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Chicago Brewing Company

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Chicago Brewing CompanyChicago Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.55/5
Based on:
14 Beers
167 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 RonfromJersey:
Photo of RonfromJersey
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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3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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).

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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

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!

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