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86 /100 2140 NORTH MILWAUKEE AVENUE
“This is a modern, sleek, hip drinking space that serves fine coffee drinks alongside house-brewed beers. In addition to the Pilot Project lineup, they have guest breweries come in to brew beers to be served. The span of the tap list is widened with this concept, there was no shortage of interesting or familiar styles. It's pretty chill in here, a lot of folks were unwinding or doing work on laptops. The beer is at a premium price, but it's been a few years since my last visit and I felt the cost of living bump this time. So it's not just Pilot Project, but I saw $9 pours of pretty standard beers (IPA, Pilsner, Pale ale, etc.) at a few different places around town. It's a cool business model here and we were just bumming around the neighborhoods along the blue line towards the airport which made this a pretty convenient stop.“
NachlamSie 14 days ago
72 /100 17 EAST MONROE STREET , CHICAGO, IL, 60603, US
“Some really good beers at so so priced. Don’t know that they knew too much about the beers but I have ratebeer. Swanky setting added to it for us. Decent speed of service.“
jb 26 days ago
60 /100 500 NORTH LASALLE STREET
“They had some of their own beers and killer happy hour prices. Server didn’t want to get me a Beer list though which greatly decreased my joy. Worth a stop if you like the thicker pizza.“
jb 26 days ago
70 /100
Miller’s Pub (Restaurant)
134 S. WABASH AVE.
“Old fashioned bar with real bartenders that happens to have some great beers. A small amount that seems to rotate. Definitely worth a stop.“
jb 26 days ago
78 /100 17 W ADAMS ST
“Nice old school vibe with some updates. Big selection of beers, long wooden bar from the Berghoff. Now beers is produced locally. the 3 beers we had were all fine.“
BlackBeerPG 26 days ago
80 /100 2925 W. MONTROSE
“Lots of zany pink and neon colors, more energy than the space had before. Loft upstairs with an art gallery and mini-arcade. Soaring high ceilings and exposed wooden trestle beams. Friendly welcoming staff, multiple greetings, took 10-15 min. to get a beer at the bar but service was fine after that. Beers were ok, the grapefruit & gin botanical beer was the best I tried. Some lacked the advertised flavors, coconut, candy bar, etc. The "beer flavored beer" was pretty good however. Food that I saw looked and smelled great, the menu was varied and interesting. Comfort foods and some different twists on the usual stuff. Edit: tried a few apps on the second visit. Curds, Asian BBQ wings, and "Wisconsin nachos" special were all tasty. Overall a nice addition to the neighborhood, with Montrose Saloon next door for much needed decompression. Templestowe is great for that too, and Aztlan Mexican Grill nearby is great for an al pastor taco fix, late night or anytime.“
emerge077 64 days ago
80 /100 2323 NORTH MILWAUKEE AVENUE
“Place is really convenient to the California Blue Line stop. Beer was a mix of stuff they're just releasing (had a really good orange IPA), a Deth's Tar vintage and the IPA-heavy classics that Revolution is known for. Building itself is basically a big box but the bacon fat popcorn is worth getting (I think "bacon fat" anything is generally worth getting - between that and the fact that I post frequently on a beer review site, I could stand to cut down on the calories). Solid service, you can buy memorabilia at the front. Worth a visit.“
WestCoastHawkeye 66 days ago
80 /100
Kumas Corner (Restaurant)
2900 W. BELMONT
“Went to the West Loop location (which I don't see on here but which I understand is very similar to the OG place). It's Kuma's, what can you say? Great taplist, nothing super whale-ish but tons of stuff you probably won't see outside Chicago and every now and then they'll get some stuff that will really sing to you. Did not have the burgers but they are very famously great. Punk aesthetic. It's Chi-town, what're you gonna do?“
WestCoastHawkeye 67 days ago
72 /100 41 E. SUPERIOR ST.
