Top 10 Chicago Craft Breweries

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 in Top 10 Bars, Top 10 Restaurants

When you think about Chicago, one thing that comes to mind is all the different pubs and breweries in and around the area. Not sure which are worth a stop? Here’s a list of 10 craft breweries and brewpubs you won’t want to miss:

#1  Solemn Oath Brewery

Located at 1661 Quincy Avenue in Naperville, Solemn Oath Brewery offers consumers a varied lineup of American, Belgo-American, traditional, wood-aged, and experimental beers. Their choices are often changing so be sure to ask what they are currently featuring.

#2  3 Floyds

At Three Floyds in Munster, Indiana, customers can try one of their year-round or seasonal beers. There’s also a full service kitchen with some great food. Floyds, also referred to as “FFF” makes some beers listed in the top faves of Beer Advocate, including Zombie Dust.

#3  Goose Island

One of the most popular breweries in Chicago, Goose Island offers a selection of over 50 beers. There are two locations in the Windy City, one in the heart of Lincoln Park and the other in Wrigleyville.

#4  Revolution Brewing

Opened in February 2010, Revolution produces about 50 beers each year. Located in Logan Square, they offer customers year-round, specialty, and deep-wood beer choices.

#5  Argus Brewery

Argus Brewery has what they call the “Chicago Attitude.” You can visit them at 11314 S. Front Avenue on the south side of Chicago.

#6  Wild Onion Brewery

They offer a number of different beers, including Hop Slayer, Hefty Weiss, Centenniale Blonde, and Pumpkin Ale. You can also schedule a tour to see the magic.

#7  Figure Eight Brewing

Located in Valparaiso, Indiana, they offer over 20 beer choices to go along with their wonderful food to make your trip worthwhile. They recently opened a tasting room in downtown Valpo. Figure Eight makes beers that push the limits – appealing to hopheads from miles around.

#8  Crown Brewing

Located in northwest Indiana, Crown Brewing is open seven days a week, offering a variety of beers. They like to try new recipes but always make sure there are regular favorites on tap. Crown Brewing is located in Crown Point, just off the square – next to the same jail that John Dillinger escaped from. Try the Crown Brown or for a hoppy side of you, try their Special Forces IPA.

#9  Flossmoor Station Restaurant and Brewery

Named the 2006 Best Small Brewpub and Best Small Brewpub Brewer in America at the Great American Beer Festival, a number of their beers have won numerous awards, making it one of the best places to stop in for a quick beverage.

#10  Stockholm’s

If you’re looking for an old-fashioned tavern, this is the place to go. All of their beers are freshly brewed and unfiltered giving that full, smooth flavor.

For even more refreshing options:

Summertime Beer Beer Revolution Rooftop Bars Chicago Distilleries Rhine Hall

 

The following two tabs change content below.

Al

Latest posts by Al (see all)

8 Comments

  1. Amy O'Donnell
    January 18, 2013

    What, no Half Acre?

    Reply
    • Al
      January 18, 2013

      you know what Amy, I don’t know how we missed those guys. Thanks for that. Looks like we may need to take a trip there and do their top 10 beers or something. I will ask da boss!

      Reply
  2. Amy O'Donnell
    January 19, 2013

    Definitely do. Their Saturday morning tour is outstanding. I did it last weekend.

    Reply
  3. Wild Onion in top 10 Chicago Craft Breweries | Onion Brewery
    January 19, 2013

    […] top-10-chicago-craft-breweries […]

    Reply
  4. Neal
    February 23, 2014

    You are missing several amazing breweries and included Stockholm’s, which by most beer lovers would say has the worst beer around! Good foo there but the beer is nasty! Several of us have the opinion that they don’t clean their tanks well or something. All of their beers have a distinguished flavor that makes my tongue hide. If you haven’t had beer from Half Acre, Finch’s, or Piece, make sure you do. Cheers!

    Reply
  5. Jon
    March 11, 2014

    Yeah, I’m sorry, but you don’t have Half Acre but you have Stockholm’s? I’d have Half Acre at #1. Daisy Cutter and Space are two of the best beers I have ever tasted in my life. You’re also missing Two Brothers out of Warrenville. Another top pick of mine (probably in the 4-5 range).

    Reply
    • Ross Perkins
      Ross
      March 12, 2014

      That is the tough part, but great part about beer, it all comes down to personal taste.
      Some people swear by certain crafts, while others can’t even handle them in the slightest.
      More reason to go try out every brewery that you possibly can though.

      Reply
  6. Serge
    May 5, 2014

    I’ve been to eight out of ten. Not sure, frankly, how Stockholm’s got on this list. Unless they were having a bad day or something, all the beer (and I’ve tried all they had) was bad or worse.
    For more breweries around Chicago, see this:
    http://www.communitywalk.com/chicagoland_breweries/map/1575502#101:0010741.38h^8-87.26090

    Reply

Leave a Reply