Chicago is all about local brews, so it’s no wonder we’re home to some of the best breweries in the country. Most offer several selections that are so good, they even bottle them and sell them in stores. It’s always five o’clock somewhere here. Keep scrolling for more details, and always remember to drink responsibly.
1. Revolution Brewing (2323 N Milwaukee Avenue)
This Logan Square brewpub is a neighborhood bar that locals are often bustling in and out of. Between its pub and its tap room, the brewery produces about 50 different styles of beer each year, including seasonal brews you won't be able to get enough of. Soak up that booze with an order of cheese curds or some other appetizer. The joint also serves pizzas, sandwiches, salads, and other entrees and desserts. Brunch is available on weekends.
2. Begyle Brewing (1800 W Cuyler Avenue Suite 1E)
This small brewery is located in an industrial building in Ravenswood. The intimate interior is ideal for couples or a small group of friends interested in tasting many beers. Its brews are so good that they are also available at many restaurants and stores in and around the city.
3. Half Acre Beer Company (4257 N Lincoln Avenue)
With an additional location in Bowmanville that features a beer garden, this excellent tap room is one of the best breweries in Chicago. Also located in Ravenswood, you can take tours of the original facility on Saturdays. The tour is $10 per person and includes three samples and a souvenir pint glass to take home. By way of food, the pub serves simple appetizers and burritos.
4. Forbidden Root (1746 W Chicago Avenue)
This East Village brewery is modern and rustic, offering beer that is influenced by nature. Brewers heavily utilize barley, hops, and yeast atop a wealth of other interesting ingredients. For those who like a meal with their drink, the brewpub offers a plethora of brunch, lunch, dinner, and other pub fare at certain times of day.
5. Band of Bohemia (4710 N Ravenswood Avenue)
Yet another Ravenswood brewery, this hot spot focuses on interesting pairing experiences and seasonal ingredients. Each beer goes great with the wide variety of upscale yet rustic menu items. Guests may enjoy chicken, duck, seafood, pork, and steak dishes as well as appetizers, desserts, and brunch on weekends.
6. 5 Rabbit Cerveceria (6398 W 74th Street in Bedford Park)
In a suburb just southwest of the city sits the first Latin-inspired brewery in the United States. This definitely belongs on your bucket list as it draws from Aztec mythology and tradition. For $10, you can take a tour of the facility on Saturdays, the price for which includes a pint of beer in a souvenir cup you can take home. Celebrating the cuisines of Central and South America, it also offers a Taco Thursday each week for dinner.
7. Moody Tongue Brewing Company (2136 S Peoria Street)
Created by a renowned brewmaster, the beers at this classy joint will send your taste buds on a whirl. Each is designed using familiar flavors and quality ingredients for a rich taste that can't be beat. In addition to tastings, tours are held throughout the week to give fans a look behind the scenes.
8. Goose Island (1800 W Fulton Street)
One of the most well-known breweries in the city, you can find Goose Island at almost every restaurant, festival, and liquor store in Chicagoland. It offers tours of its brewery for $12 Thursday through Sunday. Stop in to learn or just for a bite to eat. The pub offers pairings with dishes like roasted sausage, braised chicken, and even mussels.
9. Metropolitan Brewing (3057 N Rockwell Street)
Enjoy German-style lagers from this epic brewery. An all-inclusive zone, you'll always find fun and friends at this bar. The beer is brewed merely 30 feet away, giving you the freshest pint possible.
10. Whiner Beer Company (1400 W 46th Street)
Utilizing wine barrels to produce this delicious brew, one of the best breweries in Chicago is located in this large brick building known as The Plant. It focuses on mixed fermentations and sustainability. Pizza is wood-fired to order as the perfect pairing with your brew.