DryHop Brewers

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DryHop BrewersDryHop Brewers
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92 Beers
339 Ratings
Place Score: 92
Ratings: 59
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: n/a
Taps: 8
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

3155 N Broadway St
Chicago, Illinois, 60657-4508
United States
phone: (312) 513-7162

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @dryhopchicago

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Ratings: 59 | Reviews: 11
Reviews by Yetiman420:
Photo of Yetiman420
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Milestone 400th stop on my world brewery tour - and what a nice one it was.

What I would consider a mega-nano brewery operating a 10 BBL system with beautifully unique serving tanks directly behind the bar. Brewery behind and to the side of the bar. No room for expansion and from talking to the brewer/bartender around 3:30 on a Tuesday, they have no plans to take over the world.

From top to bottom very nice beers including a wonderful sessionable CA Common/Cream Ale blend. Serious props for a true craft light beer with flavor. Hoppy wheat and a hoppy white IPA both very well done. I think it was the hipster meats shark that really got me excited (galaxy hops).

Only problem was the brewer/bartender was so cool he made the regular server lady seem a bit uptight. Hard to add another brewery into my Chicago travels rotation but this one will find a way.

BTW, AWESOME Vietnam sandwhich shop a couple of doors down. UrbanSpoon it and totally give it a try if you've never had Vietnam food. Cheap, quick, and super fresh quality ingredients.

More User Reviews:
Photo of AndyEdgar
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Get the burger. Drink the beers. Get a pour of pappy!

Photo of stortore
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Visited during Saturday afternoon brunch. Place was hoppin'. Smaller size brewpub, but a decent sized table area, and a pretty long bar for the overall space. Not overly loud, very pleasant to be at. Had a flight of six 5 ounce beers, very fairly priced. Eight of their beers on tap, with a few guest taps and a few bottles. Two sizes of growlers, also priced well. Service was terrific, friendly and attentive. Food was excellent (the french toast is a big winner), good variety. Regular lunch menu looked good, as well.

Really nice experience, fun place to be. Will definitely return.

Photo of Kraj30
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

solid vibe in a great area.. bartender was cool but only like 8 beers and i didnt love any of them

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

A friend showed me this place about a year ago. Not being one of the big or even moderate-sized breweries in the area, I was a little skeptical. But through their sleek yet comfortable environment, delicious if somewhat exhausted food concepts (gastropub, think poutine, gourmet mac-and-cheese, porkchop with some kinda fancy sauce, etc), and, of course, great beer, they quickly won me over. This is a great place to grab a beer, a quick snack, or a full meal. I usually grab a growler to go (they will fill other breweries' growlers, too), and whenever I find myself in the city I try to make a run over there to fill one or three up with whatever new brews they are showcasing. Most of their beers are in the very good range, with a few above or below that mark a bit. Some are obviously R&D beers, but some are final products that are just lacking that final polishing of the recipe or production that would put them in the 'amazing' distinction. Never had a bad one. Give these underdogs a try!

Photo of stouts4me
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

I like this place, service is good, food good, prices just a bit higher than other joints; probably would keep my return visits to a minimum.

Photo of kevanb
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75

Visited for brunch/lunch on a Saturday afternoon around 1pm.

The atmosphere was very nice, lively but not too loud, casual and very friendly. The service was good, attentive but not hovering and our waitress did all she could to answer as many questions as possible and when she didn't know, she made a point to ask the proper individual, which was great for my questions about their beers. The selection was good, they have a nice variety of their beer on tap but with a few other guest taps that round out a diverse lineup, sure to please anyone on the beer drinking spectrum. That being said, I'm still not 100% on their beer in the upper echelons of Chicagoland breweries, but I definitely think they've got a gem or two in them to come. The food was what really sold me, very, very delicious. I ordered the burger, which easily made it into my Top 5 burgers in Chicago, cooked exactly how I like it, with a delicious marmalade and arugula, probably my favorite green to put on a burger. The fries were good, nothing too special, house ketchup was nice as well. My SO ordered a brunch plate that was great as well, eggs cooked right, nice big soft biscuit with a delicious gravy and quite possibly the most outrageously large sausage patty I've ever seen that was as delicious as it was large. The value was fine, the beer is very cheap $4-6 for the house beer, but the food is a little bit on the higher side, though not out the door expensive. That being said, you get what you pay for, a delicious meal.

Verdict: I hate to say it, but I'll be thinking of DryHop as more of an eatery than a brewery for the time being. Their hoppy beer has been pretty decent so far, but I've yet to try a beer that will draw me there repeatedly. The food however, is the draw for me, the menu is approachable with plenty of classics, but each with their own twist that let's DryHop make them their own. A great spot for friends, family or a date.

Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Visited in the recent past and for the most part was impressed. Beers were all of good quality, though not all were memorable. The best was a single hopped pale ale that reminded me of something Half Acre would put out.

Inside the space was cozy, I first noticed the wall of wooden handscrew clamps by the doorway. Used as an ironic decoration rather than in any industrial capacity, oddly enough. Little known useless fact, they are Chicago-made. Interior had exposed brick walls, framed silkscreen art prints on the opposite wall, and visible brewing equipment towards the back. Behind the cozy bar were serving tanks with chalkboards marking what was currently in them. Crowd seemed trendy, full of younger Lincoln Park types, and a random mid-50s guy in a cable sweater with dyed hair, shouting "conversation" at anyone in earshot.

