Chicago's BEGYLE BREWING COMPANY Craft Beer Scene BY KELLY AIGLON Sample artisan brews in three of the city’s hottest neighborhoods. RAVENSWOOD CORRIDOR Tree-lined residential streets and charming converted industrial buildings are the picturesque backdrop in this North Side neighborhood that welcomes lovers of a fine-crafted brew to “Malt Row.” 2 1 STOP 1: CHAT OVER A DAISY CUTTER Start your Ravenswood beer trek at Chicago’s first community-supported brewery, Begyle Brewing Company (it’s owned by member shareholders). There’s a retail store and tours every Saturday at noon, which includes three pours (try the Blonde Ale) and a souvenir glass. 5 STOP 5: DARE TO EXPERIMENT Grab a burrito with that beer (did you know they’re the perfect duo?) in the rustic-chic Half Acre Beer Company . Its Daisy Cutter pale ale is a cult fave nationwide, so it’s a special honor to enjoy it in its sweet home, Chicago. Raise a glass at one of the taproom’s communal tables and make new friends. 3 STOP 3: GO EURO Pair a beer flight with a Dinkel’s pretzel and imagine yourself in Europe at Dovetail Brewery . Hefeweizen is just the start of the Euro-inspired quaffs up for grabs at this rustic spot that you’ll want to return to again and again (and you’re welcome to bring your dog!). In addition to its popular favorites, Empirical Brewery introduces one new “experimental” beer every week. Using a scientific approach and “empirical observations,” the brewery introduces a continually changing beer lineup (such as the Down Quark Session Black IPA with raspberries). The decor is industrial; the mood is uplifting and social. Bonus : food trucks on the weekends. 28 choosechicago.com ©BEGYLE BREWING COMPANY; ©BETH WEILER; ©MEGHAN LEIGH PHOTOGRAPHY STOP 2: EXPERIENCE A GRASSROOTS EFFORT 4 STOP 4: TRY SOMETHING BOHO A vibrant mix of flavors and colors come together at Band of Bohemia . The dining room is beautiful, but you can’t go wrong with a seat at the bar drinking spice-infused beer (the guava-pink peppercorn is a can’t-miss) and digging into duck confit.