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Old 04-09-2006, 02:55 AM   #1
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Any cool bars or breweries in Chicago around Wrigleyville, besides Harry Carey's? I'm heading out there in a few weeks for my sister-in-laws grad school graduation.

I also want to hit up Ditka's since I'm a Bears fan.

Just got my Reds vs Cubs tickets in the mail!
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Old 04-09-2006, 01:44 PM   #2

I'm a Sox fan that lived near that area for many years. Most of the bars in that part of town, the Cubby Bear, Yak-Zies, Murphy's Bleachers, etc., are woefully overrated. But the best place, IMHO, and must-stop for beer lovers, is Goose Island Wrigleyville. It is a few steps from Wrigley on Clark and the beer is better and, believe it or not, cheaper than all the other bars around the ballpark that sell primary BudMillerCoors in plastic cups.

There are no breweries that give tours in the city, AFAIK. But there are some great beer bars not too far from the park. Here's some links:

The Map Room
Hop Leaf
Piece Brewery and Pizzeria
Jak's Tap in the Loop
and if you want to hop the Metra Electric line and head to the south 'burbs, the best brewpub in the midwest, IMHO, Flossmoor Station.

A great place with a large beer selection is Sam's on Marcey St., just off of Clybourn St. near the original Goose Island.

Hope that helps. I'm sure others will chime in with some places I've overlooked. Enjoy your trip!

 
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Old 04-09-2006, 03:56 PM   #3
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Go to goose island! Evey thing aroud there is swill, old pile, miller and bud. It gets insane after a game in that area. There is a good calm English pub restraunt about 1 block south of Wrigley on the east side of Clark. That is were I go after every game. But if you want a frat party feel then go just north on clark to Bernies. They have an outdoor area. If you need more info, I'm here.
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Old 04-12-2006, 04:17 AM   #4
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and if you want to hop the Metra Electric line and head to the south 'burbs, the best brewpub in the midwest, IMHO, Flossmoor Station.
I live about a mile from Flossmoor station and they really do have great beer. (great burgers too) I totally love the pulman nutbrown they brew and really dug the Ironhorse stout but they hardly ever have that anymore.

 
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I live about a mile from Flossmoor station and they really do have great beer. (great burgers too) I totally love the pulman nutbrown they brew and really dug the Ironhorse stout but they hardly ever have that anymore.
Oh, man - we need to organize a meet there sometime. My girlfriend lives ~ 10 mins. from the place and we both love it. She made a friend of brewmaster Matt Van Wyk one night when she was there without me - he recalled her from the brewery tour we did there one Sunday - and got a free sample of nearly everything! We love the Gandy Dancer Honey Ale and even tried to brew a clone recently. Still too early to tell if we were close. The X-IPA is a hop lovers delight and another favorite! I check their BrewBlog regularly.


 
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Old 04-13-2006, 05:50 PM   #6
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I have never been there when the brewers were there although I'm usually there only at night. I should take the tour though... I dodn't even know they had one..... I usually busy drinking the beer.

 
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Old 04-13-2006, 06:11 PM   #7
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My girlfriend lives ~ 10 mins. from the place and we both love it. She made a friend of brewmaster Matt Van Wyk one night when she was there without me - he recalled her from the brewery tour we did there one Sunday ...
That doesn't happen to be your gf in your avatar, does it? No wonder Matt remembered her!
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That doesn't happen to be your gf in your avatar, does it? No wonder Matt remembered her!
She is a natural blonde, and she is cute, but no, that ain't her. Their brewmaster, Matt, is usually there behind the bar in the evenings on Friday nights.

They give tours every last Sunday of the month. Here's the info. It's worth it for the free tasting. Matt pours something like 5 or 6 pitchers of brew, pours samples of each, then leaves the pitchers on the table for all to finish off! On our tour there were only 6 people of drinking age and two of them - an older couple - left the remaining pitchers with us. You do the math!


 
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I'm glad I stumbled onto this thread....... I'm heading down to Wrigley in a couple of weeks to see the Brewers crush the Chubs (hopefully) and hit a couple of spots in the process......I'll have to give Goose Island a visit. Any other ideas post them please I'm interested!
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I'm glad I stumbled onto this thread....... I'm heading down to Wrigley in a couple of weeks to see the Brewers crush the Chubs (hopefully) and hit a couple of spots in the process......I'll have to give Goose Island a visit. Any other ideas post them please I'm interested!
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