Local Option

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Beers At Local Option

NameABVEntered
Prairie Pirate Noir12%12/29/2016
Prairie Vanilla Noir12.5%12/29/2016
Prairie Prairie Noir11%12/29/2016
Prairie Coffee Noir11.5%12/29/2016
Prairie Christmas Bomb!11.5%12/29/2016
Prairie Bomb! - Barrel Aged11.2%12/29/2016
Off Color Dinoísmores (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 / 18th Street Multifarious6.6%12/29/2016
Jester King Simple Means5.6%12/29/2016
Jester King Commercial Suicide Oaked Farmhouse Mild (Batch 6+)3.3%12/29/2016
Hoppiní 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
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Proprietorís 201613%12/29/2016
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout14.2%12/29/2016
Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine12.1%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 - Old Forester Barrel11%12/29/2016
FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Templeton Rye Barrel11%12/29/2016
FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - High West Bourbon Barrel10%12/29/2016
FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brewmasterís Grand Cru Blend (2015)11.9%12/29/2016
FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Four Roses Single Barrel10%12/29/2016
FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Brewmasterís 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 - Apple Brandy Barrel 11%12/29/2016
FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Buffalo Trace Barrel10%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 ōl 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 Santa Vs Unicorn American Barleywine10%12/29/2016
Pipeworks Ninja Vs Unicorn Double IPA8%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 Cranberry Berliner 4%12/29/2016
Pipeworks Glaucus Belgian IPA (2016-)6.2%12/29/2016
Mikkeller 黑 / Black17.5%12/29/2016
Maine Beer Lunch7%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
Hoppiní Frog TORIS The Tyrant: Triple Oatmeal Stout13.8%12/29/2016
Local Option Kentucky Common - Bourbon Barrel6.5%12/29/2016
Hoppiní Frog Rum Barrel Aged BORIS The Crusher9.4%12/29/2016
Freigeist Abraxxxas Apple Lichtenhainer6%12/29/2016
Central Waters Brewerís 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 - Brewerís 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
Le Trou du Diable / De la Senne Schieve Tabarnak5.3%12/7/2016
Trois Dames Winter Sour Ale7%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
Founders Backwoods Bastard11.6%12/7/2016
De Molen Cuvee #510.9%12/7/2016
Central Waters Brewerís Reserve Belgian Style Quadruple Ale9%12/7/2016
Almanac Farmerís 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 Annťe Framboise6.5%11/23/2016
Trois Dames ForÍt 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
Half Acre Juice Man5.6%11/23/2016
Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout (High West Rye Barrel)12%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
Surly Darkness9.6%11/13/2016
Trois Dames Saison Framboise6.8%11/13/2016


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 tvís 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 buddyís 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  (120) 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, Iím 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 didnít 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 wouldnít 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 wasnít 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 donít 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  (2618) 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. Iíll 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 Iím 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 isnít the most obvious though. Itís 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 didnít 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.
94
  • 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 Iíd be happy with. I was very very happy with it and will be back next time iím in the area.
76
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
MrChopin  (100) Baltimore, Maryland | November 21, 2011| Updated November 22, 2011
Dimly lit bar dive, black and blue walls adorned with skull paintings that stretch along the single-roomed, thin bar. 20 eats in restaurant including a few booths in the back and 10 person bar. More taps than seats... always a good sign. Rolling Stones on rotation for lunch Sunday, pretty empty though a few couples trickle in. The bartender is initially surly, but she warmed up to the point of throwing details about releases and good shops after learning I went to FoBAB and drink good beer. Varied trappist beers, nice local assortment, only lambic on tap Iíve seen in the city (Tilquin). The vibe is chill, would like to see it on a Friday night, but definitely an awesome spot.
86
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
gyllenbock  (284) Stockholm, Sweden | November 6, 2011
Visited on a Saturday evening in October 2011. I was immediately hooked on Local Option, a nice place located in a residential area. Not too crowded and with Rock music in the background and a great atmosphere in general. Friedly and laid back staff. 30 beers on tap, three of them from Three Floyds. The bottle list was not as impressive but ok. It was easy to find this place, around 10 minutes by Metro from downtown Chicago and then a short walk. Would love to visit again in the future.
100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
pivotalalexi  (16) Illinois | November 1, 2011| Updated November 24, 2015
Great beer bar in Chicago.

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