Ah, the lowly beer can. Long reviled by the beer snob, the last few years have seen a change in attitude, as craft beer breweries are selling more and more of their products in the format once used almost exclusively by the mass-producing brewers. The reason for the popularity of the can in the craft brew community? Well, a few reasons actually:
- They’re easier and cheaper to produce than bottles.
- The effect on the quality of the beer is arguably better, as cans are not only airtight, but also don’t let damaging sunlight in which can happen with bottles.
- They’re versatile and easier and more convenient to transport.
To the bar-going beer drinker, the most relevant reason would be #2 above: the quality of the beer. With that in mind, Bar Native offers our list of the Top 20 Bars for Canned Beer:
28 W. New York St., Aurora
Bar Native Pick: Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat
Close to the beautiful Paramount Arts Center in Aurora, Ballydoyle combines a varied beer selection with good food and live music every weekend.
1061 W. Madison St., Chicago
BN Pick: Half Acre Heyoka IPA
1415 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago
BN Pick: Surly Furious
The Beer Bistros’ two locations each offer some of the largest can selections in the city. They feature $3 Craft Beer cans every Wednesday.
322 Yorktown Center, Lombard
BN Pick: Finch’s Secret Stache Stout
Beer House made it into our top list of Draft Beer bars article last week, and finds itself showing up on this list as well, with 26 cans available.
1932 W. Division St., Chicago
BN Pick: Revolution A Little Crazy
According to The Boundary’s slogan, this is where “Good Days Meet Great Nights”. With a solid selection of beers by the can, and our fondness for all-day drinking, we would agree.
433 W. Diversey Pkwy., Chicago
BN Pick: Capital Supper Club Lager
Opened less than two months ago, in the old Tommy Knuckles space, the Compass Bar is quickly establishing itself with a varied and plentiful beer selection.
2005 W. Division St., Chicago
BN Pick: Sixpoint Sweet Action
Another holdover from our Draft Beer list, Fatpour shows it knows a thing or 34 about canned beer as well.
1424 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago
BN Pick: Oskar Blues G’Knight Imperial Red
You’ve got to love a bar that has has a weekly feature with Punk music, cheap tacos and Lone Star beer. They also have an excellent collection of beer by the can.
1310 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago
BN Pick: Oskar Blues Ten Fidy
This South Loop gem, in addition to 35 canned beers, also specializes in “tavern style” pizza and pierogis.
1202 W. Grand Ave., Chicago
BN Pick: Surly Cynic
Now that the weather is warming, Grandview’s beautiful beer garden will be opening soon. It’s the perfect place to try one of their 25 canned beers.
2833 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago
BN Pick: Wild Onion Hop Slayer
If arcade games and canned beer don’t bring back fond memories of childhood, I feel bad for you. On Wednesday nights, craft beer cans are only $5.
16 S. Riverside Ave., St. Charles
BN Pick: Lucifer Golden Ale
With Tuesday’s charmingly titled “Take it in the Can” night, The House Pub offers selected craft beer cans for $3.
670 W. Diversey Pkwy., Chicago
BN Pick: Young’s Double Chocolate Stout
Thursday evening is “Crappy Beer Night” at Michael Diversey’s, with Schlitz, Natty Light and others of a similar ilk going for $2 & $3.
56 S. La Grange Rd., La Grange
BN Pick: Brewery Vivant Big Red Coq
Out in west suburban LaGrange, Palmer Place features the largest canned beer selection in the Chicago area with 60 cans!
139 S. Marion St., Oak Park
BN Pick: Surly Abrasive Ale
Poor Phil’s, in Oak Park, is the place to go if you want a pound or three of King Crab legs to go along with your beer.
2105 S. State St., Chicago
BN Pick: Finch’s Fascist Pig Ale
Reggie’s offers up 38 different beers in their Music Joint, and additional selections in their adjacent concert venue, as well as on their rooftop.
3258 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago
BN Pick: Surly Overrated West Coast Style IPA
An errant pickoff throw away from Wrigley Field, Sheffield’s has been offering up quality beer selections since the last Cubs’ World Series Championship. Ok, that’s a lie. I’m not even sure beer had been invented back then.
1243 S. State St., Lemont
BN Pick: Founders All Day IPA
6010 S. Cass Ave., Westmont
BN Pick: Brooklyn Lager
Two of the many Tap House Grills in the area, the locations in Lemont & Westmont both offer a large can selection.
1601 Sherman Ave., Evanston
BN Pick: Evil Twin Hipster Ale
World of Beer offers a huge 54 can selection, second only to Palmer’s. As shown by their inclusion in last week’s Draft Beer list as well, WOB believes in providing its customers with an incredible amount of options to choose from.
Whether it’s reliving those college days with that Strohs’ 30 pack stashed in your trunk, or simply enjoying the distinctive sound that a beer can makes when it’s opened, these are our suggestions for the best places to crack open a cold one.
And if you missed it, don’t forget to check out our previous list of Top 12 Chicago Area Bars for Draft Beer.