Brewski Time: The Top 5 Beer Lists in Chicago

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99 Bottles of beer on the wall, 99 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around and let’s celebrate Oktoberfest how the Germans envisioned- with good food, good drinks and good company. Prost, cheers and l’chaim.

1 Goose Island Beer Company

Well, if you’re looking for beer in Chi, the obvious choice is our very own microbrewery. Starting out as a small mom and pop father-son endeavor, haute palates spread the word quickly and expansion was inevitable. Goose Island now brews 50 different kinds of craft beers that are available in 18 states and Europe.

1800 N. Clybourn


2 Piece Pizzeria and Brewery

Besides having the hautest pizza on this side of the Mason-Dixon (Deep Dish fans, don’t disown me), Piece has won numerous national and international brewer awards including the famed Beer World Cup in 2006. Their crazy names like “Fornicator” and “Full Frontal” and high alcohol content keep people coming back again and again. And you can take growlers to go- who would turn down beer carry out on Bears day?

1927 W. North Ave


3 The Long Room

With a four-page beer list that includes everything from pale ales to wheat-y wonderlands, The Long Room is the little neighborhood bar that could. Friendly bartenders, an authentic photobooth from the Al Capone Days (once used by Marilyn Monroe to take provocative pictures with Richard J. Daley) and a beer garden. Aaah peace.

1612 W Irving Park Rd


4 The Map Room

In their own words, too often we slam a beer and don't appreciate the finer qualities and flavors that went into brewing. We see the commercials, raise our glass, and gulp it down. The Map Room takes beer very seriously, offering over 200 unique brands that represent 36 different brewing styles from all over the globe. Manager Jay Jankowski is also one of the select few in the country to have earned a Cicerone certificate, the equivalent of a beer sommelier.

1949 N. Hoyne Ave


5 The Publican

From the team that created Blackbird and avec, The Publican is a new American beer-focused restaurant. Executive Chef Paul Kahan and Chef de Cuisine Brian Huston crafted an eclectic menu inspired by simple farmhouse fare in a space evocative of a European beer hall where the beers drive the dishes. Designed by James Beard Award-Winner Thomas Schlesser, The Publican features the simple lines and strong design elements often exemplified in the bustling Fulton Market District.

837 W. Fulton Market


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