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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Chicago brewery tours

These Chicago-area breweries all offer tours and tastings of their craft beers, but which are worth your time?

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14 breweries for growlers

Skip the six-pack and 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

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

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Time to grow up, breweries

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

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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.

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Brewmasters carve out their own styles

Goose Island, Three Floyds, Metropolitan, Piece and Two Brothers 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, cherry pie, Roquefort cheese 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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Chefs dive into beer-making

Chefs team up with local breweries for custom drafts.

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Chicago brews can beat the best in the world

A panel of experts tests our best beers.

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Seasonal American restaurants with badass beer lists

We match signature dishes to the perfect brews.

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Be a cicerone at BYOB restaurants

Perfect pairings, from barbecue to Korean to Middle Eastern.

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Bizarre beer labels

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

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Four new breweries are joining the beer scene

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

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Billy Goat beer

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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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