While I was not fortunate to make it to some of the breweries, I did get a chance to visit a few of the key spots downtown that offered wonderful beer selections as well as great food for pairing nicely. Miller's Pub offered great ambiance and history and was one of the first places I visited, which happened to be for dinner. It seemed to be a favorite of many as well, as the restaurant seemed to fill up fast and consistently received patrons making their way into the establishment.
Miller's Pub really turned out to be a pleasant surprise. It was nice seeing some of the old photos and the heritage of the restaurant. In today's world, I always appreciate finding a place of character and this place has just that. As far as the beers, the list of offerings is not one of lacking. With 22 on draft, 16 Belgian bottled ales, 19 bottled or canned lagers, 34 bottled or canned ales, 5 hybrid styled beers and 2 cider offerings, anyone is sure to find something for their palate. And then there is the food, which is equally delicious from a wide variety and they are very generous on the portions. If there is anything where I could provide a knock, it may be with some of the beer prices versus what I see in Cincinnati, but it is Chicago. Just like New York, Miami and cities like San Francisco or Los Angeles, paying more is expected. So what beers did I try on my visit here?
- Goose Island Matilda (7% ABV) - A very impressive Belgian Style Pale Ale fermented using wild yeast. It is a top notch beer and is very smooth.
- Houblen Chouffe Dobbelin (9% ABV) - A Belgian IPA that is a blend of a strong IPA and a Belgian Tripel. It is unique and definitely worth a try.
- Off Color Apex Predator (6.8% ABV) - A Farmhouse Ale that is a decent option. It does have a nice finish and mouthfeel and stands well on its merits, but it didn't knock me back.
Miller's Pub is definitely a must stop on any beer enthusiast's visit to Chicago and has my recommendation for sure. The service was also very friendly and courteous which also added to the experience. Here are some more pictures as well and I hope that if you are in the area that you definitely visit. I know that you will be pleased. Cheers until next time!