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A Local Beer Guide for Chicago: The Best Chicago Breweries to Try on Your Trip

8/14/14 | by

Beer, yum, am I right?

Chicago is home to some of the best breweries in the country. You've probably seen some on tap at a bar in your city, and maybe even tried one once or twice, but when you're in Chicago, you should try at least one new local beer. You definitely won't regret it. Drink your way through the Windy City, trying something from every brewery in town, either at the brewery itself or at one of the bars around town. 

Here's a little guide to all the best breweries in Chicago and where you can find all of their beers!

Top Breweries in Chicago

Half Acre Beer Company
4257 N Lincoln Ave
This Chicago microbrewery has Ales of several varieties (American, Belgian, Irish, Scottish) as well as lagers, stouts and porters. They've been going strong since 2006 and have 28 beers on tap at the brewery, where they sell cans, bombers and growlers of their brews. This was the first Chicago brewery to can their beers and now you can find a few of them in select places all over Chicago, and even in other cities in the country. Half Acre offers Chicago brewery tours for $10 every Saturday.
What to get: Everyone knows and loves the Daisy Cutter, which they sell in cans all over town. The Three Floyds Shewolf is great for the IPA lovers who love their beer nice and hoppy, and the Big Hugs Imperial Stout will give anyone the kick in the butt they needs with a 10% ABV. 

Revolution Brewing Company
2323 N Milwaukee Ave
Known for their Belgian Ales, Wheats and stouts, they've got five beers on tap in the brewery and you  produce about 50 beers a year. They've also got a great menu with tons of delicious offerings, like the bacon fat popcorn.
What to get: Their most popular beers are the Anti-Hero IPA, Bottom Up White Ale and Eugene Porter, but ask about one of their seasonal beers when you come too!

Goose Island Beer Co.
1800 W Fulton St
One of the best known Chicago breweries there is. You can find Goose Island on tap at bars big and small from coast to coast, so clearly this Chicago brewery is doing something right. And trust me, they are. It's hard to miss to large goose heads on tap anywhere you go, and once you've come to Chicago, and to the Goose Island brewery, you start noticing (and ordering) these beers on tap more and more.
What to get: Matilda, King Henry and Honkers Ale are among their most popular brews. But really, almost everyone you talk to says you can't go wrong with any of these beers, and your bartender can help you find at least one beer on the list that you'll truly enjoy based on your preferences.

Piece Brewery & Pizzeria
1927 W North Ave
Pizza and beer? Is there a better combination out there? Probably not. They've been brewing since 2001 and winning awards for all those beers since 2002. Try their beers by the flight, or get a pint to help wash down one of the delicious pies. People seem to especially enjoy their thin crust pizzas, but of course if you're looking for a deep dish, you can grab one of those here too! They've also got tons of great events several night a week - including live band karaoke every Saturday night!
What to get: A pizza and any of their fresh-brewed beers. And pair that with a microphone and your favorite jam Friday and Saturday nights.

Haymarket Pub & Brewery
737 W Randolph St
This brewpub has 11 house brewed beers and 13 "guest beers" and has won more than 50 local, national and international awards for their delicious creations. The bar gets packed here, which is a good sign, but the restaurant also draws a big crowd with delicious menu items like the burger with pulled pork and the sweet potato fries.
What to get: A seat at the bar, one of their beers and one of someone elses. Because why not?

Atlas Brewing Company
2747 N Lincoln Ave
A cozy little microbrewery with a great selection in Lincoln Park. They've got a great menu, and if you decide to stay for a bite, you're going to want to try the mussles, but the pizza is definitely a hit too.
What to get: The Atlas Golden Ale and the Diversey Pale Ale are both delicious, and if you're not into beer (God forbid!) they've also got an extensive whiskey list, specialty cocktails and lots of wines. 

Other Chicago Breweries You Don't Want to Miss:

  • Spiteful Brewing - 1815 W Berteau Ave
  • Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery - 1 W Grand Ave
  • Finch's Beer Co. - 4565 N Elston Ave
  • 5 Rabbit Cerveceria - 6398 W 74th St
  • Hopothesis Beer Company - 730 W Randolph St
  • Begyle Brewing Company - 1800 W Cuyler Ave Ste 1E
  • Argus Brewery - 11314 S Front St
  • Baderbräu Brewing Company - 40 E Chicago Ave
  • Moonshine - 1824 W Division St
  • Stanley Stawski Distributing - 2017 N Mendell St, Chicago 
  • Chicago Beer Company - 1140 W Randolph St, Chicago 
  • Hamburger Mary's Rec Room - 5400 N Clark St, Chicago 
  • Ineeka - 2023 W Carroll Ave Ste 263, Chicago
  • Local Option - 1102 W Webster Ave, Chicago
  • Pipeworks Brewing 1675 N Western Ave 
  • Goose Island Wrigleyville - 3535 N Clark St
  • Metropolitan Brewing - 5121 N Ravenswood Ave



Chicago Travel Info

Try Some of These Brews on One of Chicago's Famous Tours Too!

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Tastebud Food Tours ActiveoffoffoffCulturalFamily FriendlyHistoricoffoffoffSights of Chicagooffoffoffoffoff

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$39
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Chicago Pizza Tours Located in The Loop offoffoffoffoffFamily Friendlyoffoffoffoffoffoffoffoffoffoff

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$60
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Chicago Food Planet Tours Located in Gold Coast ActiveoffoffoffCulturalFamily FriendlyHistoricoffoffoffSights of Chicagooffoffoffoffoff

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$35
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Bikes, Bites & Brews Tour Located in Streeterville ActiveoffoffoffoffoffHistoricoffoffoffSights of ChicagooffScenicoffoffoff

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$59
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Food/Beer Samples Walking Tour Located in Streeterville offoffoffoffoffoffoffoffoffoffoffoffoffoffoffoff

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$45
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