Local Option

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Beers At Local Option

NameABVEntered
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


88
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 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.
96
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
PMgep  (34) 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
84
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
cards04  (155) 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.
92
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
mikem409  (246) 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.
80
  • 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.
88
  • 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.
90
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier  (304) Chagrin Falls, Ohio | November 30, 2014
Walking in the door you are immediately greeted with the vibe of a local tavern. The selection offers a couple of "local" drafts which are done by either Central Waters or Against the Grain along with additional regional drafts. My only real complaint might be the fact that the prices were not listed on the board at the time I visited a few years ago. For the most part they are in line with Chicago but some border on $9 or $10 a handle. Even so I’d consider this place a "must visit" at least once during a trip to Chicago.
76
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
BVery  (582) Plymouth, Minnesota | November 5, 2014
This place is bad ass. Tons of taps. Chill dive bar feel - totally metal. Yet relaxed, but it’s late on a Wednesday. Free park right out front. No flights, which blows.
88
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
EyeAmBaldman  (28) Illinois | September 27, 2014
Can’t beat a place that blasts good metal music the whole night long. Had a ton of good beer on tap and the food is excellent. They stay open ridiculously late. Awesome atmosphere and the staff really know their beer.
90
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
cesarpball  (15) Badajoz, Spain | September 24, 2014
En mi visita a Chicago pasé un día por Local Option. Los camareros muy atentos y con buena conversación para el turista. Saben bastante de cervezas. Los precios me parecieron un poco más alto que en otros sitio, pero la música, el ambiente y la selección de cervezas es excelente
84
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
KansaiBeerLvrs  (435) Kyoto, Japan | September 4, 2014
Located a good 10 min walk from Fullerton station past DePaul university is this icon of the Chicago beer scene. Similar to Yokohama’s Trashzone in that it has a very metal theme but Local Option has much more of a worn in dive bar feel that I love. Service here is also way WAY friendlier than TZ but they don’t do tasters just one size that matches the style(so high ABV beers come in smaller sizes). The bartender was really welcoming & chill and gave me the run down on the Local Option beers. Cool dark bar lit with the neon glow of beer signs. Really nice tap list with tons of Local Option beers + Three Floyd’s Gumballhead and Alpha King as well as a bunch of other stuff but they tends to be over 6% so not exactly a place for sessionable beers. Good fun though, this would have been my local back in the day. I got myself a Zombie Dust to start off an enjoyable evening.

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