Chicago is a great place to enjoy some of the best craft beers in the US. There are plenty of reasons why this city is one of America’s premier destinations for beer lovers, but here are just a few: Chicago has more microbreweries per capita than any other major city in the world; it bears a rich tradition in the industry dating all the way back to Prohibition; and there are currently over 120 breweries throughout the Chicagoland area. In this blog post, we will take you on a tour through six of Chicago’s most popular breweries.
Spiteful Brewing Company
Located in Bowmanville (North Side), this brewery is a stone’s throw away from Chicago’s famous Oakwood Beach and features a wide range of beers at any given time. They are known for their nitro coffee milk stout that has been voted best of its style by RateBeer three years running. Some other favorites include Angeleno IPA (their flagship), Blueberry Blonde Ale, Fisticuffs Red Sour Ale, Skully Barrel Aged Imperial Stout with Coconut & Cherries, and Stone Fruit Sour – which is made using peaches grown in nearby Michigan. The average price for a pint hovers around $7, but there are plenty of options above and below. They also offer happy hour specials.
Begyle Brewing Co.
This kid and dog-friendly brewery is located in the Ravenswood neighborhood, on historic “Malt Row”. They have an impressive menu, but they are known best for their rotating varieties of IPAs (they have a new one every month). Some other favorites include Wild Card West Coast IPA, Kinda Dank Double India Pale Ale with Citra Hops, Mosaic Hero Triple IPA with Amarillo & Simcoe hops. Prices are mostly reasonable, and they also offer happy hour specials that get you up to 50% off your drinks on select nights.
This brewery is also located on “Malt Row”, in Ravenswood, and offers a dog-friendly patio and beer garden that’s perfect for a pit stop on an evening stroll with your pet. They focus on brewing traditional German, Czech, and Belgian style ale, including Dark Day Double Oatmeal Stout with Coconut & Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans, and their house special, Dovetail Pale Ale brewed with Centennial hops. If you have a chance, try their homemade German pretzels—a perfect compliment to a tasty tankard.
Burnt City Brewing Company
This brewery is located at 417 North Ashland, in West Town and boasts an 8-lane bowling alley of its very own. Popular pints include Red Line Ale, an easy drinking amber ale with a taste of biscuit; Pressure Drop APA that’s perfect for summertime outdoor activities; Sticky Fingers – their flagship IPA made with Citra & Mosaic hops; and Stonefly Rye India Pale Lager brewed like old world German lagers but using new world American ingredients. Ten fresh, rotating drafts are available on tap at any given time. They are also the first combination brewery/shop/beer hall in the US, a point of pride for regular patrons and aficionados.
Solemn Oath Brewery
Originally located in the Naperville suburb, this brewery recently opened a new location in Logan Square. Dive décor and wood paneling a north woods Wisconsin vibe. Their taproom features 20 different beers including some very unique barrel aged options like Bourbon Barrel Aged Belgian Brown Sour or Imperial Stout. They also are known for beers like Sanguine Blood Orange IPA and Behemoth Barleywine Ale, aged in Kentucky Bourbon barrels. This ultra-casual destination is already making waves, so give it a try if you’re in the area.
Maplewood Brewery and Distillery
Also situated in Logan Square, this brewery specializes in canned beer, which works well with the warehouse-like ambience of their tasting room. With flagship, limited, and seasonal batches available, popular brews include Batch 1000 Imperial Stout with Michigan maple syrup and Honey & Grapefruit Saison made with Illinois honey. Maplewood Brewery is also known for specialty beers like Mango Lager, a fruity blonde lager with hints of mango, and Western Waters IPA that’s brewed with Simcoe, Chinook & Centennial hops.
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