Cooler temps, bursting fall colors, pints of locally crafted beer — it's that time of year and Chicago knows how to embrace it best. Between all the beer festivals, the unique beer tours and Chicago's favorite breweries, be sure to make time to check out these 11 new taprooms and brewery options. It seems that 2016 has been the "Year of the Beer" in Chicago... cheers!
The Finch Beer Co. & Kitchen
Snack on salt and vinegar pork rinds, pickled cocktail sausages with beer mustard and other global bar snacks while sipping a Belgian Rye Dubbel or Finch's exclusive American IPA (dubbed Shards of Narsil). Zagat calls this Avondale spot relaxed and stylish and we think you'll agree.
Forbidden Root Restaurant & Brewery
Welcome to Chicago's first brewery dedicated to crafting fine botanic beers using all natural ingredients. With a nod to beer-making's earliest days, these alchemists, brewers and rootmasters use bark, stems, blossoms, sap, herbs, spices, leaves, flowers and honey in their quest for new and different flavors.
Freshly tapped in Spring 2016, this hotspot at the corner of 25th and Wabash is making a name with its flavor-packed lagers and wheats. But they're most famous for their take on Chicago's original craft beer, a Czech-style pilsener.
Hopewell Brewing Company
Step into this dog- and baby-friendly (there's a changing table in the bathroom) taproom and ask for the Farm and Family Saison or a Cold Brew Coffee Beer.
Motor Row Brewing
German influence meets Midwestern hospitality at this no-frills facility set in a landmark Michigan Avenue building in Chicago's near South Side. Go for Blues and Brews on Monday nights and pair your pints with tunes by The Original Chicago Blues AllStars.
Head to the Sauganash neighborhood on Chicago's northwest side and order the fall/winter seasonal craft favorite, Impulsion Oatmeal Stout. The smooth English-style stout imparts roasty and biscuity flavors with layers of chocolate, coffee, and oatmeal.
Corridor Brewery & Provisions
Farmhouse ales and hop-forward beers go hand in hand with a rustic farmhouse kitchen serving up Midwestern sandwiches and artisan clay hearth pizzas at this craft brewery haven in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood.
Moody Tongue Brewing Company
Try the Sliced Nectarine IPA at this new beer-lover's go-to which is just opening its doors to a new Pilsen neighborhood taproom. Moody's philosophy is based on culinary brewing and creating exciting beers with simplicity and balance in check.
Old Irving Brewing
This historic locale opens mid-September with elevated eats, thoughtful beer and live music. Expect 8,500 square feet to play and a 100-seat dining room wowing patrons with wood-grilled meats and veggies, along with bags, darts and private event space.
Band of Bohemia
This culinary brewhouse is backed by Alinea alums Craig Sindelar and Michael Carroll and features a wood-burning grill in addition to on-tap crafts. Beers like the Apricot Amber and the Thai Long Saison pair excellently with gourmet bar food (think sturgeon bacon on toast) and entrees like Caribbean jerk duck.
This brand new spot focuses on continental European-style brews and classic techniques. Visit the industrial building on a Saturday for the weekly tour and enjoy three beers during your one-hour American brewing journey.