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CHICAGO: Best Breweries & Beer pubs

#1 Post by Thomas Keim » June 8th, 2019, 12:02 pm

Thanks in advance -

I am in Chicago for a couple of days (daughter graduating from Depaul University) - and taking one day for myself to go visit some breweries and beer bars -

Any recommendations?
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#2 Post by Michael Klein » June 9th, 2019, 3:33 pm

What kind of beer do you typically like to drink? I can help point you in a few directions.

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#3 Post by jordan whitehead » June 9th, 2019, 8:36 pm

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#4 Post by Jason T » June 10th, 2019, 2:54 am

+1 on Hopleaf. Fountainhead (which is not too far from Depaul) has a fantastic selection. Local Option has a nice regional selection, plus some of their own beers. However it's a bit of a 'metal' bar - loud music later in the evening.
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#5 Post by Al Ehrhardt » June 10th, 2019, 7:00 am

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+1 on Hopleaf. Fountainhead (which is not too far from Depaul) has a fantastic selection.
Agree with both choices, although never get beer when I go to Fountainhead, I go for the bourbon selection.

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#6 Post by Matthew Brown » June 10th, 2019, 7:23 am

May want to list where you're staying, as you may have some choices that are walking distance that will be more 'worth it' than trying to schlep all over just to get to one that might be the 'best'. Driving can be a real headache there.
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#7 Post by Corey N. » June 10th, 2019, 7:45 am

Matthew Brown wrote:
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May want to list where you're staying, as you may have some choices that are walking distance that will be more 'worth it' than trying to schlep all over just to get to one that might be the 'best'. Driving can be a real headache there.
Sage advice. Travel in the city can be a bit of a PITA.

If you're looking to drink local, Half Acre tap room or Revolution Brewing tap room.

As far as beer bars go, I like the Map Room. Hopleaf is nice too (plus good food), I just prefer the vibe at Map Room.
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#8 Post by Paul Miller » June 10th, 2019, 8:16 am

Dovetail
The Mousetrap (Off Color brewery)

Both making great local brews.

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#9 Post by Clayton Wai-Poi » June 10th, 2019, 12:36 pm

I'm not a beer-nerd, but have observed the following near-ish DePaul (i.e. a short-ish uber):
Local Option (probably a walk) http://localoptionbier.com/on-tap/
Bangers and Lace http://www.bangersandlacechicago.com
The Map Room https://www.maproom.com/
Sleeping Village https://sleeping-village.com/

These are all cool neighborhood bars with a fairly nerdy beer selection. Most, if not all, have their beer list online.

Hopleaf and Fountainhead also cool, just more of a trek.

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#10 Post by Thomas Keim » June 10th, 2019, 1:02 pm

Matthew Brown wrote:
June 10th, 2019, 7:23 am
May want to list where you're staying, as you may have some choices that are walking distance that will be more 'worth it' than trying to schlep all over just to get to one that might be the 'best'. Driving can be a real headache there.
I am going to be all over the place. Staying by the O'Hare Airport - and only picking a few. I am going to a few German restaurants while I am there - (I own a Bavarian-influenced brewery/wine bar/restaurant) so like to see what others like me are doing -
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#11 Post by Thomas Keim » June 10th, 2019, 1:04 pm

Michael Klein wrote:
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What kind of beer do you typically like to drink? I can help point you in a few directions.
I'm in the biz, so pretty much all styles. Lagers are always my focus though -

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#12 Post by TimF » June 10th, 2019, 4:21 pm

There are “a few” German restaurants left in Chicago? I usually go to Milwaukee or the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle.
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#13 Post by Clayton Wai-Poi » June 10th, 2019, 5:13 pm

For German restaurants my votes would be:
The radler
Funkenhausen
Bouefhaus

Although none of these are really “traditional” German. All the old school German places seem underwhelming to me (although I haven’t been to many of them). Sort of the equivalent of old school Italian places with red checkered table clothes, lasagna and chicken parmigiana.

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#14 Post by Nick Gangas » June 10th, 2019, 6:59 pm

Went to Funkenhausen a few months ago and it was great. There's a Haufbrauhaus in Rosemont by O'hare. Just a tap room but my favorite is Buckledown in Lyons, IL.

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#15 Post by Keith A k e r s » June 10th, 2019, 7:04 pm

Thomas Keim wrote:
June 10th, 2019, 1:02 pm
Matthew Brown wrote:
June 10th, 2019, 7:23 am
May want to list where you're staying, as you may have some choices that are walking distance that will be more 'worth it' than trying to schlep all over just to get to one that might be the 'best'. Driving can be a real headache there.
I am going to be all over the place. Staying by the O'Hare Airport - and only picking a few. I am going to a few German restaurants while I am there - (I own a Bavarian-influenced brewery/wine bar/restaurant) so like to see what others like me are doing -

Then you should focus solely on places that are easy to get to from the Blue line. Within that, I'd say:

Revolution (you'll want the one on Milwaukee, not Kedzie)
Map Room
Maplewood
Bangers&Lace
Old Irving Brewing

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#16 Post by Thomas Keim » June 10th, 2019, 8:02 pm

Clayton Wai-Poi wrote:
June 10th, 2019, 5:13 pm
For German restaurants my votes would be:
The radler
Funkenhausen
Bouefhaus

Although none of these are really “traditional” German. All the old school German places seem underwhelming to me (although I haven’t been to many of them). Sort of the equivalent of old school Italian places with red checkered table clothes, lasagna and chicken parmigiana.
Awesome - thanks Clayton - this is what I was looking for - something a little more 'alternative' with a German slant -
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#17 Post by Mel Hill » June 10th, 2019, 8:12 pm

How is Metropolitan? They are lager focused aren’t they?

