Chicago craft beer guide

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

The selection of radlers at The Radler.
Photograph: Martha WilliamsThe 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.

5 under the radar breweries
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5 under the radar breweries

These five Chicago breweries may not be household names yet, but they deserve more attention

15 best pumpkin beers
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15 best pumpkin beers

Love it or hate it, it’s hard to escape the rush of pumpkin beer

Which Bourbon County Brand Stout to drink
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Which Bourbon County Brand Stout to drink

The cult beer is back

10 Midwestern fall beers to drink
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10 Midwestern fall beers to drink

Among the many fall brews, clear winners rise to the top

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Session beer taste test
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Session beer taste test

2015 is most assuredly the Summer of the Session Beer

The best beer gardens in Chicago
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The best beer gardens in Chicago

There's no better place to spend Chicago summer than a beer garden

Unexpected spots for great craft beer
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Unexpected spots for great craft beer

These are some of the most surprising places you’ll stumble across a great beer

9 bars with liquor stores
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9 bars with liquor stores

Sit down for a drink, then grab a six-pack to bring home

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Chicago brewery tours
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Chicago brewery tours

Which are worth your time?

14 breweries for growlers
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14 breweries for growlers

Fill up a growler with local beer at these area breweries

Best beer bars
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Best beer bars

Beer bars for every kind of beer-lover

Midwest radlers
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Midwest radlers

Local breweries are making their own versions of the easy-drinking beer

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Time to grow up, breweries
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Time to grow up, breweries

Enough with the controversial names and labels

Beers to drink on Thanksgiving
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Beers to drink on Thanksgiving

We asked beverage directors and bartenders to help

Brewmasters carve out their own styles
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Brewmasters carve out their own styles

These brewers stand out from the crowd

Mom-and-pop liquor stores stock great beer
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Mom-and-pop liquor stores stock great beer

Our favorite liquor stores with notable craft selections

Sofie pairs well with (almost) every food
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Sofie pairs well with (almost) every food

The local saison paired with asparagus, Roquefort and more

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Miller Fortune
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Miller Fortune

MillerCoors courts the bourbon drinker

Dark Horse’s Perkulator Dopplebock & Scotty Karate
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Dark Horse’s Perkulator Dopplebock & Scotty Karate

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

Boulevard Brewing’s Chocolate Ale
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Boulevard Brewing’s Chocolate Ale

The beer is a collaboration with a Kansas City chocolatier

Pipeworks’ One Horned Wonder And His Fanciful Flying Fresno
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Pipeworks’ One Horned Wonder And His Fanciful Flying Fresno

The new beer is brewed in collaboration with the Aviary

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Bell’s Smitten Golden Rye Ale
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Bell’s Smitten Golden Rye Ale

The beer will channel springtime

Ten Ninety’s Imperial Porter
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Ten Ninety’s Imperial Porter

The beer is made with pomegranate juice and cayenne pepper

Perennial Ale’s Aria

Perennial Ale’s Aria

It straddles the fence between a Belgian golden and a farmhouse ale

4 Paws Brewing’s Fawn Blonde Ale

4 Paws Brewing’s Fawn Blonde Ale

The brewer left the market this week, so you need to scramble to try their beers

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