Beer spots in Chicago
I'm going to be in Chicago over the summer for a couple of days. Are there any particular beer spots I should check out?
If you are looking for an incredible selection, The Map Room would be a good bet (maproom.com). They literally have hundreds of beers available including a couple of dozen available on tap. Goose Island (gooseisland.com) and Piece (piecechicago.com) are both brewpubs. GI has fairly standard pub grub and usually around 15 brews on tap while Piece serves New Haven style pizza and usually has 6 or so beers available on draft.
My favorite beery spots in Chicago:
Hopleaf for belgian beer and mussels
Map Room for local/regional drafts
Goose Island for brewpub beer - and Sam's across the street is a must to pick up bottled beer
Resi's Bierstube for German bier
Clark St. Alehouse
The specials at Rock Bottom are usually good
Edelweisse in Norridge for a crispy Schweinshaxen and liters of bier
I haven't been in many years, but I used to like Sheffield's, in addition to the other places mentioned. More for the afternoon, since it was kind of like a frat party when I've been at night.
Don't forget to hit Sam's and load up your hand truck for the return trip home. Or if you're flying out, maybe walk up the street and ship it, since I'm not sure how psyched the airlines are going to be these days to check a case of beer.
i visited chicago for a long weekend a couple weeks back and the only beer bar we really had the opportunity to drop into was sheffields and I LOVED IT.
goose island looked pretty dull inside and i'm not very fond of their beers. not bad but not great. sheffields was fantastic (this comign from a mid-twenties beer loving gal) and the service was great. i'm a one-pint-wonder, which is a pity for a beer lover but they were happily passing me tasting portions so i could taste everything i wanted without being completely toasted. i can't comment on varieties as i am sorely restricted in toronto and it would be my only comparison,
love their little beer menu booklet too. i should have asked to take one.
they recently started up a smoked meats menu too.
Cool. Glad you liked it. They used to have this gigantic fat cat that would occasionally waddle through during the day. Even in my late 20's I was much less excited to elbow my way to the bar. The last time I was there, there was an afternoon baseball playoff game on, and the bartender was relatively chill as she got stuff ready for the evening rush.
Clark St Ale House used to let you do a flight of small pours to try a bunch of stuff.
beerbistro is one of my goto restos when i want something moderately priced and feel like getting a new brew into me. i went to a pairing dinner for the brooklyn brewery and was pretty impressed with what the chef was able to pull together for it. i summarized the meal and you can see photos here: http://tongueandcheek.ca/2007/03/14/w...
overall the food is quite good there but definitely a couple misses. their beer menu is extensive but after several visits i find it doesn't change much. hence my comment on being limited. i do absolutely love that they incorporate beer into every menu item and do it quite successfully, especially desserts.