is home to some of the best beers and breweries in the country and is an
epicenter of the craft beer movement. Home to about 60 breweries and
46 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medals, Chicago's craft beer is not
to be missed.
The following Chicago breweries
offer brewpubs and tap rooms where you can taste several varieties of their
craft beer on site.
GOOSE ISLAND, 1800 N. CLYBOURN AVE., LINCOLN PARK
Goose Island is one of the beer world's biggest names, but it started
as a small brewpub in Chicago known as Clybourn. Goose Island's Clybourn
Brewery helped lay the foundation for one of the most successful craft
beer companies in the United States. Savor tradition in this bustling
Lincoln Park location, which has been serving up award-winning, seasonal
beers since 1988.
REVOLUTION BREWING, 2323 N. MILWAUKEE
AVE., LOGAN SQUARE
Brewing pays homage to Chicago's rich distilling history with barrel wood walls
and benches made of 100-year old beams. Only a few years old, the brewpub is already
a Logan Square neighborhood institution. With taster sizes and a modern tavern
attached to the facility, Revolution makes it easy to sample a little bit of
everything. The Eugene Coffee Porter is not to be missed. Revolution's Kedzie Brewery and Tap Room on 3340 N. Kedzie Ave. offers brewery tours Wednesday through Sunday.
Sitting above the largest brewery in Illinois,
Lagunitas' tap room and beer sanctuary serve up some fun, music, munchies, and
beers you won't find on shelves. The tap
room is open Wednesdays through Sundays but the brewery offers free brewery
tours with tastings seven days a week.
Check out their website for details.
HALF ACRE, 4257 N. LINCOLN AVE., NORTH CENTER
Half Acre began brewing in its North Center location in 2009. While
it's a relative newcomer to the craft beer game, Half Acre is already a
Chicago institution. The Daisy Cutter is a prevailing favorite for
locals and buying a growler of the good stuff is a must-do while
visiting the city. Half Acre also does brewery tours and has an
expansive collection of unique merchandise at their store. To make your
visit to the brewery even more exciting, Half Acre recently opened The
Tap Room, an area that allows for a sit-down sampling of the
establishment's celebrated ales.
band karaoke and unbelievable New Haven style pizza, Piece offers a unique
microbrew experience. As an anchor of Chicago's artist-friendly Wicker Park/Bucktown neighborhood, it's known for a lively house atmosphere. In Piece won a gold and bronze medal at the 2014 World Beer Cup.
in classic Belgian and contemporary American beer styles, World Beer Cup 2014 gold medal-winning Haymarket Pub &
Brewer produces an array of brown bottles for every beer palette. Chicago's
West Loop neighborhood is fast becoming one of the world's greatest dining
destinations and decorated brewer Pete Crowley produces a pairing worthy of his
Michelin-rated neighbors. Haymarket's affinity for screens makes it a popular
choice for sports fans and its Wilburt Wondersniff Double America Wheat is a
hit with beer lovers.
DRYHOP BREWERS, 3155 N. BROADWAY AVE., LAKEVIEW
brewmaster, Brant Dubovick, creates hop-centric, barrel-aged, traditional and
experimental beer styles that are absolutely one-of-a-kind. This place takes
great pride in balancing an approachable neighborhood atmosphere and an uncanny
attention to beer brewing detail. From shared plates to unique ales, DryHop offers
a distinguished experience in the casual Lakeview neighborhood.
Situated in the picturesque Beverly
neighborhood of Chicago, Horse Thief Hollow features a variety of craft beer
styles and made from scratch food. In
2014 Horse Thief Hollow won an award at the World Beer Cup for their Cheval
Deux, a sweet potato Biere de Garde.
Andersonville Brewing started out in 2009
making it one of the older craft breweries in the city. From their Blonde Bombshell, a golden ale, to
barrel-aged brews and sour stouts, Andersonville Brewing has something to
satisfy all tastes. In addition to the
beers we brew on site, we also offer more than 40 other beers and ciders in
bottle and draft, with a primary focus on local Midwest brews.
Vice District Brewing Company is one of the
newest additions to the craft beer scene in Chicago but that started off right
with a variety of styles from a Black IPA to an English Style Special
Bitter. This South Loop brewery and tap
room is committed to bringing quality brews to the neighborhood.
Company is one of the city's many newer craft brewpub, but it borrows its name from one of
Chicago's early beer makers. Atlas was established in 1896 and closed its doors
during Prohibition. Breathing new life into the historic label, Atlas Brewing
Company opened its doors in Lincoln Park in 2012. Brewing brothers, Ben and
John Saller, curate a diverse selection of craft beers that are paired with
ROCK BOTTOM, 1 W. GRAND AVE., THE LOOP
steps from The Magnificent Mile, Rock Bottom is a popular brewpub for Chicago's
frenzied shoppers, downtown residents and visitors. Expect a full menu with the
freshest ingredients and, of course, some high quality craft beers to wash it
all down. With its incredible view, Rock Bottom's rooftop dining area is an
incredibly popular draw in the summertime.