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Feb 12, 2008 05:46 PM

Chicago Bottled Microbrews

So I am in Lombard (about 6 miles west of Chicago Midway)... and if anyone knows the weather here... its snowing... quite a bit.. so I am stuck in a hotel room... all there is to do is beer & internet. I swung by a random Liquor Store (why the hell don't the gas stations carry any beer here?) and picked up something called Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat Ale... I guess by Urban they mean real Ale that has been recycled from urine.

What is a great, local dark beer I should be looking for? Otherwise... where can I find some Belgian Style Ales around town?

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  1. You should be able to find some Founder's there (awesome if you can find their breakfast stout) or some Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald porter. Look hard for some Three Floyd's, it's not distributed outside of the Chicago area.

    1. Hey man,

      Not sure if it's distributed there, but if you can find Bell's, that's great stuff. Their Expedition Stout is good, but then all their beer is good. The Two Hearted Ale is a great IPA.

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      1. re: Josh

        Bell's is no longer available in Illinois. Their distributor wanted to sell the rights to the brand to another company that Bell's didn't think would represent them very well. Since they couldn't come to an agreement with their original distributor, they pulled out of illinois altogether. Apparently they are starting to market beers in Chicago under a different brand name (Kalamazoo), but I haven't had the opportunity to try any of them yet.

      2. For craft beers, I like Leinenkugel Creamy Dark(Miller), and for micro brews you might try visiting Prairie Rock Brewing Company.

        Pub brewers of Clock Tower Amber Lager, Pale Rider, Vanilla Cream Ale, and Prairie Light. Includes events, menu, and beer list. Locations in Schaumburg and Elgin.

        1. I'm not well versed in Chicago area beers, but I think you should be able to find Goose Island Oatmeal Stout. I think it would suit your needs.
          Goose Island has some good, some not so good. The Stout and the IPA are both quite good.

          1. The 312 Ale you had is only part of Goose Island's lineup. But they do a number of specialty beers that are very good. Look for their Pere Jacques or Matilda- they also have a bourbon county stout, though very limited availability