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Chicago Brewing Company

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3.63/5
Based on:
16 Beers
174 Ratings
Place Score: 88
Ratings: 44
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: n/a
Taps: 9
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

2201 S Fort Apache Rd
Las Vegas, Nevada, 89117-5704
United States
phone: (702) 254-3333

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Reviews by ChappyCubsFan:
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3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 4

You have got to be kidding me! I see the high reviews on this place by fellow BA's and I'm shocked. The beer was mediocre at best. Everything tasted like it was brewed with extract. There was no originality in any of the brews, not much in the way of flavorful hops in the pale ale or IPA. Nothing pleased the palate. We tried a sampler and we were ready to leave in 15 minutes. The place is really cool, with a facade and marquee that reminds me of the Chicago Theater in downtown Chicago (nice tribute). But I will not return here. You are better off at Triple 7's (Main Street) in downtown Las Vegas. They brew good beer.

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Photo of JohnW58
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

I visited the Chicago Brewing Company location at the Four Queens Hotel & Casino on Freemont Street in old Las Vegas. It was a fairly small place with limited tables and bar stools. I enjoyed the Hardway IPA while playing Video Poker at the Bar and watching a football game. There was obviously no cost to me while I was playing, and since I broke even on my Video Poker play my beer cost was free :-). There were 4 other micro brews on tap; Old Town Brown (a German-style brown ale), Ramblin Reck (an American amber ale), Weizenheimer (a Bavarian style hefeweizen), and All Nighter (a premium light ale). I only tried the Hardway IPA; in fact I had a few to ensure an "adequate sampling". The atmosphere was comfortable with friendly bar tenders, and good company to talk with while playing Video Poker and watching football. I didn't eat there so I can't comment on the quality of the food, although from what I saw it looked like regular "pub food" (ie, nothing special).

Photo of Sicknot
2.7/5  rDev -30.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 4

This used to be my neighborhood bar a few years back and it used to be great. It really has lost its appeal and doesnt do much to want me to come back. Nothing too special on beers (damn I miss that Maibock) and its the same old boring beers....nothing awful but nothing to crave either. Food is probably its strongest point as I do enjoy the Sliders and the pizzas. Also, the Happy Hour prices are extremely generous which is a huge plus. Its an okay place, but I wont go out of my way to go there even when its Happy Hour.

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Photo of rbhockeyfan
3/5  rDev -22.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

The place used to be great. I used to hang out there quite a bit. About 3 or 4 years ago they went to hell. Beers are still the same, decent enough. But the food quality and the service has gone way down hill. If you are looking for a place with average food were you can sit and hangout for while and you are not concerned about great service, it is a ok place. I would not go as far as to say don't go, but I will say don't go and expect a great meal, great beer, or great service. Over all pretty average place.

Photo of sholland119
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped in during an afternoon of mostly underwhelming beer shopping as it was on the route from Whole Foods to Lees/Total Wine.

A fake "converted warehouse" look from the outside, but inside is not bad. Smoking permitted in the bars (ick!) but at 3 in the afternoon the crowd was, thankfully, sparse. A three sided downstairs bar (deep to accommodate the video poker machines), with some high tops around. Rather dark but not unpleasantly so, lots of TVs.

I had the full sampler of 9 beers, which was pretty mediocre throughout. The Hawaiian Honey braggot was the best of the lot, the IPA was just ok, and the rest lacked any kind of character.

The sliders I had were pretty good. The bartender was pleasant and attentive, especially for a day bartender.

I would not go back, and am glad I did not go out of my way to get here. Not a bad experience, just nothing special.

HV

Photo of Hoptoss
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

They have a good range of in house beers, ranging from Pales to Stouts. Most styles are represented fairly. The food is good, they have a range of pizzas: thin crust and deep dish, and a good selection of Aps. Irish Nachos are a stand out. Nachos using potato chips=delicious. Fair pricing on both food and drink. This place would benefit by carrying a selection of craft beer. Having that in conjunction with their in in-house beer would make this place a definite draw. Even with their lack of a good Craft selection, I still visit this place due to the great food and good in-house beer.

