While many people seem to have their go-to beer for relaxing at home or going out to the local bar, it can be fun to try out different flavors and beer styles. Whether it’s a seasonal beer to highlight a certain time of year or even a beer that comes from across the globe, going to a venue that features a rotating beer menu can be well worth the trip. Chicago features a number of different taverns, bars and breweries that have not only a wide selection to choose from but also an ever-changing menu to keep things diverse and interesting. Not everyone may consider themselves to be a beer connoisseur but that isn’t a requirement for checking out some of these hotspots in Chicago.
Old Town Pour House
1419 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60610
Old Town Pour House features 90 local and global beers on tap. Because there is such a unique blend in these beers, Old Town offers a rotating beer flight option for those not quite sure of what they are looking for. There are four six-ounce tasters that help patrons decide what their favorite might be or for those looking to try out different beers from around the world. The rotating beer menu helps to highlight seasonal beers. However, there are also wheat, lager, gold/amber/brown/British, sweet, Belgian, stout, IPA and large format beers to choose from for the true beer connoisseur.
Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar
960 W. 31st St.
Chicago, IL 60608
Located in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago, this is half a store and half a tavern. There are over 450 different beers to choose from on the menu but selections change with each passing week. There are 20 to 40 different beers that make it on the menu each week, from regular seasonal beers to rare artisan beers. This is a great place to stop in and try out some different beers at the bar and maybe even pick up a pack to bring home to share with friends.
1800 N. Clybourn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
Because Goose Island is an actual brewery, there are between 30 to 40 different unique beers that are brewed onsite daily. Because it’s not just a pub, Goose Island definitely takes its beer seriously. Each menu features a proper tasting technique strategy, with the ability to write in your own notes and labels to perfect your tasting experience. There is a beer calendar posted on the website to know what the rotating beer menu is; whether you’re looking for urban ales, classic ales, vintage ales, vintage reserve ales, Bourbon County or fulton and wood.
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2323 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
Revolution Brewing is a craft brewery located in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. The brewpub offers 50 different beer styles each year to adhere to the changing tastes in those who favor beer. Many come to Revolution Brewing for the year-round favorites like the Anti-Hero IPA India pale ale or the Belgian-style white ale Bottom Up Whit. However, the specialty beers offer a great way to enjoy the season with a twist on your favorite drink. Whether it’s the German-style Oktoberfest beer or the holiday ale named Fistmas ale, there seems to be something to suit the tastes of whoever comes through the doors.
1949 N. Hoyne Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
Map Room offers more than 200 different beers with 36 differing beer styles. There are brands and styles from all over the globe, along with 26 taps to choose from. It offers a cask-conditioned ale that uses a hand pump but it also has the classic bottled beer. Because Map Room take the beers seriously in terms of keeping diverse flavors on hand, the menu is constantly changing. Beers are brought in from all around the world to ensure freshness and variety in selection. Check out the online beer menu to see what Map Room is offering before your visit or give it a call to find out its feature of the week.
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