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32 Chicago breweries where you can get beer to go

Need something to drink while the bars are closed? Many Chicago breweries are selling beer to go—and some of them deliver!

By Zach Long
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With Illinois bars and restaurants closed under the Illinois "stay-at-home" order, you can no longer stop by your neighborhood watering hole for a drink after a long day. Thankfully, many of the best Chicago breweries are still producing delicious beer and cider—and they're selling it from their taprooms and warehouses (or offering to deliver to your doorstep). We rounded up a long list of breweries that are still peddling their wares in cans, bottles, growlers and kegs. And we'd be remiss if we didn't mention that some of the best bars in Chicago with the ability to sell packaged goods are also offering booze for pickup or delivery. Don't forget to tip generously, consider buying a gift card for a future visit and raise your glass to all of the brewers and industry workers who helped fill it.

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Where to order beer to-go in Chicago

Marz Brewing Taproom
Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

Marz Community Brewing

Bars Breweries Mckinley Park

The Marz Community Brewing taproom is continuing to sell its selection of beer and CBD elixirs, with a wide variety of cans and bottles on offer for walk-in customers. Delivery is available for orders of a case or more (six four-packs) of beer as well as sixtels and 20-liter kegs—just shoot the crew an email at holla@marzbrewing.com.

Hours: Tuesday–Friday from noon to 6pm

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Photograph: Tristan Zeier

Half Acre Brewery Lincoln

Bars Breweries North Center

Half Acre is offering curbside pick-up of cans, bottles and a limited number of 1/6 barrel kegs from its shop on Lincoln Avenue. You'll need to order ahead on Half Acre's beer to go website, select a time to pick up your purchases and then arrive in front of the shop with something to cart your beer home in. You can also snag a burrito from the Half Acre kitchen or stock up on bags of Dark Matter coffee.

Hours: Daily from noon to 7pm (hours may vary, confirm while ordering)

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Middle Brow Bungalow
Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

Middle Brow Bungalow

Bars Breweries Logan Square

As long as your list includes beer, bread and DIY pizza kits, you can take care of some grocery shopping at the Middle Brow Bungalow. Check out the Middle Brow website to see what brews and baked goods are being offered, submit your order and then cruise by for curbside pickup.

Hours: Tuesday–Saturday from noon to 6pm

Off Color Mousetrap
Photograph: Nick Murway

Off Color Brewing's Mousetrap

Bars Breweries River North

Whether you're looking for standbys like Apex Predator or a fancy bottle of Market Rate wild ale from 2018, Off Color's Mousetrap is open daily and offers brews to go (cases of cans and kegs are also available, with special discounts available). Pre-order your beer for pickup via Off Color's website or head over to Caviar to get it delivered to your door.

Hours: Daily from noon to 8pm

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Whiner Beer Company
Photograph: Courtesy Whiner Beer Company

Whiner Beer Company

Bars Breweries New City

Based out of The Plant near Back of the Yards, Whiner Beer Company offers beer to-go every day. It will also deliver its creative brews anywhere in the city for a flat $10 fee. Just email the brewery (info@whinerbeer.com) or slide into their DMs on Facebook or Instagram with your selections from the delivery menu.

Hours: Daily from 10am–5pm

Photograph: Sara Freund

Dovetail Brewery

Bars Breweries North Center

Need to stock up on European-inspired dunkels, rauchbiers and lagers? Ravenswood brewery Dovetail has cans, bottles, kegs and growlers (fresh glass only, and they're waving the price of the growler) available for pickup or delivery within one mile of the brewery. The brewery's Dovetail Drops program allows customers to order beer to be delivered in neighborhoods outside of its usual delivery area.

Hours: Most days from 1 to 5pm (check the Dovetail website to confirm availability)

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Moody Tongue: Aperitif Pilsner
Photograph: Morgan Olsen

Moody Tongue Brewing Co.

Bars Breweries Near South Side

Snag bottles or growlers of culinary-inspired brews like Frozen Banana Wheat Ale and Sliced Nectarine IPA from Moody Tongue's drive-thru at its new South Loop brewery. While Moody Tongue has occasionally opened up its taproom to offer special releases to go, you'll always find its beer for delivery on Caviar.

