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Liz Behler
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Get Crafty: Chicago's Microbrew Scene

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With nearly 50 new breweries opened in 2013 alone, Chicago's craft beer scene is booming. But before you dive in to the ever-growing beer culture here, it would be wise to figure out a game plan. Here, a hop-head's guide to where to eat, drink and be merry in the Windy City.
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Half Acre Beer Company

Half Acre has quickly become a heavy hitter of Chicago's craft beer scene. If you have some time, it's well worth a stop in to their Tap Room, where they pour pints of their small batch brews. They don't serve food, but have no problem if you want to bring some in or have something delivered from a nearby...

Atlas Brewing

What better way to spend a lazy Sunday than with a Diversey Pale Ale and an order of mussels at Atlas. Come with an appetite so you can order their poutine (made with duck gravy) and finish off with one of their beer and ice cream floats (the tequila lime ice cream in wheat ale is totally worth the $6)....

Haymarket Pub and Brewery

Haymarket serves beer from several local brewers, but when you're here, you really should order a pint of their label. They have more than a dozen Haymarket beers on tap, so finding one that suits your taste shouldn't be too hard. If you plan to get something to eat, head to the back room, and walk the...

Goose Island Brewpub

Goose Island offers brewery tours multiple times each weekend for $10. It's well worth the money since you get an hour-long tour of the brewing facility, 6 different beers to taste and a souvenir pint glass to take home. If you can't make it for a tour, you can still sip beer in the restaurant, although...

Headquarters Beercade

You'd expect that with the awesome variety of free arcade and pinball machines here, they would jack up the cost of the beer. Luckily, they don't (you can get a can of craft beer for about $5--not too bad, considering what a typical bar charges). This place can get packed though, even on weeknights, so...

The Map Room Chicago

The Map Room is one of those places that routinely makes lists of Chicago's best beer bars, and for good reason. Here, you'll find one of the best tap lists in the city, with a rotating list of regional and international brews. The warm, no-frills ambiance can help you loosen up and not become too self...

Binny's Beverage Depot

There are a few Binny's around town, and no matter which one you go to, you can't go wrong. Stop in here to peruse the aisles of well-priced liquors (Binny's tends to be a few bucks cheaper, on average, than any of the other liquor stores in town). Beer aficionados should definitely plan to stop in to...

Revolution Brewing

Revolution is another one of Chicago's top indie brewers. Check out their website to find out about new beer releases and special events (they often host special themed meals with beer pairings) or stop by Wednesday through Sunday for a complementary tour of the brewery....

Hopleaf Bar

If you can't find a beer here you like, it's your own fault. With about 60 beers on tap (some local, some more far flung), and even more available in bottles, you can pretty much bet you can find something new to try. Sop up the alcohol with an order of their signature dish, mussels....

Sheffield's Beer & Wine Garden

Sheffield's is the place for beer lovers. In the summer, grab a seat in the outdoor beer garden or check out one of their beer classes. In winter, take refuge inside in the back bar, where they have dozens of brews on tap and a cozy fireplace to imbibe by....