Local Option

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Beers At Local Option

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout14.2%6/15/2016
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)11.2%6/15/2016
Spiteful God Damn Chocolate Vanilla Donut Pigeon Porter8.2%6/7/2016
Three Floyds Zombie Dust6.2%6/2/2016
Three Floyds Icelandic Pants of the Dead6%6/2/2016
Amager / Surly Todd - The Axe Man6.5%6/2/2016
Scratch Spring Tonic4.5%6/2/2016
Prairie Vous Francais4%6/2/2016
Scratch Barrel-Aged Sahti5.8%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
Local Option / Central Waters De Kleine Dood9.05%6/2/2016
Local Option Sky Burial 9%6/2/2016
Local Option Outlawger5%6/2/2016
Pipeworks / Local Option Rohrwerker 10.5%6/2/2016
Local Option Exorcist8.5%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
De la Senne Taras Boulba4.5%6/2/2016
Central Waters Cassian Sunset10.5%6/2/2016
Central Waters Black Gold11%6/2/2016
Central Waters Brewer’s Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout9.5%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
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Hammerhead12%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
Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tomme11%4/21/2016
Scratch Oud Bruin (Barrel-Aged for 2 years)0%4/21/2016
Local Option Kentucky Common6.5%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
Logsdon The Conversion7.8%4/21/2016
Almanac Valley of the Heart’s Delight (Batch 1 & 2)7%4/21/2016
Off Color / Side Project Corybantic6.6%4/21/2016
Almanac Elephant Heart de Brettaville6.5%4/21/2016
Almanac Valley of the Heart’s Delight (Batch 3)7%4/21/2016
Jolly Pumpkin Rojzilla7.4%4/21/2016
Jolly Pumpkin La Roja Krieked7.2%4/21/2016
AleSmith Speedway Stout12%4/21/2016
Blaugies / Hill Farmstead La Vermontoise6%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 Ol’ Oi!6.3%4/21/2016
Off Color / Jester King Radiolaria 4.5%4/21/2016
Jester King Bière de Miel5.8%4/21/2016
Jester King Autumnal Dichotomous (2015)6.8%4/21/2016
Jester King Boxer’s Revenge Barrel-Aged Wild Ale10.2%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 Funk Metal8.2%4/21/2016
Dunham / Jester King Amicis Magicus5.3%4/21/2016
Jester King / Side Project / Off Color Intersection of Species4.6%4/21/2016
Jester King / 18th Street 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
Scratch Paw Paw Tripel8.3%3/16/2016
Three Floyds Amber Smashed Face7%3/16/2016
Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA13.6%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
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
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

  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Shanshirohop  (27) Zaragoza, Spain | May 30, 2016
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
ads135  (239) Omaha, Nebraska | May 20, 2016
One of the best places I’ve been for beer in Chicago. Metal bar vibe, fantastic beer selection, knowledgeable staff.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Leighton  (953) London, England | May 13, 2016
An excellent place. Has kind of a neighbourhood bar vibe to it. The beer range is damn impressive; on our visit that had upwards of 10 Three Floyds beers, five+ Local Option, some Hammerhead Speedway, and many others that you’re not likely to see around. One complaint might be that the styles featured were pretty punchy; there wasn’t much lager, witbier, etc. on offer. The barman was friendly, but they probably should have had another server as the service could have been speedier - and it really wasn’t that busy. The beers seemed a little pricey to me, but I was told by a local friend that the prices here are about par for the course. Overall, I really liked the vibe in here, and the selection of beers was world class. Absolutely worth a visit.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
dinkle50  (81) 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  (738) 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  (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  (309) 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.

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