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 In the last three years, Chicago has seen the opening of some 60 new breweries. Hopleaf has been around for more than 23 years. Photo: Grant Kessler
In the last three years, Chicago has seen the opening of some 60 new breweries. Hopleaf has been around for more than 23 years. Photo: Grant Kessler

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Chicago – America’s best beer town

No U.S. city does beer better than Chicago. In the last three years, the city has seen the opening of some 60 new breweries. There’s a huge selection of beer joints all over the Windy City – from old-style neighborhood taverns to hipster microbreweries and some of America’s most legendary beer destinations. If you’re a beer lover, Chicago has it all.

Half Acre Beer Company

An authentic brewery taproom that only serves the beer it brews in house. It operates ten rotating draft lines at all times, of which five are mainstays (beers brewed either year round or seasonally), while the other five change almost weekly. A taproom is a truly unique environment – a place to learn about the beers from the source, including the stories of what went into a certain brew, how it was made and why it’s great to drink. Needless to say, the beer is as fresh as it gets.

Half Acre Beer Company

4257 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago

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Quenchers Saloon

A simple, no-frills beer bar and music venue situated in Chicago’s trendy Logan Square neighborhood. Famous for its beer garden and for stocking more than 300 beers from all around the globe. From New Zealand to Norway, Juneau to Tokyo, Quenchers has it all. Quenchers’ selection includes roughly 170 international imports and 130 domestics from all over the U.S. – although it does have a special fondness for local Chicago breweries. If you get peckish, don’t miss the tatertot pizza!

Quenchers Saloon

2401 N. Western Avenue, Chicago

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DryHop Brewers specializes in hop-centric ales. Photo: Michael Kiser

DryHop Brewers

DryHop Brewers specializes in hop-centric ales, in addition to traditional, Belgian, and experimental craft beers. Its kitchen showcases the artisanal, neighborhood attitude of the brewery through classic, flavorful fare. Visiting DryHop is all about being in a brewery; feeling a personal connection to a community of craftsmen. The dining room runs straight through the middle of the brewery, giving visitors a unique opportunity to drink beer directly at the source.

DryHop Brewers

3155 N. Broadway, Chicago

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The Map Room takes pride in serving beer from all over the world – including some excellent Scandinavian beers

Map Room

A warm, welcoming neighborhood pub that stocks more than 100 bottles of beer, from all the great brewing nations. Unlike most Chicago beer bars, which tend to favor American craft beer, the Map Room takes pride in serving beer from all over the world – including some excellent Scandinavian beers.

Map Room

1949 N. Hoyne Avenue, Chicago

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Hopleaf

Hopleaf has been a beer lovers’ destination for more than 23 years. It has 68 beers on tap, some 350 bottled beers and a full line of wine and spirits. Hopleaf focuses on Belgian beers and Belgian styles from craft breweries in North America, so it comes as no surprise that its menu – made up of locally sourced, seasonal produce – is Belgian-inspired too. Every week, it prepares between 1,000 and 2,000 pounds of mussels for its signature dish of Moules & Frites!

Hopleaf

5148 N. Clark Street, Chicago

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