Trick-or-treat is a timeless phrase. But tricks are for kids. Grown-ups trade in treats.
Trade in that pumpkin bowl for a growler, and hit the streets with this handy list of Chicago's top 5 autumnal ales.
5. Brooklyn Brewery’s Post Road Pumpkin Ale
When life gives you pumpkins, make pumpkin beer. At least that's what the colonists did with this excess ingredient. So accept this brief history lesson in every sip of this amber beer with a crisp finish and warm pumpkin flavor.
Drink up at Red Door, 2118 N. Damen Ave., Bucktown (773-697-7221)
4. Revolution’s Penguin Hops
Imagine the cute penguins at the Shedd Aquarium. With $1 from every beer donated to the Shedd, we dare you to turn down this harvest ale made from hops grown in the aquarium’s sustainable garden. Drink it for the penguins!
Drink up at Revolution, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave., Logan Square (773-227-2739)
3. Une Annee The Devil's Reign
This brand new local brewery turned to their friends at Dryhop to help with their first brew: a Golden strong ale made with two types of hops to bring out notes of orange, pineapple, and pear. At 9.1% ABV, this might be the beer you max out at one.
Drink up at Jerry’s, 1938 W. Division St., Wicker Park (773-235-1006)
2. Solemn Oath’s Hexafoos
Ease into fall with this seasonal saison offering hints of citrus and tropical fruit packed with a bright, hoppy punch. Consider this liquid gold a beer that can last through the night without turning you into that guy at the end of bar.
Drink up at Howells & Hood, 435 N. Michigan Ave., Mag Mile (312-262-5310)
1. Five Rabbit’s Vida Y Muerte
Stuff this marzen-style brew into your goodie bag. The rich beer with heavy caramel notes is inspired by The Day of The Dead holiday, an homage to the brewery’s deep Latin roots.
Drink up at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Andersonville (773-334-9851)