Chicago craft beer guide

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



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The selection of radlers at The Radler.

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

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.

Brewery and distillery tours

Local brewery and distillery tours are educational and all, but we suss out what's really important: how much booze you'll get

Best beer bars

Beer bars for every kind of beer-lover

Midwest radlers

Chicago and Midwest breweries are making their own versions of the easy-drinking beer

Time to grow up, breweries

Local breweries are giving their beers controversial names and labels, and we've had enough

12 Midwest craft beers to drink on Thanksgiving

Not sure what beer to pair with turkey, mashed potatoes or pumpkin pie? We asked beverage directors and bartenders to help.

Brewmasters carve out their own styles

Goose Island, Three Floyds, Metropolitan, Piece and Two Brothers stand out from the crowd.

Mom-and-pop liquor stores stock great beer

Our favorite liquor stores with notable craft selections.

Sofie pairs well with (almost) every food

The local saison paired with asparagus, cherry pie, Roquefort cheese and more.

The Contrarian: A call for a craft-beer rebellion

One writer wonders if beer is losing its democratic appeal.

Chefs dive into beer-making

Chefs team up with local breweries for custom drafts.

Chicago brews can beat the best in the world

A panel of experts tests our best beers.

Seasonal American restaurants with badass beer lists

We match signature dishes to the perfect brews.

Be a cicerone at BYOB restaurants

Perfect pairings, from barbecue to Korean to Middle Eastern.

Bizarre beer labels

There's no accounting for some of the wacky, wild and just plain ugly beer labels out there.

Four new breweries are joining the beer scene

Introducing Argus, 5 Rabbit, New Chicago Brewing Company, Pipeworks.

Billy Goat beer

Who brews the Billy Goat’s mystery house beers?

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Brown & Stirred

Pipeworks and Longman & Eagle team up for a Manhattan beer

Une Annee’s Enkel

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

Only Child Brewing’s Eat Your Damn Vegetables

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

Two Brothers’ Domaine DuPage

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

Off Color Brewing's Dino S'mores

All that's missing is the campfire

Eataly’s Fl!p

Eataly's new beers include this cardamom-laced brew

Penrose Brewing

Former Goose Island employees open a brewery in Geneva

Spiteful Brewing’s Imperial GFY Stout

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

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