Imbibe features the rising craft beer scene in the Windy City.
When it comes to locally produced beer, Chicago has long lagged behind other cities, but now, the Midwestern metropolis is playing accelerated catch-up. In recent years, more than a half dozen Chicago breweries have fired up brew kettles. If you crave aromatic, sessionable pale ales, try Half Acre’s Daisy Cutter. For textbook German beers, Metropolitan Brewing offers Krankshaft Kölsch and the Dynamo Copper Lager. Belgian ales and highly hopped IPAs are dispensed at Haymarket Brewery & Pub. To pair with the city’s plentiful Mexican and Latin American cuisine, 5 Rabbit Cerveceria fashions beers such as the ancho chile-spiked 5 Vulture “Oaxacan-style” dark ale.