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35 Chicago breweries where you can get beer to go

Need to stock up on beer? Go straight to the source at these local breweries offering bottles and cans to go.

By Zach Long
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Chicago's breweries have been through a lot since March, when the initial "stay-at-home" order forced most businesses to close their doors and offer products for pickup or delivery. Some of Chicago's best breweries were able to welcome back guests over the summer, reopening spacious beer gardens and patios. But as the weather grows colder, outdoor drinking won't be as appealing and if you're apprehensive about indoor service, there's still a way to support your favorite local breweries. We've gathered a list of Chicago breweries offering beer (and cider) to go, whether you want to stop by and grab a six-pack or arrange for curbside pickup. With options all over the city, there are plenty of spots to grab some cold ones to enjoy while you stay warm in your home.

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 continues to sell its selection of beer and CBD elixirs, with a wide variety of cans and bottles on offer for walk-in customers. Curbside pickup is available if you order via the Marz online store, and delivery is available for orders of $45 of more—just shoot the crew an email at holla@marzbrewing.com.

Bottle shop hours: Tue–Thu 3–8pm; Fri 3–9pm; Sat, Sun 11am–7pm

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Photograph: Tristan Zeier

Half Acre Brewery Lincoln

Bars Breweries North Center

Half Acre is offering curbside pickup of cans, bottles, fresh growlers 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 purchase and then arrive in front of the shop with something to cart your beer home in. You can also snag Dark Matter coffee and Half Acre merch.

Hours: Mon, Tue 3–9pm; Wed–Sun noon–9pm

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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, produce and pizza, 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: Wed–Fri 2–8pm; Sat noon–8pm; Sun 1–7pm

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 something that has spent months inside a barrel, 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 noon–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 whenever its taproom is open. 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: Wed–Fri 4–11pm; Sat noon–11pm; Sun 1–8pm

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 and bottles  available for pickup—just order online. The brewery's Dovetail Drops program allows customers to order beer to be delivered in neighborhoods throughout the city and suburbs.

Hours: Tue 1–6pm; Wed 1–8pm; Thu–Sat 1–9pm; Sun 1–7pm

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Moody Tongue: Aperitif Pilsner
Photograph: Morgan Olsen

Moody Tongue Brewing Co.

Bars Breweries Near South Side

Snag bottles of culinary-inspired brews like Frozen Banana Wheat Ale and Sliced Nectarine IPA from Moody Tongue's drive-thru at its South Loop brewery. An online ordering system also offers lobster rolls and slices of 12-layer German chocolate cake for pickup or delivery, if you're feeling extra decadent.

Hours: Pickup hours vary, see order form for details.

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). You can also swing by the brewery and pick up your cans curbside.

Hours: Thu–Sat 3–9pm; Sun 2–6pm

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Photograph: JJ Jetel

Hopewell Brewing Co.

Bars Breweries Logan Square

You might need a Little Buddy to help you through 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). The Hopewell Supermarket is also open to walk-ins and is stocked with the brewery's latest trendy merch.

Hours: Tue–Thu 2–7pm; Fri–Sun noon–7pm

Revolution Brewing Taproom
Photograph: Courtesy of Revolution Brewing

Revolution Brewing Tap Room

Bars Breweries Avondale

Revolution's Kedzie taproom has kept the new releases rolling out at a steady clip over the past few months, providing plenty of reasons to stop by and stock up. All pickup is curbside, so order ahead through the Revolution website, then pull up next to the brewery and give the taproom a call—the crew will bring your beer out for you.

Hours: Wed–Sun noon–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 a half-hour of being placed, so you might still have time to grab a couple four packs for the evening. And don't sleep on the Fat Pug Whiskey and Spruce Gin if your bar cart is running low.

Hours: Mon–Thu 2–9pm; Fri 1–9pm; Sat, Sun noon–9pm

Orkenoy
Photograph: Courtesy Orkenoy

Ørkenoy

Bars Breweries Humboldt Park

Scandinavian-inspired beer and cuisine are on the menu at this brewery and taproom inside the Kimball Art Center, just steps away from the 606. Sample two-packs of beer and open-face Smørrebrød sandwiches by ordering online for pickup.

Hours: Wed–Sun noon–9pm

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Goose Island has added a new taproom to their Fulton Market brewery.
Photograph: Martha Williams

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 obscure 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: Wed, Thu noon–8pm; Fri, Sat 11am–10pm; Sunday noon–8pm

Off Color Brewing
Photograph: Courtesy Off Color Brewing/Daniel Blackman

Off Color Brewing Dickens Bottle Shop

Bars Breweries Hermosa

Don't forget about Off Color Brewing's original bottle shop, located inside a brewing facility on the edge of Logan Square and Hermosa. Just place an order for pickup or delivery (via Caviar) through the Off Color website.

Hours: Tue–Thu 2–7pm; Fri–Sun 1–7pm

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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: Tue–Fri noon–7pm; Sat 11am–5pm

Empirical Brewery
Photograph: Courtesy of Empirical Brewery

Empirical Brewery

Bars Beer bars Lincoln Square

Taking orders via GrubHub, Empirical is offering a variety of canned beers, create-your-own six packs, growler fills (the fee for fresh glass is waived) and barrel aged, sour or wild beers in 500 ml bottles. If you're feeling charitable, order the New Style Community Lager—a portion of proceeds benefit local organizations like Brave Space Alliance.

