These brews are cooler by the lake
Finally, there is some lake effect snow we can get on board with! Although Lake Effect Brewing Company found its home on the northwest side in 2011, they have made some waves recently.
This month, their retail shop opened. From six-packs to t-shirts to pint glasses to a six-pack of their locally brewed beer, you can get it all in one location. They even offer six-month and year-long growler programs, with monthly refills of a 64-ounce growler plus 10% off their retail shop.
They also offer tours for you to see how a small local brewery runs at their location on Montrose. On Saturdays at 2pm, 3:30pm and 5pm you can see the brewery, bottling area, barrel room, and urban farm on their hour-long tours. You need to be 21, of course, but the tours are free.
As a small business, the tours are typically smaller and you get a chance to ask all the beer questions you’ve ever had while talking to the employees throughout.
Visit the brewery here, right on the edge of Old Irving Park and Portage Park:
4727 West Montrose Avenue, Suite C
Chicago, IL 60641
The brewery is steps from the Montrose Blue Line and the Metra Mayfair stations. If you visit, go around to the side of the building (behind Chicago Costume) to enter. If you are too far from their brick and mortar location, you can find their beer here.