BREWERIES VISITED - 132

MIDWEST Illinois

Atlas Brew Pub - Chicago Illinois
Altas is an inviting neighborhood brewpub. Dark and cozy interior is lined with nostalgic beer ads giving this place charm and character. On most days, you can usually see John, one of the owners/brewers, making the rounds. He's very friendly, always up for a quick chat or nod hello, he definitely remembers the regulars. It's very easy to like this place.
 

Beers to try: Obfuscation Imperial Stout, Anniversary Ale, and Erik
Eats: Don't leave without trying the mouthwatering sliders (pork, duck, beef... yum!) or a large pretzel served with the Spring Wheat Ale cheese sauce, Mmmm... they're a must!


Dry Hop - Chicago Illinois  
Dry Hop is packed with energy. Located on a bustling street in the lively Lakeview neighborhood. It's new to the craft beer scene having just opened the Summer of 2013. It's already it's off to a good start and following, expect a wait. This gastropub is worth checking out.
 

Beers to try: Mr. Banana Grabber
Eats: Must eat their poutine, it's frytastic!









Finch's Beer - Chicago, Illinois
Finch's is usually closed to the public, they don't even offer tours, so I was super excited to be invited to their 2nd year anniversary party. I was able to sample their stash, some guest breweries beers, and join in on the back alley BBQ, so fun. Finch's is easily a Chicago staple beer.

Beers to try: Dirty Sanchez - Barrel Aged Secret Stache and Fascist Pig
Eats: no eats, just beer!









Half Acre - Chicago, Illinois 
Half Acre is my neighborhood brewery, just a short walk from home. They offer tours every Sat. morning at 11am, which costs $10 and includes a take home pint glass and 3 full beers of whatever they got on tap that day in the brew house. They also have a tap room open to the public 6 days a week. Awesome artwork and design layout of the space beckons to be enjoyed by leisurely visits. This place is always busy so expect lines, expect waits, and expect your taste buds to be dazzled!

Beers to try: Space IPA, Iron Brass, and Hot Tropic
Eats:They don't serve food but they let you BYOE, Bring Your Own Eats.



