Local Option

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Beers At Local Option

NameABVEntered
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Barrel Aged: Hammerhead12%3/17/2017
Founders Lizard of Koz10.5%3/14/2017
Brekeriet Cassis5.2%3/14/2017
18th Street Under Crown 8.6%3/14/2017
De la Senne / Le Trou du Diable Schieve Tabarnak6.5%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 The Lizard King6%3/10/2017
Pipeworks Ninja Vs Unicorn Double IPA8%3/10/2017
Local Option Shuggahfem!9%3/10/2017
Local Option Outlawger5%3/10/2017
Local Option Mourning Wood7.3%3/10/2017
Local Option Kentucky Common6.5%3/10/2017
Local Option Dampf Loc - Neue Welt Hefe Gerste5.3%3/10/2017
Lagunitas High West-ified Imperial Coffee Stout12.2%3/10/2017
Jolly Pumpkin / Anchorage Calabaza Boreal7%3/10/2017
Anchorage / Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Boreal 7%3/10/2017
Hoppin’ Frog Barrel Aged In-Ten-Sity12%3/10/2017
Freigeist Geisterzug Gose Spruced5%3/10/2017
Green Flash Cellar 3 Series: Nouveau Tarte7.7%3/10/2017
De Molen Hemel & Hel (Heaven & Hell)12%3/10/2017
De la Senne Saison du Meyboom 4%3/10/2017
Central Waters Brewer’s Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout9.5%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 Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged12%3/10/2017
AleSmith Old Numbskull - Bourbon Barrel Aged11%3/10/2017
Off Color Blueberries Feel Pain8.1%2/20/2017
Spiteful Working For The Weekend7.9%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 Barrel Aged Bible Belt13%2/14/2017
Prairie / Evil Twin Bible Belt13%2/14/2017
Mikkeller Beer Geek Vanilla Shake (Bourbon Edition)13%2/14/2017
Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel10.9%2/14/2017
Anchorage 2016 Rondy Brew Saison6%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 Berliner4%2/14/2017
Pipeworks Mango Guppy0%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 Stout14.2%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 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 - 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
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
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 Permanent Funeral10.5%12/29/2016


92
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
ads135  (276) 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  (1015) 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  (101) 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  (906) 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  (22) 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.
84
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk  (374) Washington D.C., Washington DC | April 20, 2015| Updated July 30, 2015
Stopped in here for my brief beer moment on a trip to Chicago. This place was definitely great, both for the tap list and bottle menu. Lots of great stuff from the Midwest to drink here. I was unlucky with Three Floyds - the main reason I came - as they only had one of their beers on tap but had a Plead the 5th and some other good stuff as well. No flights here, pint is the smallest size you can get making it difficult to get taste much of the stuff - unfortunately that meant I had to leave out many of the brewpub’s own beers in favor of the other stuff around. Prices are good, some bombers really cheap. Good music, with an old Soundgarden album playing. Friendly locals.
80
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
jenray  (24) Houston, Texas | April 18, 2015
Was there late on a weeknight. Sat at a booth in the back. The place has a dive metal bar atmosphere, which is not usually my thing, but I enjoyed my time here. The beer selection was great and I found several interesting things to try. Prices were a little high. Didn’t try the food. Service the night we were there was friendly. I’d love to go back next time in Chicago.
64
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
notalush  (397) Denver, Colorado | March 29, 2015
I was a bit surprised by the small and low-key nature of then place, considering their beer is distributed so widely now - not sure exactly what I expected, but this is basically a small beer nerd bar masquerading as a dive metal bar - seems kind of incongruous, really - a chalk board lists the beers - no beer list to tell you the style, description, or prices (because fuck you) - the bartender was willing to describe the beers, but seemed kind of annoyed to do so - the selection had a few imports, a lot of common regional stuff, plus some smaller local stuff like Pipeworks and Half Acre - good assortment, but nothing of world-class caliber - bottle selection seemed decent - service was gruff - not rude (at least not until later), just kind of aloof and coarse - he’d point at me to see if I wanted anything - monosyllabic communication - I did not try the food, as I’d just eaten at Goose Island - beer prices are astronomical - I had two low-gravity beers (a shaker of lager and a ten ounce Belgian single, both local) and the bill came to sixteen bucks (I can only imagine what the imports and higher gravity stuff costs) - actually, from what I could see on the computer behind the counter, it was 15.50, but the bartender told me 16 (because fuck you) - when I handed him my card, he rather rudely told me that there was a 20 dollar minimum on debit/credit cards - naturally, there is no signage anywhere around the bar indicating this (because fuck you) - perhaps seeing that I was taken off guard by this, he told me he would run the card "this time," acting like it was the biggest damn hassle in the world and he was doing me this huge favor - overall, I guess I’m glad I visited, but I probably wouldn’t return here - in hindsight, I should have just stayed at Goose Island and had some more (less expensive) beers in a more comfortable environment.

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