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“Great beer, excellent pizza”
Review of Haymarket Brewery

Haymarket Brewery
Ranked #395 of 10,828 Restaurants in Chicago
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighborhood: West Side
Reviewed January 17, 2013

Clean, well crafted beers in a fine space. Excellent thin crust pizza, salads, and sandwiches.
Interesting evening programs are held in the back room. Worth checking out!

Date of visit: January 2013
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Reviewed December 1, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving! For our turkey day we're at Haymarket Pub & Brewery with a few other lost souls. Thanks to The Beer Mapping Project, it was fairly easy to find an open pub so that the highlight meal of my Thanksgiving Day wasn't the fish sandwich meal deal at McDonald's en route to Chicago. The manager Janna was especially helpful with an email to confirm veggie options on the reduced menu.

After an eerily quiet, few block walk from the L, we crossed the street into Haymarket with the bar up front and restaurant tables and booths in the next room. We skipped the dimly light, long dark wood bar that had a smattering of happily celebrating folks for a large booth in the back. The easily seen but not obtrusive big screen TVs with Dallas getting it's butt kicked was a nice addition.

Our very friendly and knowledgeable waiter gave honest recommendations and and his humor complimented our good cheer. Our niece and nephew reported that the wings were mildly hot, flavorful and great. We tried the sweet potato tots with ranch; good, but not sure if we'd get them again. Oddly, too sweet. The very thin crust veggie pizza was really excellent. We topped off dinner with chocolate stout cake with peanut butter that wasn't the OMG we were hoping for from the description. Blending with syncopated patron noise in the background was an eclectic music mix from alternative to folk that was a little loud but not enough to interfere with conversation.

Between Ben and I, we tried all of the Haymarket brews. Lucy's Belgian Tripel was the low point that was still more than adequate with the remaining brews all highly rated by us; it came down to the Passion House Coffee Porter, Rubber Monkey Belgian Wheat IPA and the Effigy Black IPA for a draft: Effigy won but I would start with the Rubber Monkey next time. From the guest tap, Gloria liked a quadrupel from Uncommon Brewers called Sinister Twin and was happy with her choice for the night. When I was undecided for my final draft, our waiter's frank evaluation of my choices got me to the Butterfly Flashmob, an excellent Belgian IPA from new local brewery, Solemn Oath, that was a perfect digestive while we chatted.

Our server said the bar fed them so well before the 5 pm opening that he was lethargic from the multiple types of turkey offered. Got a great vibe from Haymarket: a well brewed and interesting beer list, a range of food for veggies and meat eaters, a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere, and a drinking & writing theater. For Christmas, a radio play styled production called "A Beer Carol" was playing Wednesday and Saturday nights on location.

A former student recently discussed with me her love of living in Chicago, pointing to the unique neighborhoods as one of the reasons. Haymarket seems to be a strong part of the local neighborhood, forming an intelligent and bonded drinking community that I think I would enjoy. My long held belief has been that Chicago is cold and blustery--the weather and the people. However, Haymarket helped me see another side of the windy city, a side that I look forward to trying again in the future.

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Date of visit: November 2012
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Thank CalVH
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

Great selection of their own brews and guest taps. 3 sizes (4oz, 10oz, 16 oz) on most brews so I sampled many. The brewmaster clearly knows how to brew. Didn't eat so will need to go back for that.

Date of visit: November 2012
Thank KwesiM
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

Living in the Chicago area, we have a lot of access to great beer and pub grub. We had heard about Haymarket a while ago, and were familiar with the brewmaster, so had wanted to get over to Haymarket. We finally went the other day, and weren't let down. Stopping in for lunch, we each had a pint of the stout, which was very nice --- although I agree with one of the other comments that a lot of their beers are hoppy. We also each tried the brined burger, which I would have again. I don't eat red meat too often, but when I do, I like it really rare (a/k/a "mooing") and my burger was perfectly done. The flavor was really interesting - a bit of a brine combined with goat cheese and arugula. It got a little loud around lunchtime, so I can see where it would be loud on a weekend night.

I wouldn't mind coming back here at some point to try another beer. They are partnering with Stephanie Izard on a new one that sounded good.

Date of visit: November 2012
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Thank Naberius
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

Friendly staff. Feels like you are home. Quality of food and beverage is excellent. A "happening place" Would definitely go there again. Priced very reasonably. Service is very attentive.

Date of visit: August 2012
Thank max l
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