Ballast Point Brewing Chicago

A West Coast Brewery Has Made Its Way to the West Loop

And Some of Their Beer Has Peanut Butter in it

By Pearl Plotkin ·
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One hundred tap lines, unconventional brew recipes (think beets and chocolate), and Habanero Sculpin IPA Bratwurst.

Welcome to Ballast Point Tasting Room and Kitchen, the eighth installation in the West Coast-based craft brewery and first in our humble burg. It's in the West Loop. Take a look around.

Here you'll find a petite, glass enclosed brewery with hefty silver tanks brewing a new beer each week. A large piece of artwork by Paul Elder, the official Ballast Point label artist, adorns the wall. It's a fish mural. The rest of the 12,000 square foot, industrial chic space features a wooden, oval bar that boasts a sweeping array of tap lines serving 40-50 beers at a time, counter service, and ample seating that allows for a night out with friends, a great date spot, or solo time with just you and a plate of Thai Chile Wahoo Steamed PEI Mussels.

Come for the beer, stay for the Baja Style Fish Tacos, and then stay a little longer for more of the beer. Unique brews include sours like the Sour Wench, a blackberry ale with a purple hue, Red Velvet, which has beets for the color and chocolate for flavor, or the Moscow Mule Ale, where, you guessed it, lime and ginger are tastily present. Later this summer you'll be able to enjoy your stout or pale ale on their expansive rooftop.

They just need a little more time to expansivize it. 

Pearl Plotkin is often mistaken for an 89-year-old bubbie. Her favorite things include writing, doodling, live music and finding faces in inanimate objects. Not necessarily in that order.

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