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Forbidden Root

Bars, Breweries East Village
5 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)
Forbidden Root
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Forbidden Root uses herbs, flowers, leaves and spices to brew different flavors, creating a line of botanic beers with ingredients brewers used in early America and Britain. “We have created this brewpub to serve as a showcase for our beers,” said Robert Finkel, founder of Forbidden Root. “We will innovate, get feedback from our customers and continue to create unique, delicious and all-natural beer. We hope to provide our guests with a comfortable and unique experience and bring the community together for a meal, snack and to drink some great beer.”

They’ll be pouring their flagships (Forbidden Root, WPA, Sublime Ginger and Shady Character), along with seasonal brews like Heavy Petal, the first in the Divine Mud series. A honey-centric series of beer, “Hive Minded” is also on its way. The brewpub will serve what they’re calling “American rustic” fare to pair with their botanic beers. They’re also creating a series of elixirs to let people experiment with different flavorings to be added to beers or sodas. (Opening February 18)


Venue name: Forbidden Root
Address: 1746 W Chicago Ave
Transport: Bus: 9, 66.
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Forbidden Root serves a plethora of very interesting beers that are all brewed in house that contain many herbs and spices. On Sunday's they serve a brunch all day that goes very well with their beer as well! 

When I went, I had the Savoury Pancake which  comes with Corn, Peas, Kimchi, Cheese Curds, Maple, and a Poached Egg. I had a bit of a problem the first time I received my order because the pancake was still runny inside (probably because the heat was too high and it crisped up before it finished cooking,) so I had to wait for another order. It was worth the wait though, because all of these vegetables create a nice flavor profile, and the medium of a pancake is great!

Also, of those beers selected for my flight, my favorite was the Paragon. I nice amalgamation of the flavors of Pear and Tarragon. 


Forbidden Root has so many interesting beers to try! In the summer, you can sit by one of the open windows and order a totally affordable flight. The space itself is beautiful. Service can be slow at times, but the experience of trying truly unique beers is worth it. 

Forbidden root had great atmosphere and vibe. It's also a very beautiful space. I would agree that it's more a restaurant then a bar; they have some amazing different beers  and I would also get a sampler to try lots of them. We were doing pre-drinks  before dinner, but had a great time! The bartenders were busy but attentive. We are looking forward to our next visit there.

I loved everything about Forbidden Root - the space, the food, the service, and of course the beer! Space: an old theater building gorgeously converted into a restaurant/brewery. The decor is rustic, warm and inviting. Food: top notch. We tried the mussels, schnitzel sandwich, hangar steak, and ended with key lime pie. Everything was delicious! Service: friendly, knowledgeable staff. Beer: many botanical beers. Tastings of 5 or full pours. I recommend getting a sampler to try a few. You can also order elixirs to add to your beer - concept practiced in Berlin. I loved this! Overall fantastic - I would say it is definitely more of a restaurant than a brewpub. If you can find room, I recommend starting at the bar for a drink to chat with the bartender about the beer and elixirs, but make sure to check out the food as well. You can reserve a table via their website. Can't wait to return.