A trend that started in the 1970s, the craft brewery movement is still quickly growing, with more than 8,000 craft breweries in the US as of last count. As a result, beer fans and the curious from all over Chicagoland are willing to travel quite far to experience the unique flavors and styles of the small batches they produce, especially since they typically feature premium ingredients and old-school brewing techniques. If you love to taste all the craft beer Chicagoland has to offer or are seeking a place to go on a date or hang out with friends, you are in luck because Evanston features several fantastic taprooms to check out. They include:
- Double Clutch Brewing Company
The place to bring picky eaters, vegetarians, and German beer lovers.
Double Clutch is a unique gathering spot that automotive enthusiasts and vintage collectors will absolutely love. Showcasing a collection of rare vintage vehicles, they offer a large space with a fun vibe. Even if you don’t come for the atmosphere, you’ll appreciate the German-inspired craft beer selections.
What to try: The Great American Beer Festival (GABF) winning brews: Helles Lager & Helles Rauchbier. Pair with an appetizer of the Turnbuckle Pretzels to share.
Address: 2121 Ashland Ave
2. Peckish Pig
The place to take a date for a brunch or a burger.
Claiming to be Evanston’s first brew pub, Peckish Pig offers a menu that perfectly connects their traditional brew pub with sophisticated dining options. If you want a romantic environment for a date (and good food too), this is the place for you.
What to try: Share a Charcuterie board featuring European meats and cheeses or another of their Bits & Bobs with friends or try one of their excellent burgers like the Lamb Burger. Be sure to pair with a craft cocktail, draft beer, or draft kombucha.
Address: 623 W Howard St
3. Sketchbook Brewing Co
Best place to bring a small group of people or a fun date.
Sketchbook brings some fresh air to the Evanston scene with a cozy and eclectic taproom. This gem is the perfect stop for an intimate group of friends. Enjoy Irish music on Tuesdays, or sit and chat over a large selection of beers. Feeling artsy? Design your own beer coaster-colored pencils provided. With a youthful environment and fun events, you’ll want to come and enjoy the happenings at Sketchbook.
What to try: Amistosa a Mexican Style Lager or Orange Door a Double Dry Hopped IPA. You’ll want to ask about the seasonal options as well.
Address: Chicago Ave,
4. Temperance Beer Co.
The place to bring a big group for a tasting, to hold a party, or to bring your own food.
An Evanston favorite, Temperance Beer Company is a place where can play board games with friends, join Adult Lego night or Trivia Tuesday. Want to tour the brewery? Join on Saturdays from 3-3:45. Rated in the best of Chicago taprooms by Eater Chicago, Temperance features a large indoor and outdoor space-perfect for large group tours.
What to try: Try their brand new and first non-alcoholic beer Near Tears – or try Karaoke Tears a Hazy India Pale Ale. Whatever your taste, you’ll find an expansive drink menu that will surely please your palate. And if you’re hungry, they feature a range of snacks from the local Skokie Provisions.
Address: 2000 Dempster St