Local Option

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Beers At Local Option

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 Annťe Framboise6.5%11/23/2016
Trois Dames Winter Sour Ale7%11/23/2016
Le Trou du Diable / De la Senne Schieve Tabarnak5.3%11/23/2016
Trois Dames ForÍt Noire6.8%11/23/2016
Three Floyds Zombie Dust6.2%11/23/2016
Scratch Barrel-Aged Sahti5.8%11/23/2016
Pipeworks Cranberry Berliner 4%11/23/2016
Pipeworks / Local Option / Freigeist The Long Hair Affair 6%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
Local Option Outlawger5%11/23/2016
Local Option Kentucky Common6.5%11/23/2016
Local Option Kentucky Common - Bourbon Barrel6.5%11/23/2016
Lagunitas ScareCity #3: High West-ified Imperial Coffee Stout12.1%11/23/2016
Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout (High West Rye Barrel)12%11/23/2016
Half Acre Juice Man5.6%11/23/2016
Half Acre Double Daisy Cutter8%11/23/2016
Green Flash Cellar 3 Series: Blanc Tarte Barrique4.5%11/23/2016
Goose Island Hombre Secreto9%11/23/2016
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout14.2%11/23/2016
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Proprietorís 201613%11/23/2016
Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine12.1%11/23/2016
De Molen Cuvee #510.9%11/23/2016
Freigeist Geisterzug Gose Quinced5.2%11/23/2016
Central Waters / Lowlands Quadder Bourbon Barrel Aged10%11/23/2016
Cascade Cranberry7%11/23/2016
Brekeriet Queens Quad13%11/23/2016
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee12%11/23/2016
Almanac Farmerís Reserve Raspberry7%11/23/2016
18th Street Sex and Candy7.5%11/23/2016
Surly Darkness9.6%11/13/2016
Three Floyds Blood of the Sunsets7.2%11/13/2016
Trois Dames Saison Framboise6.8%11/13/2016
Maine Beer Peeper Ale5.5%11/13/2016
Scratch Sour Anise Hyssop4.8%11/13/2016
Pipeworks Sunburst Peacock9.5%11/13/2016
Maine Beer Lunch7%11/13/2016
Pipeworks Bloody Guppy5%11/13/2016
Jolly Pumpkin / Anchorage Calabaza Boreal7%11/13/2016
Jolly Pumpkin Saison X4.5%11/13/2016
Green Flash Blanc Tarte Barrique4.5%11/13/2016
Cascade Sang Noir9.5%11/13/2016
Brewski / Against the Grain Against the Grapefruit 4%11/13/2016
Central Waters Brewerís Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout9.5%11/13/2016
Alpine Beer Company Pure Hoppiness8%11/13/2016
Almanac Tangerine de Brettaville6.5%11/13/2016
Three Floyds La Noche Se Mueve7%11/12/2016
Pipeworks / Toppling Goliath Double Creature Feature9%11/4/2016
Three Floyds Permanent Funeral10.5%10/26/2016
Pipeworks Unicornís Revenge10%10/20/2016
Three Floyds Space Station Middle Finger6%10/15/2016
Cascade The Vine8.85%10/12/2016
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Hammerhead12%10/12/2016
Brewski Mr. Candy4%10/12/2016
Local Option / Central Waters De Kleine Dood9.05%10/12/2016
Pipeworks Reaper Vs Unicorn10%10/11/2016
Central Waters Brewerís Reserve Bourbon Barrel Barleywine11.2%10/11/2016
Brouhaha ForÍt Noire11%10/11/2016
Pipeworks Sangremancer 8.5%10/11/2016
Pipeworks Scarlet Betta9.5%10/11/2016
Spiteful Working For The Weekend7.9%10/11/2016
18th Street Hunter Vanilla8.5%10/10/2016
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare 201514.5%10/10/2016
Trois Dames Saison Brett6%9/27/2016
Three Floyds Skeletonwitch Red Death Sour8.5%9/27/2016
Scratch Sweet Clover Coffee6.3%9/27/2016
Mikkeller / Three Floyds BlŚ SpÝgelse Blueberry Bluebic7.7%9/27/2016
Pipeworks Mandarin Dragonet9.5%9/27/2016
Scratch Cedar Oak Saison5.6%9/27/2016
Pipeworks Coffee Break Abduction Imperial Stout10.5%9/27/2016
Prairie Bomb!13%9/27/2016
Pipeworks The Lizard King6%9/27/2016
Local Option Scorched Tundra VI7%9/27/2016
Half Acre Deep Space10%9/27/2016
Jolly Pumpkin / Anchorage Matame Ahorita5.5%9/27/2016
Jolly Pumpkin / Monkish Cucurbitophobia6.1%9/27/2016
Cascade Elderberry8.1%9/27/2016
Amager / Crooked Stave Chad, King of The Wild Yeasts5%9/27/2016
Founders Nitro Pale Ale5.4%9/27/2016
Evil Twin Even More Jesus12%9/27/2016
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Hawaiian12%9/27/2016
AleSmith Decadence 201510%9/27/2016
Half Acre Golden Tuna4.7%9/21/2016
Scratch Aronia Berry Old Ale0%9/21/2016
Almanac Tropical Platypus6%9/21/2016
Pipeworks Raspberry Berliner4%9/21/2016
Almanac Farmerís Reserve Blueberry7%9/21/2016
Almanac Cold Brew Coffee Barrel Noir10.3%9/21/2016
Central Waters Cassian Sunset10.5%9/21/2016
Surly / Amager Todd - The Axe Man (Surly Version)7.2%9/14/2016
Struise Black Albert13%9/14/2016
Pipeworks Mango Guppy0%9/14/2016
Three Floyds War Mullet 8.1%9/14/2016
Pipeworks Sure Bet9.5%9/14/2016
Pipeworks Just Drink It Dummy9%9/14/2016
Pipeworks Lil Citra4.9%9/14/2016

  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Leighton  (983) 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 youíre not likely to see around. One complaint might be that the styles featured were pretty punchy; there wasnít 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 wasnít 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.
  • 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 Poí 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.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis  (854) 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) doesnít 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 donít know about heavy metal ambiance; they were playing 70ís 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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 isnít huge, but is pretty diverse, so itís not hard to find something. Iíve had tap issues prevent me from trying a couple beers here before. Service can be spotty. Theyíre either really on top of things or you canít find them for 10 minutes and you leave cash on the table and bail. I think they get bored when itís slow. Definitely worth checking out, but not a favorite overall.
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Sdaniel90  (21) Mexico City, Mexico | June 13, 2015
Cozy place in the suburbs thatís 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.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk  (337) 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 brewpubís 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.
  • 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. Didnít try the food. Service the night we were there was friendly. Iíd love to go back next time in Chicago.
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
notalush  (392) 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 - heíd point at me to see if I wanted anything - monosyllabic communication - I did not try the food, as Iíd 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 Iím glad I visited, but I probably wouldnít return here - in hindsight, I should have just stayed at Goose Island and had some more (less expensive) beers in a more comfortable environment.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • OVERALL 18/20
theisti  (791) 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)

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