Cruz Blanca Brewery

Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

904 W Randolph Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60607-2208
United States

(312) 733-1975 | map
cruzblanca.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
4.03
Beers:
61
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
172
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.33
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
18
pDev:
6.7%
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Reviews by Jinx989:
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Jinx989 from Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Jul 11, 2020
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jschott75 from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Sep 12, 2020
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puftdank from Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Mar 12, 2020
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Jan 04, 2020
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jhavs from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Loud, crowded, popular with after work crowd. I was Wednesday night at 6:30p. 1 seat at bar, tables all packed. Seems to indicate a decent place in this location.

Beer decent, lots of variety. Multiple pour size options.

Tasty Mexican food options.

Dec 09, 2019
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SWChi from Illinois

4.33/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We were there for their 2019 Luchador Barrel Aged Bottle Release around 12 noon on a Saturday. The place was packed and there was a wait, but we found two seats at the bar. They also have a second floor. The bar is small with about 8 seats very close to each other. The bartender was great and she answered all our questions, there were people behind us so it was pretty packed I had one of their regular beers and then 2 from barrel aged program. The Mr. had 2 barrel aged beers then a bloody mary. We also had an appetizer which came out nice and hot.

We'll definitely be back and hope to sit at an actual table. We took a few bottles home, looking forward to opening those soon.

Nov 06, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

definitely under the radar still, but one of my favorite breweries i have ever visited in chicago, which is really saying something with so many good ones now. this place is awesome, a really inspired mexican menu and some super creative beers in a cool part of town. they have a welcoming and relaxed patio out front, a bustling dining room inside, and a heck of a menu. we sat outside and drank through almost all of the beer they had to offer, a good mix of bottles and draft. i was blown away by their mexican lager, perfect execution, but also stoked on a corn grisette, a rum barrel aged stout, and a cool blended barleywine, but all the beer was interesting and for the most part exceptional. all very inspired and dynamic, things like candied ginger, brandy barrels, rare malted corn, and prickly pear were in the beers! a slightly upscale environment gives a little class to the place, and the unique mexican food is a cut above. i loved the salad i had here, but am already dying to go back and dive a little deeper into their food menu. service was fine, it was busy and we were low key, but maybe not as attentive as it could be, plenty friendly and informative though. i loved our time here, some of the more interesting beers i have had anywhere, and a really cool concept and awesome execution overall. ill be back here for sure. definitely check this place out when you are in the city!

Jun 08, 2019
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coz from Illinois

4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Dec 09, 2018
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Cruz Blanca is located in an up and coming section of Chicago's west loop. The place overall is small so seating can get tight....during summer there is outdoor seating. The quality of the food and beer is solid. The service was friendly and supportive. The beer and food menu is a tad limited...but you should find something. The food is excellent.

Sep 08, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Jun 30, 2018
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FBarber from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Mar 05, 2018
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in for a couple early beers this weekend, it was alright. The place was much smaller than i'd anticipated, the bar sat maybe 8-10. They had rules posted on the wall on where to order and pickup your food, which had to be explained to everyone that came in by the bartender. There is a 2nd floor with a taproom, but it wasn't open yet that day. The interior is kind of basic modern with green tile brick and windows into the brewhouse behind the bar.

Their beers are typically of good quality, though the IPA I had seemed a little bland and caramel malt forward. The table lager was very good, and the Vienna was good. The CDMX and Medianoche are both excellent.

Service was a little cut and dried, though they offered us samples. Nice enough, kinda corporate. I had a free beer card, and they used it on a half pour instead of a full beer. No big deal but worth mentioning if you have one.

I'm sure the food is excellent, though we were headed to J.P. Graziano's across the street. Superior Italian subs there if you go, it's a classic Chicago institution. Second time in, we had appetizers that were good.

Matt Morin, the beer director at Cruz Blanca is rating their beers all 5's. Guess they need the help to inflate ratings.

Jul 10, 2017
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EspressoGuy from Canada

4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

I thought Cruz Blanca would be good but not this good. I was coming for the food but the quality of the beer was equally good. Vegetarian offerings are limited but the portabello mushroom tacos with "grilled g├╝ero chiles, knob onions,
heirloom corn tortillas, lime. Oaxacan pasilla or roasted tomatillo salsa" are fantastic. Even the non-vegetarian servers said it was their favourite taco. Food is served at a separate walk-up counter and then you pick it up when it's ready. My advice is to first claim a seat, then order your food, and then order beer. The night I was there they had twelve in-house beers to choose from, everything from table lager to cherrywood smoked dark lager to biere de garde to imperial brown ale. I tasted 7 and the standouts for me were the smoked dark lager (excellent with the mushroom tacos!) and the blonde biere de garde. Bartenders are friendly and know their beer. Good specials: Sunday Funday: Half-priced draft beers all day - Taco Tuesday: Half-priced tacos 4-6:30 p.m. - Wednesday-Friday: $3 brewers choice drafts 4-6:30 p.m.

May 30, 2017
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dbriesemeister from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Great vibe on a warm Tuesday night. Consistent quality in their beers. Sat at the bar with attentive service but had to go order food separately from the walk-up section. Wide range of specialties - very few "normal" options, which I found appealing. Food was Rick Bayless... which was fantastic for a brewpub! Overall great experience.

May 17, 2017
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DbbC from Illinois

5/5  rDev +15.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Mar 06, 2017
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FlaviusG from Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Great food, good vibe, good beers, and very reasonably priced. Had a chance to drink their first stout the other week, and it was excellent. Always seems to have 6+ beers on tap of a wide variety.

Jan 13, 2017
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cryptichead from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Oct 02, 2016
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MattMorin from Illinois

5/5  rDev +15.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Sep 16, 2016
Cruz Blanca Brewery in Chicago, IL
Brewery rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 172 ratings