“You go here for the BBQ, not the beer. The beer is solid - you'll probably see something you haven't had before but it won't blow your mind, but there's enough solid stuff here where you won't feel like you ruined a beer trip getting some good food either. BBQ is spectacular though. Get the Super Hot wings. Onion rings also excellent.“
WestCoastHawkeye 67 days ago
82 /100 1132 S JEFFERSON ST
“Honestly ... it's great for midwest beers, some cool international stuff, but had to hunt more than I would expect in a tippy-top bottle shop for the absolutely best / crazy hard to find stuff. It's a very good bottle shop, but could stand for better curation / organization and I would say it was more of a standout 10 years ago than it is today.“
WestCoastHawkeye 67 days ago
92 /100 1102 WEST WEBSTER AVENUE
“Somehow I never made it here the year I lived in Chicago. Finally here so that the fiancee could meet the parents and she graciously let me drag her out here. Superb place. Staff clearly just loves loves loves beer and it shows in the draft list and their willingness to talk about what's on draft. And, beyond that, the captive brewpub's beers are interesting takes on their styles - and that's without touching the excellent stuff they have from other brewers. Tons of their captive brewery's stuff, collabs and 3 Floyds stuff (none of which are bad things). Also a few brewers with great stuff of whom I'd never heard. Punk atmosphere, beer-focused place. Go if you're in the Windy City. I would rank above anywhere I've been there. Not rating the food but my fiancee's tater tots were excellent.“
WestCoastHawkeye 67 days ago
44 /100 10000 BESSIE COLEMAN DR
“Came here on 12.8.2019. A short beer bar at Concourse C mainly serving Adams Street beers. Food has to be ordered on a different counter. I tried the Neon Rapsody IPA, tasted like water, has never seen hops. They also have some bottle beers including 2X Stout from Southern Tier. Very average lay out.“
Schlenkerla 73 days ago
74 /100
Smoke Daddy (Restaurant)
1804 W. DIVISION
“Visited here for dinner in early August '19 on a Sunday evening. Great BBQ joint with a solid beer list. Good 25 or so on tap, several regional breweries represented, Three Floyds, Haymarket, Lagunitas, Shorts, Half Acre to name a few. BBQ is spot on. Good friendly service.“
PorterPounder 73 days ago
88 /100 3258 NORTH SHEFFIELD AVENUE
“Visited here on Sunday afternoon in early August '19 after a Cubs game. Located a few blocks from Wrigley Field, a fun happening place. Good post game crowd and they handled it well, superb service. Great tap selection of Chicago favorites and several from the rest of Illinois and surrounding states. Sports bar type menu, we had Nachos and they were pretty tasty. Overall, a solid experience.“
PorterPounder 73 days ago
100 /100 1843 S WASHTENAW AVE
“Visited here in early August '19 on a Saturday afternoon. Located on the outskirts of Chicago, a long walk from the L Station (take an Uber), easy to miss the entrance. Once you get inside, it is like a Willy Wonka experience, with black lights and cranking music. If you take the tour, you are led into a comfy living room type area where you are served samples of Lagunitas standards and left to mingle, play video games and just soak up the atmosphere. Then, you are led on an informative and humorous tour with a full pour and a knowledgeable guide. It all ends up in the cozy tap room where you will find a large array of Lagunitas standards as well as several one-offs and standards. A bit out of the way for downtown Chicago visitors, but well worth the trip.“
PorterPounder 75 days ago
80 /100 737 WEST RANDOLPH STREET
“Visited here in early August '19 for lunch on a Friday afternoon. Wide open space, has a sports bar kind of feel to it, large bar area, plenty of booths and tables, outdoor seating as well. Have about 25 of their own on tap, a few in cans of their own and a guest tap or two. The ones we had were pretty solid. Solid Chicago menu, brats, burgers and such. Service was prompt and friendly.“
PorterPounder 76 days ago
68 /100 1800 WEST CUYLER
“A good sized first floor space with a bit of an industrial feel. The upstairs was open as well which felt like a bare bones event space. They had a few lawn games up there. Service was fine. Beers were ok but 12 on tap and flights available. No food on site but they appear to have food trucks. Prices were inline with the area. Nothing too special.“
deyholla 99 days ago
72 /100 3446 NORTH SOUTHPORT
“An upscale feeling brewpub with a bit of an old fancy library feel to it. Bar was small but a good amount of other seating. Service was fine. They had 6 beers on tap with a flight available. Food was solid but not great. Prices seemed a touch on the high end. Been twice now and while solid I am always left wanting more.“
deyholla 99 days ago
80 /100 1800 WEST BELLE PLAINE AVENUE
“Located just off the Brown Line it was easy to get to in a small warehouse. A nice wooden tap room with a decent amount of seating. Bartenders were friendly and helpful. There were probably 12 beers on tap with a few bottles to go available. Flights were available on the non-sour beers. Appreciated the lager focus. A few snacks and a food truck on site. Prices were good except the sours on tap were quite expensive so I skipped. Overall I enjoyed my visit and would recommend.“
deyholla 99 days ago
74 /100 2760 N. MILWAUKEE AVE
“A cozy little brewery/taproom on Milwaukee Ave with an open floorplan that makes it feel bigger than it is. Board and card games on-site to use too. Very small food (snack) menu, but you can also order delivery to your table from a touchscreen stand on site, which is nice. 10 beers on tap, a few bottled sours, and some cans for carryout in the cooler. The beer was good (not great), and the bartender was friendly too. A nice stop for a beer or two if you're in Logan Square.“
b3shine 109 days ago
84 /100 4471 W LAWRENCE AV
“6/8/19 (Chicago): Stopped in after looking for Blushing Monk in Beer Menus, and found many excellent offerings available. Not a large store, but several quality craft beers including harder to find offerings. Staff friendly, price and value ranged from very good to great. Very happy I found this spot and will keep this store on my radar for future purchases.“
dukeandduke 122 days ago
62 /100 2101 S. CARPENTER
“Some of the neighborhoods getting there didn't look the greatest, but inside was nice. No bartender to be seen for 14 minutes. One of my companions was about to call the brewery so that someone would come pick up the phone. Bartender started off crappy, a quick, unfriendly "NO" to "Do you do flights?", but was fine with checking back with us. Beer average+, nothing memorable. Pricing, eh... I paid $7 each for some 10 oz pours, but this is Chicago, and some of these brews were interesting.“
hershiser2 126 days ago
100 /100 162 EAST SUPERIOR
“Best bar of my life!“
HopsScout31 129 days ago
100 /100 1206 N. STATE PARKWAY
“Best bar of my life!“
HopsScout31 129 days ago
100 /100
HopCat - Chicago (Restaurant)
