We’ll get it right out of the way: The name Beermiscuous is awful, and each time I told someone where I was going, they asked me to repeat myself and explain. So I told them that Beermiscuous is a “craft beer café” (the owners' words) in Lakeview with some beers on draft and a large selection of bottles. You can buy bottles to drink there or take them to go. There’s also Wi-Fi so you can work during the day (it opens at noon every day except Monday), and food trucks visit in the evenings so there’s something delicious to soak up all the beer.
I went to Beermiscuous on a recent weekday afternoon and spent a couple of hours working. The space is huge, and I started by sitting in the back, where there are some comfortable chairs, two-top tables and a long communal table. But the music was way too loud, so I moved back up front to a high two-top in the front window. I started by drinking Moody Tongue’s Cold Press Paw Paw Belgian on draft, a serious upgrade to the water I usually drink throughout the workday. After that, I had a can of Temperance Beer Company’s new Greenwood Beach, a pineapple blonde ale, which a “beerista” told me would taste fruitier as it warmed up. And after that, I made a visit to the water cooler and picked up some free pretzels—I needed something to soak up that beer in order to get some work done. I also had a bag of Mama’s Nuts, which Beermiscuous sells, but you can also bring in your own food.
The café is designed to appeal to both beer nerds—there are 300-plus local, Midwestern and international beers, plus regular tasting events—and everyday drinkers. There’s a chart up on the wall that categorizes beers by style, bitterness, etc., and assigns each style a color so you can pick out a beer from the cooler that matches your preferences.
My can of beer cost $5 to drink in the café, but it would be $2 if I took it to go. Over my three hours at Beermiscuous, most people were coming in to grab beers to take home. You can build your own six-pack, which is a great way to try some new brews. The name may need explaining, but Beermiscuous is a concept anyone can get behind.