Maplewood Brewery & Distillery

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Maplewood Brewery & DistilleryMaplewood Brewery & Distillery
BA SCORE
3.88/5
Very Good
652 Ratings
Maplewood Brewery & DistilleryMaplewood Brewery & Distillery
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

2717 N Maplewood Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60647-1930
United States | map
maplewoodbrew.com

Notes:
Maplewood Lounge Hours:
Tu-Fr 4pm-12am
Sat 2pm-2am
Sun 11am-12am
Kitchen open until 10pm

Added by brandoman63 on 10-20-2014

BEER STATS
Beers:
42
Reviews:
121
Ratings:
652
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.36/5
Reviews:
3
Ratings:
6
pDev:
7.11%
 
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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Wedge shaped tap room at the end of a quiet residential street. The Lounge has a relaxed vibe and tons of exposed brick. Quality of the beer is mostly well above average. Service was fast, friendly and helpful. There are fourteen beers on tap. They also have a cocktail program using spirits distilled on site. The food is provided by a caterer next door but I did not try anything yet.

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Photo of 1800schoenzy
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of brights
5/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of cryptichead
4.11/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

The Maplewood Lounge has been open a month now, and is already firing on all cylinders. Located on a dead-end street, right up against the Metra tracks & Kennedy (hmm, familiar) with a somewhat hidden sign until you're right on top of it. Semi-speakeasy vibe with dim lighting in the wedge-shaped room. Candles on the bar. Comfortable upholstered swivel chairs at the bar, and wooden tables lining the space. If I had to nitpick, it was too dark and the bar stools were too tight at the bar. Minor stuff. Merch and to-go cooler to the right of the bar, and immaculate gender-neutral restrooms right around the corner. Steve Miller Band on the stereo.

Service at the bar was timely and friendly, they struck up a conversation when time allowed. As the menu board states, "F*** Yeah! We got FOOD!". Snacky pub grub, even a Publican sausage on the menu. Food comes through a side window behind the bar, from an adjacent kitchen next door.

Selection was good, about a dozen beers and half of them were new to me, including an RIS and BA Barleywine. Quality stuff on a cold winter day, and the margarita gose wasn't shabby either. They have a fairly extensive list of beer cocktails that incorporate their house distilled spirits. Sampled the Fat Pug white whiskey, which was fairly sweet with pear and caramelized plantain esters/s. For a brewery taproom, the drink list was pretty "non-beer person" friendly with cocktails, frozen drinks, etc. using their house spirits.

Overall it was a cool little spot, and practically around the corner from Owen & Engine. Not far from the usual Avondale spots either, Beer Temple, Metropolitan, Kuma's, Dmen, etc.

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4.1/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

The new Maplewood Lounge is great - made it there this past Friday when they opened to the public. Total madhouse, but given the size, shape, and layout it was a fun time - and well managed. While their beer is perhaps not among the top-tier Chicago brewers, I do enjoy their murky offerings, and their Pug Stout. But the new space is great, triangular in shape, and with a good vibe. Hopefully they will keep a few guest taps too when they are "out" of a particular style someone may be searching for, but it's a solid taproom and a great location near the movie theatres and Owen & Engine. Get a pint!

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Maplewood Brewery & Distillery in Chicago, IL
Brewery rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 652 ratings