Where The Good IPAs Are In Chicago While At API Strategy And Practice In September

In preparation for API Strategy & Practice in Chicago, September 24-26th, I did a little research on where the good beers, and specifically the kick-ass IPAs can be found. You may not know, but in addition to being the API Evangelist, I am also the IPA Evangelist (plan b career path), and I'm always interested in knowing where the killer IPAs are, in addition to knowing where to find the best APIs. 

While in Chicago we want to be able to have the tasiest beer possible at the conference, while also having the best options for finding good beer and food after the event to network and socialize with the 600+ folks that will be at #APIStrat. To prepare for #APIStrat I found 32 local Chicago breweries:

5 Rabbit Cerveceria

The first Latin microbrewery in the US, 5 Rabbit is all about making the best beer.

Ale Syndicate

At Ale Syndicate, we are dedicated to making craft beer worthy of Chicagoans. Please drink responsibly! ALE SYNDICATE BREWERS, CHICAGO, IL BEER.

Argus Brewery

The Chicago beer you SHOULD be drinking. Our Chicago Attitude is something of which we're proud. Something we think you'll taste in each Argus Brew-flavor, depth, the unusual and carefully brewed taste of a premium craft beer..

Atlas Brewing Co.

Atlas is a brewery and restaurant committed to providing Chicago with fresh, delicious beer and food to match. And we have a bowling alley attached....


First bred in 1989, Baderbräu is back and here to stay. The return of Chicago's original craft brew. We also hope that you'll try our future offerings, with equally high expectations, and become fans of those to.

Begyle Brewing

a Community Supported Brewing Company! Visit us at our brewery store for growlers and packaged beer to go! 1800 W. Cuyler, Chicago, IL 60613.

Berghoff Beers

Berghoff’s history goes back over 120 years and, in that time, has developed a reputation of high quality and consistency that you’d expect from a hard-working men and women dedicated to their craft..

Big Shoulders Beer

Big Shoulders has taken the time to find the right connections and people to be committed to bringing you great beer..

Cahoots Brewing

Cahoots Brewing is a new brewery in Chicago. Our first beer, No S'more Imperial Stout, is out now. Our goal is to build beers together..

Chicago Beer Company

It's Chi-Time! Chicago Beer Company Craft Beers are available in IL.IN.MI. Wheat Rated 90pts GM; Lake Shore Lager 91pts GM & Pale Ale 88pts SM.

Dryhop Brewers

A brewery and kitchen in East Lakeview, Chicago. Tweets by @gregshuff @brantdubovick & @ecgarrity Cheers..

Finch's Beer Company

Finch's Beer Co. is in the business of brewing great, craft beers locally in Chicago, IL..

Forbidden Root

At Forbidden Root, we craft delicious botanical beverages for today's sophisticated thrill-seeking palates..

Goose Island Beer Co

Since 1988 Goose Island has innovated what beer can be. Follow us to see What's Next. Cheers from Chicago..

Half Acre Beer

We brew many beers throughout the year. Our focus is brewing raw & basic ales & lagers rich in material and undisturbed by process..

Hamburger Mary's

Hamburger Mary's is an open-air bar & grille for open-minded people.... That brews it's OWN BEER! Yumm :-).

Haymarket Brewing

Haymarket Pub & Brewery opened in December 2010, and features classic Belgian and contemporary American beer styles from brewing legend Pete Crowley..

Hopothesis Beer Co.

We’re relentlessly focused on making great craft beer that delivers a flavorful, approachable, balanced drinking experience for geeks and non-geeks alike..

Lake Effect Brewing 

Our name refers to the weather phenomenon most famous for its legendary snow storms. More importantly, the lakes create their own climates where the water temperature promotes an ideal environment for growing barley, wheat, fruits, and hops..

Local Option

The Local Option offers over 30 unique and rare beers from around the world on tap (with many more in bottles), intense Creole food, and a lively atmosphere indicative of the robust beer we proudly serve..

Metropolitan Brewing

Each year, we brew one 30-barrel (that's sixty half barrel kegs) fermentation vessel of Zwickelbier, meant to be enjoyed raw, cloudy, and as fresh as humanly possible. We package it, ship it, and bars across Chicagoland put it on tap pretty much the minute they receive it..

Moody Tongue Brewery

At Moody Tongue, our goal is to create thoughtful, exciting beers that blend familiar flavors and quality ingredients..

Moonshine Chicago

Moonshine is an edgy, urban roadhouse conveniently located in Chicago’s fashionable Wicker Park neighborhood..

Off Color Brewing

We make beer. Sometimes we do other stuff but not as well.


Brewing award-winning beer and serving delicious New Haven style pizza. Sports, live music, and Live band karaoke every Sat @ 11PM..

Pipeworks Brewing Co

Pipeworks Brewing Co. is a Chicago Brewery with a focus on creative small batch beers, brewed with expertise, passion and rock n roll..

Revolution Brewing

Revolution Brewing is Chicago's new hometown craft brewery. Brewpub in Logan Square & Brewery in Avondale..

Rock Bottom Brewery

Passionate about pints. Maniacal for malts. Rock Bottom is always brewing. http://t.co/EfG9h8gWJA.

SlapShot Brewing

Brewing small batch hand crafted ales in Chicago, with a focus on session beers..

Spiteful Brewing

Chicago nanobrewery located in North Center. Fine beer brewed with spite..

Une Année

A Chicago Brewery focused on making great beer with an emphasis on Belgian and French styles. .

Veteran Beer Company

A company that brews superior quality beer while striving to employ veterans in every role in the organization..

If you know of a brewery that is worthy, and is not listed, add it to the comments below. If one of the breweries listed is kick-ass, please also let us know so we can prioritize the location as part of planning.

After looking through all these killer beers, I'm even more pumped for #APIStrat now. See you in Chicago!!