Selection was good, there were a couple collaboration beers on, one with Aleman that was nice to see. The house range was alright, a few seasonal and rotating options, but again the one that stood out was the Jedi APA.

Service was good, there seemed to be a bunch of employees hanging out at the bar. Striking up a conversation, I happened to be talking to an assistant brewer who was happy to chat about all things beer. A very nice guy whose name escapes me now.

Food was the one thing they could improve on, the pork tacos I got were oddly skewered and fell apart, definitely a milder gringo version served with frites that were admittedly good. Overall I'd definitely come back to try different dishes and their current lineup.

Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Atmosphere - the huge bar, visible equipment, and varied sizes for tables makes this a fun and inviting place

Quality - overall no real complaints with the beer

Service - reading reviews online I can see where this place gets killed. I was the only person in there and they forgot my bacon for my bacon mac and cheese, but she did make a huge effort to remedy after

Selection - I'm still up in the air about you serving other beers at your bars, but they do have a selection to meet anyone's palate

Food - very limited menu, but lots of options

Note, I came while on vacation and nobody was around. I would enjoy going back and trying some other beers of theirs.

Photo of bearforbeer14
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

I attended the grand opening on June 13, 2013. My first impression of the place was that it looked fantastic! I live in the neighborhood and have been peering through the windows for months (at least when I got the chance as it was mostly covered until a few days ago). It was extremely crowded, so our party had quite a bit of a wait, but that wasn't unexpected considering how long a lot of people have been waiting for this place to open.

First, I tried Batch 001 (as it was the first batch made by the brewery). I enjoyed it. Unlike a lot of craft beer drinkers, I don't enjoy (or pretend to enjoy) the overly hoppy beers. I liked the bready taste and the nice crisp feel. I would probably say it was my favorite (and I guess I should mention that I am, in fact, not a hipster), had it not been for the Angry Samoan (which is a coconut milk stout). I like stouts (goes along with not caring for hops), and I found this one to be lighter than others (which is a plus in my book because you can drink more of it). I had it with the chocolate pecan pie....it paired beautifully for dessert. I was actually surprised that I liked The Judge, but the citrus flavor that the hops lent to the beer was actually quite wonderful.

The food was outstanding. When we finally were seated, my group tried a good number of dishes (as it is a small plates concept). I am in love with the burger. It is listed on the menu as a "custom blend of naturally raised brisket and short rib with chile-tomato jam, arugula, pickled sweet onions, and a heap of creamy aged raw milk cheddar." It tastes as good as it sounds. I was a little sad to have to split it with my group.

Overall, I enjoyed the quality of the product and the entire vibe of the place. The prices topped it all off. I thought the prices were very reasonable and there seems to be no indication of changing. I went to the growler Saturday today to get a growler fill of the Velvet Divorce (haven't tried it yet), and the $6 fill price (I already had invested in a $4 growler) was stupidly low for what I can only imagine is a great beer (if the others proved to be any indication).

Photo of shadytony
3.41/5  rDev -17.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Attended DryHop's "grand opening" 6/13/13

Bar and seating area look amazing (wood, glass and stainless steel everywhere). The six serving tanks behind the bar are impressive and immediately visible upon entering. Each wears a mini chalboard proudly displaying its contents. Arrived around 6:30 and heard the hostess tell a group of 4 that it was a 2 hour wait for a table. We were allowed to proceed to the bar but no seats available.

The first beer I tried as The Judge (with a classic GTO Judge on the tapper...nice) which was a good solid APA and raised my expectations. Also ordered some fried ham and gruyere balls topped w/ quail eggs (food was certainly "above average" for a brewpub of this size). Moved on to Shark Meets Hipster which I found to be absolutely flavorless w/ no nose whatsoever, no lacing, head quickly reduced to nothing. I've seen this listed in different places as everthing from an IPA to a DIPA and a "light bodied wheat". It certainly didn't fit the first two categories and I'm not a fan of the latter. Then moved on to the Batch 001 because, let's face it, who doesn't want to at least try the first batch produced by a new brewery. It was advertised as a "hybrid cream ale/steam beer" which in my opinion tasted more like a Genny Cream poured out of a can under the bar. I'm guessing this is for their anticipated hipster crowd. I thought it was awful and will avoid.

All of their beers are VERY reasonably priced (I hope that doesn't change or their is little to no chance that I'll be a "regular" here...I'll happily trot up to Half Acre for growler fills). Another bonus is that they have the high-techy growler fillers with nitro. Bartenders were nice enough, willing to chat about their beer (even though extremely busy) and accommodated by request for water without acting like it was a huge inconvenience. Saw a Haymarket employee making his way in while we were on way out (always a good sign). I think that the future can be bright once they get their beer lineup figured out (I'd recommend that they start by scrapping their cream ale and Shark Meets Hipster altogether).

Finally, the following line on their website strikes me as a tad arrogant (and contrary to the entire spirit of craft brewing) for an unproven brewery in a town with some stiff competition: "You’ll taste the difference from your first sip. Eventually you won’t drink anywhere else."

DryHop Brewers in Chicago, IL
92 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.