Refreshing, relaxing, socially lubricating… drinking beer is one of life’s finest pleasures. Dating back to 3500 BC, it’s also one of the oldest pastimes in the world. This Father’s Day, we want to highlight some of the prime spots in our community and beyond where you can go to take a load off, grab a great brew, and enjoy a peaceful moment.
LAKE BLUFF BREWING CO
16 E Scranton Ave
Lake Bluff, IL
The Lake Bluff Brewery has been serving up refined craft beers for over seven years. A staple in the community, the unimposing space is a go-to for local dads, military cadets, students, or anyone who wants to enjoy a good beer in a relaxed atmosphere.
The Brewery also sponsors several great events throughout the year, including summer block parties, Oktoberfest, and more. Father’s Day weekend is no exception. This Saturday, June 16 at 10am the Brewery partnered with Crossfit Lake Forest to offer a Crossfit-inspired bootcamp workout, followed by beers in the tap room. New to Crossfit? Not to worry. This event has all the incentive you need… grin and beer it.
If you’re hungry, there’s also a great menu of pub food served fresh from Maevery Public House next door, or you can always buy a growler and take some brew to go (makes a great gift!).
All in all, there’s never a bad time to stop by the Lake Bluff Brewery (except Mondays… they’re closed on Mondays).
717 Rockland Road
Lake Bluff, IL
Angelo’s is a super convenient option for anyone in the Lake Bluff or the surrounding area. Open daily 9am-10pm and located near the corner of Waukegan Road and Route 176, this little shop boasts a thoughtful assortment of over 200 craft beers, including IPAs, seasonal beers, local brews, as well as an impressive collection of imports (think notable Belgians like Chimay Blue, and more than one Delirium). The proprietor, Angelo, is incredibly friendly and loves talking about the selection he offers, from Mexican beers sure to please in the summer sun to hard-to-find 3 Floyds and Founders’ now retired Devil Dancer.
THE ART OF BEER
552 Sheridan Road
If your idea of a beer is a can of Old Milwaukee, The Art of Beer probably isn’t for you. With a motto of “education through libation”, general manager Roy Hernandez wants to do more than put a cold one in front of you. He wants you to smell, taste, and learn a bit about the best of what’s out there.
Known for their eternally-rotating draft selection and beer flights (check their Twitter or Facebook for updates on what’s on tap), The Art of Beer has been making people’s hearts hoppy since 2013. The tap room opened a curbside cafe two summers ago, with ample patio seating to enjoy on a calm summer evening.
THE CRAFT BEER STORE
107 W Church St
If you’re thinking this place is all about craft beer, I have news for you… you’re right. The Craft Beer Store boasts a 1000+ selection, including over 30 different local breweries (think Half Acre, Revolution, Maplewood, and more), and over 40 different domestic/regional brews. The store is arranged by style, and they carry a wide-range of hard-to-find IPAs and other varieties.
If you’re looking for a good Father’s Day gift, the Craft Beer Store has an enormous mix n match section (350 bottles to choose from), and the uber-friendly staff loves to help customers put together a 6-pack that will be truly memorable. Or go with a beer flight gift card sure to make dad smile, as this hole in the wall also offers beer on draft at their indoor bar.
THE KINGS & CONVICTS BREWING CO
523 Bank Lane
Co-founded by Chris Bradley and Brendan Watters, this area tap room has been thrilling locals with colorfully named brews since it opened in 2017. Kings & Convicts is also a “BYOF” establishment… in other words, you’re welcome to bring in food from another Highwood establishment or order-in a pizza from Buffo’s.
TIGHTHEAD BREWING CO
161 N Archer
Founded in 2010 by master brewer Bruce Dir, Tightead Brewing was the first microbrew in the Mundelein area. After crafting a new liquor license with the local government, the tap room was officially born in 2011. The establishment became such a favorite among locals that it went through an expansion in 2016 that included a 2,000 sq ft event room and significantly larger footprint.
In addition to the great year-round and seasonal beers you can find on tap (Scarlet>Fire is my personal favorite), the brewery offers tours once a month, yoga every Saturday morning, Trivia Wednesday nights, live music Thursdays, and teams up with a different area food truck every week. If you’re looking for something fun to do with a good beer, there’s likely something interesting going on at Tighthead, so check their website often or just stop on by.
610 E Hawley St
Bosaki’s Homebrew originally started as a hobby for Greg Bosaki back in 2000 when he received a home brew kit from his wife as a gift. The microbrewery was formally opened in 2013 and offers a good variety of homebrews in their tap room as well as in growlers to-go (32 oz and 64 oz available).
LIGHT THE LAMP BREWERY
10 N Lake St
Founded by a group of suburban dads who bonded while watching the Blackhawks play in Helsinki in 2009, Light the Lamp officially opened in 2011 and has been delighting locals with their custom concoctions ever since. Originally a small production facility and tap room, the brewery is expanding and will soon be relocating to the historic Cupola Building, where they will add a food menu to their current beer offerings.
ONLY CHILD BREWING
1350 Tri State Parkway, Suite 124
Originally started as a homebrew in Northbrook, Only Child Brewing is truly a family affair. Owners and husband-wife team Ben and Amanda Rossi run a busy brewery and tap room along with raising their 4 children just a few miles down the road.
The 4,000 sq ft space in Gurnee hosts Bingo Tuesdays, live music, yoga, and special events. The tap room is kid and dog-friendly and operates as BYOF; you can bring in your own food or choose delivery from several area restaurants. Check the website for the current selection on tap (like Don’t Tell Mom the Baby Citra’s Dead), or head over to Six Flags Great America and enjoy a glass of Only Child while your screaming children ride the rollercoasters.
CRAFT BEERS AT THE ZOO
Lincoln Park Zoo
Lions, tigers, and beers, oh my! If you’re in the mood for something a bit further down the road this Father’s Day weekend, hop on over to the Lincoln Park Zoo for the 4th annual festival Craft Beers at the Zoo (June 15&16 from 6-10:30pm). Featuring over 120 specialty beers from over 40 regional breweries, this event is sure to please the beer lover at heart.
100 Cottage Club Rd
If you want to go truly nuts for some good beer this Father’s Day weekend, it’s time for a road trip. You’re headed to Vermont, specifically The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center in Stowe. This is the brewery that sells Heady Topper, currently rated as one of the top beers in the world – and as of the writing of this blog, it’s IN STOCK! The store isn’t open on Sundays, so you’ve got until Saturday at 6:59pm. Ready, set, go!
Tavour is a tech-savvy solution for the beer enthusiast. Sign-up for free and get daily alerts on rare craft brews available for shipment. Select those you want, pass on those you don’t. They also have several gift options available for those looking for a great Father’s Day present.
From all of us at GGL, we wish you a very hoppy Father’s Day!