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Old 01-25-2010, 07:01 PM   #1
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My girlfriends and I are planning a girls weekend to Chicago in mid February and was wondering if anyone could give some recommendations to some breweries in the downtown area?

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Old 01-25-2010, 07:09 PM   #2
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Goose Island is a bit north of the loop on Clybourne. Great food, atmosphere, and (of course) beer. I had a friend's bachelor party there and they gave us a room above the bar with pool tables and about 8 taps.

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Old 01-25-2010, 07:43 PM   #3
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I'm not sure how much Goose Island does as far as touring/etc, and I've never been to the downtown location, but they have a couple of brew pubs in addition to the main brewery.

Theres also Piece, which is Pizza/Brewpub, Half Acre Brewing (actual brewery, not brewpub), and a bunch of others.


Goose has some great beer (especially their Reserve collections), but I'm not a fan of their food. Piece is great.

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Old 01-25-2010, 11:32 PM   #4
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Goose Island does tours of their brewpubs plus a tasting for $5. I did it over the summer with my girlfriend and was well worth the experience.

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Old 01-26-2010, 05:21 AM   #5
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Well, I can't give any recommendations, but I hope you have a great time. I used to work down-town Chicago and it was always a trip going out for lunch and seeing the tourists/workers/beggars/locals.

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Old 01-26-2010, 12:59 PM   #6
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I'm a big fan of Goose Island. Great beers, food's pretty good. Piece has a good rep, but I've been told it attracts a younger (Early-Mid 20's), college sports, loud crowd. There's also Flossmoor Station, in the south 'burbs. There are also a couple of amazing neighborhood bars on the Northside that specialize in Belgians.

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Thanks guys - I will have to try to plan something out.

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I'm a big fan of Goose Island. Great beers, food's pretty good. Piece has a good rep, but I've been told it attracts a younger (Early-Mid 20's), college sports, loud crowd. There's also Flossmoor Station, in the south 'burbs. There are also a couple of amazing neighborhood bars on the Northside that specialize in Belgians.
Second Flossmoor Station. Tried the Pullman Brown after hearing about it on CYBI it's fabulous.
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Old 02-16-2010, 03:51 AM   #9
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Goose Island does do tours, but only at their Clybourn location. Make sure not to mix it up with the one on Clark. You have to call ahead of time to make sure the right people are there to give the tour. It's the better of the two locations anyway. Piece is a good choice too, and it is a younger crowd, but really laid back/chill. they have amazing pizza too. can't go wrong with Rock Bottom either. if you're ever in chicago in the summer, that's def the place to go, awesome rooftop. plus it's right in the loop (Grand/State) so there's a lot going on around it....i've only been gone for a month and already want to move back, ha.

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Old 02-16-2010, 02:04 PM   #10
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Revolution Brewing just opened up a couple weeks ago


http://revbrew.com/beers

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Jim Cibak has been brewing professionaly for over 12 years. He and owner Josh Deth worked together at Goose Island in the late 1990's in the opening years of their Fulton St. production plant. A native south-sider, Jim has spent time manning the kettles at Three Floyds and helped open Crown Brewing. He also worked as brewer at the award-winning Firestone-Walker Brewing Co. in Paso Robles, CA under the leadership of former Goose Head Brewer Matt Bryndilson. Jim's favorite styles are porter, milds and well-balanced pale ales. He is known for his barrel-aging techniques that he developed in California after researching the use of barrels by the wine industry.
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