Spiteful Brewing

Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

2024 W Balmoral Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60625
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spitefulbrewing.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
4.02
Beers:
107
Reviews:
518
Ratings:
3,265
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.24
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
20
pDev:
8.02%
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Reviews by Jinx989:
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Jinx989 from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Jul 11, 2020
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snaotheus from Washington

3.71/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Sunday night. Slow and quiet. Watching starship troopers. Staff is fine. Beer is not bad, but definitely not special. Selection seems fine, but I'm several breweries in and only interested in light-ish beers right now. I'd come back if invited, but probably wouldn't propose it.

Dec 02, 2019
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98green from Michigan

4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by at 4 on a Friday. The taproom is in the corner of their brewing facility. A dozen or so seats at the wooden bar, an equal number of 4 tops behind, a half dozen hi tops as well. There are garage doors that can open to the outside when the weather cooperates.

The vibe was chill when I was here, but the floors are concrete and the ceilings are low and wood, so people talking reverberates a bunch. It might get loud when busy.

They had 16 of their own on tap, a decent spread of styles, but a clear focus on the hoppy end. Pricing was $6-7 a pint (plus tax), which is a touch on the high end.

No TVs in the taproom, which is fine by me, but plan accordingly if you prefer to watch some sports.

There are power outlets on the support beams at both ends of the bar, so you can charge your device if you are in the right seats.

Not sure if they always do this, but they were giving out small bowls of mini pretzels at the bar.

Service was solid, with 2-3 bartenders roaming around, even at the early hour.

I like to get around town on the El, and they are about a mile north of the brown line. It is an easy walk through residential neighborhoods, seemed perfectly safe to me.

Overall, I like the place and will add it to my rotation when I’m in town.

Jul 05, 2019
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schroeder1200 from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

May 30, 2019
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dexterk1 from Illinois

4.07/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

May 24, 2019
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puftdank from Illinois

4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Apr 30, 2019
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dannycohen62 from Illinois

4.93/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Feb 07, 2019
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ChicagoJ from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

10/14/18 (Chicago): Stopped in for two pours, both were excellent. Nice wood bar, table setting as well, not very large but cozy and nice. No food beyond jerky and cheese. Definitely a great place offering quality beers of several varieties on draft, and several to go options as well. Right next to Half Acre, great destination for quality craft beers. Glad I stopped in, have liked their offerings offered at bars, and will definitely return.

Nov 11, 2018
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seanchai from Virginia

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Oct 08, 2018
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mattmarka1 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Sep 08, 2018
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Sammy from Canada

4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

A good selection of their beers, which I think are underated. A barleywine and a hot pepper stout to go, yes! Close to Half Acre. Friendly vibe and service.

Aug 10, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Jul 30, 2018
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Tbarnes1414 from New York

5/5  rDev +17.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Jul 05, 2018
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West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Great spot, not far from Wrigley. Next door to the other Half Acre location. Pretty new, small, but not cramped. The beers and the artwork are great. The Pigeon porter variants were the stars of the show. A must stop in a town full of great places.

May 07, 2018
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FBarber from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Feb 21, 2018
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Feb 18, 2018
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AuntBea from Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

We went there on a Saturday afternoon. Not too crowded while we were there but, it was starting to fill up when we left. A good amount of tables and lots of seats at the bar. It would be a great place to go when the weather is nice. Some outdoor seating. The bar has garage door windows. You have to go to the bar to get your beers, no wait staff at the tables while we were there. They do have a water station if you want water. Nice selection of beers.

Jan 28, 2018
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eppCOS from Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

What a great new taproom for all north siders in Chicago. Smack dab in the Bowmanville neighborhood, and right next door to the giant new Half Acre Balmoral, the new Spiteful taproom kicks ass. Simple, tastefully done, great bar space (also beautiful bar top and wood work, great job on that!). Maybe the best thing about this is that it doesn't pretend to be more than just a taproom. I'm sure merch will come on-line soon at this facility, but the amazing feature are the garage door "walls" which will make this a fantastic outdoor space to hang out in for 5-6 months out of the year. I'm jealous that I don't live here (in Chicago) or nearby. This city's brewing scene is killing it, and Spiteful's new taproom just adds to the appeal. Well done Spiteful - it's about goddamn time, too! ;)

Dec 18, 2017
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cryptichead from Illinois

4.07/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Dec 17, 2017
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Opening day, a good sized crowd but still plenty of room to move around.
Free standing building with windowed garage doors in front, with the brewery name scrawled across the brick facade in typical Spiteful fashion. Inside it’s a fairly cozy room, plenty of table seating with more seats lining the front windows. L-shaped bar with 15+ seats. Decorated with a few plants and framed labels on the walls. Nice overall vibe.

The brewers themselves and Melani from Green Lady were behind the bar helping out and greeting people. Menu listed 12 beers, various standards and seasonals, out of 16 total handles. Curiously 2 were BA barrel handles but none were listed. I had a Messenger IPA. Solid place with quality beer and plenty of potential. Right next to Half Acre for an easy 1-2 option, although the HA entrance is around the corner on Rascher. Looking forward to stopping here again soon.

Dec 16, 2017
Spiteful Brewing in Chicago, IL
Brewery rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 3265 ratings