hard Apple Cider7%1/22/2016
Mikkeller Nelson Sauvin Brut9%1/21/2016
Surly Darkness9.6%1/21/2016
Allagash Evora8.5%1/21/2016
Surly Brett Mikkel’s IPA7.5%1/21/2016
Mikkeller Beer Geek Cocoa Shake12.1%1/21/2016
Prairie Bomb! - Balcones Barrel Aged13%1/21/2016
Three Floyds Flying Tigersault4.8%1/17/2016
Three Floyds War Mullet 8.1%1/17/2016
Spiteful Working For The Weekend7.9%1/17/2016
Pipeworks Spotted Puffer9.5%1/17/2016
Penrose Fractal / Belgian IPA7%1/17/2016
Jolly Pumpkin Luciernaga (The Firefly)6.5%1/17/2016
Logsdon Seizoen Bretta8%1/17/2016
Logsdon Seizoen7.5%1/17/2016
Logsdon Far West Vlaming6.5%1/17/2016
Half Acre Gin Barrel Aged Pony Pilsner5.8%1/17/2016

  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
dinkle50  (80) Chicago, Illinois | February 6, 2016
I really like this place. Probably the best beer bar in Chicago. The wings are really tasty here. So are any of the tacos or Po’ Boys Massive selection, great staff, better beer. The only downside is it is a bit pricey, and sometimes the metal is very loud. I go here often though, and do enjoy about everything about this place.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis  (698) 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 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
probsolvr  (14) , | January 1, 2016
In addition to their own beers, they are know for their aggressive tap selection and heavy metal ambiance. Perhaps an acquired taste, but I love it.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
rulas3  (54) Madrid, Spain | December 13, 2015
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
blueskunk  (10) Huntley, Illinois | July 7, 2015
Parking is easy to find, and ambiance is par. Selection isn’t huge, but is pretty diverse, so it’s not hard to find something. I’ve had tap issues prevent me from trying a couple beers here before. Service can be spotty. They’re either really on top of things or you can’t find them for 10 minutes and you leave cash on the table and bail. I think they get bored when it’s slow. Definitely worth checking out, but not a favorite overall.
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Sdaniel90  (19) Mexico City, Mexico | June 13, 2015
Cozy place in the suburbs that’s easy to get there as a tourist. Dark and broody place with a somewhat bizarre food menu. Selection is decent but not world class. Service is excellent.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk  (291) Washington D.C., Washington DC | April 20, 2015| Updated July 30, 2015
Stopped in here for my brief beer moment on a trip to Chicago. This place was definitely great, both for the tap list and bottle menu. Lots of great stuff from the Midwest to drink here. I was unlucky with Three Floyds - the main reason I came - as they only had one of their beers on tap but had a Plead the 5th and some other good stuff as well. No flights here, pint is the smallest size you can get making it difficult to get taste much of the stuff - unfortunately that meant I had to leave out many of the brewpub’s own beers in favor of the other stuff around. Prices are good, some bombers really cheap. Good music, with an old Soundgarden album playing. Friendly locals.
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
jenray  (24) Houston, Texas | April 18, 2015
Was there late on a weeknight. Sat at a booth in the back. The place has a dive metal bar atmosphere, which is not usually my thing, but I enjoyed my time here. The beer selection was great and I found several interesting things to try. Prices were a little high. Didn’t try the food. Service the night we were there was friendly. I’d love to go back next time in Chicago.
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
notalush  (388) Denver, Colorado | March 29, 2015
I was a bit surprised by the small and low-key nature of then place, considering their beer is distributed so widely now - not sure exactly what I expected, but this is basically a small beer nerd bar masquerading as a dive metal bar - seems kind of incongruous, really - a chalk board lists the beers - no beer list to tell you the style, description, or prices (because fuck you) - the bartender was willing to describe the beers, but seemed kind of annoyed to do so - the selection had a few imports, a lot of common regional stuff, plus some smaller local stuff like Pipeworks and Half Acre - good assortment, but nothing of world-class caliber - bottle selection seemed decent - service was gruff - not rude (at least not until later), just kind of aloof and coarse - he’d point at me to see if I wanted anything - monosyllabic communication - I did not try the food, as I’d just eaten at Goose Island - beer prices are astronomical - I had two low-gravity beers (a shaker of lager and a ten ounce Belgian single, both local) and the bill came to sixteen bucks (I can only imagine what the imports and higher gravity stuff costs) - actually, from what I could see on the computer behind the counter, it was 15.50, but the bartender told me 16 (because fuck you) - when I handed him my card, he rather rudely told me that there was a 20 dollar minimum on debit/credit cards - naturally, there is no signage anywhere around the bar indicating this (because fuck you) - perhaps seeing that I was taken off guard by this, he told me he would run the card "this time," acting like it was the biggest damn hassle in the world and he was doing me this huge favor - overall, I guess I’m glad I visited, but I probably wouldn’t return here - in hindsight, I should have just stayed at Goose Island and had some more (less expensive) beers in a more comfortable environment.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • OVERALL 18/20
theisti  (721) 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.

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