The Bar on Buena

Brewing Collaborations with Cleetus Friedman

Brewing Collaborations with Cleetus Friedman

RAVENSWOOD, CHICAGO

Think of one word that describes the local brewery scene...go ahead, we'll wait. For us, we just might go with "collaborative". We've sat down with nearly 40 Chicagoland beer industry folk, and virtually all of them have spoken to how the local industry is unwaveringly helpful, communal, and always willing to collaborate on everything from sharing brewery space to whipping up their next beer. We sat down with one of the industry's most collaborative, Fountainhead Chef, Cleetus Friedman, to talk what it takes to stay inventive.

Chicago Craft Crawl #6: Irving Park Road

Chicago Craft Crawl #6: Irving Park Road

IRVING PARK RD., CHICAGO

Trip number six in our craft-focused exploration of Chicago led us up to Irving Park Road. There are plenty of options that come to mind when thinking of the quintessential Chicago street. Unless you live nearby, we're betting Irving Park Road isn't the first to come to mind. However, consider just where it can get you. Starting in the east at Lakeshore Drive, the busy road daggers through the likes of Lakeview, Northcenter, Albany Park, Old Irving, and Portage Park, to name a few. It also passes three L lines, making it an easy stopping point. During our afternoon of bar hopping, we quickly discovered how easy it is to find a quality beer along Irving Park in one of its fine bordering neighborhoods. From our first stop in Buena Park to our final stop near the Kennedy, we discovered a wealth of craft beer at incredibly diverse locations.