Local Option

Mayor: pivotalalexi (30) | Affiliated user(s) here pivotalalexi | Taps: 31 | Bottles: 50+
Create a free account for these features:
Edit Add Event

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


94
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
jmm635  (89) Havertown, Pennsylvania | October 25, 2012
Pretty much a world class craft beer bar. Fairly small and crowded on a Saturday night but my crew of three managed to find a table after a round standing at the bar. The tap list blew my mind. I consider myself to be fairly knowledgeable of American craft breweries and I only recognized a handful of breweries from the chalkboard. The staff was very friendly and beer geeky and made wonderful selections throughout the evening. A must visit if you are in Chicago.
94
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Advocate_Ames  (35) Steubenville, Ohio | October 3, 2012
Stopped by on a Chicago trip. A memorable stop for me. The employ helped with all my questions and even gave me some suggestions of other places. Which is really a nice thing to do. I will go back if I make my way to the city again.
82
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
EHouse  (20) Boston, Massachusetts | August 12, 2012
The perfect beer selection, which in my mind means not overwhelming and full of interesting brews, not to mention any one who can get Zombie Dust on tap is a dead in. So, good beer and all I ordered was the creole wings, which seemed to be double fried crisp deliciousness with the sauce boss to match!
88
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
demmbonz  (65) Erin, Wisconsin | July 29, 2012
Love this place. 31 taps of great stuff. Food was really good. Lots of bottles too. Wish I lived in Chicago.
92
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
n2pux  (17) Houston, Texas | July 29, 2012
Serious beer bar. Spent a Saturday afternoon there after a night at Three Floyds Brewpub. I have to say I preferred LO, although you could hardly go wrong either way. World class selection. Cool beer nerd vibe. Thankfully, like FFF, the music is not nearly as death metal as the imagery suggests. I foresee much more time spent there on my next Chicago visit. Between FFF, LO & West Lakeview Liquors, the Chicago-area beer geek is very well served.
92
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
bsuedekum  (18) Saint Louis, Missouri | July 11, 2012
One of the early places that first turned me on to craft beer. The evening crowd can sometimes be a little much but if you’re seeking a great place to have a few top notch beers during the day then no place is better than Local Option. Hilarious servers with top notch sarcastic and surly attitudes, an always rotating draft selection so you can find something new each time, and a true passion for doing things the right way. I’ve never regretted making a stop at Local Option and I always leave happier than when I came.
80
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
3fourths  (1555) 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).
96
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
Bobby91w  (2) Indianapolis, Indiana | June 19, 2012
My girlfriend and I went in the Monday night after DLD weekend. It was one of our many stops on our mini Chicago vacation. I was told by a bunch of locals and my best friend that used to live in Chicago that this place was a must. Having been to most of the other beer geeky bars around town, ie. Small Bar, Maproom, Hop Leaf, etc. I have to say that this is probably one of my new favorites. We sat at the bar and service was quick, I ordered a Pannepot Reserva on tap and then got an explanation on what it was and how strong it was, kinda made me laugh. My girlfriend always finds it funny when people tell me about beer. The first bartender wasn’t as friendly as the second one that started working almost right after we got there. Came to find out that the second bartender was also the brewer. Neither talked to me very much until after I took off my coat and they saw I had on a Cantillon shirt which kinda opened the flood gates. I kinda look like a typical Army guy/jock, which I am, so I don’t blame them for thinking I was just some college douche at first. The next couple hours I drank a Cantillon Classic Geuze, Central Waters BBBW and a bunch of other awesome beers. Had a great conversation with the Bartender/Brewer and even met the owner. Tried pretty much all of the beers that they brew and some were actually really good, I think I liked the common the best. There were even a few sours and ciders that my girlfriend liked which is a huge plus. Didn’t eat but the bartender offered my girlfriend some of his personal granola that he had when she got hungry because the kitchen was closed by that time. Overall it was our best night in town and I am planning on going back in a couple months. The great service and staff really makes this place and if they know you’re a beergeek then you are in for a night of conversation and lots of crazy beers.
80
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Sammy  (665) Toronto, Ontario | May 9, 2012
I had the best time of the 3 days at this bar. There were some unusually good beers here, led by one of the four of their own brews, a style I had never tried (Kentucky Common) that yields a long mildly sour finish without cherries. The owner and head brewer and 3rd bartender are a flurry of activity, and could handle even a much bigger crowd than this rainy weeknight. Small Earthy bar, safe area with a lot of students in the street.
88
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 3/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
deyholla  (588) Minneapolis, Minnesota | April 27, 2012
A great place for hard to find drafts in Chicago. Ambiance is nice with a few tvs but cater to beer geeks. Gets busy in the evenings. Great selection but expensive even for Chicago... Food is solid as is the service.
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!"

Review This Place


What's Your Opinion?
Add your review


Checked In

Print Travel Map