Hours: Pickup hours vary (call ahead for more information). Daily deliveries via Caviar.

On Tour Brewing Co.
Photograph: Courtesy On Tour Brewing Co.

On Tour Brewing

Bars Breweries River West/West Town

Place an order through On Tour Brewing's website of $30 or more and you'll get a contactless delivery of classics like Half Step American pale ale and Head's All Empty IPA. Order by noon for same-day delivery.

Hours: Deliveries are made Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 2 to 6pm and Saturday from noon to 5pm

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Photograph: JJ Jetel

Hopewell Brewing Co.

Bars Breweries Logan Square

You might need a Little Buddy or three during these uncertain times, so submit your order through Hopewell Brewing Co.'s website and you'll be able to pick up some beer (or spring for delivery, $40 minimum plus a $5 fee).

Hours: Wednesday–Sunday from 2 to 7pm

Revolution Brewing Taproom
Photograph: Courtesy of Revolution Brewing

Revolution Brewing Tap Room

Bars Breweries Avondale

Head to Revolution's Kedzie taproom to get your Revolution Brewing fix. Make sure to order ahead through the Revolution website, then pull your vehicle up to the curb during the hours listed below and give the taproom a call—the crew will bring your beer out for you. Need delivery beer and/or burgers? Look up the Revolution Brewpub on GrubHub.

Hours: Daily from noon to 7pm

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Maplewood Lounge
Photograph: Nick Murway

Maplewood Lounge

Bars Breweries Logan Square

Pull up Maplewood's online shop, select the cans, crowlers and bottles of whiskey that you'd like to purchase and then head to the Maplewood Lounge to pick them up. Orders are filled within an hour of being placed, so you might still have time to grab a couple four packs for the evening. Did we mention that there's a frozen Uno's pizza combo?

Hours: Daily from noon to 7pm

Goose Island Fulton Street Brewery

Bars Breweries United Center

Sure, you can grab cans of 312 and Goose IPA at your local liquor store, but if you're on the hunt for some of Goose Island's more interesting beers, you'll need to head straight to the source. Order from the Goose Island Fulton Street Brewery's online store, call 312-262-4717 when you arrive and the staff will bring taproom exclusives and bottles of Bourbon County Brand Stout to your vehicle.

Hours: Wednesday–Saturday from noon to 7pm

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Pipeworks Ninja vs. Unicorn
Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

Pipeworks Dojo

Stock up on Ninja vs. Unicorn and other classic Pipeworks brews by ordering contactless curbside pickup at the brewery's Dojo (3912 W Mclean Ave). Place an order on the Pipeworks website, pull up to the red tent and call 312-841-7574 to get your beer.

Hours: Monday–Friday from noon to 7pm, Saturday from 11am to 5pm

Empirical Brewery

Bars Beer bars Lincoln Square

Taking orders via GrubHub, Empirical is offering 10 different beers in cans, in addition to growler fills (the fee for fresh glass is waived) and barrel aged and sour or wild beers in 500 ml bottles.

Hours: Delivery available Tuesday–Sunday from 1 to 6pm

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Lake Effect Brewing Company

Bars Breweries Irving Park

This small Portage Park brewery is offering deliveries of beer paired with miniature pies and pretzels from Fannie's Bakery. You can also swing by the shop to pick up bottles, cans and bombers.

Hours: Monday–Wednesday from 10am to 5pm, Thursday–Saturday from 10am to 7pm

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Alarmist Brewing
Photograph: Courtesy Alarmist Brewing

Alarmist Brewing

Bars Breweries North Park

Place an order on Alarmist's website and make a trip to Sauganash to pick up cans of the award-winning Le Jus IPA or Pantsless Pale Ale. Call the taproom when you arrive (773-681-0877) and someone will bring your beer out to your car.

Hours: Wednesday–Sunday from noon to 7pm

Spiteful Brewing
Photograph: Nick Murway

Spiteful Brewing

Bars Breweries Lincoln Square

Located next door to Half Acre's Balmoral brewery (which isn't currently offering beer to go, unfortunately), Spiteful is selling cans to go through its online store. Place an order, pull up at the curb, call the taproom and you'll have your beer in no time.