2577 N. CLARK ST.
“Best bar of my life!“
HopsScout31 129 days ago
84 /100 3800 N. CLARK STREET
“Nice place near Wrigley. Looks new. Bar seats about twenty. About dozen tables inside and outdoor patio. Lighting is bright and big windows. Service is good and friendly. 12 beers to choose from. Overall nice place. Cheers!“
unclefrito62 131 days ago
86 /100 2812 N LINCOLN AVE
“Sick spot in Chicago. Did some work here after a conference wrapped up and they do have free wi-fi. Great selection, about 16 taps and loads of bottles. Some reasonable cats manning the bar as well. Much like a spinning device that blows air, I'm a fan.“
nickd717 132 days ago
90 /100 3340 N KEDZIE AVE
“Excelente Bar de Fábrica, se puede visitar la fábrica con personal de la compañía el cual es muy agradable y esmerado. El tap room no ofrece comidas, si excelente variedad de estilos de cerveza tirada y en latas para llevar. Hay juegos y el ambiente está muy cuidado. Recomendable!!!!“
SourExports23 160 days ago
68 /100 1801 W. FOSTER
“Tap room pequeño y de ambiente ameno, se puede visitar con mascotas y tomar buenas cervezas. El servició y la ambientación son normales.“
SourExports23 160 days ago
90 /100 4257 NORTH LINCOLN AVENUE
“Excelente Cervecería de Chicago, ambiente familiar e impecable, muy buena variedad de panes frescos para acompañar las excelentes cervezas que sirven! Recomendable!!!!“
SourExports23 160 days ago
96 /100
The Beer Temple (Beer Store)
3185 N ELSTON AVE
“5/13/19 (Chicago): Not sure why it took so long to reach The Beer Temple beyond the location, but well worth my first visit and can't wait to go back. Started in the tap room, over 20 draft pours including an ongoing cask conditioned handle, they offer a wide variety of brewers and styles at reasonable prices, especially considering the quality and availability of their offerings. Bartender was friendly, knowledgeable and provided great service to one and all. Bar and table areas nice and accommodating. Bottles also offered, either from the taproom or bottle shop, which is extensive in terms of styles and quality of offerings, including non beer offerings such as meads and whiskey. In addition to the four (two more than I originally planned on going in), I brought additional offerings home (new offerings and old favorites),with a second and third trip list of additional offerings I plan on snagging in future trips. Friendly and knowledgeable service and selection, I look forward to many future trips to the Beer Temple!“
dukeandduke 162 days ago
84 /100 960 W 31ST STREET
“An on-site and carryout spot on the southside that's worth stopping by, but more for the latter than the former. You won't be disappointed if you do though.“
b3shine 171 days ago
88 /100
The Beer Temple (Beer Store)
3185 N ELSTON AVE
“This place is a must-stop while in Chicago. The staff and selection are both great. An esoteric selection that will impress everyone from enthusiasts to connoisseurs.“
b3shine 172 days ago
100 /100
The Beer Temple (Beer Store)
3185 N ELSTON AVE
“sample while you shop, brilliant“
zebra 174 days ago
50 /100 4055 WEST PETERSON AVENUE, REAR SUITE
“Sparse warehouse feel. Lots of hazy on tap but besides Le Just, not much hitting the mark. Solid.“
chibuck 177 days ago
92 /100 3630 S IRON ST
“This place is awesome! Located on the South Side of ChiTown in an industrial area. They have a wide variety of beer to choose from, my favorite are their DIPAs, which they have several and their staple is Jungle Boogie! Their food is excellent, try the Cubano, best ever, and they make their own chips. The ambiance is super cool, on Sundays they have a DJ spinning vinyl and they have events on Friday or Saturday night But really it’s all about the beer.“
pablo951 218 days ago
82 /100
State and Lake (Restaurant)
201 N. STATE STREET
“3/18/19: First visit met a friend for lunch. Nice selection of local beers, a dozen on tap and similar bottle count. Food very good, nice lunch spot. Service was friendly throughout, nice food suggestions. Companion had wine. Pricing consistent with downtown casual restaurants, beer somewhat pricey. Overall nice friendly spot to meet friends or chill, very good food offerings, liked the beer selection and looking forward to next visit.“
