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This year the great city of Chicago has been blessed with the opportunity to host the Craft Brewers Conference.
For those of you coming for this conference, or to enjoy the related festivities, I thought it would be helpful to provide links to listings of some of the aforementioned festivities, to some of the great Chicago breweries/brew pubs, as well as some links to bars that may or may not be hosting anything official but are worth a visit.
Listings of events and special taps available during the conference:
- The official CBC public events page.
- A truncated listing from Timout Chicago
- CBC tap listings of some great Chicago bars.
Chicago breweries and brew pubs that are well worth trying/visiting (in no particular order):
- Half Acre brewing company - a personal favorite that makes a great West Coast Pale Ale they call Daisy Cutter.
- Piece Brewpub - the one place i could max out my credit card and be immeasurably happy about it.
- Flossmoor Brewing Company - they make great beer, but their Pullman Brown is a must try.
- Metropolitan Brewing Company - a brewery that specializes in lagers. They are releasing I-Beam alt soon in draft only. So get some while you can.
- Goose Island Brewing Company - the big brother to every one of the places on this list. They make great beer, great food, and provide a great atmosphere to enjoy both. The beers they call Matilda & Pere Jacques are quite enjoyable.
- Revolution Brewpub - the new kid on the block that is earning a great reputation as a brewpub that provides great food and fantastic beer.
Some great bars that are worth visiting (in no particular order):
- Delilah's - a bar that Michael Jackson, the beer hunter, called 'one of the most important bars in America'.
- The Map Room - constantly rated in the top 25 beer bars in America.
- The Hop Leaf - Another one of the top beer bars in America.
- The Village Tap - a great low key bar that has a great beer garden.
- Clark Street Ale House - a classy joint that provides great beer in an atmosphere that will make you feel important midway through your first round.
- The Long Room - real laid back vibe, nice beer selection, and a great crowd.
- Quenchers Saloon - free popcorn, great beer, great love of beer, one of the best bars in the city. A personal favorite.
While you may not get to all of these places, or try all of their wares, I hope you have a great time in Chicago (while you are here), and that you will come back soon!!