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Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by fastenoughforphish, Jan 16, 2013.

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  1. fastenoughforphish

    fastenoughforphish Aspirant (218) Nov 14, 2012 Illinois
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    What places have you found in the suburbs (Chicago) that have great beers. I found myself at Lunar Brewpub in Villa Park a lot. Definitely for an older crowd than me but I like their beers and they have a good and big menu with two chalk boards of new beers they get in as well. Love bring my friends here and playing darts for hours.

    How about you guys?

    Oh, and I know I am going to get a lot of responses saying "my home" so now it's not funny anymore.
  2. buzze40

    buzze40 Aspirant (234) Mar 9, 2010 Illinois
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    My home.

    (I dunno, it still seemed kinda funny to me)
  3. buzze40

    buzze40 Aspirant (234) Mar 9, 2010 Illinois
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  4. pschul4

    pschul4 Zealot (562) Jan 7, 2011 Illinois
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    Ballydoyles in Aurora. Trivia every Tuesday along with half price drafts at that time. Usually something cool on tap (FW XVI last time I was there) its a good time. Nothing mind blowing but I enjoy it

  5. DarkMagneto

    DarkMagneto Initiate (176) Apr 17, 2007 Illinois
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    Bavarian Lodge, Bigby's Pour House, Durty Nellies, Blues Bar (just because it's 1 block from my house).
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  6. tewaris

    tewaris Initiate (0) Jul 14, 2009 Minnesota

    -- Pasta
  7. JakeT469

    JakeT469 Disciple (345) Jan 13, 2012 Colorado
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    Agree with everything Pschul said about Ballydoyle in Aurora. Usually a decent draft list but nothing too crazy. They even have Daisy Cutter cans most of the time as well. Other places for me include:

    -Taphouse in Oswego and/or Plainfield
    -Bavarian Lodge in Lisle
    -Solemn Oath Taproom in Naperville

    Prolly forgetting a couple others but those are the ones I frequent most.
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  8. fastenoughforphish

    fastenoughforphish Aspirant (218) Nov 14, 2012 Illinois
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    Haven't made it out to Solemn Oath Taproom, I know they aren't open too late. My girl gave up drinking for her new years resolution and my brother works late in the city, and all my friends have moved to the city = beer drinking buddy problems.
  9. mdomask

    mdomask Aspirant (274) May 27, 2012 Illinois
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    +1 on Bavarian lodge.

    Also, Firkin in Libertyville and (surprisingly) the Vernon Hills Whirlyball.
  10. WolfKeeper

    WolfKeeper Initiate (0) Jun 17, 2007 Illinois

    When I lived in the burbs, Bavarian Lodge or Durtie Nellies, or even any Buffalo Wild Wings (good bottle selection usually.)

    Now I'm in the sticks of Lake County. Uncle Mike's Highway Pub in Kenosha.
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  11. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Champion (848) Apr 8, 2010 Illinois
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    Used to go to Barley House (RIP) quite a bit, but now I rarely go out. If I do its to Dukes in Crystal Lake. I heard there is a new place in Barrington next to McGonagals
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  12. wyatt13

    wyatt13 Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2011 Illinois

    I'm in Evanston, and I've been going to Prairie Moon lately. Great list of draft beers: last Thursday they had Central Waters BBS, Firestone Walker XVI and GI Baudoinia all flowing.
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  13. nucmedmario

    nucmedmario Initiate (173) Sep 1, 2010 Illinois
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    what area are you looking in? the burbs cover a lot of ground.
  14. crossovert

    crossovert Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2009 Illinois

    Firkin, Uncle Mikes.
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  15. Redrover

    Redrover Poo-Bah (3,005) Jan 18, 2003 Illinois

    If you are already in Villa Park, hop on over the border to Elmhurst. You can go to Pints, Flight 112, and Tannins.

    A new place is HB Jones at York and Valet. They have about 16 taps and a larger bottle list. Saga IPA for only $3.50 and most drafts $6 or under. Great wide ranging menu & very good food. I’m going to give it a few more visits and then will add it to Beer Fly.
  16. pmoney

    pmoney Crusader (709) Apr 15, 2011 Illinois
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    Tribes Tinley Park
  17. fastenoughforphish

    fastenoughforphish Aspirant (218) Nov 14, 2012 Illinois
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    Just wondering where cool fun places to drink beer are. And redrover, definitely will check out those places. I just found a BCBCS in Elmhurst on Friday.
  18. je1129

    je1129 Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2011 Iowa

    Anything around St Charles/West Chicago area? Here for work.
  19. fastenoughforphish

    fastenoughforphish Aspirant (218) Nov 14, 2012 Illinois
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  20. kawilliams81

    kawilliams81 Meyvn (1,248) Feb 27, 2009 Illinois
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    Geneva Ale House, Niche (G)-a little upscale but of the 4 or so taps they have they have had bcbs there many times, Wild Monk (STC), Tap House Grille (STC), Don't think there is really anything in West Chicago.

