Esquire … really? Best beer city?
Did you ever get a compliment that you thought you really didn’t deserve? Of course, you have to say “Thank you,” but in the back of your mind, you have to wonder, “What were they thinking?”
Which is why I question Esquire Magazine’s rating of Chicago as the best beer city in America. The beer scene here is certainly getting better, with newbies Metropolitan, Revolution and Half Acre, old standbys like Goose Island, Flossmoor Station, Three Floyds, Piece, Lunar, Two Brothers and even Mickey Finn’s. Not to mention new soon-to-open or recently-opened brewers like Haymarket, Finch, and Pipeworks.
But best beer city in America? Portland (actually both of them – Oregon and Maine) have more brewpubs and breweries per capita than Chicago. And Montréal (that’s in the North American continent, right? It counts as American) has a major beer scene. Vancouver, too.
So, at The Local Beet, we’ll accept the honor (as if Esquire cares whether or not we’ll accept it or not). But just wait … more great things are on the horizon for Chicago-area beers.