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Top Beer Brands Consumed In Chicago


 Drinking beer has been a favorite part of leisure time.


Beer is the go-to drink present on the menu of even the casual dining restaurants. Unlike other types of liquor, beer is available as an effortless pairing for food just like sodas. How does beer drinking fare in Chicago?

Chicago’s beer scene is alive and kicking. Like how the fizz shows itself inside the glass or mug and how the taste kicks into your taste buds; the city’s love for beer is evident. From the bars, brewers and an upbeat consumer market for this beverage, beer has made up the lifestyle of Chicago locals. Here’s Social Scene’s list of the top beer brands consumed in Chicago.


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1. Bottom Up Revolution - Revolution Brewing


Bottom Up Revolution is a Belgian-style wheat beer from Illinois’ largest independently-owned brewery, Revolution Brewing. This beer is brewed with pilsner and wheat malts, adding spices of coriander and orange peels. Revolution Brewing produces various beer styles aside from Belgian-style ales. They have IPAs, pilsners, pale ales, barrel-aged beers and more.


2. Bourbon County - Goose Island



Bourbon County Beer Brands


Bourbon County as one of the favorite brands of beer in Chicago


Goose Island’s Bourbon County is not something to be missed during gatherings and celebrations. Not only is its blend perfection, but it is also named “king of the Chicago beer scene,” Thrillist reports. This stout gives a liquid of dark and dense with thick foam to form the color of a bourbon barrel. There are hints of caramel, charred oak, chocolate, vanilla, and smoke.


3. Budweiser - Anheuser-Busch


Budweiser is indeed a beer powerhouse and with its refreshing American-style pale lager beers distinctive with their clean tastes, this company has been captivating consumers for several years. The brand explains, “Brewed with the best barley malt and a blend of premium hop varieties, it is an icon of core American values like optimism and celebration.”


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4. Daisy Cutter - Half Acre Beer


Daisy Cutter Beer Brands Chicago

 Daisy Cutter by Half Acre Beer


Chicago’s beer scene won’t be complete without Daisy Cutter by Half Acre Beer. It has also been listed as one of the best-selling beers in the city by Thrillist. It is among the first beers brewed in Half Acre’s brewery on Lincoln Avenue, but first began as a limited edition bomber beer. Today, the brand is a strong finish of blended pine, citrus, mango, and papaya, which give it the tropical, nature-inspired flavor when tasted.


5. Gotta Get Up To Get Down - Wiseacre Brewing Co.


Wiseacre is a brewing company that produces top-notch and flavorful beers that appeal to individuals passionate about the beverage. Here’s a fun fact: Wiseacre is a term of endearment that grandmothers used on youngsters when scolding them about their mistakes. One of their products, Gotta Get Up To Get Down has been listed as one of the best-selling beers in Chicago by Provi.com. It falls under the beer style known as sweet stouts which are thick ales with low carbonation.


6. Hofbräu Original - Hofbräuhaus München


 Hofbräu Original inspired by Bavarian hospitality


Hofbräu Original is a perfect beer that can be served both outdoors or indoors, perhaps during a picnic. Inspired by Bavarian hospitality, Hofbräu Original is made with slightly malt flavor and sophisticated finish. Every beer connoisseur in Chicago loves this brand as it provides tastes of a fine spicy bouquet toward a perfectly balanced lager experience.


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7. Metropolitan Krankshaft - Metropolitan Brewing

Metropolitan Krankshaft is Kölsch style beer that is the flagship brew of Metropolitan Brewing. This style of beer traces its roots from Cologne, Germany, the birth country of the world-renowned Oktoberfest. Krankshaft is characterized by its lemon flavor that compliments the ale yeast toward a dry, clean finish of the lager.

“Krankshaft is the foundation of at least one Hawks fan’s fame-time tradition,” its website reveals. “Chicago is all about Krankshaft, and Krankshaft is all about Chicago.”


8. Miller High Life - Miller Brewing Company


 Award-winning beer

Miller High Life has been known as the “Champagne of Beers” brewed by Miller Brewing Company. Why? It is characterized as a notably classic, American-style lager created back in 1903. Chicago locals love this brand. In fact, it has won various awards through the years including winning the 1989 Silver at the Great American Beer Festival, and 2016 Silver at the World Beer Cup.


9. Ninja Vs. Unicorn - Pipeworks Brewing Co.


Ninja Vs. Unicorn is a beer brewed by Pipeworks Brewing Co., which is a popular brand among Chicagoans. Inspired by folklore, Ninja Vs. Unicorn is brewed with more than five pounds of hops in each barrel with unfiltered double IPA.


10. Old Style Lager - Old Style


Old Style Lager

 Old Style is a best-selling beer in Chicago.


Another top-selling beer in Chicago is Old Style Lager, a brand that comes from a company called Old Style. The brewery began distribution in local shops in the early 1900s to make its name as one of the region’s most widely enjoyed beers. However, it was only in the next few decades that Old Style reached Illinois and then became popular in the state. In 1950s, Old Style became one of the biggest sponsors of the Chicago Cubs, and even today, the partnership lives on as it is being served at Wrigley Field during matches.


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Jon Lindley Agustin

Professional Content Writer

Social Scene





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