The next time you head to Goose Island’s location at Fulton & Wood Streets, you’ll pass All Rise Brewing, located inside Cobra Lounge. Stop in for a pint—brewer Tommy Nicely (Goose Island, Half Acre) brews 12 wide-ranging house beers for the on-site taproom, but it’s hard not to beeline for the Three Orange Wit, a spicy, citrus-forward nod to the order placed by John Candy’s character in The Blues Brothers.
Just a few years ago, every brewery opening in Chicagoland was a banner event. Now, it’s hard to keep up with the city’s vibrant brewery scene: The number has topped 100. Chicago craft beer lovers, we got lucky. But for every Lagunitas and Half Acre, you’ll also find an amazing lesser-known brewery that could blow your mind and palate—if only you knew about it. These five Chicago breweries may not be household names yet, but with one sip, you’ll see why they deserve more attention. Trust us.
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