Beeriety Visits Chicago: Part 1

Posted on August 3rd, 2010

Recently some of Beeriety crew headed to lovely Chicago, IL to take in the sights, sounds and tastes of The Second City. While we were there, we got the chance to check out many of Chicago’s best beer bars and sample some of the tasty brews that we just can’t get in our home base of Boston. Here’s a quick run-down of where we went and what we drank.

Goose Island Brew Pub

Goose Island is the signature Chicago craft brewery, so it only seemed fitting to start our trip at their Wrigleyville brewpub – right in the shadow of Wrigley Field, home of the Cubs. We visited the one across the street from Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. It was a beautiful day, and the place was crowded with baseball fans preparing to head over for an afternoon Cubs-Phillies game. To get things started off I order a flight of beers: 312 Wheat, Honker’s Ale, Summertime Ale and India Pale Ale. After that I finished up with a Maltilda. Goose Island has recently expanded into Boston so I was somewhat familiar with some of their beers, but I was excited to try more. I can’t say any of them were amazing, but they were all solid, dependable beers. Much in the same way Sam Adams makes good, but not astounding brews, I’ve found Goose Island to be a reliable source of a decently tasty brew.  Rating: 3 out of 5 – Worth a try.

Miller’s Pub

This historic restaurant is where I got to try my first beer from Three Floyds Brewing out of Munster, IN. This a brewery I’ve heard about for many, many years as one of the best in the country, so I was pretty excited to give them a try. Thankfully their Alpha King, Pride & Joy and Gumball Head beers did not disappoint. They were each wonderful takes on the pale ale, ESB and wheat ale styles, respectively. There was a great deal of subtlety and finesse to these beers that reminded me a lot of the brews of Dogfish Head, another amazing brewery from an unlikely location (Delaware). Rating: 4 out of 5- Must Try

Billy Goat Tavern

This little place was made famous in the early days Saturday Night Live with the “Cheeseburger! Cheeseburger!” sketch, and it’s not far from the truth. A menu with 3 items on it and a small bar make for an interesting experience. I happily enjoyed several of their house lagers, which which were watery, bland and gross, but perfectly suited to the rundown decor. Rating: 1 out of 5 -Steer Clear

Tune in later in the week when I’ll cover my visits more of Chicago best craft beer bars.

  • visit half acre. drink daisycutter and gossamer at least

  • Karl

    Hope you had fun in Chicago! As I'm sure you've found, it's an excellent city for beer drinking. Looking forward to seeing where else you ended up – we locals at would happily clue you in on some of our favorite spots as well.

  • Good freakin' lord!

    Why is it that when you can't get something, or trying to get your hands on something, you hear about is ALL the time EVERYWHERE!!! You taunt me everywhere I go Goose Island! 🙁

    Ok ok…deep breath though…

    Liked reading this post even though I'm down here in Dallas. I have family in Chicago and visit often but haven't been up there for some time. One thing I will say about Chicago (plenty more to say but this time just one thing!), is that there is a seriously amazing food and beer culture up there. And with yall's winters…lord knows you guys need it! 🙂

    Can't wait for a visit there and you can rest assured as soon as I get off the plane, I'm going hunting for anything Goose Island on tap!


  • I finally made my first trip to Chicago about 2 weeks ago and luckily, I get to return this weekend. I must say, I am super glad I got to check out the Map Room. That place is awesome, I hear a lot of complaints about the bartenders being jerks, but I think they’re jerks to people who go there to order shitty beers or be douchebags.

    My favorite stop had to be Sheffield’s over in Lakeview. Not only do they have a beer garden, but they have a bevy of unique beers on tap as well as a beer school bar, AND a little something called reading under the influence (whatever you’re thinking is probably right.) If you guys ever find yourself in Chicago again, I would recommend it as a MUST try — especially make sure you try their Dragons Milk (you’ll thank me later). Plus I heard they have some pretty spectacular bbq as well.

  • RIP Goose Island Brew Pub