    EDIT: oh yeah, and ^ that place
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  21. je1129

    je1129 Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2011 Iowa

    Thanks guys!
  22. stevegoz

    stevegoz Aspirant (252) May 5, 2008 Illinois
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    "When I used to go out, I would know everyone that I saw
    Now I go out alone if I go out at all...."

    Tap House Westmont and Brixie's get most of my draft beer money out in the 605. Also occasional trips to Solemn Oath and 2Bros. Need to take advantage of my relative proximity to Bavarian Lodge more....
  23. nucmedmario

    nucmedmario Initiate (173) Sep 1, 2010 Illinois
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    yeah i get that, but what area? i could recommend places, but it won't help if they're too far from you. i'm guessing lombard/elmhurst area. some have already been listed above like tap house grill, bavarian and brixie's. you can also try going to ram in rosemont or rock bottom in lombard. there's another wild monk location in lagrange.
  24. pmoney

    pmoney Crusader (709) Apr 15, 2011 Illinois
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    FTFY. Also, to answer your question, no. Only on occasional week nights.
  25. da_bulls

    da_bulls Initiate (0) Jun 7, 2012 Illinois
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    I live near Lunar and go there a lot due to the proximity, OP you've probably seen a buddy of mine there who wears a Phish shirt 5 of the 7 days a week haha. In my order of preference for the area, Bigby's in Addison, Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, Brixies in Brookfield, and Tap House in Westmont. Flight 112 in Elmhurst is okay, about 3 taps if I remember right and a fairly nice bottle list. Haven't tried HB Jones yet but I've heard it was nice from friends that went there, good burgers.
  26. JRBecks

    JRBecks Initiate (0) Apr 3, 2012 Illinois

    This place is great!!! I am a frequent visitor of the House Pub and their bottle list in UNbelievable! They also get a really good selection of drafts too! They have had DFH120 and FW Parabola on draft before, just to name a few. You can also try Wild Monk across the river it is a fairly newer Gastro-pub, it too has a good bottle list and draft list just not to the extent of The House Pub. If you are a true BA you will love both of these places.
  27. jplopez21

    jplopez21 Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2012 Illinois
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    Taphouse in Oswego ($2 awesome angus and $4 kobe burgers on tuesdays) not to mention awesome beer variety including FFF.

    Fox and Hound in Aurora. 2 dollar drafts on tuesdays (36 varieties in including some nice craft beers). Lil Sumpin, Arrogant Bastard, Golden Monkey, Crooked Tree, yadi yadi list goes on. You just cant beat 2 dollar craft beers on draft.
  28. 71gto

    71gto Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2009 Illinois
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    I agree, sucks that Barley House is gone. Since you are further North it is a bit of a trip, but Geneva Ale House and St Charles has House Pub, and Tap House.

    If Dukes were closer to me I'd probably be there every other day.
  29. craw4d

    craw4d Initiate (0) Jul 6, 2009 Illinois

    I go to House Pub in St CHarles and Bigsbys Pour House in Addison... sometimes Lunar Brewing in Villa Park and of course a trip to Bavarian Lodge on occasion.
  30. BeerMePlze

    BeerMePlze Initiate (155) Nov 21, 2009 Illinois

    Firkin in Libertyville and Beer Market in Vernon Hills are both good
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    WITTBEER Initiate (81) Jan 12, 2008 Illinois
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    Then it's Tribes in Mokena!
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  32. hopswap1

    hopswap1 Disciple (365) Apr 27, 2012 Illinois
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    A little out of the way but Gammon Coach House in Batavia usually has a good tap selection and good bottle selection too. It's a small place but the food is good and the owners are really nice too. Burton baton and some greenbush ipa on tap when I went this weekend.
  33. ackeeper

    ackeeper Disciple (372) Dec 22, 2008 Illinois

    Tap House Grills. All of 'em.
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  34. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    Firkin is freaking awesome. I have stopped there on every trip out of Chicago for a few years now. Good food, and a really nice tap selection with a surprise bottle every now and then.
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  35. je1129

    je1129 Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2011 Iowa

    Hopslam at the Binny's in st Charles by the way.
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  36. ChefBergo

    ChefBergo Initiate (0) Nov 9, 2011 Illinois

    Firkin in Libertyville! My go to spot :slight_smile:
  37. chitownfish

    chitownfish Initiate (0) May 21, 2010 Illinois

    Brixie's in Brookfield great old hidden gem!
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  38. Coirm

    Coirm Initiate (184) Dec 12, 2012 Illinois
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    Bulldog Ale House in Roselle has a number of great taps. Tues and Thurs is 3.00 pints. Good deal, more of a sports bar but decent beer selection
  39. tjfilippo

    tjfilippo Initiate (182) Jan 28, 2008 Illinois
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    Firkin in Libertyville is great!... however, if you are in the area check out Whirlyball in Vernon Hills. My go to spot!!
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  40. foobula

    foobula Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2009 Illinois

    Blues Bar, Tap House Grill Highwood, Brixie's in Brookfield, Durty Nellie's (hit/miss on overall experience IMO), Firkin, just to name my personal faves. Seems like the options for craft beer are growing exponentially.
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