Craft beer tour

The craft beer scene is exploding across the country and Lincoln Park is home to one of the pioneers that helped this movement really take off. But a visit to Lincoln Park for craft beer favorites doesn’t end at the iconic brewery with a bird in its logo. Local stores, restaurants and watering holes curate amazing lists of craft beers from the Midwest and across the country. Don’t miss these stops for a taste of some amazing selections.

Any craft beer tour of Chicago, and especially Lincoln Park, has to start where it all began in 1988 – Goose Island’s Clybourn Brewpub (1800 N. Clybourn). At the brewery’s flagship location, guests can sample the beers that made Goose Island world famous (312 Urban Wheat, Honker’s Ale), one-of-a-kind beers brewed exclusively for that location (Cermak Pilsner, Willow Street Wit) and even the award winning Bourbon County Stout.

In contrast, the newly launched Burnt City Brewing (2747 N. Lincoln), a steampunk-inspired brewpub, offers its visitors a dozen rotating beers on tap and eight intimate bowling lanes for a distinctive craft beer experience.

Hungry for a great craft beer and meal pairing? With options ranging from pizza and burgers to small plates and more, Lincoln Park’s diverse dining scene has made the leap to ensure their guests have access to the newest and most popular craft beers available today. Head to Burger Bar Chicago (1578 N. Clybourn) for a pint of Daisy Cutter and a burger topped with pulled pork, or Gaslight Bar (2450 N. Clark) for a slice of pizza or some mini tacos and a cold one. At State Chicago (935 W. Webster) they have over 100 beers to choose from and menu items ranging from flatbreads to truffle mac and cheese.

How about a craft beer bar crawl? Start your adventure at Beer Bistro North (1415 W. Fullerton) before making your way a short distance east to Lincoln Station (2430 N. Lincoln), Delilah’s (2771 N. Lincoln), or Kelly’s Pub (949 W. Webster) where you’ll find rotating taps of local and national favorites as well as specials and unique-to-Chicago decor.

Looking to find something special to taste at a BYOB restaurant, a picnic, or to take home to wow your friends in other parts of the country? Lincoln Park has you covered there as well. While known for their wine selection, Bodega Ramos (1134 W. Diversey) strives for a great craft beer selection. Larger stores like Whole Foods (959 W. Fullerton and 1550 N. Kingsbury) and Treasure Island Foods (2121 N. Clybourn) are also premier destinations to find your favorite craft beer brands.

Insider Tip: Happy hour is back! For decades the age-old tradition of drink specials during a certain time of day was illegal in Chicago. But 2015 welcomed it back, so scope out the deals before heading out for your favorite IPA.

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