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One Saturday. Eight breweries... and one distillery!

Published On 05/24/2013 Published On 05/24/2013
A line of beer taps
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1. Haymarket Pub and Brewery 737 W Randolph, Chicago, IL 60661 (West Loop)

With a dining room that requires you to walk past the brew house and fermentation room, Haymarket is all about showcasing the artistry of its craft (craft beer, that is). The brewpub's 32 taps, however, available once you surpass the stretch of mosaic-tiled hallway, are well worth the journey. While the spot's bourbon-barrel-aged imperial stout has won them some serious acclaim, the brewers as a whole specialize in contemporary American and Belgian style beers. Notorious for his ability to pair dishes with specific beers -- a beer sommelier, of sorts -- Haymarket's head chef has designed the restaurant's full menu around the draft offerings. The kitchen serves up house-cured seasonal sausages, smoked hot wings with cinnamon, and wood-fired pizzas as late as 2am. And best of all, the spot doesn't deliver -- the beers are only available right in house.

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2. Goose Island Brewery 1800 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

A pioneer in bourbon/barrel-aged beer, this Chicago brewery specializes in hand-crafted ales and lagers, seasonal brews and specialty beers. Over 20 different draft options accompany wide-variety lunch and dinner menus. Highlights include stunners like 2015's BCS rare, which was aged in barrels that held Heaven Hill whiskey for more than 30 years.

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3. Atlas Brewing Company 2747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614 (Lincoln Park)

Chicago's newest craft brew pub serving delicious cuisine alongside diverse blends.

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4. Revolution Brewing 3340 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60618 (Avondale)

Revolution's brewery is where kegs, cans and bottles get filled for distribution, and it's also the location of a taproom where tastings occur every Wednesday. This is not to be confused with the original brewpub location on Milwaukee Avenue, where you can get food in addition to your beer. Guided tours are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so visitors are encouraged to drop by early and grab a pint while they wait.

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5. Moonshine Brewing Company 1824 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622 (Wicker Park)

Head Brewmaster JD McCormick takes pride in his application of yeast, mixing and matching various strains to concoct a bevy of truly unique brews. There are always five or six original Moonshine beers on tap at the brewery, and growler purchases and refills are both available.

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6. Koval Distillery 5121 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60640 (Ravenswood)

This craft distillery is family-owned and creates a variety of organic, hand-bottled spirits. You can make a reservation for a tour of the facility, where you'll learn more than you ever thought there was to know about small-batch distilled spirits. Koval creates an assortment of liquors, ranging from whiskey and vodka to specialty spirits such as apple brandy and beer schnapps.

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7. Metropolitan Brewing 5121 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60640 (Ravenswood)

This brewery is located right next door to Koval Distillery, pumping out small batches of specialty beers and holding tours of its facility by reservation.