Local Option

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Beers At Local Option

NameABVEntered
Local Option Kentucky Common6.5%12/30/2017
Spiteful Working For The Weekend7.9%12/30/2017
Bent River Strawberry Milkshake IPA8%12/30/2017
Brooklyn Black Ops10.5%12/14/2017
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 Grand Guignol The Encore 13%11/11/2017
Central Waters Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout9.5%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
Brekeriet Cassis5.2%3/14/2017
Founders Lizard of Koz10.5%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 Stout12%3/10/2017
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Hammerhead12%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
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


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.
90
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Dogbrick  (858) Columbus, Ohio | November 4, 2012
(Visited 06/2012): Local Option is located on the north side of Chicago on Webster. Parking on the surrounding streets is fairly difficult to find.

The interior has a red and blue color scheme accented by a chalkboard listing the beers and some snare drum heads. The long bar is along the left side and there are some booths in the back. They also had a marker board that read "Welcome Beer Nerds", which I thought was a nice touch.

The bar has around 30 beers on tap from brewers like Goose Island, Three Floyds, Central Waters, Port Brewing and Local Option house beers. Lots of bottled options too from Bells, Three Floyds, Goose Island and many more.

Service on a weekday afternoon was good, and the bartenders were accommodating considering I showed up right as they opened.

I did not try any food on this visit.

Overall this is a great Chicago beer bar.
92
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
kwoeltje  (86) Manchester, Missouri | November 3, 2012
There on a Saturday afternoon- steady but not overly crowded. Outstanding selection. Friendly and knowledgeable waitstaff. Had some great chats about beer at the bar. I’ll be back.
100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
Tmoney99  (659) 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.
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  (41) 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.
80
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
3fourths  (1571) 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.

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