Chicago and Beer naturally go together like fish and chips, like karaoke and bars, like responsibility and the legal drinking age. Of course finding a bar (karaoke or otherwise) isn’t hard in Chicago. BUT if you’d enjoy experiencing Chicago’s beer scene through some of its unique and local microbreweries then pull up a chair and ready your growler because we’ve got just the thing.
Head north on N. Lincoln Ave. until you get to #4257. There you’ll find Half-Acre Beer Company – a 2006 startup that has quickly developed its own style, local following, and unique beer, with names like Ginger Twin, Big Hugs, and Marty Stouffer’s Wild America. Daisy Cutter, the perennial favorite brew, is a west coast pale ale “chock full of dank, aromatic hops.” This creative brewery is a great destination for beer lovers.
One of the better-known breweries in Chicago, Goose Island on N. Clybourn and Sheffield has been around since the late ‘80s and brews a wide variety of ales. They have their “classics,” “vintage ales,” and a healthy sampling of “extreme ales,” sure to entice even the most seasoned beer drinker. They even have an environment sustainability initiative. Right now, we’d recommend one of their many seasonal ales: Mild Winter, made with caramel malt and spicy rye flavors and aromas of “raisins and freshly baked dark bread.” Mmmm.
Haymarket is brand new, having just celebrated their one year anniversary. Located at the corner of Halsted and Randolph, they brew several different beers, mostly IPAs. They also offer selections from other breweries, including local breweries. We recommend their award-winning Mathias Imperial IPA, a beer with strong citrus and mango notes. Pair it with their restaurant’s pizza and you won’t regret it.
Without a restaurant or store, Metro is only a Production Brewery. They brew lagers and were inspired to provide fresh lagers to the Midwest. Right now they only sell to the Chicagoland area, brewing in Ravenswood. But if you fancy a good Lager, it’s worth checking their website to see where you can get your hands on some.
This brewery regularly wins exceptional awards at beer competitions, including being the 2006 World Beer Cup “Small Brewpub” Champion. This brewery, obviously exceptional, also provides a good variety of different beers from Kölsch to Pilsners, from American-style Strong Pale Ale to German Hefeweizens. Also offering pizza, this makes a great dining destination for those looking for prestigious beer. Of course, if you care nothing for the ribbons and trophies, you’ll still admire the taste. Stop by their location at 1927 W. North Ave. in Wicker Park.
Ready to visit Chicago’s breweries? Book a room now with BEST WESTERN PLUS River North Hotel, the only downtown Chicago hotel with FREE Parking.
*While Best Western Plus River North Hotel lists breweries above, we do so only to recommend travel destinations to our guests. This post is informative in nature and is in no way intended to encourage readers to consume alcohol. We advise that any consumption of alcohol be done in a legal and safe manner.