Chicago's craft beer scene

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



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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

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.

These seasonal American restaurants have badass beer lists

Matching 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?

Craft brewers not satisfied with self-distribution law

New law prevents brewpubs from self-distributing.

Drink this now: Midwest beer reviews

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

Miller Fortune

MillerCoors courts the bourbon drinker

Dark Horse’s Perkulator Dopplebock & Scotty Karate

These aren't brand-new beers, just great ones

Boulevard Brewing’s Chocolate Ale

The beer is a collaboration with a Kansas City chocolatier

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