Local Option

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Beers At Local Option

Prairie Pirate Noir12%12/29/2016
Prairie Vanilla Noir12.5%12/29/2016
Prairie Prairie Noir11%12/29/2016
Prairie Coffee Noir11.5%12/29/2016
Prairie Christmas Bomb!11.5%12/29/2016
Prairie Bomb! - Barrel Aged11.2%12/29/2016
Off Color Dino’smores (Coffee)10.5%12/29/2016
North Coast Old Rasputin (Bourbon Barrel)12.1%12/29/2016
Lagunitas ScareCity #3: High West-ified Imperial Coffee Stout12.1%12/29/2016
Jester King Simple Means5.6%12/29/2016
Jester King / 18th Street Multifarious6.6%12/29/2016
Jester King Commercial Suicide Oaked Farmhouse Mild (Batch 6+)3.3%12/29/2016
Hoppin’ Frog Barrel Aged BORIS The Crusher 9.4%12/29/2016
Hanssens Scarenbecca Kriek6%12/29/2016
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Regal Rye Barrel13.5%12/29/2016
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare 201514.5%12/29/2016
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Coffee13.4%12/29/2016
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Proprietor’s 201613%12/29/2016
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout14.2%12/29/2016
Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine12.1%12/29/2016
FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Woodford Reserve Barrel11.9%12/29/2016
FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Vanilla11.9%12/29/2016
FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Templeton Rye Barrel11%12/29/2016
FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Old Forester Barrel11%12/29/2016
FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brewmaster’s Grand Cru Blend (2015)11.9%12/29/2016
FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - High West Bourbon Barrel10%12/29/2016
FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Four Roses Single Barrel10%12/29/2016
FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brewmaster’s Grand Cru Blend (2016)11.9%12/29/2016
FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Single Barrel10%12/29/2016
FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig 12 Year Barrel11.9%12/29/2016
FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Cognac11.9%12/29/2016
FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Coffee / Java Coffee11.9%12/29/2016
FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Buffalo Trace Barrel10%12/29/2016
FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Apple Brandy Barrel 11%12/29/2016
Amager / Jester King Danish Metal10%12/29/2016
Against the Grain / De Molen Bo & Luke (Tequila Barrel)13%12/29/2016
Against the Grain / De Molen Bo & Luke (Rum Barrel)13%12/29/2016
Trois Dames Saison Vieille7.5%12/29/2016
To Øl Mr. Blue7.5%12/29/2016
Three Floyds Zombie Dust6.2%12/29/2016
St. Bernardus Christmas Ale10%12/29/2016
Three Floyds Permanent Funeral10.5%12/29/2016
Pipeworks / Local Option / Freigeist The Long Hair Affair 6%12/29/2016
Pipeworks Santa Vs Unicorn American Barleywine10%12/29/2016
Pipeworks Ninja Vs Unicorn Double IPA8%12/29/2016
Pipeworks Mango Ninja Vs Unicorn0%12/29/2016
Pipeworks Lil Citra4.9%12/29/2016
Pipeworks Goat Collector10%12/29/2016
Pipeworks Cranberry Berliner 4%12/29/2016
Pipeworks Glaucus Belgian IPA (2016-)6.2%12/29/2016
Maine Beer Lunch7%12/29/2016
Mikkeller 黑 / Black17.5%12/29/2016
Maine Beer A Tiny Beautiful Something5.5%12/29/2016
Local Option Outlawger5%12/29/2016
Local Option Mourning Wood7.3%12/29/2016
Local Option Kentucky Common - Bourbon Barrel6.5%12/29/2016
Hoppin’ Frog TORIS The Tyrant: Triple Oatmeal Stout13.8%12/29/2016
Hoppin’ Frog Rum Barrel Aged BORIS The Crusher9.4%12/29/2016
Freigeist Abraxxxas Apple Lichtenhainer6%12/29/2016
Central Waters Brewer’s Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout9.5%12/29/2016
Cascade Cranberry7%12/29/2016
Brewski / Green Bench Keyser Gose4.2%12/29/2016
Alpine Beer Company Pure Hoppiness8%12/29/2016
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee12%12/29/2016
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Brewer’s Blend: Barrel Aged Vietnamese Coffee12%12/29/2016
AleSmith Speedway Stout12%12/29/2016
Local Option Sky Burial 9%12/26/2016
Pipeworks Citra Imperial IPA9.5%12/12/2016
Trois Dames Winter Sour Ale7%12/7/2016
Le Trou du Diable / De la Senne Schieve Tabarnak5.3%12/7/2016
Three Floyds Floydivision 27.7%12/7/2016
Spiteful Working For The Weekend7.9%12/7/2016
Pipeworks Blueberry Cichlid 9.5%12/7/2016
Local Option Kentucky Common6.5%12/7/2016
Half Acre Double Daisy Cutter8%12/7/2016
Half Acre Deep Space10%12/7/2016
Half Acre Big Hugs Imperial Stout10%12/7/2016
Founders Backwoods Bastard11.6%12/7/2016
De Molen Cuvee #510.9%12/7/2016
Central Waters Brewer’s Reserve Belgian Style Quadruple Ale9%12/7/2016
Almanac Farmer’s Reserve Raspberry7%12/7/2016
Lagunitas Willett Whiskey Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout11.7%11/28/2016
Cascade Drie Zwarte Pieten Sang Noir9.2%11/28/2016
Pipeworks / Local Option Rohrwerker 10.5%11/23/2016
Une Année Framboise6.5%11/23/2016
Trois Dames Forêt Noire6.8%11/23/2016
Scratch Barrel-Aged Sahti5.8%11/23/2016
Pipeworks The Jones Dog (12 Year Elijah Craig Barrel Aged)13%11/23/2016
Pipeworks The Hyper Dog (Barrel Aged)13%11/23/2016
Pipeworks The Jones Dog (Bourbon Barrel Aged)13%11/23/2016
Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout (High West Rye Barrel)12%11/23/2016
Half Acre Juice Man5.6%11/23/2016
Green Flash Cellar 3 Series: Blanc Tarte Barrique4.5%11/23/2016
Goose Island Hombre Secreto9%11/23/2016
Freigeist Geisterzug Gose Quinced5.2%11/23/2016
Central Waters / Lowlands Quadder Bourbon Barrel Aged10%11/23/2016
Brekeriet Queens Quad13%11/23/2016
18th Street Sex and Candy7.5%11/23/2016
Three Floyds Blood of the Sunsets7.2%11/13/2016
Surly Darkness9.6%11/13/2016