Photo of VegasBill
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I have stopped at this micro so so many times maybe I should do a review. I dont care for the design of the outside of the building or the inside for that matter, just a personal thing and no big deal. It sort of reminds me of a castle inside or something like that, again no big deal. They have two happy hours from 5-7pm thats when you can find me there and the second is 10pm-midnight.
They have enclosed the bar area so one can smoke in that area or for non-smokers the dining areas are avaliable. The bar has the usual table-top video machines and this is the only place in Las Vegas I gamble, and the only gambling I am allowed to do in NV.
As for beer I sort of step out of my comfort zone here, my favorites are the saison,the blueberry vanilla and a crazy beer, but good, called Hawaiian Honey, sp.
The food is good, maybe one step above pub food but very consistent. The service is great, and just not for me as they all know me but for everyone who walks through the door.
So if you want to get away from the strip Chicago Brewing is highly recommended.

Photo of TheLVBeerGuy
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

One of my favorite places in town. They have 2 happy hours one from 5pm-7pm and the other from 10pm-12am 7 days a week. They offer six very solid brews year round with between 1 and 3 seasonals that are all very good. Currently they have the Hawaiin Hunny and the Koo Koo for Cocoa Porter. I frequent this place for there under 5 dollar happy hour food menu and the 2.50 22oz drafts. They also offer most seasonals for $3. The brewmaster here is wise beyond his years and very very inventive. Its worth it to continue checking back often. If you ask the bar tender you can usually find the brewmaster and he is always willing to carry on a nice conversation. It helps that this place is within CRAWLING distance from my place of residence. Great service, good food, good prices, good beer. what more could you ask for?

Photo of foamee
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

The Chicago Brewery is a brewpub in a large stand alone building near a strip mall in the Las Vegas suburbs. There is a separate entrance for the modest dining area. The brewing operation is behind glass in the center of the building. The bar area is quite large and there is a smaller lounge upstairs. They have six year round beers on tap as well as two seasonals. The beers seem true to style and are quite good. They have a second outlet downtown in the 4 Queens casino. It's small and cozy, sitting about 20, and has the same beers as at the brewpub.

Photo of gixxerman
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I finally made it to CBC, it has been on my to do list the last 6 times I was in Vegas, but I never made it. I am glad I finally did, and I will be back for sure.

I had a few Black Star Stout, which were smooth, and went down quick. I also tried my first Braggot - their honey - it was quite strong, and not a style I will seek out in the near future.

They also list Ghost Pepper Chili wings on their menu for the extreme foodies out there. I would not even think about trying one of those.

The beers were all free, since I was sitting at the playing quarter Keno and video poker. The service was great, and the crowd was friendly. I was ready for the relaxed atmosphere they offer. This is a great place to take a break and slow down in Vegas.

Photo of tigg924
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This is in a nice brick building tucked away off the strip. Once inside the bar is long and black with several tables set aside. There is also a separate dining section. The bar has a few tvs and gaming screen machines. What I would expect from Vegas, but nothing out of the ordinary. The service was decent. The waiters were attentive enough. The food here was exceptional. The wings, burgers, and chicken parm were all very very tasty. They had about seven beers on tap. They were hit and miss. Where they were good, they were amazing--the blueberry and triple I loved. Where they missed, Hawaiian Honey--they missed big. The beer is worth the stop. The food is very tasty. Next time I return to Vegas, I will be headed here.

Photo of hellomcfly
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

One of the better brew pubs in Vegas in my opinion. I consider this, Tenaya Creek, and Big Dogs to all be on par with each other. Which one is best at any given time depends on what seasonal they have on. I do think that Chicago has the best IPA of the three. Their saison (seasonal) was a solid brew and I thought it was pretty cool of them to have a saison. They also make a really big beer called Hawaiian Honey which definitely does not taste like honey beers I have had in the bast. It very high in alcohol and tastes more like a barleywine to me. It's definitely the most out there beer I've had at a brewpub in Vegas. I've also tried their blueberry vanilla wheat which is one of the better blueberry beers I have had. Their food is solid. I've always ordered a pizza while I was there. The atmosphere is fine and the servers are good.

