Time to toast life and get a taste of the tantalizing collection of brew pubs across the North Shore. Every joint has a different atmosphere and an intriguing selection of craft beer for the aficionado and the novice alike. Check out some Texas barbeque with a country-style ale, cider from Michigan apple orchards or an American-spin on a German lager. Make a new favorite or try out all of these distinctive taprooms and restaurants. Discover more ideas on where to eat and drink on the North Shore.
Smylie Brothers Brewing Co., Evanston
Smylie Brothers Brewing Co.
1615 Oak Ave., Evanston
Roomy and delicious, this craft brewery and smokehouse was born out of a lifetime of Smylie family backyard cookouts. You can kick back with skillfully-crafted brewed beer, wood-fired pizza and mouthwatering Texas-inspired BBQ. From the wide-open dining room with arched ceilings you can smell the brisket in the smoker and watch the cascading bubbles of a freshly poured draft. Try their popular Farmhouse Ale, a complex, yet light and refreshing saison that’s fairly dry with fruity, spicy flavors from a Belgian yeast strain.
Hangar Two, Glenview
Hangar Two by Tangled Roots Brewing Co.
1100 N. Milwaukee Ave., Glenview
Inspired by Glenview’s history of aviation, Hangar Two is a tribute to the naval air station and celebrates that history with a design inspired by air travel and an adventurous, global menu. Check out their portfolio of beers to suit any palette – from light sessionable lagers and ales like the Starved Rock Lodge Lager to dark and complex experimental brews. You’ll find up to 15 beers on tap at any given time, including seasonal and limited editions like the grapefruity Devil's Paint Box IPA.
Peckish Pig, Evanston
623 Howard St., Evanston
Evanston’s first brewpub sports up to ten house-brewed suds on tap in rotation complimenting pub grub like slow-roasted pork belly, bacon fat popcorn and fish and chips. The lively gastropub’s stylish patio hosts entertainment like a flamenco dancer in front of the colorful mural that adorns the adjacent brewery. Order the crisp, American-style Yard Work Lager brewed with barley, rice, water and hops. Or the Mr. Weiss Guy Hefeweizen, a classic Bavarian-style Hefeweizen, with dominant clove and banana aromas, light cracker and bready flavors and a dry finish.
4901 W. Main St., Skokie
Driven by a passion for quality, sustainable local production and DIY geeky-ness, Sketchbook brews a range of historical and adventurous beer styles. Their paved patio space is enhanced by trees lit with solar lights plus picnic tables dotting the lawn (bring the dog if you’re eating outside). A hearty selection boasts nearly 20 beers on tap—all brewed on premises—plus Kombucha and Cider. Tell Pops to try the No Parking, a hoppy American Pale Ale with a light, crisp body, dry hopped with Citra.
Temperance Beer, Evanston
2000 Dempster St., Evanston
Enjoy award-winning beers from Evanston's first and oldest brewery pair well with the laid-back (heated and covered) outdoor beer garden during warmer weather. Temperance's taproom (so named because Evanston was once dry and the birthplace of Prohibition) serves up oodles of fresh-brewed beer styles. Their popular Gatecrasher English style IPA, an India Pale Ale, entices with bountiful aromatic hops and a touch of malt sweetness, while the National Anthem Blueberry Raspberry Wheat ale has a rosy hue and refreshing finish.
Ten Ninety Brewing Company, Glenview
Ten Ninety Brewing Company
1025 Waukegan Rd., Glenview
Ten Ninety is “craft beer elevated” as they reach beyond traditional combos of water, malted grain, hops and yeast to brew extraordinary small batch beers meant to be thoughtfully enjoyed. Taste their stout, roasty Blown Transformer or the MPH, an imperial porter with cayenne and pomegranate. Or sample a custom flight from their friendly and knowledgeable team. The full menu includes artisan pizzas, BBQ and those Beer-Totchos: tater tots, Half Wit beer cheese sauce, crumbled bacon, green onions and fried egg.
North Shore Cider Company, Evanston
North Shore Cider Company
707 Howard St., Evanston
This craft, harvest cidery on Howard Street uses Michigan apples and pears to make juice fermented and batched onsite. Cider on tap includes the Beacon Blend, a combination of a Belgian ale yeast and their unique blend of apples from Earth First Farms in Michigan. The yeast lends banana and nutmeg notes to the crisp, clean juice of the apples. Enjoy some ciders in their taproom where you can buy growlers and bottles to take home, too. Free local delivery available.
Double Clutch Brewing Company, Evanston
Double Clutch Brewing Company: Coming soon!
2121 Ashland Avenue, Evanston
The newest entry to the area’s profusion of hops-happy establishments will be Double Clutch Brewing. Opening summer of 2021 and showcasing an extensive collection of rare and vintage classical cars, Double Clutch crafts their selection of authentic beers in house using the finest ingredients and state-of-the-art techniques. Inspired by the long traditions and passions of German brewing, their Kölsch is a crisp, light version of the best ales of Cologne. The Rauchbier Helles Lager has a malt that is dried over Beechwood smoke, giving the beer its unique flavor.