Local Option

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Beers At Local Option

NameABVEntered
Pipeworks Simcoe 9.5%8/19/2016
Local Option / Central Waters De Kleine Dood9.05%8/19/2016
Three Floyds Zombie Dust6.2%8/10/2016
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
Prairie Bomb!13%8/10/2016
Pipeworks Raspberry Berliner4%8/10/2016
Pipeworks Ninja Vs Unicorn Double IPA8%8/10/2016
Pipeworks Mango Guppy0%8/10/2016
Pipeworks The Lizard King6%8/10/2016
Pipeworks Citra Imperial IPA9.5%8/10/2016
Local Option Bierwerker Scorched Tundra VI7%8/10/2016
Dieu du Ciel Pťchť Mortel 9.5%8/10/2016
Central Waters Brewerís Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout9.5%8/10/2016
Central Waters Cassian Sunset10.5%8/10/2016
BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien (2014)11%8/10/2016
Alpine Beer Company Hoppy Birthday5.25%8/10/2016
Amager Hr. Frederiksen (Colorado Whiskey Edition)11%8/10/2016
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Hammerhead12%8/10/2016
Almanac Cold Brew Coffee Barrel Noir10.3%8/10/2016
Almanac Farmerís Reserve Blueberry7%8/10/2016
Almanac Tropical Platypus6%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
Surly / Amager Todd - The Axe Man (Surly Version)7.2%7/20/2016
Struise Black Albert13%7/20/2016
Scratch Aronia Berry Old Ale0%7/20/2016
Pipeworks Lil Citra4.9%7/20/2016
Maine Beer IV0%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
Hoppiní 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 Brewerís 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 Farmerís 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
Local Option Kentucky Common6.5%6/29/2016
Local Option Exorcist8.5%6/29/2016
Hoppiní Frog Rum Barrel Aged BORIS The Crusher9.4%6/29/2016
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)11.2%6/29/2016
Blaugies / Hill Farmstead La Vermontoise6%6/29/2016
Almanac Peach de Brettaville6.5%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
Off Color Coffee Dinoísmores 10.5%6/2/2016
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Proprietorís 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
De la Senne Taras Boulba4.5%6/2/2016
Amager / Crooked Stave Chad, King of The Wild Yeasts5%6/2/2016
Almanac Farmerís Reserve Pluot7%6/2/2016
Almanac Farmerís 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
Hoppiní Frog BORIS The Crusher Reserve9.4%5/26/2016
Hoppiní 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


90
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Dogbrick  (837) Columbus, Ohio | November 4, 2012
(Visited 06/2012): Local Option is located on the north side of Chicago on Webster. Parking on the surrounding streets is fairly difficult to find.

The interior has a red and blue color scheme accented by a chalkboard listing the beers and some snare drum heads. The long bar is along the left side and there are some booths in the back. They also had a marker board that read "Welcome Beer Nerds", which I thought was a nice touch.

The bar has around 30 beers on tap from brewers like Goose Island, Three Floyds, Central Waters, Port Brewing and Local Option house beers. Lots of bottled options too from Bells, Three Floyds, Goose Island and many more.

Service on a weekday afternoon was good, and the bartenders were accommodating considering I showed up right as they opened.

I did not try any food on this visit.

