We’ll get it right out of the way: The name Beermiscuous is awful, and each time I told someone where I was going, they asked me to repeat myself and explain. So I told them that Beermiscuous is a “craft beer café” (the owners' words) in Lakeview with some beers on draft and a large selection of bottles. You can buy bottles to drink there or take them to go. There’s also Wi-Fi so you can work during the day (it opens at noon every day except Monday), and food trucks visit in the evenings so there’s something delicious to soak up all the beer.
I went to Beermiscuous on a recent weekday afternoon and spent a couple of hours working. The space is huge, and I started by sitting in the back, where there are some comfortable chairs, two-top tables and a long communal table. But the music was way too loud, so I moved back up front to a high two-top in the front window. I started by drinking Moody Tongue’s Cold Press Paw Paw Belgian on draft, a serious upgrade to the water I usually drink throughout the workday. After that, I had a can of Temperance Beer Company’s new Greenwood Beach, a pineapple blonde ale, which a “beerista” told me would taste fruitier as it warmed up. And after that, I made a visit to the water cooler and picked up some free pretzels—I needed something to soak up that beer in order to get some work done. I also had a bag of Mama’s Nuts, which Beermiscuous sells, but you can also bring in your own food.
The café is designed to appeal to both beer nerds—there are 300-plus local, Midwestern and international beers, plus regular tasting events—and everyday drinkers. There’s a chart up on the wall that categorizes beers by style, bitterness, etc., and assigns each style a color so you can pick out a beer from the cooler that matches your preferences.
My can of beer cost $5 to drink in the café, but it would be $2 if I took it to go. Over my three hours at Beermiscuous, most people were coming in to grab beers to take home. You can build your own six-pack, which is a great way to try some new brews. The name may need explaining, but Beermiscuous is a concept anyone can get behind.
2812 N Lincoln Ave
|Opening hours:||Tue–Thu noon-10pm, Fri, Sat noon–11pm, Sun noon–7pm|
|Transport:||El: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Diversey. Bus: 76.|
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I love this place. Anywhere that calls themselves a "beer cafe" is going to have some explaining to do, but the concept works. The space is warm and friendly during the day and not too nuts at night. It is a place to chill that just happens to have tons of different beers to try. I always like to build flights and depending on who's behind the bar I'll have them choose a few for me, just to keep things interesting. The additional option to build your own six packs to take home and the ability to bring in your own food just makes Beermiscuous better. This is a great space, and a solid way to spend a few hours. Cheers!
Beermiscuous is a great way to try a ton of beers that you probably haven't heard of before. I love getting a sampler and sitting down near the fireplace. They even have a bunch of board games to play!
Thanks Time Out for the terrific review and for the amazing photos of our space! We greatly appreciate it.
Obviously, we're fans of the name Beermiscuous and we wanted to provide some context on its origin.
With the explosion of craft beer, we've found that we and others no longer have a favorite beer. When we go to a bar, we typically gravitate towards trying something we haven't sampled before. So you could say we're a bit promiscuous with our beer drinking in that we drink around. We think this recent post sums it up pretty well:
But most importantly, our highly-trained staff takes great pride in understanding your tastes and guiding you towards new beers to try. We believe strongly in supporting local breweries and we have over 100 Illinois beers you can drink in our café. We also offer 4 oz. samplers of all our drafts so you can try many beers in one visit.
Thanks again Time Out, not only for our review, but for your excellent coverage of Chicago's restaurants and bars. Hope to see you back soon!