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Best Microbreweries in Chicago

Updated on December 26, 2010

Women Love Beer Too

Let me hand you this shocking low-class revelation:

I am a woman and I like beer. Plain and simple -- I prefer beer to margaritas, aged wines, expensive vodkas and any other alcoholic beverages. This tends to make drinking parties, fiestas and girl's nights a bit of a downer for me. My girlfriends are yelling their drinks of choice (enter fruity drink here), while I stay quiet because I know the party's hostess 'Cindy' does not have a good ol' Corona stashed away just for me.

So, what do I do to recover? I planned a guy's night out of course. Just me and the boys, going out on the greatest beer hunt ever.There's nothing tastier than pizza, beer and watching the guys' hilarious attempts to hit on women.

So, read on for my discover of the Best Microbreweries in Chicago!

1. Goose Island

Grab a designated driver before you hit this brew pub! Goose Island has every kind of beer imaginable on tap. Whatever you're craving: wheat, hoppy, malt, bitter, dark, chocolate or even fruity, they have it all. They have the freshest and most seasonal beers right at your fingertips; and best of all, all of this glorious beer is super cheap. The 4 full beer sampler is just $8 bucks and the Sunday microbrew tours boast 6 pours of beers and a souvenir glass for $5 bucks!

What to drink: 312 Urban (local), Pere Jacques (dark), Matilda

Location: 1800 N Clybourn Ave. Chicago, IL 60614

Phone: (312) 915-0071

Food: Yes

Attire: Casual

Parking: Lot

The $8 Sampler
The $8 Sampler

2. Piece

Ahh piece... Or should I say, peace! (Yes that was super lame). This place is a haven for folks who can't dream of having their pizza without beer or vice versa. The thin-crust pizza is a sinful aberration in the heart of deep-dish land, but the New Haven style pizza is SO SO good, the locals have embraced it. They feature on-premise brewed beer and amazing thin-crust pizzas. Try the white clam & bacon pizza with a nice top-heavy Hefeweisen. On Saturday's they even throw in bad, live karaoke singers for free!

What to drink: Don De Dieu (Triple wheat) and the Camel-toe (very hoppy)

Location: 1927 W North Ave. Chicago, IL 60622

Phone: (773) 772-4422

Food: Yes

Attire: Casual

Parking: Street

3. Revolution

Viva la revolution! Revolution indeed, this semi-communist themed "bar"/brew pub is my dream come true! The decor and ambiance of the place just makes me want to do something radical! All joking matters aside, Revolution is leading the way of locally-made food by using only the freshest local, natural or organic ingredients. The rockstar/bohemian style lends itself to the intense beers and the even heftier appetizers (BACON-FAT POPCORN)!!

There you have it guys and gals: Cruising microbreweries can be the best night out you've ever experienced!

What to drink: Coup d'Etat, Cross of Gold (light, think Blue Moon), Iron Fist pale ale

Location: 2323 N Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60647

Phone: (773) 227-2739

Food: Yes

Attire: Casual

Parking: Street

Bacon-fat Popcorn!
Bacon-fat Popcorn!

Where are these breweries?

Goose Island:
1800 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60614, USA

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1927 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA

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2323 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA

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