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#18 Post by Thomas Keim » June 10th, 2019, 8:20 pm

Keith A k e r s wrote:
June 10th, 2019, 7:04 pm
Then you should focus solely on places that are easy to get to from the Blue line. Within that, I'd say:

Revolution (you'll want the one on Milwaukee, not Kedzie)
Map Room
Maplewood
Bangers&Lace
Old Irving Brewing
Thanks Keith - was wondering about Old Irving Brewing - I've been to Revolution and the Map Room - love them both, but Old Irving is in my line of fire - I'll definitely go check them out -
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#19 Post by Clayton Wai-Poi » June 10th, 2019, 8:23 pm

Fully agree with Keith, a blue line tour sounds they way to go here. Which will work well as that gives you West Town, Wicker Park, Bucktown, Logan Square, Avondale and Irving Park as neighborhoods.

Will your day of indulging be a weekend or a week day? (it impacts what's open early and where you might start first).

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#20 Post by Paul Miller » June 11th, 2019, 12:54 am

Thomas Keim wrote:
June 10th, 2019, 1:02 pm
Matthew Brown wrote:
June 10th, 2019, 7:23 am
May want to list where you're staying, as you may have some choices that are walking distance that will be more 'worth it' than trying to schlep all over just to get to one that might be the 'best'. Driving can be a real headache there.
I am going to be all over the place. Staying by the O'Hare Airport - and only picking a few. I am going to a few German restaurants while I am there - (I own a Bavarian-influenced brewery/wine bar/restaurant) so like to see what others like me are doing -
Dovetail tends to focus on making German styled beers

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#21 Post by Thomas Keim » June 11th, 2019, 9:46 am

Paul Miller wrote:
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Dovetail tends to focus on making German styled beers
Gonna hit these guys for sure - looks like a very interesting list of beers -
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#22 Post by Thomas Keim » June 11th, 2019, 9:47 am

Clayton Wai-Poi wrote:
June 10th, 2019, 8:23 pm
Will your day of indulging be a weekend or a week day? (it impacts what's open early and where you might start first).

Clayton
Monday and Tuesday - checking to see who is open now -
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#23 Post by BobH » June 18th, 2019, 7:31 am

Last time I was in Chicago, I had a Brickstone APA at the hotel. One of the better beers I had all year- and I am not even a hops fan. I know nothing else of their line-up nor know what it is like to visit the brewery itself, but I know that next time I ma in town it will be #1 on the list.
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#24 Post by Thomas Keim » June 20th, 2019, 2:22 pm

Ended up spending the whole day Monday at the Art Museum- so that cut my visit time down -

But two breweries really did stand out -

DOVETAIL - Really well made lagers - with a surprising Rauchbier -
OLD IRVING BREWING CO: Tried everything on tap, mainly hazy Double IPAs - all well made - balanced - enjoyed them all - even the lighter lagers were terrific here -
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#25 Post by Paul Miller » June 22nd, 2019, 3:09 pm

Thomas Keim wrote:
June 20th, 2019, 2:22 pm
Ended up spending the whole day Monday at the Art Museum- so that cut my visit time down -

But two breweries really did stand out -

DOVETAIL - Really well made lagers - with a surprising Rauchbier -
OLD IRVING BREWING CO: Tried everything on tap, mainly hazy Double IPAs - all well made - balanced - enjoyed them all - even the lighter lagers were terrific here -
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#26 Post by Jim Brennan » June 22nd, 2019, 3:13 pm

Thomas Keim wrote:
June 10th, 2019, 1:02 pm
Matthew Brown wrote:
June 10th, 2019, 7:23 am
May want to list where you're staying, as you may have some choices that are walking distance that will be more 'worth it' than trying to schlep all over just to get to one that might be the 'best'. Driving can be a real headache there.
I am going to be all over the place. Staying by the O'Hare Airport - and only picking a few. I am going to a few German restaurants while I am there - (I own a Bavarian-influenced brewery/wine bar/restaurant) so like to see what others like me are doing -
Which German places are you hitting?

My vote would be Laschet's and Bavarian Lodge.

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#27 Post by Thomas Keim » June 22nd, 2019, 4:24 pm

Jim Brennan wrote:
June 22nd, 2019, 3:13 pm
Thomas Keim wrote:
June 10th, 2019, 1:02 pm
Matthew Brown wrote:
June 10th, 2019, 7:23 am
May want to list where you're staying, as you may have some choices that are walking distance that will be more 'worth it' than trying to schlep all over just to get to one that might be the 'best'. Driving can be a real headache there.
I am going to be all over the place. Staying by the O'Hare Airport - and only picking a few. I am going to a few German restaurants while I am there - (I own a Bavarian-influenced brewery/wine bar/restaurant) so like to see what others like me are doing -
Which German places are you hitting?

My vote would be Laschet's and Bavarian Lodge.
The only one I hit was the Hofbrauhaus - which of course is kind of commercial - I greatly miscalculated how much time I would spend at the Art Museum - took almost my whole Monday -
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