  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Habanero  (26) Tranbjerg, DENMARK, Denmark | December 3, 2016
A small pub oddly placed in a pleasant residential neighborhood and a little hard to find. The style with heveay metal is a bit of fun, but the background music is varied. The tap list is great with local Chicagobryggerier3F where freshly tapped Dreatnaut and double Daisy Cuttter was truly delicious., Prices are somewhat high, even compared to the relatively high prices at home in Denmark. Local Option is a must if you are in the area around Chicago.
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Ktwse  (118) , England | November 29, 2016
Great tap list, never bothered to look at the bottle list. Friendly staff, but the whole metal vibe and big beards hipster kind of thing is getting old... Seriously? Kind of hard for me to talk about value as I basically went for the most expensive beers on tap, and it’s hard to argue you’re going to pay a premium for anything from Cascade and Speedway Stouts...
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06  (51) Ohio | November 14, 2016
Small place in what seemed to be a quite section of Chicago. We found street parking a short block away. Nice metal vibe. Good selection of what turned out to be very expensive beers, no taster option. The food was good. Turned out to be a good, but expensive lunch before FoBAB.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 4/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
JohnRMurdoch  (380) Glasgow, Scotland | October 15, 2016
Craft beer bar in North Chicago. Good tap list. Black Sabbath music. No wifi. Quite expensive. Not sure about available bottles. American sports on TV. OK place. Not sure why it comes top on RateBeer for Chicago.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
miquelcrush  (218) Granollers, Spain | October 9, 2016
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
oeltroll  (7) | September 7, 2016
Visited this place after having had a number of their beers around Chicago. Exceptional draft list featuring lots of things I was unable to find around town in bottle ( let alone on draft). Bartenders were very helpful in navigating the draft list. Great food. By far the best draft list in Chicago.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 1/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
crossovert  (86) Chicago, Illinois | August 31, 2016
This is a love/semi-dislike place for me. I like the staff and they have treated me well over the years but I can’t help but say they are pretentious. Their beer list is filled with over-priced garbage most of the time and they only stock a handful of breweries some of which (dark horse, Evil Twin, FFF18th street, Almanac, Surly) i consider to be pretty decent breweries not amazing but vastly overpriced and overhyped. The prices here are near the top for chicago which is already an expensive town. Their house beers are always good and decently priced compared to the other stuff on. I love the metal theme and atmosphere and the Jambalaya (and other menu items) is top notch but if they want to stay alive in the coming years they are going to have to expand their horizons or just remain a niche for extreme beer nerd with money to burn.
  • 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  (270) 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  (991) 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.

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