Overall this is a great Chicago beer bar.
92
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
kwoeltje  (86) Manchester, Missouri | November 3, 2012
There on a Saturday afternoon- steady but not overly crowded. Outstanding selection. Friendly and knowledgeable waitstaff. Had some great chats about beer at the bar. Iíll be back.
100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
Tmoney99  (553) Cincinnati, Ohio | October 30, 2012
Easy to find location with street parking. Late afternoon on Saturday and the place was busy but had no trouble finding table and the same on Sunday. Chalk board with draft beer list. Freindly service and good knowledge of beers. Started with tap list and server gave one of the house bottles to go. I had new beers for me. Very good food menu of sandwichs and main courses at a good price for the city. Short trip from downtown, but long trip from Cincy. I went two nights and I will return.
94
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
jmm635  (89) Havertown, Pennsylvania | October 25, 2012
Pretty much a world class craft beer bar. Fairly small and crowded on a Saturday night but my crew of three managed to find a table after a round standing at the bar. The tap list blew my mind. I consider myself to be fairly knowledgeable of American craft breweries and I only recognized a handful of breweries from the chalkboard. The staff was very friendly and beer geeky and made wonderful selections throughout the evening. A must visit if you are in Chicago.
94
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Advocate_Ames  (35) Pennsylvania | October 3, 2012
Stopped by on a Chicago trip. A memorable stop for me. The employ helped with all my questions and even gave me some suggestions of other places. Which is really a nice thing to do. I will go back if I make my way to the city again.
82
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
EHouse  (20) Boston, Massachusetts | August 12, 2012
The perfect beer selection, which in my mind means not overwhelming and full of interesting brews, not to mention any one who can get Zombie Dust on tap is a dead in. So, good beer and all I ordered was the creole wings, which seemed to be double fried crisp deliciousness with the sauce boss to match!
88
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
demmbonz  (65) Erin, Wisconsin | July 29, 2012
Love this place. 31 taps of great stuff. Food was really good. Lots of bottles too. Wish I lived in Chicago.
92
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
n2pux  (17) Houston, Texas | July 29, 2012
Serious beer bar. Spent a Saturday afternoon there after a night at Three Floyds Brewpub. I have to say I preferred LO, although you could hardly go wrong either way. World class selection. Cool beer nerd vibe. Thankfully, like FFF, the music is not nearly as death metal as the imagery suggests. I foresee much more time spent there on my next Chicago visit. Between FFF, LO & West Lakeview Liquors, the Chicago-area beer geek is very well served.
92
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
bsuedekum  (18) Saint Louis, Missouri | July 11, 2012
One of the early places that first turned me on to craft beer. The evening crowd can sometimes be a little much but if youíre seeking a great place to have a few top notch beers during the day then no place is better than Local Option. Hilarious servers with top notch sarcastic and surly attitudes, an always rotating draft selection so you can find something new each time, and a true passion for doing things the right way. Iíve never regretted making a stop at Local Option and I always leave happier than when I came.
80
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
3fourths  (1537) Boulder, Colorado | July 6, 2012
small rock bar type place filled mostly with college students. good folks behind the bar didnít cop and attitude with me in my suit after a dinner at Alinea, and let me sit and enjoy a couple of drinks our of the sweltering heat and humidity. they offer a number of choice drafts including house beers made by Against the Grain in Louisville, Kentucky. only one of these was available on my visit (the pils) and it was decent. worth visiting but according to RB itís the highest-scoring bar in Chicago, and with that Iíd have to disagree, mostly because of ambiance and the common draft list (common compared to other bars in town, not a knock on quality).
96
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
Bobby91w  (2) Indianapolis, Indiana | June 19, 2012
My girlfriend and I went in the Monday night after DLD weekend. It was one of our many stops on our mini Chicago vacation. I was told by a bunch of locals and my best friend that used to live in Chicago that this place was a must. Having been to most of the other beer geeky bars around town, ie. Small Bar, Maproom, Hop Leaf, etc. I have to say that this is probably one of my new favorites. We sat at the bar and service was quick, I ordered a Pannepot Reserva on tap and then got an explanation on what it was and how strong it was, kinda made me laugh. My girlfriend always finds it funny when people tell me about beer. The first bartender wasnít as friendly as the second one that started working almost right after we got there. Came to find out that the second bartender was also the brewer. Neither talked to me very much until after I took off my coat and they saw I had on a Cantillon shirt which kinda opened the flood gates. I kinda look like a typical Army guy/jock, which I am, so I donít blame them for thinking I was just some college douche at first. The next couple hours I drank a Cantillon Classic Geuze, Central Waters BBBW and a bunch of other awesome beers. Had a great conversation with the Bartender/Brewer and even met the owner. Tried pretty much all of the beers that they brew and some were actually really good, I think I liked the common the best. There were even a few sours and ciders that my girlfriend liked which is a huge plus. Didnít eat but the bartender offered my girlfriend some of his personal granola that he had when she got hungry because the kitchen was closed by that time. Overall it was our best night in town and I am planning on going back in a couple months. The great service and staff really makes this place and if they know youíre a beergeek then you are in for a night of conversation and lots of crazy beers.

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