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March 29, 2010 / Chris

Jaks Tap – Chicago

I was on my own for dinner tonight so why not check out a craft friendly bar?  It was a little more downtown, as in all the way downtown, than I normally venture.  But Jaks Tap is worth the drive.  They boast a 40 tap selection of domestic and import craft taps and that is mostly true, offering a good selection of both.  I enjoyed a Jaks De Luxe burger, it really hit the spot with its bacon, swiss, onions and mushrooms.  I also sampled a few brews, starting with a Goose Island Green Line APA that is very easy to drink with it not being overly strong ABV wise at 5% and also no over the top hoppiness.  Another good Goose beer at 8/10.  Next up, I had to get my IPA flavor going, so I ordered a New Belgium Ranger, this started out as a “just another” IPA, but I noticed it didn’t get more bitter or harder to drink as it warmed and I finished it.  It got easier to drink actually, I enjoyed this even if at first it didn’t jump at me, a 7/10.  It also went well with the burger.  I wanted to have a 3 Floyd’s Gumballhead because I hadn’t had one in a while, but before enjoying that beast, I asked for a sample glass of North Coast Brewing’s Brother Thelonious, a 9% ABV Dubbel. Dang I thought that was fruity sweet, might need a full glass to really grasp that beer. Preliminary 8/10, with another review in the near future if I see this in stores.



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  1. zomps / Apr 3 2010 9:57 am

    wow man, look at those taps… So Jealous. I hear it was Stone week in Chicago this past week, shipped pallets of the good stuff from San Diego.

  2. Chris / Apr 3 2010 10:23 am

    Yeah it was/is, I tried to find events that worked with the schedule, but so far the weekend ones didn’t, but next week Wednesday, I might head back downtown to Chicago for one next week at “The Publican” if you look the events up.

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