Local Option

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Beers At Local Option

NameABVEntered
Local Option Kentucky Common6.5%8/9/2017
Central Waters Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout9.5%8/9/2017
Spiteful Working For The Weekend7.9%8/9/2017
Local Option Outlawger5%8/9/2017
Local Option Heinous Canis6.5%8/9/2017
Central Waters Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Barleywine11.2%8/9/2017
Pipeworks / Local Option Rohrwerker 10.5%8/4/2017
Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Plead the 5th Imperial Stout14%7/25/2017
The Hop Concept Galaxy & Comet IPA8%7/25/2017
Three Floyds NECRON 997.3%7/25/2017
Pipeworks Barrel Aged As You Wish... 0%7/3/2017
Pipeworks Barrel Aged Abduction 0%7/3/2017
Pipeworks Barrel Aged Cherry Truffle Abduction13%7/3/2017
Scratch Green Walnut5.1%6/25/2017
Lagunitas The Waldos' Special Ale11.9%6/25/2017
Pipeworks Blood of the Unicorn8.5%6/24/2017
Jolly Pumpkin / Mikkeller Sea Buckthorn Fandango5.8%6/24/2017
Bent River Barrel Aged Vanilla Double Uncommon Stout 11.25%6/6/2017
Hanssens Scarenbecca Kriek6%5/21/2017
Local Option Shuggahfem!9%5/21/2017
Scratch Chantrelle Turmeric Sour4.1%5/9/2017
Scratch Barrel-Aged Aronia Ryewine9.2%5/9/2017
Scratch Black Gruit5%3/31/2017
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Barrel Aged: Hammerhead12%3/17/2017
Founders Lizard of Koz10.5%3/14/2017
Brekeriet Cassis5.2%3/14/2017
De la Senne / Le Trou du Diable Schieve Tabarnak6.5%3/14/2017
18th Street Under Crown 9.9%3/14/2017
AleSmith San Diego Pale Ale .3946%3/10/2017
Le Trou du Diable Dulcis Succubus7%3/10/2017
To Øl Mine Is Bigger Than Yours Barley Wine12.5%3/10/2017
Three Floyds Zombie Dust6.2%3/10/2017
Three Floyds Crack the Skye11%3/10/2017
Pipeworks Ninja Vs Unicorn Double IPA8%3/10/2017
Pipeworks Lizard King6%3/10/2017
Local Option Mourning Wood7.3%3/10/2017
Local Option Dampf Loc - Neue Welt Hefe Gerste5.3%3/10/2017
Lagunitas High West-ified Imperial Coffee Stout12.4%3/10/2017
Jolly Pumpkin / Anchorage Calabaza Boreal7%3/10/2017
Anchorage / Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Boreal 7%3/10/2017
Freigeist Geisterzug Gose Spruced5%3/10/2017
Hoppin' Frog Barrel Aged In-Ten-Sity12%3/10/2017
Green Flash Cellar 3 Series: Nouveau Tarte7.7%3/10/2017
De la Senne Saison du Meyboom 5.5%3/10/2017
De Molen Hemel & Hel (Heaven & Hell)12%3/10/2017
Amager / Jester King Danish Metal10%3/10/2017
Almanac Peach de Brettaville6.5%3/10/2017
Almanac Farmer's Reserve Blueberry7%3/10/2017
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee12%3/10/2017
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Hammerhead12%3/10/2017
AleSmith Speedway Stout12%3/10/2017
AleSmith Old Numbskull - Bourbon Barrel Aged11%3/10/2017
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged12%3/10/2017
Off Color Blueberries Feel Pain8.1%2/20/2017
Pipeworks Mocha Abduction10.5%2/20/2017
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Proprietor's 201613%2/19/2017
3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze6%2/14/2017
Trois Dames Sauvageonne6%2/14/2017
Prairie / Evil Twin Bible Belt - Barrel Aged13%2/14/2017
Prairie / Evil Twin Bible Belt13%2/14/2017
Mikkeller Beer Geek Vanilla Shake (Bourbon Edition)13%2/14/2017
Anchorage 2016 Rondy Brew Saison6%2/14/2017
Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel10.9%2/14/2017
Mikkeller AK Alive8%2/14/2017
Scratch Wild Passion Fruit Saison5%2/14/2017
Prairie Bomb!13%2/14/2017
Pipeworks Mango Guppy4.6%2/14/2017
Pipeworks Mango Berliner4%2/14/2017
Pipeworks End of Days (Batch 012 and After) 8.2%2/14/2017
Pipeworks A Couple Two Tree9%2/14/2017
Mikkeller / Three Floyds Blå Spøgelse Blueberry Bluebic7.7%2/14/2017
Local Option Kentucky Common - Bourbon Barrel6.5%2/14/2017
Hanssens Oudbeitje6%2/14/2017
Hanssens Experimental Raspberry (Frambozenlambik)6%2/14/2017
Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine12.1%2/14/2017
Brekeriet Sour White5%2/14/2017
Brekeriet Hallon6%2/14/2017
AleSmith Nut Brown Ale - Vietnamese Coffee5%2/14/2017
Against the Grain / De Molen Bo & Luke13%2/14/2017
Pipeworks Hyper Dog 7.5%2/5/2017
Paradox Beer Future Knowledge5.2%2/5/2017
Maine Beer Lunch7%2/5/2017
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout13.8%2/5/2017
Prairie Pirate Noir12%12/29/2016
Prairie Vanilla Noir12.5%12/29/2016
Prairie Coffee Noir11.5%12/29/2016
Prairie Prairie Noir11%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
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 Crusher9.4%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
FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Woodford Reserve Barrel11.9%12/29/2016
FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Vanilla11.9%12/29/2016