While their selection isn't expansive I'm giving it a 4.5 because they choose nice seasonals.

Photo of Yetiman420
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I was in Vegas for half a week on business and took a half day to conduct a North/West side of town brewpub tour from 11:00 am - 1:30. The stops were in this order: Big Dog's Brewing Co./ Draft House, Tenaya Creek Restaurant & Brewery , and Chicago Brewing. I did a sampler at each location and substituted standard lagers, lights, and kolsch's for something hoppy or seasonal. I've provided specific reviews in BA for each location. If you're evaluating which brewpubs to visit in Vegas, here is my ranking:

1. Big Dog's Brewing Co./ Draft House
2. Chicago Brewing
3.
4. Tenaya Creek Restaurant & Brewery

Chicago Brewing Company was stop number 248 on my quest to visit every quality brewpub in North America. It's located in a ritzy area 15 minutes west of the Las Vegas strip. As indicated on my tour ranking, it's second to Big Dog's and if you were considering a brewpub tour while in Vegas, these would be two to hit. The bar is similar to Big Dogs from the standpoint that it's dark, low ceilings, and has video poker at each bar spot. My favorite part of the visit was the temp outside was expected to hit 110. Somebody walked through the bar and was speaking loudly saying "it was only 108 outside." Only 108?

On to the beers. I had the generous sampler which contained quite a few beers in 4 oz mugs. Of note was a seasonal saison that I thought was nice. All the other beers were good - I seemed to have lost my notes.

Photo of riored4v
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went here with a group of friends on a Saturday night to check out their Happy Hour.

Their house beers have a good selection for everyone. Some favorites were the IPA, Stout, Brown, Blueberry-Vanilla Wheat and the All-Nighter. The rest were about average. The Stout and IPA, were IMO, pretty fantastic.

Prices for happy hour were $2 for a 14oz and $2.50 for a slightly larger draft. Although the place was busy, service was fairly quick and empty glasses were cleaned up fairly quick. The only downside was some rowdy, obnoxious frat-type guys.

We didn't eat here this night, but we have eaten here before. Service was average, but the food was pretty dang good. I had a burger and some knots and I would definitely eat here again.

Overall, one of the best brewery's in Vegas that I've visited so far. A place worth checking out!

Photo of Dogbrick
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

CBC is located on Fort Apache Rd not too far off 215. They have a decent sized private lot and there are other lots in the strip mall nearby if necessary.

The interior is large and is two floors, with the bar and restaurant separated (probably for the smokers). There is a second level for cocktails and cigars that I did not check out. The brewing eqipment is viewable behind large windows behind the bar, and there is a nice panorama of Chicago around the ceiling area. The only negatives to the atmosphere (which seem to be at every Las Vegas brewpub) are smoking, bartop electronic gambling and being overly dark.

CBC has 9 beers on draught and a sampler of their beers is $8.99. A couple of them are seasonals. The beers range from Witbier to Stout with a couple interesting options like a Strong Ale made with honey. Overall the beers are average to above average.

Service was pretty good on a weekday afternoon. The bartender was fairly attentive despite me not pouring cash into video poker.

I did not try any food on the visit.

Overall this is a pretty nice brewpub a few miles away from the Strip. It is definitely better than the typical brewpub/casinos that are common in the area.

Photo of plexiprs
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Chicago Bears fans hang out here. That said, great place as long as you are aware of the football game broadcast schedule. It gets packed and LOUD during Bears' games.

Good sized dining room in a semi-industrial ambiance. Never done dinner, but many lunches. Easy to get to and never had a wait for seating with the honey.

