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Best Chicago area microbrew pubs

May 30, 2008  I've tried microbreweries around the world (watch out for Athens' microbrews) and there is no where I like exploring more than right at home in Chicago for great, locally made brews.
4.0 of 5 stars based on 2 votes

Here's where you can grab some of the best Chicago brewed microbrews fresh off tap while grabbing some good grub at the same time.

  • 1. Goose Island Wrigleyville Brew Pub
    Goose Island Wrigleyville Brew Pub, Chicago, Illinois

    Goose Island is the classic Chicago microbrew, and is a great spot to start for Chicago beer.

  • 2. Two Brothers Brewing Company
    http://www.twobrosbrew.com/

    Two Brothers creates seldom made brews that are different from your every day microbrew. I particularly recommend Domaine DuPage, their French Country Ale. The ambience is somewhat lacking, but the beer (and food) for that matter are spectacular. Be aware that it can be a little tricky to find as it is located in the front of their brewery in a warehouse.

  • 3. Emmett's Ale House
    http://www.emmettsalehouse.com

    Emmett's has an oustanding selection of varieties of traditional brews and a good choice of non-traditional menu choices.

  • 4. Prairie Rock Brewing Company

    With a great ambience, tasy beer, and delicious food, Prairie Rock is a great stop in the West suburbs.

  • 5. Mickey Finn's
    Mickey Finn's, Libertyville, Lake County

    They specialize in providing a good variety of classic brews with a great mix of traditional pub food.

  • 6. Illinois Brewing Company

    Located on Center St. in downtown Bloomington, it is not in Chicago, but it bears mention as a place with some great beer. The food is nothing to speak about, but it has the hallmarks of a great college pub and brewhouse.

  • 7. Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
    Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, Chicago, Illinois

    Rock Bottom can be found across the entire country and they provide a consistency in the microbrewery beer that can be found in 15 different states. While not the best locally brewed beer you will ever find, it's worth a stop.

  • 8. Govnor's Pub & Public House

    This place is so so. The beer is alright, the food is alright, but none of it is antyhing to go out of your way for.

  • 9. Flatlander's Brewery
    http://www.flatlanders.com

    The hype for Flatlander's is great, but the beer is less than great. It is like expecting a great restaurant, but instead finding yourself at a Baker's Square.

  • 10. Ram Restaurant & Brewery
    Ram Restaurant & Brewery, Wheeling, Illinois

    If you're looking for unique handcrafted beers, don't head here. The beers are ordinary and taste as though they came out of any mega-brewery without anything different or unique to distinguish it.