Chicago breweries produce some of the best and most unique beer in the land. Beer is a nectar that has the power to not only tantalize tastebuds, but also to bring people together. These breweries produce some of the most popular in Chicago. While not all of them are directly in Chicago, they are nearby with a strong presence in the city.
The brews that we have listed are their most popular creations if you are dumbfounded when trying to decide what to taste first, this are a good place to begin. However, seasonal craft beer is always enjoyable to intake for the fact that they are typically unique.
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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
9750 Indiana Parkway, Munster, IN 46321
Zombie Dust American Pale Ale
Intensely hoppy and unique. The bitter hops play a huge role, while grapefruit is prevalent on your tastebuds. One of the most well balanced beers out there. (good luck finding it)
5 Rabbit Cervecer a
6398 74th Street, Bedford Park, IL 60638
5 Lizard Latin-Style Witbier Witbier
Creamy and tangy sums up 5 Lizard. This wheat beer has a surprising amount of flavor. A subtle hint of spice with a dash of passionfruit.
2601 West Diversey Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647
Grapefruit IPA American IPA
The bite of an IPA, complimented by the citrus bite of Grapefruit. There is less floral and typical citrus flavor here, which is a nice change-up.
Atlas Brewing Company
2747 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614
Diversey Pale Ale American Pale Ale
Earthy with a hint of caramel. It stands out from the typical citrus pale ales that dominate the taps.
Begyle Brewing Company
1800 West Cuyler Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625
Crash Landed American Pale Wheat Ale
Bitter, but wears off quickly. Hoppy for a wheat ale and refreshing.
3155 North Broadway Street, Chicago, IL 60657
Shark Meets Hipster American Pale Wheat Ale
Created from the ever delightful Galaxy hops. Clean taste with a strong appearance of passion fruit.
Finch’s Beer Company
4565 North Elston Avenue, Chicago, IL 60630
Threadless India Pale Ale American IPA
Hoppy and bitter with a citrus finish to cleanse the palate.
1800 North Clybourn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614
312 Urban Wheat Ale American Pale Wheat Ale
Very smooth and crisp with a refreshing citrus finish.
Half Acre Beer Company
4257 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618
Daisy Cutter Pale Ale American Pale Ale
Strong hop bite to wake you up with a citrus finish to calm you back down.
Haymarket Pub & Brewery
737 West Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60661
Mathias Imperial IPA Imperial / Double IPA
This IPA lives up to its title. It is very strong on taste and flavor. The citrus hint here is mango.
Lagunitas Brewing Company
1843 South Washtenaw Avenue, Chicago, IL 60608
IPA American IPA
This is everything that you would expect from an IPA strong, bitter, crisp.
Lake Effect Brewing Company
4727 West Montrose Avenue, Chicago, IL 60641
Espresso Gone Stout Milk / Sweet Stout
Dark, creamy and loaded with espresso flavor thanks to Stivers Coffee Roasters.
5121 North Ravenswood Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640
Krankshaft K lsch
Very light and easy to drink. Refreshing with a very slight bite.
Piece Brewery & Pizzeria
1927 West North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622
Camel Toe Imperial / Double IPA
Who doesn’t like a solid Camel Toe? Overload on the hop flavor (in a good way). The aroma will hit your nose before the glass reaches it.
Pipeworks Brewing Co.
1675 North Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647
Ninja Vs. Unicorn Imperial / Double IPA
This unfiltered IPA will create a taste war in your mouth. Aggressive, just like the title.
2323 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647
Anti-Hero IPA American IPA
Retaliation of the tastebuds is what comes with every sip. Crisp and bitter with loads of citrus and floral scents.
Sprecher Brewing Company
701 West Glendale Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53209
Hard Root Beer Root Beer
That is right, root beer. It is placed in oak bourbon barrels to give it that smooth, yet rich flavor.
Solemn Oath Brewery
1661 Quincy Avenue #179, Naperville, IL 60540
Kidnapped by VIkings American IPA
The pine and citrus flavors are very evident with an intense fresh hoppy aroma to stimulate your senses.
Two Brothers Brewing Company
30W315 Calumet Avenue West, Warrenville, IL 60555
Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale Bi re de Garde
Amber in color with a warming, toasty caramel flavor to compliment the perfect amount of hoppiness.
Vice District Brewing Co.
1454 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605
Habitual Black IPA / Cascadian Dark Ale
It appears to be more of a stout, but with all the kick of an IPA. The fresh smelling and tasting hops are mixed with chocolate malts to give you a unique, yet satisfying flavor.