Hours: Daily from noon to 8pm

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Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

Alulu Brewery and Pub

Bars Breweries Lower West Side

Alulu doesn't have cans or bottles, but it's filling growlers every day—and offering items from its delicious menu of food, including burgers, salads and sandwiches. Call 312-600-9865 to place your order and then pick it up at the brewpub.

Hours: Monday–Friday from 5 to 9pm and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 9pm

Photograph: Matthias Merges

Old Irving Brewing

Bars Breweries Portage Park

Consult the Old Irving Brewing's online menu and then call in your beer order (773-916-6421) before heading over to the brewery to pick it up. For now, you can snag four-packs of cans and fresh growler fills of anything the bar has on tap. 

Hours: Tuesday–Sunday from noon to 8pm

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Metropolitan Brewing
Photograph: Nick Murway

Metropolitan Brewing

Bars Breweries Avondale

Make an order from the Metropolitan online store and roll up during curbside pickup hours or swing by the taproom on Fridays and Saturdays to shop for lagers, helles and doppelbocks.

Hours: Taproom To-Go Friday from 3 to 8pm and Saturday from noon to 5pm; curbside pickup Wednesday–Friday from noon to 3pm

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Photograph: Nick Murway

Cruz Blanca Cerveceria

Restaurants Mexican West Loop

Rick Bayless's brewery is offering curbside pickup and taking delivery orders via Caviar, allowing customers to order six-packs, crowlers and tacos to enjoy at home.

Hours: Tuesday–Thursday and Sunday from 11am to 8pm and Friday and Saturday from 11am to 9pm

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Eris Brewery and Cider House
Photograph: Courtesy Eris Brewery and Cider House

Eris Brewery and Cider House

Bars Breweries Irving Park

Eris is best known for its cider, but you can also grab beer to go by ordering howlers from the cider house's website. Place your order online and call ahead when you arrive—someone will bring your order to your vehicle.

Hours: Wednesday–Saturday from 4 to 8pm

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Pilot Project brewery taproom
Photograph: Angela Conners Treimer

Pilot Project

Bars Breweries Logan Square

Call ahead (773-270-5995), order online or stop by Pilot Project's Logan Square taproom to grab cans of beer from the various breweries that produce beverages in this shared facility. Every purchase of $100 or more will receive a $25 gift card.

Hours: Monday–Friday from 1 to 7pm, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6pm

Photograph: Michael Kiser - Good Beer Hunting

5 Rabbit Cerveceria

Bars Breweries Suburbs

Need a bunch of beer? Make a trip south of Midway Airport to pick up cases of 12-ounce cans of Super Pils, Xicago, 5 Rabbit, 5 Lizard, 5 Vulture and Irónica for $35 or a case of 16-ounce Chinga Pelo cans for $50.

Hours: Hours vary, call ahead at 312-889-3782

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Right Bee Cider
Photograph: Courtesy Right Bee Cider

Right Bee Cider

Bars Breweries Hermosa

Add something sweet (or semi-sweet) to your fridge at Right Bee Cider, where you can order online for curbside pickup or have your beverages delivered (within three miles of the taproom).

Hours: Wednesday–Friday from 4 to 8pm, Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 8pm

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Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

Lo Rez Brewery & Taproom

Bars Breweries Lower West Side

Stock up on cans and 64-ounce growlers (the kind you'll need help finishing) at Lo Rez in Pilsen, where you can also snag a cheese flight to-go. The taproom is currently accepting walk-ins, or you can order delivery via the Lo Rez website.

Hours: Monday–Friday from 3 to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 3pm

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Begyle Brewing Company
Photograph: Laura Rote

Begyle Brewing Company

Bars Breweries North Center

Cans, bottles and growlers (new glass only, no refills) are available from this Ravenswood brewery. Fill up your cart in the Begyle online store with beer for contactless curbside pickup.

Hours: Sunday–Thursday from noon to 5pm, Friday and Saturday from 11am to 6pm

Forbidden Root
Photo: BJ Pichman

Forbidden Root

Bars Breweries East Village

Add some botanical brews to your fridge by calling Forbidden Root (312-929-2202) or ordering online to arrange for carry out, delivery or curbside pick-up. Four-packs of cans, food and bottles of liquor are currently available.

Hours: Daily from 11:30am to 9pm

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