Alcohol The Best Chicago Beers, Ranked  

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List Rules Beers brewed in or near Chicago only.

While Chicago is famous for its vast array of food options, the city is also home to some seriously impressive craft beers. If you ever happen to find yourself in the Windy City, you may wonder what beers to try in Chicago. This list has you covered! Below, you'll find a delectable collection of lagers and ales brewed in or near the city. 

Some of the most popular Chicago beers crop up in supermarkets nationwide. You don't have to be an Illinois native to have heard of Goose Island Brewery, for example. However, there are plenty of more obscure options for beer snobs with more discriminating tastes. Breweries in enclaves like Wicker Park churn out some meticulously crafted artisan brews for your drinking pleasure and there are plenty of options you can only get within the city's borders. Vote the best beers to the top of the list below and feel free to add any beers from Chicago you see missing. 

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Apex Predator Farmhouse Ale is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Chicago Beers, Ranked
Apex Predator Farmhouse Ale Off Color Brewing
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7 0
Citra Citra Citra DIPA is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Chicago Beers, Ranked
Citra Citra Citra DIPA Marz Community Brewing
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Goose Island Bourbon County St... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Chicago Beers, Ranked
Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout Goose Island Brewery
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14 2
312 Urban Wheat Ale is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Chicago Beers, Ranked
312 Urban Wheat Ale Goose Island Brewing
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10 1
Tooth & Claw Dry Hopped Lager is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Chicago Beers, Ranked
Tooth & Claw Dry Hopped Lager Off Color Brewing
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9 3
Galactic Double Daisy Cutter I... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Chicago Beers, Ranked
Galactic Double Daisy Cutter IPA Half Acre Beer Company
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Goose Island IPA is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Chicago Beers, Ranked
Goose Island IPA Goose Island Brewery
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Barrel Aged Imperial Pajamas S... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Chicago Beers, Ranked
Barrel Aged Imperial Pajamas Stout Begyle Brewing Company
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7 4
Pebbles Triple Dry-Hopped Midw... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Chicago Beers, Ranked
Pebbles Triple Dry-Hopped Midwest IPA Penrose Brewing Company
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6 3
Clare's Thirsty Ale Imperial S... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Chicago Beers, Ranked
Clare's Thirsty Ale Imperial Stout Haymarket Beer Co. Pub & Brewery
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5 2
Diliner Weisse is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Chicago Beers, Ranked
Diliner Weisse Marz Community Brewing
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3 0
Matilda Belgian Style Pale Ale is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Chicago Beers, Ranked
Matilda Belgian Style Pale Ale Goose Island Brewery
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3 0
Alley Time Pale Ale is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Chicago Beers, Ranked
Alley Time Pale Ale Spiteful Brewing
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5 3
Deth's Tar Imperial Stout is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Chicago Beers, Ranked
Deth's Tar Imperial Stout Revolution
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5 3
Afterburner Lager is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Chicago Beers, Ranked
Afterburner Lager Metropolitan Brewing
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5 3
Emerald Grouper IPA is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Chicago Beers, Ranked
Emerald Grouper IPA Pipeworks Brewing Company
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3 1
Session Sour is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Chicago Beers, Ranked
Session Sour Penrose Brewing Company
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2 0
Pretty Haze Machine IPA is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Chicago Beers, Ranked
Pretty Haze Machine IPA Old Irving Brewing Company
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2 0
Chromatic Imperial Red Ale is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Chicago Beers, Ranked
Chromatic Imperial Red Ale Empirical Brewing
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5 4
Working For The Weekend DIPA is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Chicago Beers, Ranked
Working For The Weekend DIPA Spiteful Brewing
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4 3
Magnetron Lager is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Chicago Beers, Ranked
Magnetron Lager Metropolitan Brewing
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4 3
Beer Hates Astronauts IPA is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Chicago Beers, Ranked
Beer Hates Astronauts IPA Half Acre Beer Company
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2 1
Family Saison is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Chicago Beers, Ranked
Family Saison Hopewell Brewing Company
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2 1
Brut IPA is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Chicago Beers, Ranked
Brut IPA DryHop Brewers
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First Lager is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Chicago Beers, Ranked
First Lager Hopewell Brewing Company