Lakeview's Local Brewery
Between the myriad local sports teams from the Bears to the Bulls, the Blackhawks to the Sox, and the indulgent regional delicacy that is deep-dish pies, it’s no surprise that Chicago culture makes for avid beer drinking. And though the city already has its fair share of craft breweries represented from the established to the obscure, the arrival of Lakeview’s new neighbourhood brewery proves you can never have too much of a good thing. Both a brewery and a gastropub, DryHop Brewers serves up ales produced on-site by head brewer Brant Dubovnik as well as a locally-sourced, seasonal menu from chef Pete Repak.
Launched in June, DryHop kicked off with an impressive opening beer menu, with Dubovnik’s hop-centric ales including the ‘Shark Meets Hipster’ (Wheat IPA), the ‘Batch 001’ (a pre-Prohibition cream ale and steam beer hybrid), and the must try ‘As The Crow Flies’ (vanilla bourbon porter). In the way of food, Repak dishes up hearty brewer’s favourites like wild caught gulf shrimp with smoky grits, Chicago-spiced hanger steak with fingerling potatoes and roasted mushrooms, wild boar porchetta with ricotta and peach mostarda, and more delicious plates perfect for beer pairing. All the ales are also available in growlers, so you can take your favourite brew straight home – as they say, ‘no time in a warehouse, no trucks, no liquor store shelves’. Fresh!