Beer, Wine & Spirits in Salem


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Flatlander's pampers malt-pining palates by balancing a seasonal lineup of more than seven house-made brews with a diverse menu ranging from classic pub fare to gourmet entrees. Beer flights guide diners through five distillations and the on-site brewmaster ensures appetizers highlight each brews best qualities, matching seared asian ahi to the crispness of the Jackson Wit and spicy jumbo wings to the Flatlander IPA's training as a firefighter. Thick cuts of homestyle meatloaf and crispy morsels of fish and chips embody the roles of classic pub fare, subtly supported by gourmet-inspired castmates such as linguine pomodoro and USDA-prime center-cut filet mignon. An arsenal of 13 hearty burgers accessorized with toppings such as pulled pork, guacamole, or fried onions gratify any diet while bookended around a choice of USDA-prime chuck, ground turkey, veggie, or peppermint patties.

200 Village Grn
Lincolnshire,
IL
US

Cooper’s Hawk

Naturally, the chefs at Cooper’s Hawk have a sharp eye when it comes to wine pairings. Each of the restaurant’s contemporary dishes is crafted with a particular wine in mind, which makes plenty of sense given the fact that there’s a winery located just next door. Surrounded by oaken barrels and racks lined with glistening bottles, diners may be forgiven for thinking that they made a wrong turn and ended up in the winery itself. After your meal, see the real thing in the Napa–style tasting room, where you can sample up to eight different wines. The selection includes something for everyone, including graceful blush wines and cabernets whose flavors unfold like a novel scribbled on the wings of an origami crane.

798 W Algonquin Rd
Arlington Heights,
IL
US

Located inside a brick-hewn building reminiscent of a grand castle, the Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery recounts the history of the company’s former brewery, which dates back to 1844. Visitors tour Pabst’s corporate offices, take photos with a statue of Captain Frederick Pabst, and drink tall pints of the brewery’s concoctions. The gift shop stocks vintage Pabst memorabilia, including steins, shirts, and artwork. Best Place’s halls and courtyards can also be rented for banquets, weddings, and other events.

901 W Juneau Ave.
Milwaukee,
WI
US

For casual American-style cuisine, burger-loving diners head to Water Street Brewery. Diners who avoid fat need to be careful, though, because Water Street Brewery's menu does not offer low-fat options. The bar at Water Street Brewery is fully stocked, so pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer. Take the kids along too — Water Street Brewery is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love. Don't miss the happy hour food and drink specials, where a great bargain is always in sight. Be sure to check out Water Street Brewery's outdoor seating when the climate is right.

Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.

For drivers that fail to find luck on the street, the nearby garage is another option.

An average meal at Water Street Brewery will set you back about $30. Water Street Brewery serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.

1101 N Water St
Milwaukee,
WI
US

Acquaviva Winery's 40 acre estate contains more than picturesque rows of vines and trellises, though those can be found in spades, as well. The winery includes a tasting room, pizza bistro, and marketplace within a elegant edifice custom-built for the winemakers' purposes. The architecture and decor, created by artist Andrew Zabela, boasts the rich color palette and complexity associated with the high Renaissance, a brand of opulence seldom seen i the New World. Domed ceilings feature elaborate, gold-painted plaster filigrees, which, in turn, frame Zabela's hand-painted murals.

The elaborateness of the decor actually stands in stark contrast to the simplicity of the wines. "We have a minimal intervention approach to our process, creating soulful wines that express the true nature of every part of our vineyard," says wine maker Sergio Benavides, "permitting our terrior, grapes, and vines to speak for themselves." He manages every acre of the vineyards, coaxing flavor from 23 different varieties of grapes. His care and tending pay off; virtually every bottle of wine the vineyard produces, from the Bianco Bello to the Frontenac, boasts multiple awards and notes of extremely robust self esteem.

47W614 Route 38
Maple Park,
IL
US

Inspired by the art-deco elegance of the 1940s, Olive Black Martini Lounge entertains guests with a refined roster of classic cocktails, specialty martinis, and soft lighting. Located less than two miles from the Wisconsin border, mixologists wield jiggers and shakers to conjure potions such as the Dark Secret and Pineapple Upside Cake. Selections of authentic tapas dishes settle stomachs after a few drinks, with bite-sized eats such as cajun bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin or seared shrimp served with fresh mango salsa. Meals end sweetly with such succulent desserts, including chocolate fondue.

5607 Broadway St.
Richmond,
IL
US