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: Chocolate13%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 Lizard King6%3/10/2017
Pipeworks Ninja Vs Unicorn Double IPA8%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
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 5.5%3/10/2017
Almanac Peach de Brettaville6.5%3/10/2017
Amager / Jester King Danish Metal10%3/10/2017
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee12%3/10/2017
Almanac Farmer's Reserve Blueberry7%3/10/2017
AleSmith Speedway Stout12%3/10/2017
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Hammerhead12%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
Mikkeller Beer Geek Vanilla Shake (Bourbon Edition)13%2/14/2017
Prairie / Evil Twin Bible Belt13%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 Guppy4.6%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 Hallon6%2/14/2017
Brekeriet Sour White5%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


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  • 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  (750) 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  (708) 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!"
84
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
KickInChalice  (20) Chicago, Illinois | February 17, 2012
I have been to Local Options many times now, and each time it has been a solid experience. When it comes to a beer bar staff, there are two things that I look for, and both are met here. They are knowledgeable, meaning they can provide some interesting background that, even with some internet research, I may not have known about a beer. They also are more than able to recommend beers of their menu to someone with any palate. More importantly, they are friendly. Each time I have come in I struck up a conversation with a bartender, and they enjoy what they do and enjoy being there. Believe me, it is noticeable, especially compared to the snobbery that one can find at other bars. They are happy to talk you through a few beers and offer samples to see what you will like. When they are really busy, getting a beer can be an adventure, though, and they always seem understaffed to handle a huge crowd. The atmosphere is solid. Casual decorations and a few tv’s here and there exist in a moderately sized venue. A lively but not overcrowded group is normally relaxing over a few brews. The food is just all right, all though I have only eaten here once. My buddy’s sandwich was "eh," and my steak tacos were not worth reordering. Maybe other stuff is better though. Honestly, I mostly head here for the selection. They always have some hard to find offerings. Their prices are on the higher end of the scale. Usually, they have precisely 0 draft offerings for less than $6. Sometimes they have events with a huge and very good beer list as well. I definitely like to see this kind of place strike out in the middle of Lincoln Park, with its slew of dive bars and college kids. If I still lived really close, I would come more often.
90
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
mansquito  (122) Nueva York, New York | February 5, 2012
This is what I look for in beer bars. This place has excellent selection of rare beers, but does not have a pretentious wine bar attitude to it (Churchkey, I’m looking at you). In fact, this looks like a dive bar, except that the beers on tap are from nice little breweries in Denmark and the Netherlands (De Molen and Evil Twin). I didn’t stay for very long and only picked up one Hopslam as I was traveling along. Next time I come to Chicago, I will try to get a crew together and spend more time. Prices were what I expected, but unfortunately, you have to ask for the prices for they are not listed anywhere. The music was to my liking and so was the decor. The bartender knew what she was talking about and was willing to answer all of my questions. I wish there were more places like this in the world so that I wouldn’t have to travel to Chicago to experience these pleasant vibes. Iron Maiden decor on the wall is a huge plus. I have no complaints except that I wasn’t there long enough.
94
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
csteele2144  (11) Chicago, Illinois | February 1, 2012
Not would you would expect to find on the Depaul campus, but this place is amazing. The staff really know there stuff. Prices are fair, but don’t expect a bargain. My favorite beer bar in Chicago.
78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Travlr  (3078) Charlotte , North Carolina | January 16, 2012
It was very quiet here on a holiday Monday evening, except for the rock music, of course. The staff are obviously passionate about beer, and the tap list was well chosen. Their own commisioned beers were interesting enough. Food was OK. I’ll definitely be back.
78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Newk  (32) , | January 15, 2012
A very different vibe than what is normal in lincoln park. That can be a good thing depending on your perspective. Since I’m fine with lots of different vibes it was gonna work for me in the first place. But, it was nice not having to deal with a bunch of people who want to order miller lite and high five each other. What they have on tap is generally really good. A lot of it are beers that one would normally get at retail in bomber. All of the selections are put up on a chalkboard for you to look at. The chalkboard isn’t the most obvious though. It’s up there to see for sure, but its a bit off to the side from the bar with a lot of spaces where beers were. The food was very good. They try to go with the cajun theme, but I didn’t feel it was truly a cajun place. Its not a knock in all honesty as it seems their focus is on beer and bringing good beer.
78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
savnac  (284) Anchorage, Alaska | December 29, 2011
Stopped by here on a late weekday night for a beer in late October. Pretty small place with long bar and tables throughout. Service was good even at the tables but the place was dead the night we where there. Selection was just ok, from the reviews I guess I was expecting more. Prices were a bit high but the beers were top notch. Nice place but not sure if it lived up to "world class" for me. Definitely worth a stop though.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
foamyhead  (17) California | December 5, 2011
The selection was great but not as broad as I would have liked. The prices were a little higher than I would have preferred, but there is no doubt that this is the place in Chicago. The only place I went when I got there because all my friends kept saying that Local Option was the only place I’d be happy with. I was very very happy with it and will be back next time i’m in the area.

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