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Chicago craft beer guide

From small local brewers to liquor stores with great craft beer selections, the Chicago craft beer scene is hopping

Photograph: Martha Williams
The selection of radlers at The Radler.

Sometime in the past few years, the Chicago craft beer scene took off. No longer content to drink macrobrews from other midwest cities, Chicago brewers started churning out beers in a variety of styles, from IPAs to sours to radlers. Whether you want to take a brewery tour, learn about which local beers to drink, or just find a great beer bar, we've got you covered.

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Unexpected spots for great craft beer

These are some of the most surprising places you’ll stumble across a great beer

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9 bars with liquor stores

Sit down for a drink, then grab a six-pack to bring home

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Chicago brewery tours

Which are worth your time?

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14 breweries for growlers

Fill up a growler with local beer at these area breweries

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Best beer bars

Beer bars for every kind of beer-lover

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Midwest radlers

Local breweries are making their own versions of the easy-drinking beer

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Time to grow up, breweries

Enough with the controversial names and labels

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Beers to drink on Thanksgiving

We asked beverage directors and bartenders to help

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Brewmasters carve out their own styles

These brewers stand out from the crowd

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Mom-and-pop liquor stores stock great beer

Our favorite liquor stores with notable craft selections

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Sofie pairs well with (almost) every food

The local saison paired with asparagus, Roquefort and more

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The Contrarian: A call for a craft-beer rebellion

One writer wonders if beer is losing its democratic appeal.

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Restaurants

Chefs dive into beer-making

Chefs team up with local breweries for custom drafts.

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Chicago brews beat the world's best

A panel of experts tests our best beers

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Restaurants

Restaurants with badass beer lists

We match signature dishes to the perfect brews

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Restaurants

Be a cicerone at BYOB restaurants

Perfect pairings, no matter the cuisine

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Bizarre beer labels

There's no accounting for the wacky, wild and just plain ugly beer labels

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Drink this now: Midwest beer reviews

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Brown & Stirred

Pipeworks and Longman & Eagle team up for a Manhattan beer

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Une Annee’s Enkel

Une Annee’s tart new beer is available in a 500ml bottle, a rarity in the Midwest

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Only Child Brewing’s Eat Your Damn Vegetables

The former beer director for the Grafton now runs one of the city's smallest breweries

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Two Brothers’ Domaine DuPage

Domaine DuPage is a classic, and there's a reason why

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Off Color Brewing's Dino S'mores

All that's missing is the campfire

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Eataly’s Fl!p

Eataly's new beers include this cardamom-laced brew

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Penrose Brewing

Former Goose Island employees open a brewery in Geneva

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Spiteful Brewing’s Imperial GFY Stout

A new beer from the Ravenswood brewery packs a very bitter punch

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Jordan J
Jordan J Spammer

Hey. I just left a religion in which I wasn't allowed to have any alcoholic beverages. I think I've learned a lot about craft beers from your guide. Thanks so much! I'm hoping that my first experience with beer will be fantastic!