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Pipeworks Spotted Puffer , Scratch Meadow Saison , Scratch Gooseberry Saison , Pipeworks Flower Child 92, Pipeworks / 4 Hands Square Grouper 99, Pipeworks Just Drink It Dummy 86, Pipeworks Mandarina , Pipeworks Passion Abduction 91, Hanssens Experimental Cassis 96, Hanssens Experimental Raspberry (Frambozenlambik) 93, Hanssens Oudbeitje 93, Dark Horse Ollopa Eert Dekoorc 82, Surly Bitter Brewer 92, Dark Horse Edacsac Dekoorc Eert 89, Local Option Blood ov the Kings 70, Surly Blakkr 99, The Bruery Cuivre 100, Surly Pentagram 98, Lagunitas CitruSinensis Pale Ale 97, Pipeworks Blood of the Unicorn 97
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Travlr (1887) Washington, Washington DC | January 16, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
It was very quiet here on a holiday Monday evening, except for the rock music, of course. The staff are obviously passionate about beer, and the tap list was well chosen. Their own commisioned beers were interesting enough. Food was OK. Iíll definitely be back.
Newk (32) , | January 15, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
A very different vibe than what is normal in lincoln park. That can be a good thing depending on your perspective. Since Iím fine with lots of different vibes it was gonna work for me in the first place. But, it was nice not having to deal with a bunch of people who want to order miller lite and high five each other.
What they have on tap is generally really good. A lot of it are beers that one would normally get at retail in bomber. All of the selections are put up on a chalkboard for you to look at. The chalkboard isnít the most obvious though. Itís up there to see for sure, but its a bit off to the side from the bar with a lot of spaces where beers were.
The food was very good. They try to go with the cajun theme, but I didnít feel it was truly a cajun place. Its not a knock in all honesty as it seems their focus is on beer and bringing good beer.
savnac (284) Anchorage, Alaska | December 29, 2011
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Stopped by here on a late weekday night for a beer in late October. Pretty small place with long bar and tables throughout. Service was good even at the tables but the place was dead the night we where there. Selection was just ok, from the reviews I guess I was expecting more. Prices were a bit high but the beers were top notch. Nice place but not sure if it lived up to "world class" for me. Definitely worth a stop though.
foamyhead (17) California | December 5, 2011
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 20/20
The selection was great but not as broad as I would have liked. The prices were a little higher than I would have preferred, but there is no doubt that this is the place in Chicago.
The only place I went when I got there because all my friends kept saying that Local Option was the only place Iíd be happy with.
I was very very happy with it and will be back next time iím in the area.
MrChopin (100) Baltimore, Maryland | November 21, 2011| Updated November 22, 2011
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Dimly lit bar dive, black and blue walls adorned with skull paintings that stretch along the single-roomed, thin bar. 20 eats in restaurant including a few booths in the back and 10 person bar. More taps than seats... always a good sign. Rolling Stones on rotation for lunch Sunday, pretty empty though a few couples trickle in. The bartender is initially surly, but she warmed up to the point of throwing details about releases and good shops after learning I went to FoBAB and drink good beer. Varied trappist beers, nice local assortment, only lambic on tap Iíve seen in the city (Tilquin). The vibe is chill, would like to see it on a Friday night, but definitely an awesome spot.
gyllenbock (208) Stockholm, Sweden | November 6, 2011
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Visited on a Saturday evening in October 2011.
I was immediately hooked on Local Option, a nice place located in a residential area. Not too crowded and with Rock music in the background and a great atmosphere in general.
Friedly and laid back staff. 30 beers on tap, three of them from Three Floyds. The bottle list was not as impressive but ok.
It was easy to find this place, around 10 minutes by Metro from downtown Chicago and then a short walk. Would love to visit again in the future.
pivotalalexi (16) Illinois | November 1, 2011| Updated January 23, 2013
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
Great beer bar in Chicago.
hombrepalo (145) Chicago, Illinois | October 10, 2011
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Stopped by on a Friday for an event called "Mucho Chingo" (spanish translations = lots of bad ass), which it was. The ambience was young hip college (near DePaul Univ.) to 30 year olds. The place is medium size, somewhat reminded me of a mix between Maproom and Delihlas. Kinda a punk rocker theme with a dark look. 30 + taps, that day was a special day so canít really say this would be an everyday thing, but from what Iíve seen on Beermenu Chicago website they have a decent selection with some special beers always showing up. Location is pretty decent too. Overall a nice place.
TheRealMGD (58) Lakewood, Washington | September 12, 2011
88 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Two visits, one in June and another in August of this year. Ambience isnít what one might expect for a specialty beer bar, but I can easily get past the íclubí looks given the superb selection. Craft brews from across the US are featured and this is one Chicago joint which seems to have an íiní with the 3F lads. Ales are fresh and served properly with a smile. As one might expect, this bar is a labor of love from a beer loving owner and staff and it shows. Folks are made to feel welcome and accurate recommendations are available if you need them. So good that when staying downtown Iíd pay for a taxi there and back just to have a couple of pints! Not to be missed when visiting Chicago and if you live there, well, youíre a lucky so-and-so.
cratez (256) Toronto, Ontario | September 6, 2011
96 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
Visited with my girlfriend during a recent trip to Chicago.
VIBE: hardcore metal dive bar and loud music, which put us off initially, but the staff ensure that everyone feels welcomed. Really cool historical portraits of the city and the signs ("No Specials Ever," "Welcome Nerds," "Purveyors of the Miller High Life") made us laugh. We enjoyed the privacy of our booth in the back of the bar.
SERVICE: quick and attentive waiters are
readily able to make solid suggestions. I
was drinking by style and each server
made appropriate recos based on what I
was looking for. All of them asked me
what I thought of the beers. Food arrived
swiftly and the staff were chatting us up
on our way out. Very friendly people running this place.
SELECTION: silly and robust list of rare
draughts from across the globe. I quaffed
a SKA Steel Toe Stout, Green Flash
Imperial IPA, and Lost Abbey Avant
Garde and also noticed Port Brewing
Older Viscosity, Mikkeller Funky E Star,
Great Divide Belgian Yeti, and Old
Mephisto on tap. Most of the Three
Floyds lineup was available. Didnít even
look at the bottle menu since the draughts
were so good.
FOOD: we only planned to have drinks
but the food menu looked appetizing so
we ordered the Guacamole plate. It was
super fresh and tasty with a thoughtful
presentation. Iíd love to return for dinner
to try the one of the poí boys or jambalaya.
OVERALL: had an awesome time here and would gladly revisit. Definitely one of the top spots that we came across while vacationing in Chicago. A mandatory stop.
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