Local Option

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Beers At Local Option

Three Floyds Zombie Dust6.2%9/27/2016
Trois Dames Saison Brett6%9/27/2016
Scratch Sweet Clover Coffee6.3%9/27/2016
Three Floyds Skeletonwitch Red Death Sour8.5%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 Coffee Break Abduction Imperial Stout10.5%9/27/2016
Prairie Bomb!13%9/27/2016
Pipeworks The Lizard King6%9/27/2016
Local Option / Central Waters De Kleine Dood9.05%9/27/2016
Local Option Scorched Tundra VI7%9/27/2016
Local Option Outlawger5%9/27/2016
Half Acre Deep Space10%9/27/2016
Local Option Kentucky Common6.5%9/27/2016
Jolly Pumpkin / Anchorage Matame Ahorita5.5%9/27/2016
Jolly Pumpkin / Monkish Cucurbitophobia6.1%9/27/2016
Brewski Mr. Candy4%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 The Vine8.85%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
Evil Twin Even More Jesus12%9/27/2016
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee12%9/27/2016
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Hawaiian12%9/27/2016
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Hammerhead12%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 Blend 2013 Edition)10.5%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 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
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 IV0%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
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
Hoppin’ Frog Rum Barrel Aged BORIS The Crusher9.4%6/29/2016

  • 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  (21) 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  (325) 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  (391) 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  (774) 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 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
PMgep  (52) Lund, Sweden | February 12, 2015
Had a great time here. Gave Alexi a surprise visit and left late, causing a hungover flight to Amsterdam the next day. Great beer, blasting metal in the speakers. I’d come back
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
cards04  (156) Steinbach, Manitoba | January 23, 2015
I have to give this place props for the selection and the amazing and rare beer they bring.. I mean they got founders CDN breakfast stout. Awesome. When I went there though.. The music was blaring loud, the service was iffy... And the place was beyond packed... And I realize this was a special occasion.. But it was still kind of annoying. You absolutely have to go here when in town... But brace yourself.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
mikem409  (251) bloomfield, Michigan | January 1, 2015
Neighboorhood dive bar with a massive tap list and some very cool bottles. Very friendly service and loud metal music. I wish this was my corner bar.
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
theothermatt  (44) Lakewood, Colorado | December 25, 2014
Divey Bar and Restaurant by DePaul in a nice area. Plenty of their own beers on tap, along with guys taps. They need to list the style or a description of their beers instead of just a name that tells us nothing. Food was good, and cost was reasonable.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
OPIE788  (40) Ohio | December 4, 2014
Stopped in on Monday to check this place out. It has a legendary reputation in Ohio. Stories of some of the hardest to find beer on the planet being on tap or in bottles any day of the week. Well, it did not disappoint. Aside from their own brews, which are amazing, they had a dozen or so guest beers. I had been trying to get Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin for a few years and there it was. There was no Bourbon County left on the shelves but they had it. Definitely worth the trip. Just a heads up, the kitchen is closed on Mondays.

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