PHOTOS: A Taste of Chicago's Local Brew

Local beers are becoming more and more popular in Chicago. Take a look at some of the newest breweries and brew pubs in the area.

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It's no secret that beer is big business in Chicago, Illinois. We midwesterners like our suds. But the craft beer movement is picking up steam in Chicago. We've collected examples of some of the best microbrews in the city. Take a look.
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Goose Island may have been one of the first major breweries in the city of Chicago, producing their 312 beer, named for Chicago's area code, but local breweries are popping up all over the city. Take a look at some of the newest ones.
Finch's Beer Company has been around since early 2009 and is currently brewing two beers, Golden Wing, their blonde ale, and Cut Throat, their pale ale. Find out more about Finch's at their Facebook and Twitter.
5 Rabbit Brewery
5 Rabbit Brewery |
5 Rabbit Brewery has three different brews that it produces, including their namesake, 5 Rabbit, a golden ale, 5 Lizard, described as a Latin-Style Witbier and 5 Vulture, an Oaxacan-Style Dark Ale. The brewery was founded in early 2011 and is located at 3304 N. Knox Ave. More information on the brewery can be found at their Facebook and Twitter pages.
Half Acre Beer Company, which was founded in 2006, has 16 different beers for its thirsty customers. Its brews include Daisy Cutter Pale Ale, Baumé (an American chocolate rye stout), Freedom of '78 Guava Wheat India Pale Ale and StickyFat American Dark Ale among others. Their Magnus brew even includes chocolate and bitter coffee. Half Acre is located at 4257 N. Lincoln Ave. and can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.
Piece Brewery and Pizzeria, located at 1927 W. North Ave., has a selection of eight brews made in its brewpub. Among them are Dysfunctionale, an American pale ale; Top Heavy Hefeweizen; and Wingnut, an imperial India pale ale. The brewpub gained much recognition In 2006, when owner Jonathan Cutler won the World Beer Cup Champion Small Brewery and Brewmaster Award. Piece Brewery can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.
Haymarket Pub and Brewery, located at the corner of Halsted and Randolph, brews 10 different beers, including their Mathias Imperial IPA, which won first place in the 2011 Illinois Brew Pub Shootout. Their award winning beer is an homage to Officer Mathias Degan, who was one of the officers to have lost their life in the Haymarket Affair. Haymarket Pub and Brewery can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.
Metropolitan Brewery
Metropolitan Brewing |
Krankshaft, pictured above, is Metropolitan Brewery's pale straw hued ale made with wheat malt. Metro is located at 5121 N. Ravenswood Ave., and can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.
Argus Brewery
Argus Brewery, founded by father-son duo Robert and Patrick Jensen, is located at 11314 S. Front St. The brewery has 13 different types of beer, including the Red Stallion Amber Ale, Golden Bit American Lager, Trotter Double Hop and McCaffery’s Irish Cream Ale. Argus can also be found on Facebook.
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New Chicago Brewing Company |
New Chicago Brewing Company, which won’t actually be launching their brand until March of 2012, will be located inside a food manufacturing facility called The Plant. The Plant, is a closed ecosystem that generates its own power and handles its own waste. Any byproducts from anything produced at New Chicago Brewing Company will be fed right back into the system.
Revolution Brewpub has a selection of eight brews at its Logan Square location, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave. The brews include Bottom Up Wit, a Belgian-style wheat beer; Coup d' Etat, a mix of spicy French-style and German hops; and Brown Sound, a brown ale with a combination of oatmeal and toffee flavors. Revolution can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.
Hamburger Mary’s, which is located on the corner of Clark and Balmoral in Andersonville, brews four ale’s year round, and has small batch reserves that rotate throughout the year. Their brews include an organic golden ale, the “Blonde Bombshell,” and the Peanut Butter Porter, made with peanut butter as well as chocolate malt. For more information about Hamburger Mary’s, check out their Facebook.
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