Pipeworks Brewing Company

Pipeworks Brewing CompanyPipeworks Brewing Company
Pipeworks Brewing CompanyPipeworks Brewing Company
Brewery, Beer-to-go

3912 W McLean Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60647-5972
United States

(312) 841-7574 | map

Pipeworks Brewery Co. was established in Chicago in 2012 by two friends with a shared dream of crafting quality and creative beers. Since putting the first cap on the first bottle, the brewery has garnered accolades for its distinctive beers and original artwork thanks to a growing and enthusiastic team.

Pipeworks self-distributes in Illinois, Milwaukee, and Madison but can be found in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Connecticut through Sarene Distribution, in Minnesota through Clear River, and in Massachusetts through Nightshift Distributing. We do not have a taproom, we have a bottleshop!

The Dojo, our Bottle Shop, is located within our production facility at 3912 W Mclean Ave in Chicago.

Bottle shop hours

Wednesday - Friday 12:00-7PM
Saturday 11:00AM - 5pm
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Reviewed by emerge077 from Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25
Pipeworks is a production brewery only, no taproom.

While the bottle shop at the brewery remains closed for an extended time, pre-order pickups are still available. Pull in towards the rack of barrels under the sign and park to the left. Call in your order number and they will bring it out to you.

Currently there's not much to see from the parking lot, but luckily some of the brewery staff were outside loading kegs. They encouraged me to take a peek into the brewery, which was pretty huge. Shortly after, someone popped out with my order and even threw in some extras. Alex was great to talk to, very helpful and entertaining to boot.

With any luck, the bottle shop will reopen later this year. It would be nice to test drive a few samples before buying. Selection at any given time is great, they do a variety of styles, from hazies to lagers to BA imperial stouts and more. Quality has been consistent over the last decade i've been drinking their beers, out of the 138 beers i've had so far. Choice Helles and Premium Pils are great, and Ninja vs. Unicorn and Lizard King were early groundbreakers back in the day. Pipeworks have proven themselves to be very consistent and dependable after all these years. Hats off to them, and here's to the next 10 years of Pipeworks!
Jul 28, 2022
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Rated by Krazytt

4.67/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
Super amazing love the beer
Staff was amazing
Tried a lot of beers they recommended
And ended up loving them

Can't wait to buy more
Aug 13, 2021
Rated: 4.23 by Zonian1 from Ohio

Nov 03, 2019
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Reviewed by ktr5010 from Illinois

4.59/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
Just a place to pick up beer but the staff working there will give you samples to your heart's content. The staff is great to chat with about what you like and figure out a beer for you. Best (and kinda only) place to get their barrel aged beers.
Jan 08, 2019
Rated: 4.59 by Muss42 from Michigan

Oct 28, 2018
Rated: 4.8 by Dankacheese from Illinois

Oct 04, 2018
Rated: 4.61 by TheBrewsky from California

Sep 27, 2018
Rated: 4.21 by kidzord from Illinois

Sep 09, 2018
Rated: 5 by BeerAndBlood from Illinois

Aug 07, 2018
Rated: 4.29 by rcjennings from Ohio

Jul 30, 2018
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Reviewed by BillRoth from Maryland

4.39/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
Stopped at The Dojo while on Beer Safari in Chicago a few days ago. Grabbed a few BA Abductions/variants and a BA As You Wish as well as an IPA pak. Happy Happy.
Tastings were great across about a dozen taps and more than a few cans.
Service was fun, friendly and very informative (Mark).
Must stop while in Chicago.
Jul 08, 2018
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Reviewed by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5
The Dojo is a store to try small samples from draft and buy bottles or cans to go. The quality of the beer is excellent. Service is friendly and helpful. There is always a large selection that includes barrel aged beers exclusive to the store. The Dojo also sells glasses, t-shirts and a giant stuffed unicorn. Awesome!
Jun 05, 2018
Rated: 4.29 by Parkchrisdoug from Indiana

Jun 01, 2018
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Reviewed by West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

4.39/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
Really interesting spot. You can't drink here, but they will let you sample anything. They have merch and you can pick up a ton of their beer to go. The employees were really cool and made some suggestions. It was pretty simple. Fill out the card with what beer or swag you might want, and they get it for you. Pretty cool.
May 07, 2018
Rated: 4.48 by chrisjws from California

Mar 24, 2018
Rated: 4 by Sparky44 from Illinois

Mar 23, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by Jinx989 from Illinois

Mar 04, 2018
Rated: 4.93 by DEichler from Wisconsin

Feb 03, 2018
Rated: 4.8 by NappyB from Illinois

Jan 06, 2018
Rated: 4.84 by HOLTMAN44 from Illinois

Oct 24, 2017
Rated: 4.18 by Gambyt20 from Illinois

Oct 13, 2017
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Reviewed by MJSFS from Florida

4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75
Scary looking building in a depressing and dangerous looking neighborhood. Great service and selection, but the website needs to be updated daily. Drove from St Louis for Sure Bet to find out it had been sold out long ago.
Sep 03, 2017
Rated: 4.53 by cryptichead from Illinois

Sep 03, 2017
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Reviewed by eppie82 from Illinois

4.01/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5
There really isn't much of a vibe since this isn't a tap room or anywhere you could sit or hang out. It gets a four because the employees are helpful and you can always chat with people around you who always seem to be craft beer enthusiasts and rarely just casual drinkers. The quality of the place is very nice. There isn't a lot of space where a customer can go but it is an open space and you can see a lot of the brewing operation. The service is exceptional. The employees are always willing to let you taste whatever they have available and they are more than willing to chat you up about operations, what's next to come out and what they have in plan for the place. Selection is also very good with usually 20+ different beers available for to go. I wish more of the beer was available in cans (IPA/DIPAs specifically) but there are so many options in so many different styles that it is hard not to find something one would enjoy.

Again, this isn't a place where you could go and sit, hang out or even fill a growler (at the moment). This is just a cool, smooth running bottle shop for Pipeworks with a very solid selection of their beers.
Jul 31, 2017
Rated: 4 by jschott75 from Illinois

Jul 20, 2017
Rated: 4.11 by BeerOps from Illinois

Jul 16, 2017
Pipeworks Brewing Company in Chicago, IL
Brewery rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 20165 ratings