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Postby Cass » Tue Nov 18, 2014 10:10 am

Another quick update from Chicago...

It's been there for a couple of years now, but the Little Goat Diner is a top-notch spot. It's in the Fulton Market area, across the street from Haymarket and around corner from Publican. (Also across the street from Girl & the Goat, the famous first restaurant from the chef).

The Little Goat has a small bar/coffee shop adjoining the main diner area, and it's got 16 taps ("well curated") of many local breweries - Moody Tongue, Local Option, Three Floyds, Half Acre + more, event a "FoBaB special" of Founders Backwoods when I visited. There's also a collab beer with Little Goat & Haymarket.

The bartender told me that the bar staff and the owners are big craft beer fans, and it shows here. There's also a delicious looking takeaway counter for the bakery and a coffee bar.

This area of town is clearly one of the hot spots with a concentration of good bars and restos, so definitely worth checking out.
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Postby atomeyes » Thu Nov 20, 2014 7:19 am

Cass wrote:Another quick update from Chicago...

It's been there for a couple of years now, but the Little Goat Diner is a top-notch spot. It's in the Fulton Market area, across the street from Haymarket and around corner from Publican. (Also across the street from Girl & the Goat, the famous first restaurant from the chef).

The Little Goat has a small bar/coffee shop adjoining the main diner area, and it's got 16 taps ("well curated") of many local breweries - Moody Tongue, Local Option, Three Floyds, Half Acre + more, event a "FoBaB special" of Founders Backwoods when I visited. There's also a collab beer with Little Goat & Haymarket.

The bartender told me that the bar staff and the owners are big craft beer fans, and it shows here. There's also a delicious looking takeaway counter for the bakery and a coffee bar.

This area of town is clearly one of the hot spots with a concentration of good bars and restos, so definitely worth checking out.


that area is droolworthy. full of huge warehouse spaces. has a great vibe. Little Goat was a heart attack waiting to happen. it was neat to drink 3F on tap like it was no big deal.
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Re: Chicago

Postby Chris » Sun May 17, 2015 2:04 pm

A new brewpub is supposed to be opening ... And I'm as excited about the food as I am the beer:

http://www.rickbayless.com/meet-la-guar ... ship-beer/

The beer sounds pretty interesting too! :)
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Re: Chicago

Postby Cass » Tue May 19, 2015 8:44 am

Chris wrote:A new brewpub is supposed to be opening ... And I'm as excited about the food as I am the beer:

http://www.rickbayless.com/meet-la-guar ... ship-beer/

The beer sounds pretty interesting too! :)


Can't wait for this to open. I'll be sure to try the new beer when I'm there this weekend :D
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Re: Chicago

Postby Cass » Thu May 21, 2015 7:02 am

As posted on the home page, I'll be heading to Chicago this weekend thanks to a new partnership with Porter Escapes.

I'll post up about what's new and exciting!

http://www.bartowel.com/the-bar-towel-e ... reat-beer/
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Re: Chicago

Postby Cass » Mon Jun 01, 2015 12:55 pm

Here's the post to end all posts about Chicago.

http://www.bartowel.com/chicagos-beer-s ... ying-high/

Summary, map, pics, hope people find this to be a good reference next time you're in Chicago.
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Re: Chicago

Postby Masterplan » Tue Jul 14, 2015 2:52 pm

Cass wrote:Here's the post to end all posts about Chicago.

http://www.bartowel.com/chicagos-beer-s ... ying-high/

Summary, map, pics, hope people find this to be a good reference next time you're in Chicago.


Awesome. This will be quite helpful in my 5 day trip in two weeks.
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Re: Chicago

Postby Cass » Mon Nov 16, 2015 10:31 pm

Anyone heading to FoBaB this weekend?
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Re: Chicago

Postby ercousin » Tue Nov 17, 2015 10:46 pm

Cass wrote:Anyone heading to FoBaB this weekend?

I wish. I expect an awesome blog post to read about your experiences there though!

Give 5 Rabbit a visit if you get a chance. Some really good beers, and a bit different from the more extreme DIPA/RIS trend.
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Re: Chicago

Postby Cass » Tue Jul 19, 2016 6:03 pm

Here's my review of Cruz Blanca, Rick Bayless's long awaited new brewery.

http://www.bartowel.com/warm-smiles-and ... uz-blanca/

I'm an unabashed fan of Rick's restaurants, so take that bias for what it is. But I really enjoyed it and it's on the must-visit list for Chicago now, especially in that area where there's so much great stuff.
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Re: Chicago

Postby Provost Drunk » Tue May 08, 2018 6:18 pm

I was in Chicago during the last weekend in April for a work function. I was stationed right downtown, with limited free time to do some exploring so I thought it was worth reporting back on a couple of venues that are closer to the core and worth a look if anyone finds themselves in a similar position without the time to check out some of the more remote beer stops.

Howells & Hood is a spacious bar located at the base of the Tribune Tower just north of the river off Michigan Ave. It featured an impressive tap list in terms of both length and quality. It was understandably busy on a Friday after work, but the space was big enough it wasn't rammed. I wish there was a bar of this quality in Toronto's financial district. Granted, I haven't yet checked out King Taps and I'm sure it's decent, but doesn't quite measure up.

A little further north up the Magnificent Mile and a couple blocks east of Michigan Ave on East Superior St., I also had a good experience at Jake Melnick's Corner Tap. Shorter tap list, but well curated. I saw that they were pouring 2012 Surly Darkness on beermenus, and so that alone was enough impetus for me to give this place a shot. Apparently, it was leftover from some sort of Surly tap takeover event. More of a sports bar vibe with tons of Blackhawks paraphernalia on the walls. I chatted up the bartender a bit and with my bill came an extra half-glass of Darkness that she "accidentally" poured, which was a nice touch and made sure that my tip was commensurate with the service!

I was able to hit up a few spots in the Fulton Market area and to the Revolution brewpub as well as a few other spots, but there's nothing really I can add about them that isn't covered by Cass' article or the other posts in this thread. This will not be my last trip to Chicago as I was instantly enamoured!

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