dukeandduke 219 days ago
88 /100 2300 N MILWAUKEE AVE
“12/3/18: Went in on the suggestion of the Great Lakes forum after a stop at Revolution Brew Pub. Well stocked independent store with some hard to find varieties. Pricing fair to very good, staff friendly and knowledgeable. They have good coverage of large and small brewers. Overall good stop, look forward to my next visit.“
dukeandduke 221 days ago
76 /100 1720 NORTH MARCEY STREET
“7/2/18 - Larger than average Binny's, home of the annual Goose Island Bourbon County release. Very good beer sales on a regular basis, haven't been to a tasting but this location has several throughout the year. Across from the Goose Island brewpub, convenient for to go purchases after hitting the pub. Overall good store for very good beer selection and pricing.“
dukeandduke 227 days ago
70 /100
The Publican (Restaurant)
837 WEST FULTON MARKET
“Old time look and feel with stand up bar and closed booth seating, 12 taps and extensive bottle list , food is family style and good“
blutt59 229 days ago
78 /100
Au Cheval (Restaurant)
800 W RANDOLPH ST
“Diner on Fulton, claim to fame is the burger where a single is a double, served with cheese and pickle , mayo, 30 ish taps of good quality stuff, fries were also good“
blutt59 230 days ago
82 /100 17 W ADAMS ST
“Great atmosphere, with a German fine dining motif. Food and service were impeccable. Beer is brewed there and is tasty, though a limited selection.“
GregMooreNH 247 days ago
44 /100 2925 W. MONTROSE
“Parking is stupid again. Terrible location that I think continues to lead to closures. Prices are all inclusive but absurdly expensive for a half pour. Flights are going to be $20. Interesting design but feels like the Willy Wonka brewery, not in a good way. Beers were forgettable and bad, pomegrante sour was passable. Food was solid. Enjoyed the fries. Once the scene wears off this will close soon.“
chibuck 276 days ago
84 /100
Kumas Corner (Restaurant)
2900 W. BELMONT
“My last visit in Chicago, Wednesday night, June 2018. Visited after a long day doing sightseeing - museums, etc. Not busy when I visited it. Very nice ambiance, dark, nice rock music. I went there for the burgers. The one I selected was excellent. I also found a very good beer to drink from the small tap list. Very good service. I would go again.“
rouhlas 289 days ago
88 /100 1102 WEST WEBSTER AVENUE
“When I was planning to visit Chicago back in 2012 (couldn't make it finally) this place was at the top of my list. I visited on a Tuesday night, June 2018 to take part in a bottle share. I liked the ambiance. Some of their own beers on tap along with other nice mostly local ones. Very good service. I didnt try the food. I would go again for sure.“
rouhlas 289 days ago
84 /100 1927 WEST NORTH AVENUE
“Visited for dinner on a Tuesday night, June 2018. Very busy, I was lucky that I found a spot at the bar. Nice ambiance, dark during night hours, TV screens. 7 beers on tap available in flights. They were quite good. OK service, very good pizza. I would go again.“
rouhlas 289 days ago
86 /100 1949 NORTH HOYNE AVENUE
“When I was planning to visit Chicago back in 2012 (couldn't make it finally) this place was at the top of my list so I visited in June of 2018 for sentimental reasons :P Very nice ambiance. Many beers on tap, not something crazy but I found some interesting ones - new for me. Didnt check the bottles list. Good service. Nice place if you are in the neighborhood.“
rouhlas 289 days ago
76 /100
Hopleaf (Bar)
5148 N. CLARK
“When I was planning to visit Chicago back in 2012 (couldn't make it finally) this place was at the top of my list so I visited in June of 2018 for sentimental reasons :P Nice interior and ambiance. Many beers on tap, half of them Belgian. Not something crazy but I found some interesting local beers. Since I prefer brewpubs I dont know if I would go again unless I was in the neighborhood“
rouhlas 289 days ago
86 /100 4257 NORTH LINCOLN AVENUE
“Small tap room next to the brewery and next to a merch and beer store. Visited a Tuesday afternoon, June 2018. Not busy during my visit. 13 beers on tap. Flights available. Very good service. Beers were good. Didnt try the food. I would go again for sure.“
rouhlas 289 days ago