After some much needed updating, we revise our Top 20, as well as remove some shuttered spots.
LOGAN SQUARE, CHICAGO
Warm and flat, the way beer should be. While that statement contradicts every beer commercial on television for the last 40 years, there is art and craftsmanship in cask or 'real' beer. Cask beer can also be very delicate and temperamental, therefore it should only be handled by someone with experience and passion for the unadulterated ale. That someone in this case is Elliott Beier of Logan Square's Owen & Engine. As one of the earliest Certified Cicerones, Elliott maintains one of the best cask beer programs in the country. We sat down for beers and to discuss his role in one of Chicago's upcoming Bixi Brewery.
SOUTH LOOP, CHICAGO
If you needed another reason to check out the South Loop, you're about to get one. One of Chicago's newest breweries, Vice District Brewing Co. will be opening up their taps and letting the beer flow. Housed in the historic Buick Building, at 1454 S. Michigan Avenue, Vice District aims to bring a neighborhood feel where patrons can kick back, grab a pint, and catch up with friends. We had the chance to sit down with co-owners, life-long friends, and neighbors Quintin Cole and Curtis Tarver II to find out more about Chicago's newest brewery and taproom.