Hours: Tue–Sun noon–8pm

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Pilot Project brewery taproom
Photograph: Angela Conners Treimer

Pilot Project

Bars Breweries Logan Square

This brewery incubator allows you to sample beers from Histrionic Brewlab, Brewer's Kitchen, Odious Cellars and more. Order ahead online and schedule a time to pick up your haul.

Hours: Mon–Thu 9am–10pm; Fri, Sat 9am–11pm; Sun 9am–10pm

Lake Effect Brewing Company

Bars Breweries Irving Park

This small Portage Park brewery is offering deliveries of beer paired with miniature pies, BBQ sauce and other local goods. You can also swing by the shop to pick up bottles, cans and bombers.

Hours: Mon–Wed 10am–5pm; Thu–Sat 10am–7pm

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District Brew Yards
Photograph: Zach Long

District Brew Yards

Bars Breweries River West/West Town

You can get beer from Burnt City Brewing, Around the Bend Beer Co., Bold Dog Beer Co. and Casa Humilde in one place by ordering from District Brew Yard's online store and then stopping by to pick it up (delivery options are also available). Remember that Lillie's Q now serves out of District Brew Yards, if you want to add some brisket or pulled pork to your order.

Hours: Tue–Thu 3–10pm; Fri, Sat noon–midnight; Sun noon–10pm

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: Wed–Sat noon–8pm; Sun noon–5pm

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Crushed By Giants

Bars Breweries Streeterville

A brewery just off the Magnificent Mile? This new spot (from the team behind DryHop and Corridor) might seem out of place, but if you're in the area, you can order ahead and stop by to pick up crowlers of hazy IPAs or an approachable Mexican lager.

Hours: Wed–Fri 3–9pm; Sat, Sun noon–9pm

Revolution Brewing
Photograph: Anna Knott

Revolution Brewing Brewpub

Restaurants Contemporary American Logan Square

If you're craving a hearty burger alongside your Anti-Hero or Cross of Gold, you can order from Revolution Brewing's Brewpub on Milwaukee Avenue for delivery or pickup (you'll need to order through GrubHub). They may not have all the fancy brews carried at the Kedzie taproom, but they do offer fried cheese curds.

Hours: Mon noon-10pm; Tue closed; Wed, Thu noon–10pm; Fri, Sat noon–11pm

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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: Mon–Fri 4–8pm; Sat, Sun noon–8pm

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. Order on Caviar for pickup or delivery.

Hours: Wed, Thu 5–8:30pm; Fri 3–8:30pm; Sat, Sun noon–8:30pm

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Photograph: Matthias Merges

Old Irving Brewing

Bars Breweries Portage Park

Old Irving Brewing offers all of its beer and food (including its delicious burger) for curbside pickup or delivery. Just order online and you'll be on your way to enjoying a crisp can of Della Kölsch.

Hours: Tue–Sat 11am–10pm; Sun 11am–9pm

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 throughout the week to shop for lagers, helles and doppelbocks.

Hours: Carry out Mon–Thu 4–11pm; Fri, Sat noon–1am; Sun noon–10pm; curbside pickup Fri–Sun noon–5pm

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Twisted Hippo
Photograph: Lexi Genge

Twisted Hippo Taproom and Eatery

Bars Breweries Irving Park

If you're looking for interesting beer and solid eats, check out the take out menu at Twisted Hippo, where you can pair a crowler of Beeting Heart beer (made with beets) with a spicy chicken sandwich. Perfer having your beer come to you? Just place an order via Caviar for delivery.

Hours: Tue, Wed 4–8pm; Thu noon–8pm; Fri, Sat noon–9pm; Sun noon–8pm

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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: Mon, Tue 5–10pm; Wed–Fri noon–10pm; Sat 11am–10pm; Sun 11am–9pm

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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. With the tasting room closed for the time-being, it's a surefire way to snag some of Chicago's best local cider.

Hours: Fri 4–8pm; Sat 2–6pm; Sun noon–6pm

Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

Lo Rez Brewery & Taproom

Bars Breweries Lower West Side

Stock up on cans at Lo Rez in Pilsen, where you can also snag an artisan cheese flight to-go. The taproom is currently accepting walk-ins, or you can order delivery via the Lo Rez website.

Hours: Wed–Fri 2–10pm; Sat noon–10pm; Sun noon–8pm

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Begyle Brewing
Photograph: Laura Rote

Begyle Brewing Company

Bars Breweries North Center

Get everything from 12oz cans to 64oz growlers (the kind you'll need help finishing) at this Ravenswood brewery. Fill up your cart in the Begyle online store with beer for contactless curbside pickup.

Hours: Mon–Wed 2–8pm; Thu–Sat noon–8pm; Sun noon–6pm

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Forbidden Root
Photo: BJ Pichman

Forbidden Root

Bars Breweries East Village

Add some botanical brews to your fridge by ordering online from Forbidden Root. If you prefer wine, you'll enjoy the Wednesday Wings and Wine combos that are available to pickup.

Hours: Daily from 11:30am to 9pm

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A Place by Damao
Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

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