purple haze ?
Where will i be able to get this marvellous brew, when staying in Chicago ? Am staying at the Omni on Michigan, so somwhere close to there would be ideal.
Also, what local Chicago brew will knock this off the top of my list of American beers and where is best to drink it ?
If you don't mind heading out to the north suburbs (20 minutes north of chicago) you will find a place in glenview called The Yardhouse. They have the largest selection of draft beer anywhere. They also offer flights of beer where you can sample several different ones next to each other. Not 100% sure if the have Purple Haze or not, but you would be extremely suprised at the number of tap beers they serve. I have been going there for years and still have not tried even half of them. My favorite is Rogue Dead Guy Ale just cuz of the name :P
Im not sure of the local best beer, but I can tell you from experience that if you like Guiness, Tommy Nevins Pub in Evanston pours THE best Guiness Ive ever had.
The Chicago-area beers with the best chance of dislodging your favorite are from Three Floyds. The best place to try one is at the brewpub, which is about a 45-minute drive south of downtown Chicago. But here's a list of places in Chicago that serve at least some of their beers:
> Where will i be able to get this marvellous brew, when staying in Chicago ?
I would suggest calling their Illinois distributor to ask:
> what local Chicago brew will knock this off the top of my
> list of American beers and where is best to drink it ?
The various products from the folks at Goose Island, including Hex Nut Brown, Oatmeal Stout, Summertime, Oktoberfest, Kilgubbin Red, IPA, Blonde Ale, and Honkers Ale.
Best place is at one of their brew pubs:
Wrigleyville Brew Pub
3535 North Clark Street
Clybourn Brew Pub
1800 North Clybourn
More info at www.gooseisland.com
I do not like Goose Island beers at all. They are no better then Sam Adams....they tend to mistake heavy and full body for flavor.
Instead, Go to Piece Pizza if you want very good beers. On the light end, their Golden Eye is awesome. For heavier, I'd go with the Worryin Ale. All of them are great and the best part is you can bring it home as they are licensed to sell it in small casks.
Finally, a little off topic, but for a pared down selection of incredible beers (bottled, not on draft) that pair great with food, you must go to Hot Chocolate.
Pizza is really good at Piece. Nice chewy crust. Supposedly New Haven style pizza. I prefer their white pizzas that have no sauce. It's a fun place...very lively. They do "live band karoake" some nights which is fun. Hot Chocolate is right around the corner from Piece and is at 1747 N Damen Ave.
The food is actually quite good at Hot Chocolate. At first, I did not like this place at all (except for dessert) but the food has gotten continually better and better.
Here is their beer list (off their website, though I bet some are different in the restaurant):
MacQueens Nessie, Brauerei Eggenberger
Gouden Carolus Triple, Anker Brewery
St. Louis Kriek Lambic
Houblon Chouffe, Brasserie d’ Achouffe
Founders Red Rye Ale. Founders Brewery
Bruges Zot Blonde, Brouwerij De Halve Mann
Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier
Apple Ephemere, Unibroue
Wostyntje Mustard ale, Brouwrij de Regenboog
Hitachino Ginger Ale, Kiuchi Brewery
Old Engine Oil Special Reserve,
La Moneuse Saison, Brasserie De Blaugies
Domain Du Page Country French Ale
Stovepipe Porter, Otter creek Brewing
Hot Chocolate is just a few blocks away from PIece and, while I wouldn't recommend going directly from one to the other, they are both in the Bucktown area near Damen and North Avenue.
The chef at Hot Chocolate used to be the pastry chef at MK. The place is charming, does have wonderful desserts and I would recommend it for brunch.