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Microbreweries - Downtown

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Microbreweries - Downtown

Hi, I'm staying in Downtown in Early May and would like some ideas for Brewpubs and Mircobreweries that are close to the Trump Tower.

Thanks

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1. Re: Microbreweries - Downtown

www.haymarketbrewing.com

www.piecechicago.com

www.revbrew.com

www.atlasbeercompany.com

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2. Re: Microbreweries - Downtown

http://www.jakemelnicks.com

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3. Re: Microbreweries - Downtown

Rock Bottom is super close to TT. A tad further out which you may want to consider are Goose Island ( call for possible tours of the brewery on Fulton st ) and Half Acre Brewing. Cheers !

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4. Re: Microbreweries - Downtown

Dave148, shallow_shoals and racso12, many thanks for the suggestions these look idea.

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5. Re: Microbreweries - Downtown

Definitely worth the cab ride.

http://revbrew.com/home

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6. Re: Microbreweries - Downtown

As suggested above, Revolution is a great option and probably the best Chicago has to offer. Make sure you visit the brewpub at 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave., not the brewery which is also close by. The brewpub is right off a blue line if you wanted an alternative to a cab. Offers pretty good food, but will be packed on a fri or sat night.

While their brewpub is not open yet, I would definitely recommend picking up a Pipeworks bomber or two if you come across one at a bar or liquor store. They are only a couple of years old, but have taken the Chicago beer scene by storm. I would be shocked if you didn't see them start popping up throughout the midwest in the next few years.

Not sure if you are familiar with Lagunitas, but they are an extremely well liked brewery out of California that has been promising a brewpub here in Chicago for about a year now. They are actually now bottling and distributing in Chicago, but they keep pushing back the brewpub. So, unlikely it will be open while you're here, and is in Pilsen, but something to at least keep an eye on, phenomenal ipa's. http://lagunitas.com/tag/chicago/#

Local Option is a bar in Lincoln Park that ships their recipes out to well respected breweries all over the country for brewing, and this is often one of the only places you can find these delicious brews. It can be a little loud (heavy metal) at peak hours, and depending on the Friday, you might run into a special event there. This is great for beer drinking, but bad if you want a lot of room to yourself...

http://localoptionbier.com/

Would also agree with most of the other suggestions above. Piece has great pizza to go with the beer, but good luck getting a table on a busy night. I do not think Jake Melnick's brews their own beer, but I could be wrong. Personally I would hold off on Rock Bottom, as they are a chain that can be found all over the country, but to each their own.

In the end, your closest reasonable option is probably Haymarket. Plenty of the busiest restaurants within walking distance as well. Cheers.

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7. Re: Microbreweries - Downtown

@Eddyboysteve

Great info. I heard the Lagunitas site is at 14th and Rockwell. If so, that is just outside of the Western boundary of Pilsen. Not too far from Juvenile Court and the FBI. Bldg. Interesting. I know Rock Bottoms are all over the place but I suggested it because the OP can stagger back to the Trump :)

Pipeworks bomber ? Just curious, are you a former Chicagoan now living in the great state of Texas and the cool town of Austin ?

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Great information, I've had Lagunitas IPA a few times and it is great, it is now becoming available in the UK, although the tax makes it very expensive.

I've been to a Rock Bottom before and although a safe option hand to kno wit is close to our hotel, the other appear to be more interesrting with respect to the variety and being more local.

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9. Re: Microbreweries - Downtown

Revolution would be my pick for the best as well.

Clark Street Ale House is my favorite downtown. Not a brewpub, but a good selection of local beers. There's also Howells & Hood in the Tribune Tower, which is a stone's throw from your hotel. More of a corporate feel, but big variety.

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10. Re: Microbreweries - Downtown

Another option is DryHop Brewers (http://www.dryhopchicago.com/). Haven't had a bad beer there yet, they are currently brewing 6 beers. They also have a pretty big variety of whiskey. The food is pretty good also, however the original chef has left (but the new chef has been working there since day one). DryHop is very accessible by CTA bus #36 (Broadway) from downtown.

I would give DryHop the edge over Atlas Brewing (mentioned before), since DryHop's food is I think much better.

While not a brewpub, The Gage (http://www.thegagechicago.com/) is quite good both for local and craft beer, whiskey, and food, plus it is just a bit of walk south on Michigan Avenue from the river. The Gage is directly across from Millennium Park.