Love the Filet Mignon Sliders ... Hmmm

Cheese-steak sandwich is always my first choice with plenty of meat and flavor. Have it with their Black Star Stout and your day is made.

I believe they are open 24 hours-a-day with a doorbell for off-hours admission. Great bar area if it's a guys lunch. Love that a Tinder Box is nearby so I can check the cigars out and then have a couple stouts and lunch. Oh, best of all - no where near the STRIP and the STRIP tourists!!!

Photo of bunnyhustle
4.55/5  rDev +17%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Finally reviewing after dozens and dozens of visits. I love this place, my local bar/restaurant/brewery all rolled into one. Nice bar area glassed off due to recent indoor smoking laws passed in Vegas. Liked it better w/o the glass but they have to do what they have to do to stay legal. Large bar area with mulit-game machines at every seat which is a an easy way to get comp'd drinks (play quarter video poker slowly!). Recently replaced high tables in area for more of a lounge table and more relaxed seating since food is no longer served in that section. Gives it more of a distinction from the restaurant and gives is an even more laid back feel.

Nice restaurant area, warehouse style design and open brewery lets you look in on the whole beer making process. Kitchen is also partially open so you can see the chef's in action. Great food, especially the appetizers which can be pricey but worth it. I gotta give a special mention to their deep dish pizza. It is amazing and at $9 I get a meal and late night snack out of it. I've never had a better, more filling pizza.

Outdoor beer garden is new (I dont remember it before at least) and isnt too bad. Basically a cement patio facing Ft. Apache so traffic can be a little disrupting. Would have been nice if it were in the back (that would have given a mountain view) but that wasnt an option. Misting fans in the summer and a couple TV's make it a nice escape from inside.

Nice cigar lounge area too upstairs. Honestly have only been up there once or twice but there is a functioning bar and a little patio overlooking the back side of the building and this does have a mountain view, but honestly only room for 3-4 people max. Nice idea just very small.

This place is great, service is good, prices are reasonable, and the beer is amazing. I think I'm its number one fan because I talk about this place too much and always make visitors to town leave the strip and come here for a meal and drinks. Cheers!

Photo of sirk0rebreg
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Finally got to sit down here and enjoy some beers. The first time we came here it was very packed and after walking around the lounge and bar area we left to find somewhere else to go. This time we actually went on a Saturday night at 9pm and the place was pretty empty. Had no problems at the bar being served quickly and found a table right away.

Started off with the sampler and was most impressed with the downtown brown and the hardway IPA. I ended up having a couple IPA's with my dinner later in the evening.

I will definitely be back. Great food, great beer and an awesome atmosphere!

Photo of slander
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

It's that late afternoon rushy hour kind of pre night darkishness setting in time of the day. The grogginess that I'm experiencing is of the samplers at 2 brewpubs and haven't really eaten enough combo variety. We didn't eat back there because we knew we would be when we get to where we're going. Chicago is the farthest out of the three brewpubs we'd be seeing today, but not really so and when done in a wide loop, you're okay as long as you don't turn your head too fast 'cause that's when the spinning starts...

Big ol' stand alone brick building, entrance from the rear below old style theatre marquee signs and you're greeted by large banded copper kettles behind glass front row center forcing the split; left to the bar or right to the dining area. We veered left; call it instinct. A ladle shaped bar with (guess what?) gambling machines insert within seats 20, with a big booze bar island back. Towers of taps at both ends, industrial duct work above, wall mounted lamps and track spots, flatscreen TV's, Phil's golf game (Live 2007), and a corner fireplace. 6 raised bar tables in a forward area and another pair running adjacent to the bar along the brick wall adorned with old prohibition era prints.

Around the bend, the rear dining area, massive high ceilings on a very open, cavernous brick room, patterned archways with long narrow cutways of light on stained glass, ceiling fans, drop glass lamps and swivel stand lights, and old black & white prints. 9 rounded highback booths "L" the room with 9 tables filling the void, looking in on the open kitchen. Spacious and comfortable.

