Rice, once considered an ingredient beer lovers snubbed, is gaining popularity as craft brewers recognize rice has a lot to offer.Read More
Visiting Chicago Breweries
Illinois is home to more than 220 breweries, and many of them are anchored in the Windy City and its suburbs. If you are visiting to discover craft beer, you’ll also find each neighborhood has its own vibe, from the Ravenswood district dubbing itself “Malt Row” to the newly-formed Chicago Beer District on the city’s West Side. Don’t hesitate to find Chicago brewery tours so you can try, and learn about, all the breweries and craft beer that make up the city.
Bowling and beer have been long-time allies, and some bowling alleys are creating a win-win for customers by offering a wide selection of beer from craft breweries.Read More
These classic Christmas beers from craft breweries pair perfectly whether you’re looking to share a bottle with friends or enjoy as you’re decorating the house for the holidays.Read More
When beer historians look back at craft beer in 2019, they’ll find a few big themes: competition, independence and celebrating the roots of this incredible craft brewing community.Read More
Brendan Watters, CEO of the relatively-unknown Chicago-area craft brewery that purchased Ballast Point, talks about why he and his business partners are buying the brewery.Read More
Chicagoland-based Kings & Convicts Brewing Co. announced today it has signed an agreement with Constellation Brands, Inc., to acquire Ballast Point.Read More
Explore Chicago Through Brewery Tours and More
There is a lot more to Chicago outside of craft beer. You should make a point to check out the city’s exciting food scene. Beer and food go hand in hand, and the city’s restaurants offer a variety of beers on tap. Various brew pubs in the city are creating ambitious beer and food pairing menus that’ll delight and inspire you.
The Windy City has an abundance to offer alongside touring breweries. Chicago is home to historic sports franchises, including the Bulls, Cubs, Blackhawks and Bears. Shop along the Magnificent Mile, take a stroll at Millennium Park, visit Navy Pier, or discover the diverse music scene. Exploring the city’s historic architecture by way of a boat tour is another popular stop for tourists.
If you’re shopping for someone who loves beer and you want to splurge on something darn right impressive, we’ve dug up some extraordinary beer gifts.Read More
Greg Shuff is the owner of three Chicago brewpub operations. Writer Taylor Laabs shows you how Shuff is setting each brewery up for success.Read More
The Brewers Association announces the Sunday after Thanksgiving will be Small Brewery Sunday, encouraging beer lovers to visit craft breweries Dec. 1, 2019.Read More
Find Chicago Beer and Breweries
If you are planning to visit and explore Chicago’s craft beer scene, be sure to make our CraftBeer.com Brewery Finder your go-to online search tool. As more brew pubs and breweries open in the city, you’re able to stay up to date with them all using our Brewery Finder. Our interactive map is continually updated, making even the newest breweries near you easy to find. We know it can be nearly impossible to keep up with new openings, so let our powerful brewery search engine locate Chicago breweries and brew pubs for you.
Chicago Craft Beer News
There are many exciting things happening in the Chicago craft beer scene, as well in breweries and brew pubs across Illinois. Keeping up with the latest news regarding breweries and brew pubs will help you plan your trip, so continue to visit CraftBeer.com for updates on Chicago beer as well as brewery news across Illinois and the Great Lakes.