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Beers At Local Option

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 The Encore 13%11/11/2017
Local Option Kentucky Common6.5%8/9/2017
Central Waters Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout9.5%8/9/2017
Spiteful Working For The Weekend7.9%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
Founders Lizard of Koz10.5%3/14/2017
Brekeriet Cassis5.2%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 Stout - Hammerhead12%3/10/2017
AleSmith Speedway Stout12%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
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
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
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

  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
marcus  (220) Sacramento, California | August 9, 2017
Located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, this is a Heavy Metal beer establishment, as can be seen on their bottle labels. Yes, the bartender is good at Jeopardy. Great selection of beers on tap, as well as bottle list. This is a friendly place that is probably always fun. The jambalaya is killer and the rest of the menu looks pretty good too.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Drake  (832) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | August 4, 2017
Love this place. Dark, tiny, low key. Where else does the bartender turn off the music so he can watch Jeopardy, turning the music back on during commercial breaks? Wonderfully weird. About 7 "666" references visible from my seat. 7 ish Local Option beers on tap, a couple dozen guest taps including rarities. Bartender is excellent, friendly, knows the beers. Pricy, but not bad for the quality. Tacos were tasty. I’m a Chicago neophyte but safe to say this is an essential Chicago stop. I’ll be back.
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
j12601  (578) Poughkeepsie, New York | June 27, 2017
Visited in early July 2015. A touch dark inside, low lights, and a lot of red lights. Heavy metal blaring pretty loudly, but quite the chill and low key atmosphere otherwise. Seven of their own beers on when I went, as well as a good selection of things from Three Floyds, Founders, Dark Horse, Surly, Half Acre, Pipeworks amongst the local and regional offerings, as well as some stuff from Alpine, Firestone, Bruery, Green Flash. Thirty taps total I think. No descriptions on the chalk board, no prices, no ABV listings. But there were some ’rare’ things up there. BCS and KBS just sitting on the tap list all non-chalant like they do that every day. Which they probably do. Downside to the taplist is that there are no sampler sized pours, and no half sizes. Whatever size that beer comes in, is the only option.
While the vibe is metal, the clientele certainly is not. Young 20 something locals who seem to know their beer pretty well, and I’m guessing during the school year, a good amount of De Paul seniors as it’s right up the street (walked through the campus to get here, it was a nice walk).
Didn’t eat but perused the menu – sandwiches and tacos and some standard appetizers. Not a lot of vegetarian options if that’s your thing, but there’s enough variety to keep everyone fed. Bar staff were all super cool and incredibly friendly.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
rubbishystuff  (15) Chicago, Illinois | February 19, 2017
Every time I’m in there I’m like the only guy with out a beard. Good food, rare beers, staff is much nicer once they’ve decided you actually are into beer.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Habanero  (26) Tranbjerg, DENMARK, Denmark | December 3, 2016
A small pub oddly placed in a pleasant residential neighborhood and a little hard to find. The style with heveay metal is a bit of fun, but the background music is varied. The tap list is great with local Chicagobryggerier3F where freshly tapped Dreatnaut and double Daisy Cuttter was truly delicious., Prices are somewhat high, even compared to the relatively high prices at home in Denmark. Local Option is a must if you are in the area around Chicago.
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Ktwse  (176) London, England | November 29, 2016
Great tap list, never bothered to look at the bottle list. Friendly staff, but the whole metal vibe and big beards hipster kind of thing is getting old... Seriously? Kind of hard for me to talk about value as I basically went for the most expensive beers on tap, and it’s hard to argue you’re going to pay a premium for anything from Cascade and Speedway Stouts...
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06  (55) West Chester, Ohio | November 14, 2016
Small place in what seemed to be a quite section of Chicago. We found street parking a short block away. Nice metal vibe. Good selection of what turned out to be very expensive beers, no taster option. The food was good. Turned out to be a good, but expensive lunch before FoBAB.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 4/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
JohnRMurdoch  (420) Glasgow, Scotland | October 15, 2016
Craft beer bar in North Chicago. Good tap list. Black Sabbath music. No wifi. Quite expensive. Not sure about available bottles. American sports on TV. OK place. Not sure why it comes top on RateBeer for Chicago.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
miquelcrush  (240) Granollers, Spain | October 9, 2016
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
oeltroll  (7) | September 7, 2016
Visited this place after having had a number of their beers around Chicago. Exceptional draft list featuring lots of things I was unable to find around town in bottle ( let alone on draft). Bartenders were very helpful in navigating the draft list. Great food. By far the best draft list in Chicago.

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