The Great Bottle Opener Giveaway

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Beer Discussion > In Chicago right now...

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 09-20-2012, 02:31 PM   #1
chalmer9
Registered User
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posts: 105
Liked 17 Times on 11 Posts

Default In Chicago right now...

On a vacation to see visit Chicago and see my Reds play today at 2. The gf and I went out to a couple nice bars last night and all I have to say is...LOL Cincinnati...it doesn't even compare.

The Map Room: Amazing draft selection. I love the smaller neighborhood feel of it. I had never had a 3 Floyd's beer before and had 2 pints of Alpha King...which is probably now my favourite beer of all time. Got one of those pints on the house too as a welcome to Chicago kinda thing.

Hopleaf: Another great place - draft selection even greater. I had Goose Island Green Line since I had read so much about it on here, but with all the IPA's I had drank that day it seemed incredibly dull. Had a pint of Zombie Dust though and it was wonderful! The bartender there Slim gave me a free beer again saying welcome to Chicago.

Anyway just an awesome place so far - we're going to Wrigleyville today and walk around there before the game - any recommendations?

We're also gonna visit 3 Floyd's in Munster on our way home - hopefully I can get a couple 6 packs of Alpha King.

__________________
chalmer9 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-20-2012, 02:40 PM   #2
chalmer9
Registered User
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posts: 105
Liked 17 Times on 11 Posts

Default

Also if 3 Floyd's sells beer in bottles I can get some for a couple people if they want to trade or just buy at cost.

__________________
chalmer9 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-20-2012, 02:41 PM   #3
rifraf
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Chicagoish, Illinois
Posts: 1,961
Liked 195 Times on 150 Posts
Likes Given: 61

Default

If you end up closer to the Near North/Mag Mile neighborhood check out a speakeasy style bar called the Watershed. It's inside in the basement of a champagne bar called Pops.

They specialize in local beers and spirits. Really cool place.

__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by SittingDuck
Even ales take too long. I need something I can ferment during the boil and drink from the kettle!
You have to grow old, you don't have to grow up.
rifraf is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-20-2012, 02:42 PM   #4
TyTanium
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 3,944
Liked 542 Times on 382 Posts
Likes Given: 415

Default

Two Brothers just released all of their wet hop ales. Haven't had any this year, but they're usually pretty good. Unique, at least. Most bottle shops (or Binny's) carry them.

__________________
TyTanium is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-20-2012, 02:44 PM   #5
JonGrafto
Feedback Score: 2 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Central Part of the State..., WI
Posts: 1,511
Liked 86 Times on 70 Posts
Likes Given: 11

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by chalmer9 View Post
Also if 3 Floyd's sells beer in bottles I can get some for a couple people if they want to trade or just buy at cost.
3 Floyds does sell their beers in bottles right at the brewery in Munster.
Try some Gumballhead if you stop down there.

You can buy 6 packs, cases (a little bit better $) and they also have a vast selection of bombers as well. Last time I was there, I picked up a growler as a souvenier.
__________________
JonGrafto is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-20-2012, 02:50 PM   #6
Sir Humpsalot
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Sir Humpsalot's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 4,043
Liked 81 Times on 65 Posts
Likes Given: 22

Default

Although I haven't been there for a few years, Goose Island's brewpub is pretty cool. They don't just have their normal beers on tap. They have about a dozen small batch beers rotating at any given time... And many of them are quite impressive. And the food is worth the trip as well... Lots of local specialties.

Speaking of which, if you can't get it locally and haven't tried it, they just released their Bourbon Stout about a week ago, I believe. That is my all-time favorite beer. It is best if you age it a year or two, but is amazing straight from the bottle. That one is distributed, at least locally, so you may want to pick up a four pack to take home with you. Binny's should have it, but it sells out fast.

I haven't tried Green Line, but their normal mass produced IPA is, in my opinion, a fantastic easy-drinking, "sessionable" IPA with a really fresh hop flavor and aroma (at least when you get it fresh/local. As a beer geek, their IPA is my BMC. Just a simple, predictable beer that is easy to find and goes down really easy.

__________________
In Process: Mango Beer, Homebrewers Pale Ale
Bottled/Kegged:Spicy Light Rye, Rice-adjunct Pale Ale, Mild Bourbon Porter, Roasty Stout, Basic Light Mead, Bourbon County Stout Clone
Up Next: Berlinerweiss, Chocolate Raspberry Ale, and American IPA
Sir Humpsalot is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-20-2012, 02:57 PM   #7
RC0032
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Chicago
Posts: 1,134
Liked 15 Times on 13 Posts
Likes Given: 11

Default

Dont bother with Two Brothers IMO.

Hit the Goose Island Pub right near the ball park...get there early.

__________________
RC0032 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-20-2012, 03:02 PM   #8
RC0032
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Chicago
Posts: 1,134
Liked 15 Times on 13 Posts
Likes Given: 11

Default

And Green Line isnt all that good. The story is good the beer is average or below.

__________________
RC0032 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-20-2012, 03:21 PM   #9
WhiteEagle1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Spring Grove, IL
Posts: 411
Liked 19 Times on 18 Posts
Likes Given: 148

Default

Dude....you gotta check out "The Old Town Pour House"
Newer place....they have a wicked amount of beers on tap....

__________________

Luck is for People who need Luck.

WhiteEagle1 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-20-2012, 05:47 PM   #10
Newmanwell
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Posts: 53
Liked 11 Times on 4 Posts
Likes Given: 8

Default

Gumballhead Gumballhead Gumballhead Gumballhead. You get the idea. Their brewpub is awesome.

__________________

Kegged: German Pilsner, California Common, Oatmeal Stout
Bottled: American Barleywinne
Lagering: Sam Adams Light clone
Primary: Rye IPA, Simcoe SMaSH, APA

Newmanwell is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Chicago? stbnj General Beer Discussion 7 08-22-2011 08:02 PM
HBS in Chicago beerguy2009 General Beer Discussion 0 07-23-2011 03:17 AM
Going to Chicago in next week, anybody want anything? JefeTheVol General Beer Discussion 10 04-16-2010 02:22 PM
HBS in Chicago redbaron24 General Beer Discussion 69 11-19-2009 12:27 PM
Ale Fest Chicago Halaster General Beer Discussion 3 07-08-2009 02:40 PM