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Atlas Brewing Company

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43 Beers
25 Reviews
Place Score: -
Reviews: 8
Visits: 43
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: 20
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

2747 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60614-1320
United States
phone: (773) 472-1601

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @atlasbrewing

Place added by: emerge077 on 06-25-2012

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Reviews: 8 | Visits: 43
Photo of 98green
3.39/5  rDev n/a
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Place was dead at 9 on a Tuesday. In my opinion, they are a restaurant/bar that happens to sell what they brew, and not a true taphouse. I came here from Half Acre, and the difference was night and day. Only stayed for one beer because I was bored. Didn't even bother to get food (279 characters)

Photo of guityler83
3.83/5  rDev n/a
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

On a Saturday night around Midnight we walked into Atlas during a bar / brewery hopping trip in Chicago. The atmosphere had a 70s vibe with classic looking beer light box signs and mosaic glass behind the counter along with the music playing. The brewing setup was visible through a glass window in the back of the first big room with several 55 gallon oak barrels in the area.

The bar wasn't very busy at that time so we were able to get a menu and drinks quickly with a nice, informative bartender. There were about 10 beers on the menu ranging from a rye-IPA to a 3% sour, to a belgian quad and a brandy barrel aged Beire de Guarde. No food as far as I could tell - but wasn't looking for any.

I personally tried the Sauternes Barrel-Aged T-Rex Hugs, Rookery Rye and a sample of the Monkey Shriek Hibiscus Sour. The Rye IPA was good with a prominent rye flavor and a nice citrus hop aroma and taste but it was a little one demensional. The T-Rex arms was not my thing.. not bad just more harshness from the barrel then I care for. The Sour I enjoyed.

Overall I t was a good stop, but I don't thik I'd go out of my way to visit Atlas again. I hope they refine their recipes and make me change my mind. (1,209 characters)

Photo of circuitmonkey
3.8/5  rDev n/a
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.75

Last night was my third or 4th night here since they opened... after my first two times I really didn't go out of my way to grab a beer here (it's been awhile since my last visit)... what they had on tap just never really wow'd me. This time was different, and I'll be looking forward to my next trip. They had an american sour on tap that was phenomenal, brewed with hibiscus and lime peel (probably the second sour I've ever had in a brew pub that I really enjoyed). The milk stout aged in rye koval barrels was quite good, and my friends seemed to enjoy their Rye-PA. There were were about 6 other choices on tap as well.

Food menu was mostly: Pizza, Sliders and Tacos... but all with a fancy twist. I enjoyed my beef tacos, but my friend was served a nearly raw lamb slider -so I can't really go any higher than a 3 for that. My previous visits I remember liking the pizza.

Service was ok. It was friday night, they were busy, but not THAT busy... I found myself waiting awhile to be asked for another beer while I've got an empty glass in front of me. And even then it was me grabbing my waiter's attention.

Overall: I'd go back now that they seemed to have stepped up their game in the brew house... I might avoid a weekend, and I'd certainly avoid the lamb sliders. (1,278 characters)

Photo of stouts4me
3/5  rDev n/a

Rating could be better, will revisit it again in the future; when we were there in October, I pulled up the beer menu on my IPAD at the table, and it showed what was " on tap". Out of 6 of the additional tapped beers , only one was available. Waitress explanation " oh, It isn't updated regularly". Me: " oh, I guess that is really good for out-of-town ers". What a joke. (371 characters)

Photo of alexm1309
3.65/5  rDev n/a
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Not a bad place. It's pretty new so the atmosphere was solid with a large bar and big booths. They're a small batch brewery so they had about 10 beers on tap. I had the Oktoberfest which was pretty good. And Angus burger wasn't bad and I really liked the fries. Definitely check it out if you're in the area but I wouldn't go out of my way to visit. It looks like they specialize in oysters and pickles. My table had the fried pickles appetizer and we weren't impressed. The beer was good enough to where I'll definitely be back to give it another chance (and for those fries). (577 characters)

Photo of Higy
4.08/5  rDev n/a
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Well, I will join the party & make it known that I visited Atlas after a group of us went to Delilah's for their Christmas beer tasting. It was refreshing to visit a brewpub that was not dominated by high bar chairs. It was a causal & clean atmosphere. The front of house seemed to be understaffed. I think there was an internet special that was unexpectedly successful. overall the speed of service was acceptable. I tried 3 beers the stout, rye ale, & witbeer. All were unique & well above average; crisp clean & flavorful.

The food menu has a great selection of dished you would not expect at brewpub. I had a ribeye burger with some great toppings and tasty fries. My wife had the bacon mussels & soup of the day. My buddy had a pizza it looked good, but he later admitted he was jealous of my burger.

With the bowling alley attached it would be a nice place for a date, friends get together, or family dinner.

I will definitely visit again for the brews, food & maybe throwing some stones down the lanes. (1,014 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev n/a
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Stopped in here directly after Delilah's, having heard that their house brews were finally flowing. Echoing Matt's words below, the vibe is a little on the clubby, sterile side, like a brand new food chain that's trying to attract a slightly yuppie-ish clientele. Once at the bar, though, the friendly 'tender broke this image into pieces. He gave me the low-down on the beers and the place's short history. Nice guy. I even managed to talk to the brewer about his work (it may have helped that I was one of very few people in house at the time...) for a bit (and I noticed him show the brewing facilities to a couple of guys I shared the Delilah's bar with for a while...right on). The beers themselves were generally solid and tasty, if not all that exciting. It is nice, though, to see a smoked porter on-hand year-round. I have yet to try the food, so I'll reserve my judgment on that for another day. Overall, this place looks like it may have a decently bright future ahead of it, assuming the true locals lend a bit of support to these up-and-comers. I know I'll be back for my days off... (1,096 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.59/5  rDev n/a
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Was down the street at Delilah's, so we decided to give Atlas a test run. Seemed sort of sterile and clubby, chalk it up to Lincoln Park I guess. Going to reserve judgement for when they put on their own beers, this is just a preliminary review... will update once house brews are available.

Inside it's all dark stone, tile floors, granite bar top, chilly a/c, an oonce-oonce soundtrack. Top shelf of the bar was all decorative multi-colored glass bottles. Brewing equipment is in the back behind glass, though it felt like an afterthought. To the left is a row of booths with illuminated vintage beer ads on the wall. A second side room with more seating, seemed well suited for large parties.

Bartender was quick, it wasn't too busy, he chatted with us about the gameplan for the upcoming house beers (still a few weeks out).

Selection had some local gems like Revolution, 5 Rabbit, and Half Acre. List of 20 bottles, including Dreadnaught for $18 and Finch's Toasted Summer for $12... average prices were reasonable, $5 draft pints. House beers were listed on the menu as "not yet available" until all their licensing goes through. A range of styles were listed: Stout, Dubbel/Mild, Smoked Porter, Double IPA, Pale Ale, Belgian Wheat, Golden Ale, and IPA.

Overall it was ok, hopefully their house beers are good, otherwise there's not much else to bring me back.

July 20th, 2012: They are serving their house beers now...

Sept. 2012: Had a collaborative beer on with Dry Hop & Begyle, same lame atmosphere though. One and done seems to be the motto here. (1,567 characters)

Atlas Brewing Company in Chicago, IL
- out of 100 based on 8 ratings.