Ale Syndicate - Chicago, Illinois

Laguinitas - Chicago, Illinois 

Begyle Brewing - Chicago, Illinois

Goose Island Brew Pub - Chicago, Illinois

5 Rabbit Cerveceria - Chicago, Illinois

Haymarket Pub & Brewery - Chicago, Illinois

Local Option - Chicago, Illinois

Lake Effect Brewing Company - Chicago, Illinois

Metropolitan Brewing - Chicago, Illinois

Revolution Brewing - Chicago, Illinois

Pipeworks Brewing Company - Chicago, Illinois

Piece Pizzeria and Brewery - Chicago, Illinois

Horse Thief Hollow - Chicago, Illinois

Vice District - Chicago, Illinois

All Rise Brewing Company - Chicago, Illinois  

Hamburger Mary's - Chicago, Illinois

Imperial Oak Brewing - Chicago, Illinois

Rock Bottom Brewing - Chicago, Illinois

Hopvine Brewing Company - Aurora, Illinois

Sketchbook Brewing - Evanston, Illinois

Temperance Beer Company - Evanston, Illinois

Peckish Pig - Evanston, Illinois

Pollyanna Brewing Company - Lemont, Illinois

Solemn Oath - Naperville, Illinois

Granite City -  Orland Park, Illinois

Two Brothers - Warrenville, Illinois



MIDWEST

Three Floyds - Munster, Indiana

South Shoreline Brewery - Michigan City, Indiana

Figure 8 Brewing - Valparaiso, Indiana

Greenbush - Sawyer, Michigan

Brewery Vivant - Grand Rapids, Michigan

Harmony Brewing - Grand Rapids, Michigan

Mitten Brewing Co. - Grand Rapids, Michigan

Elk Brewing - Grand Rapids, Michigan

Founders Brewing - Grand Rapids, Michigan

HopCat Brew Pub - Grand Rapids, Michigan

Grand Rapids Brewing Co. - Grand Rapids, Michigan

New Holland Brewing -  Holland, Michigan

Pike 51 - Hudsonville, Michigan

Virtue Ciders - Fennville, Michigan

Arclight Brewing Co. - Watervillet, Michigan
 
Boulevard Brewing Company - Kansas City, Missouri

Hoppin' Frog Brewery - Akron, Ohio

Thirsty Dog Brewing Company - Akron, Ohio

Ohio Brewing Company - Akron, Ohio

Sprecher Brewing Company - Glendale, Wisconsin

Lakefront Brewery - Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

New Glarus Brewing - New Glarus, Wisconsin



WEST - California

Golden Road  - Los Angeles, California

Angel City Brewing  - Los Angeles, California

Smog City - Torrance, California

Monkish Brewing - Torrance, California

The Bruery - Orange County, California

Stone Brewing - Escondido, California

The Bleaching Beaver - San Diego, California

Ballast Point - San Diego, California

Karl Strauss - San Diego, California

Rip Current Brewing - San Diego, California

Modern Times - San Diego, California

Green Flash - San Diego, California 

White Labs - San Diego, California

Ale Smith Brewing Company - San Diego, California 

Iron Fist - Vista, California

Mother Earth Brew Co. - Vista, California

Lost Abbey & Port Brewing (2 in one!) - San Marcos, California 

Speakeasy Ales and Lagers - San Francisco, California

21st Amendment Brewery - San Francisco, California

Triple Voodoo - San Francisco, California

Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing - Santa Cruz, California

Uncommon Brewers - Santa Cruz, California

Russian River Brewing Company - Santa Rosa, California


PACIFIC NORTHWEST - Oregon

Rogue Ales - Newport, Oregon

McMenamins Brewery & Pubs - Portland, Oregon

Upright Brewing - Portland, Oregon

The Commons Brewery - Portland, Oregon

Cascade Brewing Barrel House - Portland, Oregon

BaseCamp Brewing Company - Portland, Oregon

Ex Novo Brewing Company - Portland, Oregon

Widmer Brothers  - Portland, Oregon


WEST - Mountain Time

Beaver Street Brewery - Flagstaff, Arizona
Yak & Yeti Restaurant and Brew Pub - Arvada, Colorado

Avery brewing Company - Boulder, Colorado

Upslope Brewing Company - Boulder, Colorado

Sanitas Brewing Company - Boulder, Colorado

West Flanders Brewing Company - Boulder, Colorado

Breckenridge Brewery - Breckenridge, Colorado
 
Broken Compass Brewery - Breckenridge, Colorado

River North Brewery - Denver, Colorado

Crooked Stave - Denver, Colorado

Our Mutal Friend- Denver, Colorado

Epic Brewing - Denver, Colorado
 
Great Divide Brewing Company - Denver, Colorado

Strange Brewing - Denver, Colorado

Wit's End - Denver, Colorado
 
TRVE - Denver, Colorado

Renegrade Brewing - Denver, Colorado

Colorado Cider - Denver, Colorado

Stem Ciders - Denver, Colorado

Denver Beer Company - Denver, Colorado

Wynkoop Brewing Company - Denver, Colorado

Ratio Beer Works - Denver, Colorado

Prost - Denver, Colorado

Jagged Mountain - Denver, Colorado

Former Future - Denver, Colorado

New Belgium - Fort Collins, Colorado

Funkwerks - Fort Collins, Colorado
 
Backcountry Brewery - Frisco, Colorado




NORTHEAST

Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales - Milton, Delaware

DuClaw Brewing Company - Bel Air, Maryland

Sam Adams Brewery - Boston, Massachusetts

Beer Works - Boston, Massachusetts

Brown's Brewing Company - Troy, New York

Yuengling - Pottsville, Pennsylvania

Magic Hat Brewing Company - Burlington, Vermont



SOUTH

Sweetwater Brewing Company - Atlanta, Georgia


Saint Arnold Brewing Company - Houston, Texas

Orlando Brewing - Orlando, Florida 


EUROPE

Stiegl - Salzburg, Austria

Pfaffen Brewery - Cologne, Germany (classic Kolsch BJCP:6C)

Fruh - Cologne, Germany (classic Kolsch BJCP:6C)

Füchschen Alt  - Düsseldorf, Germany

Uerige - Düsseldorf, Germany

Hausbrauerei Zum Schlussel - Düsseldorf, Germany

Hofbrauhaus - Munich, Germany 

Augustiner Brau Munchen - Muinch, Germany

Spaten - Muinch, Germany

Guinness - Dublin, Ireland (classic Dry Stout BJCP:13A)






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