78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Travlr  (2973) Charlotte , North Carolina | 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. I’ll definitely be back.
80
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
3fourths  (1569) Boulder, Colorado | July 6, 2012
small rock bar type place filled mostly with college students. good folks behind the bar didn’t cop and attitude with me in my suit after a dinner at Alinea, and let me sit and enjoy a couple of drinks our of the sweltering heat and humidity. they offer a number of choice drafts including house beers made by Against the Grain in Louisville, Kentucky. only one of these was available on my visit (the pils) and it was decent. worth visiting but according to RB it’s the highest-scoring bar in Chicago, and with that I’d have to disagree, mostly because of ambiance and the common draft list (common compared to other bars in town, not a knock on quality).
90
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
t0rin0  (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | August 26, 2013
Visited half a dozen times in the past 3 years, most recently on August 13, 2013.

This place is awesome. Great music, always a good tap line up (and now they have half a dozen house beers on tap as well), and they do some fun events. The first time I visited I had all the St Lamvinus I could drink at $8/pint. Since then I’ve been given free beers, and even recognized by the bartenders after not having been there for a number of months. This place is a regular stop for me when in Chicago.

US place rating number 500.
84
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis  (1084) Sunnyvale, California | January 4, 2016
First drinking stop of the day. Unassuming exterior in a slow part of town. Free street parking (I parked around the corner) doesn’t seem to be too hard. Nice ambiance, beers on a board near the bar, but you need to get up and walk over to read them properly. No ABV information shown. I don’t know about heavy metal ambiance; they were playing 70’s soft rock when I was there. Prices are kind of up there, but then again I am not sure what is normal for Chicago. They do have a kitchen, but it is not open on Mondays. Place was pretty dead when I was there on a Monday afternoon. Worth a stop for sure, for the taplist alone.
84
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2  (1056) Escondido, California | June 19, 2011
A nice, though loud, bar very near DePaul University. The 37 or so tap selection is very nice, and covers a wide range of styles and large number of countries. While there are bottled beers, I did not check out the beer list. We were here after the kitchen closed, so I cannot comment on the food.
90
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Leighton  (1043) 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.
88
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 18/20
theisti  (893) Kansas | March 2, 2015
Visited mid-afternoon to meet a friend and have a beer. I was the only person in the bar when I got there, and the guy working the bar was very welcoming and friendly. Smaller room, very much a bar layout. Sort of a grunge metal feel to it, though it was very clean. 30 high quality taps, featuring 9 Local Option beers. Food is also available with a Cajun focus. Easily the best draft selection I saw during my weekend trip to Chicago.

88 = ★★★★ (best in area, a must for locals and visitors)

I only use the total score, not the component parts.
90
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Dogbrick  (858) Columbus, Ohio | November 4, 2012
(Visited 06/2012): Local Option is located on the north side of Chicago on Webster. Parking on the surrounding streets is fairly difficult to find.

The interior has a red and blue color scheme accented by a chalkboard listing the beers and some snare drum heads. The long bar is along the left side and there are some booths in the back. They also had a marker board that read "Welcome Beer Nerds", which I thought was a nice touch.

The bar has around 30 beers on tap from brewers like Goose Island, Three Floyds, Central Waters, Port Brewing and Local Option house beers. Lots of bottled options too from Bells, Three Floyds, Goose Island and many more.

Service on a weekday afternoon was good, and the bartenders were accommodating considering I showed up right as they opened.

I did not try any food on this visit.

Overall this is a great Chicago beer bar.
90
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Drake  (831) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | August 4, 2017
Love this place. Dark, tiny, low key. Where else does the bartender turn off the music so he can watch Jeopardy, turning the music back on during commercial breaks? Wonderfully weird. About 7 "666" references visible from my seat. 7 ish Local Option beers on tap, a couple dozen guest taps including rarities. Bartender is excellent, friendly, knows the beers. Pricy, but not bad for the quality. Tacos were tasty. I’m a Chicago neophyte but safe to say this is an essential Chicago stop. I’ll be back.
94
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
NachlamSie  (794) Denver, Colorado | March 15, 2010| Updated January 5, 2011
Hilariously decorated with a plethora of Miller signs, there is no Miller or other various swill to be found here. The tap list is one of the strongest I’ve seen including Mikeller, Hopsplam, Fastenbier, Dark Horse, etc. Service was personable and highly attentive. I had a veggie salad which was one of the best salads I have had. I will be back if ever in the area. The quiet neighborhood location is another plus.

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