Three Floyds Brewery
9750 Indiana Pkwy., Munster, IN.
This American Wheat Ale is refreshing and tangy with a hint of lemon in the finish. Three Floyds is an increasingly popular stop for beer enthusiasts in the south suburbs and Northwest Indiana. You can find six packs of Three Floyds at area liquor stores, but when you spot the Gumball Head- stock up, it doesn’t last long on the shelves.
Headquarters: 1800 W. Fulton St., Chicago, IL
Brewpubs: 1800 N. Clybourn Ave. and 3535 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL
The Goose Island Brewpub started the micro-brew trend in Chicago and they are still going strong. Recently they’ve branched off into smaller batch brews like Matilda and Sofia, but for my money the first beer I ever had there is still the best. Honker’s is a classic English Bitter full of robust flavors which will have you lingering long after your dinner is done.
1927 W. North Ave., Chicago, IL
Beer and Pizza is a no-brainer, but how about a fabulous pizzeria that brews their own collection of excellent craft beers? That’s called heaven my friends. It’s tough to pick, but more often than not I go for their German-style Kolsch. Insider tip: for $16 you can buy a refillable growler to take your favorite beer home.
Chessie Cherry Wheat Ale
1035 Sterling Ave., Flossmoor, IL
The sweet kiss of cherries makes this wheat ale irresistible. Pair it with one of the brewpub’s mammoth pulled pork sandwiches and you’re in for a treat. Flossmoor station brews are popping up at some liquor stores and they also offer take-out growlers.
Two Brothers Brewing Company
30-W-315 Calumet Ave., Warrenville, IL
These brothers are putting the Western Suburbs on the brewing map. While their beers are still new acquaintances of mine I know we will soon become good friends. So far, my favorite is this French-inspired Amber Ale.
Dan Blom, cbschicago.com