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The 33 best Chicago breweries and taprooms

Looking for creative sours, a strong stout or a reliable lager? Grab a draft at the best Chicago breweries and taprooms.

By Zach Long
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Chicago breweries and taprooms are currently operating at reduced capacity and many have implimented new hours. It's always a good idea to call ahead to confirm hours and determine if a reservation is required.

With more than 160 breweries in the city and the surrounding suburbs, there are few better cities than Chicago for beer drinkers. While some of our favorite dive bars in Chicago have embraced locally-brewed options, if you want to taste the freshest suds in town, you need to visit Chicago breweries and taprooms. Standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the best bars in Chicago, you'll find everything from industrial tasting rooms to cozy corner taverns where you can sample the latest and greatest hazy IPAs, barrel-aged stouts and fruited sours. Some breweries also boast in-house kitchens that serve delicious burgers, pizza, poutine and other booze-friendly foods—and the ones that don't will usually let you bring in grub from the best restaurants in Chicago. Not sure where to order a flight next? These Chicago breweries and taprooms always having something exciting on tap.

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32. Begyle Brewing Company

Bars Breweries North Center

Offering outdoor seating with reservation.

Located just down the street from Dovetail, Begyle's taproom is filled with board games, a couple of Skee-Ball machines and plenty of beer to drink on site or take home. The most interesting feature of this bar is its Community Supported Brewery membership program, which allows visitors to purchase a subscription that entitles them to one or two growlers of beer each month (and some additional perks). The space also hosts beer yoga each Sunday, allowing guests to take a one-hour vinyasa class followed by some suds.

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Right Bee Cider
Photograph: Courtesy Right Bee Cider

33. Right Bee Cider

Bars Breweries Hermosa

Taproom is closed, but cider is available for curbside pickup.

The beginnings of this Hermosa cider house can be traced back to a sweet story: shortly after Charlie Davis met Katie Morgan, he made a hard cider for her and just six months after their wedding, the couple founded Right Bee Cider. The cidery's simple taproom is attached to its production facility, meaning that guests will usually find some of the freshest pours of Right Bee's dry and semi-dry varieties. The no-frill approach means that you're welcome to bring your own food (there are Mexican restaurants and a sandwich shop nearby) and you can purchase bottles, howlers and growlers of cider to enjoy at home.

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