Moving from Michigan to Chicago

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  1. cryptichead

    cryptichead Poo-Bah (1,819) Jul 3, 2014 Illinois
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    Moving to Chicago this summer. I am a little familiar with the Chicago beer scene, but:

    (1) What are the IL/Chicago breweries or beers that you would highly recommend (besides the obvious 3 Floyds, Pipeworks, Revolution)?
    (2) Any awesome IL/Chicago seasonals that are coming up?
    (3) Anything out of MI that does not get distro that I should stock up on?

    Generally, I drink and like everything, but my preferences are pilsners, IPAs and roasty stouts/porters.

    Thanks for your suggestions!
     
  2. kevanb

    kevanb Poo-Bah (2,683) Apr 4, 2011 Illinois
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    (1) Spiteful and Mikerphone
    (2) After Galactic Double Daisy Cutter, nothing super significant, just be prepared to stand in long lines or race after trucks
    (3) Kuhnhenn, Odd Sides and Perrin

    Welcome, our distribution footprint is huge but the scene here is out of control, just find a good bar that has good stuff and don't get your hopes up to get any seasonals, they fly off shelves
     
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  3. SeanBond

    SeanBond Meyvn (1,131) Jul 30, 2013 Illinois
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    Second what @kevanb said. Chicago has one of the best, if not the best distribution in the country, but the beer nerds here are the absolute worst (and I say that as one of them). Lines for anything and everything, almost every good beer event is packed, etc. That being said, fantastic city, fantastic beer to be had here. Welcome and enjoy!
     
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  4. kodt

    kodt Defender (662) Mar 6, 2013 Illinois
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    We do get Odd Side Ales here, started distro here same time as Shorts.
     
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  5. cryptichead

    cryptichead Poo-Bah (1,819) Jul 3, 2014 Illinois
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    I have always been jealous of the distribution that Illinois gets. Now I get to enjoy it first hand!

    I was a little concerned that Short's or Brewery Vivant won't get distro, but I saw both at Binny's on a recent trip
     
  6. cryptichead

    cryptichead Poo-Bah (1,819) Jul 3, 2014 Illinois
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    As a follow up question: anybody knows of bottle stores (around central Chicago) where you can break apart any 4 or 6-pack? So far I've only seen mixed six-pack options at Binny's or other supermarkets, but those are just for select few?

    I got used to being able to break apart any 4/6 pack in my MI bottle stores.

    Thanks!
     
  7. kodt

    kodt Defender (662) Mar 6, 2013 Illinois
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    Most stores don't do it, but Bottles & Cans does, and I think Capone's does as well.
     
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  8. SeanBond

    SeanBond Meyvn (1,131) Jul 30, 2013 Illinois
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    I think the Beer Temple has a "make your own" option, but as with Binny's (and Whole Foods, and Jewel) it's a pretty limited selection of beers (I don't bother with them mixed 6-packs for that reason).

    Beermiscuous on Lincoln allows you to buy by the bottle, I think, so that might be another good choice.
     
  9. VinHalen54

    VinHalen54 Initiate (186) Jun 4, 2014 Illinois

    You don't have to purchase the entire mix 6pk at Binny's, they let you purchase those singles for $2 each. If there is a single that you want, but do not see, just ask and they may let you do it (not advertised). There are other stores that may allow the same.
     
  10. CB_Michigan

    CB_Michigan Zealot (505) Sep 4, 2014 Illinois
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    Small world, I'm moving to the area in like 3 weeks. This one of the big things I'll miss about MI. I have 5 stores within a short drive that allow you to buy practically anything in the store as a single.
     
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  11. RexKramer

    RexKramer Initiate (0) Jan 19, 2011 Illinois

    Archer Liquors lets you grab a single of any beer in the place.
     
  12. cryptichead

    cryptichead Poo-Bah (1,819) Jul 3, 2014 Illinois
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    Thanks for the suggestions everyone! Do you know of any places around the Loop or Near West Side?
    Small world indeed. I know I've been pretty spoiled with just grabbing singles and breaking up packs. Hopefully better distro and availability of new stuff to try will overshadow inability to grab singles :slight_smile:
     
  13. ahq514

    ahq514 Initiate (0) Jul 2, 2010 Illinois

    Warehouse Liquors is the best place near the loop. There is a Binny's in South Loop. Whole Foods in West and South Loop as well.
     
  14. cryptichead

    cryptichead Poo-Bah (1,819) Jul 3, 2014 Illinois
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    Thanks for the recommendations!
     
  15. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (6,262) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    Warehouse Liquors is great as is Binny's South Loop - those used to be my go to stores before I moved.

    For downtown/loop area, there is a Binny's on Grand and Franklin just north of the loop. Plenty of Whole Foods and Jewel Osco in the west loop/River North areas. (The downtown Jewels have a much better craft selection than you'd expect.)
     
  16. cryptichead

    cryptichead Poo-Bah (1,819) Jul 3, 2014 Illinois
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    I wanted to revive this thread: I'm all moved in now and have been enjoying Revolution, Pipeworks, Off Color, Two Brothers, and other good IL stuff. But I'm still struggling to find THE bottle store for me. My main preference is to be able to buy any single bottle and break apart any 4/6 pack to mix and match.

    Is there anything around West Loop/Wicker Park/Logan Square neighborhoods? I've already checked out Binny's, Whole Foods, Jewel, Gentile's, Madison Vine Wines...

    Thanks for all your responses!
     
  17. croush

    croush Champion (805) Mar 20, 2015 Illinois
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    It's a bit north of the area you mentioned, but go to the Beer Temple. I think your search will end there.

    Honestly, I use a variety of shops for my beer purchases. Binny's Lincoln Park is #1 because I drive by it every day (I'd recommend this if you're willing to travel a little east on North Avenue just past the river). Beer Temple is #2. After those, I still hit up Binny's Lakeview, Binny's Grand, Printer's Row Wine Shop, Capone's, Whole Foods (Lincoln Park, Lakeview & Halsted), West Lakeview Liquors and just yesterday bought something at Bottles & Cans for the first time. I guess I like to spread the love around.
     
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  18. jlpyp

    jlpyp Initiate (0) Apr 2, 2016 Ohio

    Bottles and Cans is the best place for mix and match. They have a minimum of 4 bottles rule but after that you can get as many singles as you want and the best part being of course that you can pick anything off the shelves to break up.
     
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  19. croush

    croush Champion (805) Mar 20, 2015 Illinois
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    Oops, I missed the breaking apart packs portion. It's so rare here I never consider it. Good to know B&C offers it.
     
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  20. beerbelly_mike

    beerbelly_mike Initiate (0) May 19, 2016 Illinois


    I think your best options are going to be a bit further north of what you said.

    Beermiscuous, if I am correct, sells everything in single bottles. It is 2812 N. Lincoln

    Also, because I always have to shout this place out for having great selections (create your own six pack is very limited though) if you are new to chicago, you need to check out Bitter Pops in Roscoe Village/Lakeview.
     
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  21. DooDooBrwn

    DooDooBrwn Initiate (0) Jul 9, 2016 Illinois

    Treasure Island on Clyborn in Lincoln Park has limited options for mix and match but it's a GREAT DEAL - any 6 for $9.99.

    Last week I put together: (CANS) Double Fist Clencher, Two from Temperance, Revo Fist, (BOTTLES) Deshuttes Vanilla Porter, Dog F 60 min. Again, a little mainstream but amazing deal for 9.99 mix and match.
     
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