Burnt City Brewing

Burnt City BrewingBurnt City Brewing
Burnt City BrewingBurnt City Brewing
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

417 N. Ashland Avenue
Chicago, Illinois, 60622
United States

(773) 472-1601 | map

Notes: Formerly Atlas Brewing Company. Part of the District Brew Yards Collective.
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vikingpillager from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

What a great little neighborhood brewery! I have not been bowling there so I can only comment on the "Pub" - it definitely has an intimate feel, the brewing equipment is visible in the back, the beer selection is very good, and they will fill growlers to go!

Mastodon DIPA is very good, Hibiscus IPA is OK, and they currently have a few barleywines and sour-types on the draft list! Food is pub-y, fried, but flavorful. Have been twice now and will keep coming back!

Jan 13, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

neat spot, all of the suburbs of chicago looks similar to an outsider, so its hard to really orient where i was when i was here, but its a cozy space. small bar on one side, a dining room set up on the back side, and some visible equipment through a clear wall in the back. festive and nice inside, short of upscale, but it looked and felt good. cool list of beers too, they had more than ten pouring, with a huge range of styles. we enjoyed most of them, and appreciated the creativity across the board. that was their greatest strength. the service was just okay. the dude did not seem busy, but also wasnt real eager or keen to chat with us, was short and dismissive of our questions, and seemed almost annoyed by our enthusiasm. that said, my glass never sat empty real long, and he was never rude or anything, just not real jovial. we did not eat here, but the menu looked as inspired as the beers. a nice place to hole up for an afternoon, especially as the snow flies and the holiday spirit gets cranked up. good beers, worth stopping in, but perhaps a step short of the best i had on my trip to chicago. i would go back for sure though, cleverness is on display all over the food and drink menus...

edit: similar vibe going here in burnt city, really tasty food in here across the entire menu, clean and sort of a more upscale vibe, great beers, not sure whats been kept and whats been reinvented, but everything we drank under the burnt city name was very very good. well worth checking out! service was much improved as well!

Dec 11, 2015
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1000lbgrizzly from Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

-Standard bar atmosphere. Clean and comfortable but no charm.
-Pretty sure this was an isolated incident, but personnel was understaffed for the sudden Sunday surge (one bartender, one barback, maybe one server). Bartender seemed flustered at first, but still handled the rush well, and by the end of my visit turned out to be pretty cool and friendly. I'm chalking this up to a bad random incident/managerial issue.
-Good range of beers, all well priced, but the overall quality of these beers was simply ok to pretty good; nothing great or outstanding, nothing bad either. They offer samples, and thus 'flights'. Growlers available.
-Standard bar food- fried stuff, pizza, burgers. I had the poutine, which was alright. I heard some people raving about the pizza, so I'll trust their word and bump up my score.

Good beer, good food, good atmosphere. Atlas is the place to go because it's good and close and accessible, but not the place you go to get a great beer or impress out-of-town visitors.

Oct 10, 2015
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98green from Michigan

3.39/5  rDev -8.1%
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

Jul 01, 2015
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guityler83 from Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Feb 09, 2015
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circuitmonkey from Washington

3.8/5  rDev +3%
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.

Feb 08, 2015
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stouts4me from Illinois

3/5  rDev -18.7%

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.

Nov 01, 2014
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alexm1309 from Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
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).

Oct 05, 2013
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Higy from Indiana

4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Dec 13, 2012
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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...

Jul 24, 2012
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

November 2019:
Burnt City is now central to the District Brew Yards brewery collaborative. This place is new and state-of-the-art, an improvement from their original brewpub. There's a brewery kiosk with a dozen beers max, cans to go up front, and some assorted swag in the front also. It really doesn't seem right to judge a brewery based on a handful of beers at a kiosk, but here we are. Their beers were okay, an eclectic array of styles. The highlights were a Hibiscus IPA, Tropical Funk APA, and a Brett Farmhouse. The self-pour concept for a brewery was kind of impersonal, it left me wanting some kind of interaction with brewery staff.

July 1st, 2012; 3.59
We were down the street at Delilah's, so we gave 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 good collaborative beer on with Dry Hop & Begyle, same lame atmosphere though. One and done seems to be the motto here.

Jul 01, 2012
Burnt City Brewing in Chicago, IL
Brewery rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 510 ratings