If the buzz from riding the wave from Time Out’s Best City In The World is wearing off, then do we have a hoppy pick-me-up for you.
According to the online drinking and culture magazine VinePair, Chicago is the third best city in the world for all things hops, barley, and delicious, sudsy combinations thereof.
You know it’s an impressive list when they don’t even mention perennial favorite Revolution, the Michelin-starred Band of Bohemia, pizzeria and brewery Piece, California transplants Lagunitas or even the gatekeepers to whole Chicago craft movement, Goose Island.
The list is also looking ahead to Austin Fausett’s new Belgian beer and mussels bar Fisk & Co. opening this spring and another California brewery planning to open a Chicago location, Ballast Point.
Here are a few other things that make Chicago’s beer scene standout:
- The “Disney World of Beer” in Lakeview offers customers the choice of 1200 different types of beer.
- We have pop-up bars that range in everything from Moe’s Tavern from the Simpsons, It’s A Wonderful Life, horror-movie the Shining, and a Rick and Morty themed bar still going for another week.
- There is literally a neighborhood called Malt Row.
- You can worship at the Beer Temple and then go down the street for some beautiful riverside views at the new Metropolitan Brewery.
Despite all of these amazing breweries, brewpubs, liquor stores, neighborhoods, pop-ups, and everything else that makes drinking in Chicago such a gas, we still didn’t top the list. New York City took second place and with a shocking upset, Richmond, Virginia was determined the best beer city in the world.
The VinePair team decided this due to 22 new breweries opening in Richmond in the past ten years, “The Richmond Beer Trail,” a Vietnamese brewpub, and a brewery/winery.
Here’s the full top ten list:
- Richmond, Virginia
- New York City, New York
- Chicago, Illinois
- Madison, Wisconsin
- Beijing, China
- Seoul, South Korea
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- St. Louis, Missouri
- Louisville, Kentucky
- Boise, Idaho
Enough lists. Who wants to grab a drink?