A staircase off the forward area in the bar leads to the upstairs lounge, holding a "C" shaped bar seating a dozen. A single tower of taps sits on the bar, and glass front cupboards of booze to both sides of center shelving of the same, over glassware below on the bar back. A short narrow room wraps around the back of the bar holding a leather couch and more seating and a few low tables with leather cushy chairs lie just past the bar along the railings overlooking the brewroom (very "great glass elevator") and the giant, blown up multi panel photo of Chicago that runs up high along the ceiling. Brick and some paneling with old framed black and white prints and a large flat screen at the far end of the room and at the other end, next to a large cigar humidor on the outside wall, a doorway leads you to a small exterior Eva Peron balcony for you to address the denizens of the parking lot (as I did).

Meanwhile, back downstairs at the bar, 9 beers on their sampler; 6 house brews and 3 seasonals. The All Nighter Golden Ale was light, crisp; the Weizenheimer Wheat, unfiltered, good banana and clove flavors; the Hardway IPA, aggressively hoppy, somewhat grassy; the Ramblin' Reck Amber, Mt Hood hops, piney, hoppy; the Old Town Brown Ale, malty, and a bit nutty; the Blackstar Dry Irish Stout, thinnsh, but very good flavor, and the seasonals Mad Monk Dubbel, 7.5%, sweet, deep fruity; the Daisy Chain Tripel (remembering games, and daisy chains and laughs), 9.5%, a good tripel, not too sweet; the Blueberry Vanilla Wheat, smells of vanilla, thankfully doesn't taste so much so, at least up front where it starts fruity, although "Oh, that's an Otis Spunkmeyer muffin right there" was offered up. The Weizenheimer wheat, Mad Monk Dubbel and Daisy Chain Tripel were the standouts, and the Blueberry Vanilla Wheat was good right up until you got the vanilla.

Server kid was good. Knew his beer. I always like to ask them, "Which beers do you drink here?" Allegedly, I had wings. Geoff and Tia snarfed their Filet Mignon sliders served on tiny ciabatta rolls and a Thai chicken pizza (Chicago style thin crust, plenty of chunks of chicken and a Thai peanut sauce). Food was good although Tia went 0 for 3 on the day on procuring a dessert. In her rage, she ranked them "tied for 2nd place in tacky tiled discount bathroom floors". If that's the worst thing we've got to say about a place...

Best beers of the day, well worth the wide loop.

Photo of kdog630
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The beginning of a great adventure. First stop on my Las Vegas beer bus tour.

Just a short walk from the bus stop is the building that resembled an old warehouse. The inside was done up nicely with beer and Vegas related memorabilia. Reminded me of the Great Dane in Madison, except for the video poker screens on the bar.

Disappointed to see the poker players drinking macro swill. Only one other patron at the bar had the house beer and it took him a while to fathom that their stout wasn't Guinness.

The menu featured a number of 'Chicago' related items. Settled on the Italian sausage/Italian beef sandwich. Mmmm, artery clogging heaven. Not big on the peppers, but removed over half and was satisfied.

Had the pale. Check out the review. Spoke with a server who was finishing lunch before leaving. She was very disappointed that the barleywine was all gone. I would have liked to try it.

Picked up a growler of the pale and headed to the bus stop and Big Dog Cafe and Casino a few blocks away.

Found out I could get a refill at the Four Queens. We'll take the Deuce up and check it out...

Photo of BlindPig
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I have been in here a few times before but never got a beer just had something to eat. When it first opened their food was really good and then seemed to slowly go downhill. I haven't eaten here in probably 2 years but it did smell and look better than the last time I went in. It's a nice atmosphere in there and the service is really good. While I was drinking my beer never said anything then just as I finished taking a sip to bring me down to about 1/2" left in glass she came over and asked if I wanted another. Very good. The beer...well I had a IPA and that was it. The IPA smelled bad almost like soap and well it tasted like soap also. Like a orangey soap with a little bit of bitterness on the aftertaste. I was pretty disapointed. But man their rootbeers are amazing so maybe some other beer they have is just I love my IPA's and that let me down big time.

