Beer, Wine & Spirits in Chicago


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  • Piece Brewery & Pizzeria
    Pizza and beer are ubiquitous in Chicago, but Piece does both a little differently. Rather than deep dish, they specialize in a New Haven–style pie with toppings such as mashed potatoes and clams. The beer is also a standout, thanks to brewmaster Jonathan Culter. He crafts rye ales and hefeweizens in the pizzeria’s own seven–barrel brewhouse.
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    1927 West North Avenue
    Chicago, IL US
  • Goose Island (Wrigleyville, Clybourn Brewpubs)
    If you've ever raised a glass of Belgian-style Sofie or gotten lost in the oaky, chocolatey flavors of Bourbon County Stout, you may think that you know Goose Island's beers. But you haven't tasted the whole story unless you've visited one of Goose Island's two Chicago brewpubs. That's because the brewpubs—both of which are independently owned by Goose Island founder John Hall, despite Anheuser-Busch's 2011 acquisition of the larger company—specialize in small-batch beers that showcase the creativity and prowess of its brewers. Most of these beers are produced only once and can't be found in any beer store, corner shop, or on your roommate's side of the refrigerator. When guests visit the pubs, they have the chance to sip artful ales, imperial stouts, and IPAs that might never again be tasted once the keg runs dry. Brewmaster Nicholas Barron talked to us about the creative brews he's currently working on and what to expect during a tour of the brewpub. On the Exclusive Brews You'll Taste: "We’re able to create new batches very frequently—we have at least one new beer a week, if not two. We do a lot of small batches, one-off beers, exploring different flavors—99% of everything we make here is just for the pub [not the mass market]." On His Summery Farmers' Market Beers: "Once a week, we go to Green City Market, buy fresh local produce, and incorporate that into our new beers. . . you can follow how things ripen as the season goes on. We just did a strawberry imperial wheatwine. Next week, a hopfenweizen with sweet basil, mint and lemon balm." On the Double Life of the Brewpub's Tour Guides Typically, tour groups stand on the brewery platform so they can get a view of the brewpub's inner workings. The tour guides also provide a glimpse behind-the-scenes. "A lot of our tour guides are brewers and are excited about sharing. Bring questions.” Scroll through the slideshow at the top of the page to watch a video interview with one of Goose Island's passionate tour guides.
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    1800 N Clybourn Ave.
    Chicago, IL US
  • City Winery Chicago
    Michael Dorf stood with his brother Josh, smiling over the barrel filled with wine from grapes they'd just crushed, fermented, and pressed. He claims that despite tastings and classes, he'd never begun to understand wine until this moment. As his understanding grew, he laid the foundations for City Winery: a full winery facility, restaurant, and concert venue inside urban New York City then expanded to build his flagship in Chicago. He now watches over more than 400 international wines and 20 house wines. Inside the winery, these wines—made from nine US and international varietals—age inside stainless steel tanks and American and French oak barrels. Here, staffers lead winemaking classes, letting visitors join the crushing and fermenting process, and showing them how make private barrels with labels of their own design. These monolithic tanks and barrels can be seen through floor-to-ceiling windows from most of the restaurant's rooms, where servers ferry Executive Chef Andres Barrera's dishes, each globally influenced, wine-focused, and locally sourced. The culinary team crafts small and large plates of artisanal cheeses, seafood, and flatbreads—which they make using the winery's own wine lees as yeast. In the restaurant and Barrel Room tasting bar, staffers pour housemade wines piped fresh from the cellar through 17 taps, while visitors bask in the glow from hard wood and floor to ceiling windows. Private dining rooms gather guests around long communal tables, stretched between exposed brick walls. In the concert venue, they host more than 300 concerts with world class musicians such as David Crosby, Sinead O'Connor, and Bebel Gilberto to entertain audiences under the glow of tabletop candles.
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    1200 W Randolph St.
    Chicago, IL US
  • Rock Bottom
    For a casual environment and scrumptious American food, stop by Rock Bottom. Rock Bottom is a fantastic spot to indulge and with no low-fat options, you'll need to save the diet for another day. Be sure to complete your meal at Rock Bottom with a drink from the restaurant's full bar. Parents appreciate Rock Bottom's kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults. Rock Bottom easily accommodates large groups — there's even a reserved room available for those extra special occasions. Don't stay cooped up on a beautiful summer day! At Rock Bottom, you can dine outdoors on their lovely patio. Rock Bottom offers a free wifi hot spot — perfect for surfing the web or getting a little work done. Whether it's just you and a date or you're bringing the whole gang, it's best to call ahead and make a reservation. Keep it casual at Rock Bottom — the restaurant is laid-back and patrons dress accordingly. For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go. If you need to feed a big crowd, Rock Bottom also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers. The restaurant is adjacent to a parking lot, where optional valet is also provided. Street parking is readily available as well. If you feel like saving gas, opt for public transportation, with stops conveniently located at Grand-Red (Red), Merchandise Mart (Brown, Purple), and Chicago-Red (Red). Your tab at Rock Bottom will generally run you about $30 per person. Rock Bottom accepts all major credit cards, including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.
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    1 West Grand Avenue
    Chicago, IL US
  • Revolution Brewing BrewPub
    For familiar food you're sure to love, head to Revolution Brewing BrewPub for American-style cuisine. The menu doesn't include any low-fat items, so set aside some extra calories for your visit. Find time to peruse the wine list here — Revolution Brewing BrewPub offers a variety of drink options. Tots and tykes will be right at home at Revolution Brewing BrewPub with its kid-approved food and ambience. With plenty of room to go around, Revolution Brewing BrewPub also offers a private area perfect for large groups. Guests may have a hard time conversing, as the restaurant is rather noisy. The restaurant picks up the most people during the week, so avoid the rush if crowds aren't your thing. Not a popular place for dress-up dining, most Revolution Brewing BrewPub patrons come in casual attire. Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy Revolution Brewing BrewPub's cooking from the comfort of their own home. Throwing a big party? Count on Revolution Brewing BrewPub to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love. If you're too tired to drive, public transportation will also suffice; right around the corner is a stop at California-O'hare (Blue). You can leave your car curbside with nearby street parking. Your bill at Revolution Brewing will typically run less than $30 per person, so bring the whole gang! Reviewers rave about the dinner menu at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
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    2323 N Milwaukee Ave
    Chicago, IL US

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