The Best Breweries In And Around Chicago, Illinois

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26 November 2016

A taste of the local beer is all anyone needs to complete a visit to any city, and Chicago, Illinois has plenty of local breweries to try. Here is a list of Chicago’s best breweries, so try their beer and maybe take a tour.

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Half Acre Beer Company

Half Acre Beer Company is full of people passionate about what they do, and who are always testing new ways to create the perfect beer to drink with friends. Beer lovers can find this brewery in the meatpacking district of Chicago, where they offer a tap room with their latest and most popular brews for anyone to try. Half Acre also holds tours of the facility every week for those curious about the brewing process.

Pipeworks Brewing Company

Creative and colorful labels decorate the Pipeworks Brewing Company cans, compelling buyers to come and experience the max flavor within each one. The company seeks to create a beer that is perfect for any occasion. It offers a wide selection of different types of brews, from hoppy to tart and refreshing, smoke and spice to dark and rich. Their beer can be found in restaurants and stores across the city. With a new brew each week, this is the ideal company for beer connoisseurs looking for something new.

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Metropolitan Brewing

With several seasonal and a few select year-round brews, Metropolitan Brewing focuses on one thing and one thing only – creating the best lagers outside of Germany. Each of the lagers from this family-started company is named after an element from Chicago’s industrial history. These include Generator, Arc Welder or Iron Works. They serve a number of year-round and seasonal brews that are perfect for the changing of weather and of moods as the year progresses.

Finch’s Beer Company

This family-run business aims to produce craft beers from the best ingredients to create the best batches of brew possible. Every batch of Finch’s Beer Company ale is put in cans with clever names and fun designs on them, such as Secret Stache or Hardcore Chimera. The company offers tours once a week to curious beer enthusiasts who wish to know more about Chicago’s successful brewing industry and see Finch’s Beer Co. creating their beers with their own eyes.

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Lagunitas Brewing Company

A popular and successful brewing company, Lagunitas Brewing Company has two locations, one in Petaluma, California and the other in the Windy City itself. Over the years, Lagunitas has become the fifth top selling craft brewery in the country. The people there are driven by their desire to connect with people and make something great. The company offers a wide selection of year-round brews as well as several seasonal ones, and hosts several tours each day.

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