Ate/drank here several times when in downtown Chicago for work for a week. Ambience is more restaurant than beer destination because it is a restaurant that offers a nice beer selection. Food okay; prices high but it is Chicago.
Visited a couple of times in February 2016. This is a big place and kind of industrial. Located at around one minute from my hotel, The Intercontinental. The selection was nice (114 beers), both local ones from Illinois, from other parts of the US and some international ones. Beer flights were available. The service was fast and polite. The best beer that I had was the Bells Hopslam, what a great one.
Bunch of brews on tap. Giant bar with a ton of seating and an outdoor patio overlooking a park/garden/bum lounge. Great selection. Ordered gumball head, stale. Ordered Grapefruit sculpin which was a touch better. This is the reason you have a tap list and not a shotgun. Prices are a bit high but you’re on the mag mile/river north. Servers were good for what this place is. Middle of the road brewpub food. Nothing terrible. Rare beer list with 3/5 out of stock. Ummm, not much else to add. It’s decent. Wouldn’t order hoppy or fragile beer here.
Very good selection of American brews, including a lot of local beers. But lack some great American breweries (Alesmith, Farmstead Hill, Cigar City, Maine Beer...) and some microbreweries surprises! Service is fine and it’s possible to order in small degustation glasses. Worth the visit according to me.
Visited on a day drinking trip, wings were excellent. The place is full of different beer, they had many of my favorites but I decided to sample 6 or 7 that I had not had before. The service was outstanding, very professional and friendly. Be sure to visit the Jack Brickhouse statue and wgn walk of fame just steps from the entrance.
What a great spot. If there is not a beer you like here you must be the biggest beer snob in the world.
Right in the heart of town and the golden mile.
Kenny our barman was great and enjoyed talking beers to us. He was very busy but made time to chat and inform us on the beers that they had on.
114 taps with 6 rotating beers. Beer heaven.
Located in the Tribune Tower, entrance is on the south end of the building, about 500 feet off Michigan Ave. Looks like a huge patio outside with a nice view in warmer months.
Inside there’s a large host desk, almost like a hotel reception area. Little sayings were etched into the walls, not sure if that was pre-existing before the restaurant or not. At the bar, the decor was copper panels and faux black gatorskin chairs. Behind the bar was more industrial with steel paneled everything and narrow windows with a view into the keg storage room. Large dining room with modern flair, white tablecloths and large windows facing the NBC plaza. Overall the hotel lobby & restaurant vibe was a little sterile and soulless.
Service was ok, no one else was at the bar so the bartender was able to briefly chat, though it was early in the day and didn’t seem to be the standard.
Selection is wide, though there were only 8 seasonals listed. Majority is tried and true craft, mass appeal stuff organized by style in the middle of the menu book, after the food menu. The "sours/lambic/fruit" section didn’t list any unsweetened lambics, Jacobins Rouge was the only sour beer. Otherwise there’s plenty of safe options to choose from, with solid go-tos like Uinta Dubhe, Greenbush Anger, and Daisy Cutter. They offer small pours for $3ish on average, and don’t charge tax on your bar tab (a plus).
Location is good for a place like this, though Jake Melnicks has a better draft selection on the Mag Mile.