Local Option

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Beers At Local Option

NameABVEntered
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
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 - Proprietor’s 201613%12/29/2016
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Coffee13.4%12/29/2016
Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine12.1%12/29/2016
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout14.2%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 Ninja Vs Unicorn Double IPA8%12/29/2016
Pipeworks Santa Vs Unicorn American Barleywine10%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 Glaucus Belgian IPA (2016-)6.2%12/29/2016
Pipeworks Cranberry Berliner 4%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
De Molen Cuvee #510.9%12/7/2016
Founders Backwoods Bastard11.6%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


100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
jmagnus87  (92) Rockford, Illinois | January 6, 2013
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 don’t have a lot of experience with Chicago bars, but they had beer here I’ve never even heard of, along with some of their own stuff. More expensive than what I’m used to, but a pretty good deal for big city stuff. Overall, great! I can’t wait to come back.
100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
SacchCerevisiae  (2) Ohio City, Cleveland, Ohio | July 19, 2011
WOW!!! Found this place on a quick trip to CHI this past weekend thanks to fellow RateBeer users. This place delivered on all levels. Very friendly and eager to serve bartenders, selection of 31 fantastic, some unusual taps, great food. Only downer was that it was just a tad more expensive than normal. A must-stop for the craft beer fan in Chicago.
100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
silvertrance  (5) Louisville, Kentucky | October 12, 2010
Find this place. Taps are the best you will see, very unique selection. Had 6 Mikkellers on while I was there. Staff was really nice. Great food, had sword fish tacos. Went back more then once while on vacation in Chicago for a week. Will return when I go back. Located near the University, watch were you park.
100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
scruz  (1) | November 9, 2010
this place is the fucking shizz!
100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
Tmoney99  (590) Cincinnati, Ohio | October 30, 2012
Easy to find location with street parking. Late afternoon on Saturday and the place was busy but had no trouble finding table and the same on Sunday. Chalk board with draft beer list. Freindly service and good knowledge of beers. Started with tap list and server gave one of the house bottles to go. I had new beers for me. Very good food menu of sandwichs and main courses at a good price for the city. Short trip from downtown, but long trip from Cincy. I went two nights and I will return.
100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
CaraCurtis  (10) Nevada | September 3, 2011
I was ecstatic when I arrived at this beer bar. It has been one of my top favorite places to drink beer. I went there during a quick trip to Chicago. We only had the chance to go twice in three days, however I wish it was more! I could not get enough. I love the atmosphere. I am a pretty big heavy metal fan and I love beer. I wish I was able to be there on one of the nights they played only metal! However, I know that will happen down the road. I had Three floyds here for the first time and on our last visit we had a cantillon classic gueuze (yellow label). Upon leaving one of the visits, I was given a free pair of local option socks since I was unable to be there for the Metallica night. What a great experience. Amazing all around, beer, food, and environment.
100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
pivotalalexi  (16) Illinois | November 1, 2011| Updated November 24, 2015
Great beer bar in Chicago.
98
  • 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.
98
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
MarcatGSB  (17) Eagle Harbor, Michigan | November 6, 2012
Great spot. This place has officially surpassed Map Room, HopLeaf, SmallBar Division, and Fountainhead on my list of personal favorite Chicago beer stops. The staff is absolutely ingrained in this business. They followed Tony from his last venture, and many have been there from the beginning. You can tell by the way they present themselves, and the care they take in their craft, creating both craft beer and a craft beer atmosphere. Great vibe in this place. I’m not a metal head. I’m a long haired hippy, but I never felt out of the place, and the staff was a great reason why. Very welcoming, the vibe is lively and overall very joyous...most of the people here are totally geeking out on the dankest beer list in the city, so why not. Their tap list is very well rounded, and at 31, it’s the perfect number. A bit of everything for everyone, and I would know as my group was 10 thick, and we visited numerous times and each time someone found something new and interesting that they enjoyed. The bottle list is spectacular. Short and sweet. Plenty of vintage bottles. Focused mostly on bottles that age well, they have a great selection of things you will not find in the city, anywhere! The food was fantastic, each of the three times our group decided it was time to put some food in our belly. Swordfish tacos, shrimp tacos, crab cakes, french fries, tots, pan fried spinich. A very nice, concise, well rounded menu. I wish this place the best. This is the epicenter of beer passion in the hear of the Midwest. I am proud to support this venture.
98
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
Jeffervon  (3) Illinois | March 13, 2012
One of the top five places in Chicago consistently for years! Go to the Local Option Immediately and check out the most recent chalkboard beer list. I have been blown away by their offerings again and again. Great bunch of folks that run this place. They are creating some of their own brews lately and I must say, "Dedicated to deliciousness!"

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