I went into Chicago Craft Beer Week expecting to catch up with a few transplanted friends, drink some rare Goose Island beers, and drink as many Founders beers I could find. Instead, I was blown away by one of the most exciting craft beer cities in the country. Seeping with brewing heritage, the Chicago scene is rapidly expanding with new breweries and brewpubs popping up every year. Progressive breweries such as Three Floyds and Half Acre are combining classic british styles with west coast sensibilities and adding their own midwest flare to produce beers like Ambrosia, a wheat beer brewed with oranges and hibiscus, or Dreadnaught IPA, an agressively hopped west coast double IPA. Overall it was a fantastic, two day crash course in mid-west brews and a must on any beer travelers list. Click through to check out the slideshow.
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