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Brewer Chat: Beer & Metal with Local Option

Brewer Chat: Beer & Metal with Local Option

Lincoln Park, Chicago

This is what we do, I don't care if people don't like it. We certainly do want them to like it because we're in business. But at the same time, you have to be consistently 'unliked' by a lot of people in order to do what you like. We have no problem doing that because we're patient, skilled, and we work.

A sentiment shared by the entire Local Option staff and an attitude which has led many to dubb them an "Island in Lincoln Park." Local Option has been a staple in the Chicago beer scene since it's current owner, Tony Russomanno took over in 2006 (the bar began as 'LO' in 1986). Located in a heavily residential neighborhood, just blocks from DePaul's campus, the metal-inspired bar may not be exactly what you expect. This unassuming three-flat houses some of the best local beer events like Pi Observance Day or the upcoming Taketh Me Down to Local Option. No matter the day you go, you are always going to find one of Chicago's most diverse and ever changing beer lists.

Looking back at the 2014 Spring Chicago Beer Festival

Looking back at the 2014 Spring Chicago Beer Festival

UNION STATION, CHICAGO

The Chicago Beer Festival at Union Station has become something of a tradition here at The Hop Review. It's one of the first events we attended together back in it's 2012 and many of the connections we made back then have spawned the interviews you now see throughout our site.

The event itself is much the same as it's always been which is, for the most part, a good thing. The cavernous Union Station Great Hall provides a beautiful and spacious setting for the hoards of people who descend on the 65+ breweries in attendance. The event organizers have still yet to address some of our biggest gripes, namely the difficulty in locating a brewery (very little signage and no mobile app) and a truly terrible website that is entirely unhelpful.

Despite those complaints, it's a great time and a perfect excuse to schmooze with some of the country's best brewers while sampling beers you've never laid your hands on.