Where to try Local Craft Beers in Chicago

Looking to sample some local brews while you’re in Chicago? The city is home to hundreds of small breweries and is home to the Chicago Beer Society (opened in 1977); dedicated to advancing the cause of craft beers and producing professional, high quality brewers.

If you’re looking to try a taste of Chicago crafts, here are our top bar picks in the city…

1. Hopleaf

You can think of it as the Mecca for craft beer enthusiasts. This bar in Andersonville now has 65 draught lines with over 45 draughts and more than 325 bottled-beers to cater to the windy city’s thirst for craft beer. There is an incredible choice of home –brewed American beer, or, for those who are more adventurous, a wide range of international flavours. Goose Island’s Matilda is one example of a Belgian style brew. Other beers that have made the cut include Pipeworks Coffee Break Abduction and Revolution Double Fist Double Pale Ale, take your pick.

And if you’re hungry after all of that drinking? Belgian style mussels are the tavern’s speciality, and there is a pretty patio for you to relax in with friends but be warned, children are not allowed.

5148 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60640

2. The Map Room

If casual and unpretentious is more your thing, head over to Map Room in Bucktown. With rare bottled specialties to more than 200 brands from around the world on the main menu, no two visits are ever the same. Daily, you can look forward to choosing from 150 bottles and 26 draughts as well as cask-conditioned ale.

Try any of the brews on tap including local and regional Goose Island Sofie and 5 Rabbit 5 Grass. Each month, the bar features a new beer for you to try and you can also drop in on an International Night to sample rare beers from around the world.

1949 N. Hoyne, Chicago, IL 60647

3. Quencher’s Saloon

Bucktown is also home to a variety of hipster bars if cool and kooky is what tickles your fancy. Quencher’s Saloon is a casual corner bar known for its live music and its cheap craft beer on tap. The bar houses over 275 bottled brands and 24 drafts both local and international.

Choose from Bockor’s Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge from Belgium, Dogfish Head 90-Minute IPA and Lakefront Cream City Pale Ale. With free popcorn baskets and Earle’s Famous Chili, you won’t want to miss out.

2401 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

4. Sheffield’s Beer and Wine Garden

Do you like barbeque with your beer? If the answer is yes, Sheffield’s all-American hearty food is the perfect choice. The bar has 50 taps including a single cask option, where you can choose from such craft beers as 5 Rabbit Paletas,  #1 Wheat Ale with Guava and Spices, Goose Island Night Stalker and Half Acre Daisy Cutter Stone’s. Seasonal brews are also on tap.

3258 N. Sheffield Ave. Chicago, IL 60647

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