Photo of PCaravan
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This was a nice but large brewpub. If you'be been to some of the chain brewpubs, it kind of has that feal but I don't think they are a chain in this case. Generaly a friendly place where you could take your kids but it is a little noisy for a conversation.

Good quality beer here. Some are a little more bland than others but all were well made and a few were excellent.

I found the service here exceptional with a very knowledgable waitor regarding beer and the brewing process and the ingredients involved. When I told him I was a homebrewer, he know which beers I was going to like and he was right on. I also heard him telling another table what he recommended to them and it was different than me so I'm sure he's got some experience here at helping out people make selections.

One of the best selections I've seen in a brewpub. In fact, the only place I can think of that has a better selection off hand uses about 70 imports and micros to supplement their own offerings to give a great selection. You won't find that here but I did get to try 8 different house beers plus one house rootbeer on the sampler... that's a pretty darn good selection for a brewpub. Some quick notes on what I had on the sampler:

Fruite Infused Hefe: Smooth, slightly sweet, vanilla, refreshing.

Springfest Golden Lager: The waiter said this had coriander
and orange peel and I found it balanced and smooth but a
bit bland for my taste.

All Nigher: They call this a pale ale but it's really just Bud Ale
for th non-real beer drinkers... all brewpubs have to have it.

Weizenheimer: Extremely cloudy, good banana character and
clovey, good example of bavarian hefe.

Rootbeer: Incredibly good but with less carbonation than what
I'm used to for what is essentially a soda pop. I would have
it again if I was there earlier in the day thoug.

Rambling Reck: A smooth and well balanced American Amber
Ale with caramel malts and American hops.

Old Town Brown: Nice german malty character, smooth, could
drink a proper liter stein of this alt beer.

Black Star Irish Dry Stout: Thin in body, nice roastiness and
smooth but too thin and watery in mouthfeel for me.

Hardway IPA: Classic American IPA with clear American hop
punch. Hoped with of the "C's" and guessing it's cascade.
The dry hopped character is intense the hoppse use for the
dry hops are extremely fresh. Excellent IPA.

I had pizza here and it was really good. In fact, if I found myself here again, I'd have it again without opening the menu... good pizza.

Mostly typical prices for a brewpub. However, I thought the samper was a little steep at close to 8 bucks but with 9 samplings... I guess your getting a little more than the usual anyway.

Photo of tonistruth
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A- bigger than expected and not as gaming heavy based on reviews from other BA's. Granted its not huge, but itis cozy. Nice place to have a brew and cht it up with a buddy. Went there with my buddy who helped build the official chicago brewing company truck, which actually showed up at noon or so. The truck houses 10 different taps, has a awesome paint job, and the brakes lights actually say "stop" on them. Awesome.
Fun evironment, i was probably there too early to experience any smokey haze. Not recommened to go watch a game there, tvs are too small, none were had sound going.

Q- FROSTED MUGS, what is this! Totally killed my old town brown. So i opted not to review it. The whole mug thing struck me as weird because for the first round i got the sampler and my buddy got the all nighter pale ale and his mug was not frosted. Then we both order a pint, and they come frosted. Sat there for a good half hour, but the beer did not make a full recovery.
On a much happier note, the beer from the sampler was tasty as ever. Really really wanted to try pints of all, but i had other things to do today. Looking forward to trying them.
The place was clean, cozy, beer glasses never got empty without a refill offer, and prices are fair.

S- did not have to wait for anything, if we wanted it we got it. Really considering that our bartender was our server for the frist part of the visit. He handled it really well. He also gave me a great description of the beers in the sampler. Couldnt of asked for more.

