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Beer Available At Local Option (arranged by most recent)
Central Waters Illumination Double IPA 98, Central Waters Exodus 93, Evil Twin Yin 99, Evil Twin Yang 98, Dark Horse Plead The Option 80, Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break 100, Perennial Fantastic Voyage 98, Dark Horse Artic Dekoorc Eert 96, Dark Horse F.F. Dekoorc Eert 90, Dark Horse Local Option Militiagan Potable Oat Wine 65, Dark Horse Edacsac Dekoorc Eert 93, Against the Grain Bo and Luke 98, Perennial Barrel Aged Sump 98, Against the Grain 70K , Perennial 17 93, Dark Horse Affair with Amarillo , Evil Twin / Westbrook / Local Option Plastic Man , Local Option Voku Hila , Against the Grain Port Barrel Aged Bo and Luke 97, Thornbridge Beadecaís Well 93
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podey (50) New York, New York | May 18, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
My last stop in Chicago. Great selection of drafts, both local and import. Bottle list was pretty nice as well. Serivce was terrific, really friendly bartender who chatted to me about all the different drafts and let me taste a bunch fo them. Food was really tasty (avocado/chedder quesidilla). Overall a really nice experience.
phaleslu (314) Cincinnati, Ohio | April 30, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 18/20
Stopped in here for the Hipster Olympics or whatever they called the theme the Friday before Dark Lord Day. They put a bunch of cool stuff on tap, lots of Belgians I havenít seen Stateside before. The place is a shotgun-style bar near DePaul. Parking is a challenge. The service is surly and spotty. The prices are on the high side but itís Chicago and they arenít serving Bud Platinum. I didnít try the food. Cool atmosphere. Dark paint, skulls. Itís exactly what I thought it would be.
ICEatALAMO (13) Troy, Michigan | April 12, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
A typical chicago bar, and I mean that in a good way. The tap list was solid and so was the bottle list. Didnít have the food so I canít comment on that. The service was nit overly friendly, but at the same time they were attentive. Cool bar, glad I went.
northropfrye (97) Steinbach, Manitoba | April 1, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
A nice gritty bar with a solid selection of local and other craft beer. Recommended but not life changing.
Stine (74) Minneapolis, Minnesota | March 11, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Dirty and dingy, local option is a fun dive bar that happens to have killer taps and an excellent, fairly priced bottle list. An oddity of this experience was that the staff turned the heavy metal tunage way past eleven as early as quarter to midnight. My long-not-seen pal and myself each lost our voices trying to converse. We didnít mind, but this just as warning to those that may.
SPDickerman (69) Texas | February 22, 2013
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Fantastic place that looks like a dive from the street. They have a large selection of beer and excellent food. My only complaint is that the beer is on the pricey side, but we get what we pay for, right?
fluffheady (46) Chicago, Illinois | January 13, 2013| Updated April 9, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 2/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
This place has a great beer list. And if you want to see what the definition of a beer dork is, come in in the afternoon and observe the manager and/or beer director (didnít know who it was) doing inventory and checking social media outlets promoting his bar. This place is really, really great when it comes to a beer destination. I really didnít like their food, and it was pretty generic, but maybe I just ordered the wrong thing. Gotta shout out to the bathroom. WOAH. **After recent visits, I must lower my service rating. I have a baby face, and even though Iím several years older than drinking age, I look 19. With that, I always have my proper ID, the bartender looked it over, and I was served. The rest of the day I was treated like a lost DePaul student. I was informed that one of the beers was "too dark for my taste". After insisting that, yes, I wanted the ídarkí beer, it was poured for me. You guys need to wake up and smell the hops. Beer knowledge is no longer preceded by obesity and beards. Thereís too many good beer places out there to have the crappy attitude.
radarsock (33) Massachusetts | January 8, 2013| Updated January 15, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Stepped in when I had some time to myself visiting Chicago last week and this place was deservedly off the hook in so many ways. However, it was undoubtedly one of the more harder bars to find; even with all the directions from passersby I didnít get any closer until I decided to play favorites and not to listen to every geographic instruction that I had been told since stepping off the Red Line. The only way I knew the building was indeed the one I had been looking for, was because its fluorescent lights reflected off the windows off a bricked apartment across the avenue. There was no sight, just, as I said, fluorescent lights positioned by LOís entrance. When I walked in, the first thought that popped into my head was that it was a lot smaller than I had anticipated, but I quickly joined a lesbian couple at the bar and ordered a few beers. Thirty-four minutes after sitting down, the bartender wiped off a Local Option contract-brewed beer on their giant chalkboard, writing in its place "Dreadnaught IPA". The food wasnít great and it seemed to be a little too expensive, even for Chicago city life, but it was decent for what it was and it had come fast and hot. My bartender on that night was a 40ish heavily-tatted woman who didnít yell nor whisper. In my opinion, she had the perfect sound power for a bartender and I know there are plenty who will agree with me. She was patient, helpful and friendly. The bathrooms were a trip, or at least the guysí were: no mirror, one swing-door stall and the whole room was illuminated by ultraviolet lights which amused the hell out of me. I wouldíve liked there to be a mirror, but you canít always get everything that you want. Awesome bar. I expect to be back!
jmagnus87 (55) Rockford, Illinois | January 6, 2013| Updated January 15, 2013
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
Looks like a biker bar from the outside. Inside, a bunch of beer geeks drinking great stuff. Bartenders and servers really know their stuff. I donít have a lot of experience with Chicago bars, but they had beer here Iíve never even heard of, along with some of their own stuff. More expensive than what Iím used to, but a pretty good deal for big city stuff. Overall, great! I canít wait to come back.
Beerman6686 (92) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | December 7, 2012| Updated January 15, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Ambiance was cool, somewhat of a biker/metal theme, but nothing off putting. Service was pretty solid, with bar tenders who like to talk about beer and are always quick to fill up your glass. Selection was pretty great, lots of Belgian stuff I havent seen anywhere else, and some other one off american stuff, and a great bottle list too. Did not eat here. Overall, a place that should be seeked out when in Chicago.
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