Local Option

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Beers At Local Option

Paradox Beer Tart Noire7%7/26/2016
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
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
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
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
Prairie Vous Francais4%6/2/2016
Scratch Barrel-Aged Sahti5.8%6/2/2016
Off Color Coffee Dinoísmores 10.5%6/2/2016
Prairie Bomb!13%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
De la Senne Taras Boulba4.5%6/2/2016
Central Waters Brewerís Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout9.5%6/2/2016
Central Waters Black Gold11%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
Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tomme11%4/21/2016
Scratch Oud Bruin (Barrel-Aged for 2 years)0%4/21/2016
Off Color Fierce3.8%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 Heartís Delight (Batch 1 & 2)7%4/21/2016
Jolly Pumpkin Rojzilla7.4%4/21/2016
AleSmith Speedway Stout12%4/21/2016
Almanac Valley of the Heartís Delight (Batch 3)7%4/21/2016
Jolly Pumpkin La Roja Krieked7.2%4/21/2016
Almanac Elephant Heart de Brettaville6.5%4/21/2016
Off Color / Side Project Corybantic6.6%4/21/2016
Jester King Boxerís Revenge Barrel-Aged Wild Ale10.2%4/21/2016
Jester King BiŤre de Miel5.8%4/21/2016
Jester King Noble King Hoppy Farmhouse Ale (Batch 11+)5.9%4/21/2016
Jester King Simple Means5.6%4/21/2016
Off Color / Jester King Radiolaria 4.5%4/21/2016
Jester King Le Petit Prince Farmhouse Table Beer (Batch 11+)2.9%4/21/2016

  • 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.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Sammy  (645) Toronto, Ontario | May 9, 2012
I had the best time of the 3 days at this bar. There were some unusually good beers here, led by one of the four of their own brews, a style I had never tried (Kentucky Common) that yields a long mildly sour finish without cherries. The owner and head brewer and 3rd bartender are a flurry of activity, and could handle even a much bigger crowd than this rainy weeknight. Small Earthy bar, safe area with a lot of students in the street.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 3/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
deyholla  (509) Minneapolis, Minnesota | April 27, 2012
A great place for hard to find drafts in Chicago. Ambiance is nice with a few tvs but cater to beer geeks. Gets busy in the evenings. Great selection but expensive even for Chicago... Food is solid as is the service.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
Jeffervon  (3) Illinois | March 13, 2012
One of the top five places in Chicago consistently for years! Go to the Local Option Immediately and check out the most recent chalkboard beer list. I have been blown away by their offerings again and again. Great bunch of folks that run this place. They are creating some of their own brews lately and I must say, "Dedicated to deliciousness!"
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
KickInChalice  (20) Chicago, Illinois | February 17, 2012
I have been to Local Options many times now, and each time it has been a solid experience. When it comes to a beer bar staff, there are two things that I look for, and both are met here. They are knowledgeable, meaning they can provide some interesting background that, even with some internet research, I may not have known about a beer. They also are more than able to recommend beers of their menu to someone with any palate. More importantly, they are friendly. Each time I have come in I struck up a conversation with a bartender, and they enjoy what they do and enjoy being there. Believe me, it is noticeable, especially compared to the snobbery that one can find at other bars. They are happy to talk you through a few beers and offer samples to see what you will like. When they are really busy, getting a beer can be an adventure, though, and they always seem understaffed to handle a huge crowd. The atmosphere is solid. Casual decorations and a few tvís here and there exist in a moderately sized venue. A lively but not overcrowded group is normally relaxing over a few brews. The food is just all right, all though I have only eaten here once. My buddyís sandwich was "eh," and my steak tacos were not worth reordering. Maybe other stuff is better though. Honestly, I mostly head here for the selection. They always have some hard to find offerings. Their prices are on the higher end of the scale. Usually, they have precisely 0 draft offerings for less than $6. Sometimes they have events with a huge and very good beer list as well. I definitely like to see this kind of place strike out in the middle of Lincoln Park, with its slew of dive bars and college kids. If I still lived really close, I would come more often.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
mansquito  (116) Nueva York, New York | February 5, 2012
This is what I look for in beer bars. This place has excellent selection of rare beers, but does not have a pretentious wine bar attitude to it (Churchkey, Iím looking at you). In fact, this looks like a dive bar, except that the beers on tap are from nice little breweries in Denmark and the Netherlands (De Molen and Evil Twin). I didnít stay for very long and only picked up one Hopslam as I was traveling along. Next time I come to Chicago, I will try to get a crew together and spend more time. Prices were what I expected, but unfortunately, you have to ask for the prices for they are not listed anywhere. The music was to my liking and so was the decor. The bartender knew what she was talking about and was willing to answer all of my questions. I wish there were more places like this in the world so that I wouldnít have to travel to Chicago to experience these pleasant vibes. Iron Maiden decor on the wall is a huge plus. I have no complaints except that I wasnít there long enough.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
csteele2144  (11) Chicago, Illinois | February 1, 2012
Not would you would expect to find on the Depaul campus, but this place is amazing. The staff really know there stuff. Prices are fair, but donít expect a bargain. My favorite beer bar in Chicago.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Travlr  (2467) Washington, Washington DC | January 16, 2012
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.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Newk  (32) , | January 15, 2012
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.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
savnac  (284) Anchorage, Alaska | December 29, 2011
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.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
foamyhead  (17) California | December 5, 2011
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.

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