Sunday, August 9, 2015

My Visit to The Exchequer Restaurant and Pub - Chicago

So when I visited Chicago last month, I had the opportunity to grab a bite to eat at the Exchequer Restaurant and Pub over on Wabash Avenue. I wasn't sure what to expect, but wanted to try a place that had some good Chicago culture, good food and of course, good beer. Needless to say, this spot did fit the bill.

There was a nice ambiance of a throwback restaurant with lots of Chicago items on the walls that included newer memorabilia as well as older going back to the days of prohibition. Even the music tended to be that of days of old which was nice for bringing back memories. But, how about the food and beer?

Well, let me say this first. If you are coming to Chicago looking for the deep dish pizza that has made the city famous, then this is a must stop. This past year, they were chosen by Chicago as #1 for their pizza. And after my sampling, I do concur that it is pretty damn good. I also on a separate occasion tried one of their sandwiches which also delivered a tasty experience. I was greatly impressed with the food, and as for the beer.

The restaurant featured 20 taps with a bottle list of 20 more. And, the beer selection was very good for what they had to offer. Chicago had just recently passed a law allowing Happy Hours during my time there. Yes, just recently, which would have been just a few weeks ago from the time of this post. But, the establishments were allowed to run drink specials which allowed them to offer a couple of decent specials to encourage the trying of some of their beers.

So, what did I enjoy while there in the way of beer during my visit?

* 5 Rabbit Gringolandia Super Pils ( 2.5 out of 5 )
* Goose Island Sofie ( 3.5 out of 5 )
* Anchor IPA (2.5 out of 5 )
* Goose Island Green Line Pale Ale ( 2.5 out of 5 )
* 5 Rabbit 5 Lizard Latin-Style Witbier ( 2.5 out of 5 )
* Great Lakes Sharpshooter Session Wheat IPA ( 3 out of 5 )

Not really a bad list of beers in my opinion, but just none tried that really knocked me back. But, that is part of the "beerventure" process. Not every visit will always end with big winners. You have to pan through a lot of muck when looking for gold, but these were all fine solid nuggets.

As for the staff and the management there, they were very pleasant nd helped to enhance the experience. I would love to go back again on another visit and if I am back in Chicago then  I will definitely do so. Have you been? If so, then I would be interested in your experience as well. Please leave some comments and also if you had the beers that were mentioned, then please feel free to comment on them as well. Cheers!

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