Local Option

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Beers At Local Option

NameABVEntered
Pipeworks The Final Act13%11/11/2017
Local Option American Muscle13%11/11/2017
Pipeworks The Jones Dog (12 Year Elijah Craig Barrel Aged)13%11/11/2017
Prairie Bomb! Deconstructed: Cacao Nibs13%11/11/2017
Three Floyds Crack the Skye11%11/11/2017
Half Acre Orin13.7%11/11/2017
Pipeworks The Encore 13%11/11/2017
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
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
Almanac Peach de Brettaville6.5%3/10/2017
Amager / Jester King Danish Metal10%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


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.
82
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 1/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
crossovert  (142) 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.
92
  • 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
92
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
ads135  (311) 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.
90
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Leighton  (1044) 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.
90
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
dinkle50  (120) Chicago, Illinois | February 6, 2016
I really like this place. Probably the best beer bar in Chicago. The wings are really tasty here. So are any of the tacos or Po’ Boys Massive selection, great staff, better beer. The only downside is it is a bit pricey, and sometimes the metal is very loud. I go here often though, and do enjoy about everything about this place.
84
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis  (1128) 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.
90
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
probsolvr  (14) , | January 1, 2016
In addition to their own beers, they are know for their aggressive tap selection and heavy metal ambiance. Perhaps an acquired taste, but I love it.
96
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
rulas3  (54) Madrid, Spain | December 13, 2015
68
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
blueskunk  (10) Huntley, Illinois | July 7, 2015
Parking is easy to find, and ambiance is par. Selection isn’t huge, but is pretty diverse, so it’s not hard to find something. I’ve had tap issues prevent me from trying a couple beers here before. Service can be spotty. They’re either really on top of things or you can’t find them for 10 minutes and you leave cash on the table and bail. I think they get bored when it’s slow. Definitely worth checking out, but not a favorite overall.
76
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Sdaniel90  (24) Mexico City, Mexico | June 13, 2015
Cozy place in the suburbs that’s easy to get there as a tourist. Dark and broody place with a somewhat bizarre food menu. Selection is decent but not world class. Service is excellent.

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