Chicago Beer Spots
- Goose Island
- Goose Island
- Rock Bottom
- Clark Street Ale
- Chicago Brauhaus
- Duke of Perth
- Hopleaf Bar
- Map Room
- Resi's Bierstube
Brewtopia Events Beer Travel Pages...
- Alpharetta and Cumming, GA
- Athens, GA
- Atlanta, GA
- Austin, TX
- Belgian Beer Tour 1998
- Belgian Beer Tour
- Belgian Beer Tour 2001
- Ft. Collins, CO
- Minneapolis/St. Paul
- Nashville, TN
- New England - RI, ME, NH
- New Orleans, LA Beer
- New Orleans, LA Beer Tour
- New York, NY
- Germany: Munich, Bamberg,
Kulmbach, and Berlin
- Philadelphia, PA
- Salt Lake City, UT
- Savannah, GA
- Tampa, FL
- Chimay Trappist
- Orval Trappist
- Rochefort Trappist
- Westmalle Trappist
- Westvleteren Trappist
3535 N. Clark St.
Beers: The main location on N.
an impressive 12 house beers on tap when we visited. Our
were the flavorful Honkers Ale, Robert Burns Scottish Ale, Bourbon
Stout (10% alcohol and aged in bourbon barrels), Old Aberration Barley
Wine (9.5%), India Pale Ale, and Doppelbock (9%). They also offer
cask conditioned selections that are very good. The N. Clybourn
gives $3 brewery tours on Sundays at 3 pm.
Comments: The atmosphere,
beer, and food at
Goose Island continues to be wonderful. Be sure to try their
potato chips and great sandwiches. The Wrigleyville location also
displays fun baseball murals.
Lari and Thel marvel at the samples!
Grab a goose!
1927 W. North Ave.
Beers: Golden Arm Kolsch, West
Gentrification Ale (light bodied, unfiltered, great dry hopped aroma),
IPA (big malty ale with lots of hops), Dolomite American Malt Liquor,
Ale (English style ale - mild and fruity), and Flat Iron Stout (flavors
of chocolate, roasted barley, and oatmeal).
Comments: These beers were
and right on style! This is an attractive new brewpub that also
ten guest drafts and nine bottled selections. The bottled beers
a Belgian emphasis. The head brewer is Jonathan Cutler (formerly
of Goose Island and Sierra Nevada). If you are a true beer fan,
to Piece. Their unique, gourmet pizzas are quite good and unique
to the Chicago area.
The waitress at Piece explains the sampler to Lari.
4732 N. Lincoln
Beers: Most of the beers here are
German Pilsners and other lagers -- all very fresh and flavorful.
Be sure to try the rye bread sticks with your lager (yum!).
Comments: What a huge, fun,
German beer hall
and restaurant. The German brothers who own the place, Gunter and
pride themselves on the Brauhaus' live
with German lagers, and authentic cuisine. The restaurant has
in the neighborhood for 35 years. Food includes schnitzel,
sauerbraten, knackwurst, Westphalian ham, Sheboygan bratwurst, and
742 N. Clark St.
Beers: Great high gravity
including Bells, Anderson Valley, and Rogue. Clark Street has 25
draft beers and over 30 bottles.
Comments: Beautiful bar with
dark wood is
complimented by the murals at the back of the pub.
|Duke of Perth
2913 N. Clark St.
Beers: This nice Scottish pub
good selection of beers imported from the UK. The most flavorful
ales are from Young's in England.
Comments: A big selection of
is here along with a tasty English menu of fried items, fish and chips,
and chicken wings. The bar up front and dining room in back can
1 West Grand Ave.
Beers: Standard list of fine Rock
beers from around the country.
Comments: Very nice location
in the center
of downtown. Pale Ale and Stout were my favorites. The cask conditioned
ales at this location have ranged from marvelous to a bit stale at
-- ask for a small taste before you order a pint of the cask beer.
5148 N. Clark St.
Beers: This was one of our
bars we visited! What an incredible selection of Belgian
Try the Westvleteren, Oerbier, Affligem Noel, Fantome, Cantillon
Hanssen's Lambics, Rochefort ales, and the Tripel Karmelite.
Comments: Hopleaf is putting
in a kitchen
soon that will serve Belgian food and is expanding to 30 taps in July
2002. The old cash register and jukebox are delightful. Be
sure to visit Hopleaf.
1949 N. Hoyne
Beers: Map Room is famous for one
best beer selections. Microbrews, English and Belgian Ales, and a
cask selection can all be found here. We were surprised that the
bartender would not give us a small sip of the cask beer to make sure
was fresh (quite odd).
Comments: Take the blue line
"L" train to
Damen stop and walk north up Damen to Armitage. Go left (west) on
Armitage one block to Hoyne and the Map Room.
2034 W. Irving
Beers: Resi's has an extensive
of German and other imported beers (including some Belgian Trappist
The German Adventinus Weizen Bock is rich and delicious.
Comments: This casual place
has great (meaty)
dishes, fantastic service, and is a favorite with the locals.
Other Notable Beer
- Abbey Pub and Restaurant, 3420 W. Grace, (773)
463-5808. Nice Irish
pub on the northside.
- Four Farthings, 2060 N. Cleveland Ave. at Lincoln,
Very nice neighborhood bar with pool tables in the back.
- J.T. Collins Pub, 3358 N. Paulina St., (773)
beers on draft -- can be smoky, crowded, and noisy during big sports
- John Barleycorn, 658 W. Belden, (773) 348-8899.
pub with large bar and restaurant. 3-4 nice beers on draft, and a nice
selection of bottles.
- Sheffield's Wine and Beer, 3258 N. Sheffield,
bar with an impressive list of beers! They have beer tastings, a beer
and a nice house cat.