S- well the dining room was closed, probably because it was 11am or they were setting up for their 6 year anniversary party. Either way did not matter, cause there was still a good choice of stuff to go with. I went with the michigan ave garlic knots. Freakin delicious and did not affect with my tasting of the beer at all.
Had at least nine house brews to chose from, all seemed to be pretty yummy, most sporting awards from the GABF and one even had a silver from the world cup of beer.

F- only had the garlic knots but they were awesome, my buddy had the potato skins and breakfast sandwich and he enjoyed those. The groups next to us ordered burgers and the other ordered pizza, both looked very good also.

V- well i can only judge this by what i saw on the menu. Special thanks to Scott G. "the wizard" for pickin' up the tab. He was the one who drove the CBC truck there, he's the local racer who CBC sponsors, and his shop (SG sppedshop) are the ones who rebuilt the CBC truck. My buddy who i was there with used to work on his racing crew( i turn wrenches with him at a local toyota dealer), Scott himself used to work with me, and me other buddy who still works on Scott's crew(i work with him at toyota too) was there with scott. Thanks again Scott.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.5/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Very nice buidling in the somehwat non-descript suburbs of WNW Vegas. Big brick building with ample parking. entered through the bar area and grabbed a seat at the video poker . . . er bar area ? Jeez, there is not enough room for a coaster let alone 2 beers and a meal. I am really beginning to despise these video poker bars.

Anyway, atmosphere is pleasant enough and beers are clearly listed on the board. Kind of mediocre selection of brews as far as styles go. Service was relatively fast and efficient if somewhat lacking for personality.
Food was standard pub fare but decent and pretty well-priced.

Overall impression was above average but Bid Dog's and Tripel 7/Main St. were better places for the beer loving crowd.

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4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stop #1 on Ron's Beer and Baseball Vegas Adventure - May 19,05

You see brewpubs in old mills, strip malls, stables, lots of improvisation, but this brick building is a seriously impressive physical presence as you approach.

Inside, beautiful copper and black brewing equipment straight ahead, a high ceiling dining room to the right, stairs to upper (closed by day) longue to the far left, I head for the bar, left of center. Seems like patio seating is available at least some times, though this noon in Vegas I'll take AC and ready access to the taps.

While noticing the video poker built into the bar, I head for one of the tall tables with a view of several tvs, and unlike the actual bar, enough light to both read and make notes.

The brick bar area has impressive metal work on the ceiling, shame it's not the high ceiling of the dining room, this is a little more closed in. Fireplace, five tvs, golf video games. Bathroom clean and large.

I order the beer sampler, nine four ounce beers in mini-mugs ($7). The beers arrive on a two tier wooden circular tray, looks very neat.
The beers overall are good, not mind blowing: the hefe's not bad, needs more nose; light ale clean with a bit of lemon; a nicely hoppy pils; an average amber and ipa; blueberry vanilla, very vanilla, not as much berry; the Springfest Lager, served with an orange slice, so it seems like a wit; and my two faves of the stop, the brown ale, which had a nice chocolately taste; and the stout, which I ordered a follow up "pint" (14 oz - $3) of to finish the visit.

The menu was a nice pub grub variety: pizzas, salads, hot and cold sandwiches, pastas, and some larger entrees. Appetizers were $7-11, and I'm guess splitable. I went with the basic cheeseburger and fries ($7.95). The burger was a good size, and done as requested. Fries were dark and very good.

Service was exceptional, though I will say that the bar area at least was lightly populated this Thursday afternoon. One impressive thing was that when my waitress was not sure about a beer question, she went and brought one of her co-workers who was able to answer all my questions. Too many people think "I don't know" is the end of the issue.

A fine establishment, one that I would gladly return to, (possibly as soon as next May)

Chicago Brewing is off the strip, those accessible by public transportation. However, between the waits for two buses, and the numerous stops of the cross-street bus, it was two hours from leaving The Belagio and arriving at Chicago Brewing. I took a cab to stop # 2, the Big Dog.

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Chicago Brewing Company in Las Vegas, NV
88 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.