As the country’s first botanic brewery, Forbidden Root uses all-natural ingredients like stems, seeds, and beans to create beer like the original Forbidden Root "root beer" -- blended with 20 native plants and botanicals including wintergreen, basil, and patchouli. They brew a Shady Character porter with black walnut and licorice as well as the Caribbean-style Sublime Ginger, with plans to open a local brewpub in 2015.
Find it at: Skylark, Kuma’s Corner, Jerry’s, Kasey’s Tavern, Little Goat, Lockdown Bar & Grill, Map Room, SmallBar, Tuman’s, Trenchermen, Twin Anchors.
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Jay Gentile is the publisher of Chicago INNERVIEW Magazine and a Thrillist contributor. Follow him on Twitter.