Local Option

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Beers At Local Option

NameABVEntered
Central Waters Cassian Sunset10.5%7/25/2016
Prairie Paradise13%7/23/2016
Almanac Barbary Barrel Noir10.2%7/23/2016
Three Floyds Zombie Dust6.2%7/20/2016
Three Floyds Blood of the Sunsets7.2%7/20/2016
Surly / Amager Todd - The Axe Man (Surly Version)7.2%7/20/2016
Surly Ten10.5%7/20/2016
Struise Black Albert13%7/20/2016
Scratch Aronia Berry Old Ale0%7/20/2016
Pipeworks The Lizard King6%7/20/2016
Pipeworks Lil Citra4.9%7/20/2016
Maine Beer IV0%7/20/2016
Local Option / Central Waters De Kleine Dood9.05%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
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
Dark Horse Smells Like A Safety Meeting IPA9%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
Almanac Cold Brew Coffee Barrel Noir10.3%7/20/2016
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Hammerhead12%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
Hoppin’ Frog Rum Barrel Aged BORIS The Crusher9.4%6/29/2016
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)11.2%6/29/2016
Almanac Peach de Brettaville6.5%6/29/2016
Blaugies / Hill Farmstead La Vermontoise6%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
Prairie Bomb!13%6/2/2016
Off Color Coffee Dino’smores 10.5%6/2/2016
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Proprietor’s 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
Central Waters Brewer’s Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout9.5%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 Farmer’s Reserve Pluot7%6/2/2016
Almanac Farmer’s 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
Hoppin’ Frog BORIS The Crusher Reserve9.4%5/26/2016
Hoppin’ 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
Saint Somewhere / Jester King Bouteille Vert5%4/29/2016
Off Color Fierce3.8%4/21/2016
Scratch Oud Bruin (Barrel-Aged for 2 years)0%4/21/2016
Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tomme11%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 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
Almanac Elephant Heart de Brettaville6.5%4/21/2016
AleSmith Speedway Stout12%4/21/2016
Jolly Pumpkin La Roja Krieked7.2%4/21/2016
Jolly Pumpkin Rojzilla7.4%4/21/2016
Jester King Ol’ Oi!6.3%4/21/2016
Jester King Mad Meg Farmhouse Provision Ale (Batch 10+)9%4/21/2016
Jester King Simple Means5.6%4/21/2016
Jester King Autumnal Dichotomous (2015)6.8%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


84
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk  (315) 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.
80
  • 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.
64
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
notalush  (390) 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.
88
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 18/20
theisti  (746) 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  (43) 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  (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.
92
  • 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.
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  (607) 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.

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