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River West Brewing
(Closed)
925 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago IL 60622
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Notes

Visited: May 16, 1998

Opened: 1996

Closed: 2000

Annual Production: 1,000 bbl

Updated: July 6, 2003

Beer List

    • Date: May 16, 1998 (#2800)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 14½ points
      Overall Impression (3)
      (Ask for this one without the raspberry juice.) Golden amber, some haze, thick head. Faint banana aroma. Sourish, some banana flavor. John Ponte says this is the same beer as the Whistle Stop, with a shot of lactic...he's probably right.

    • Date: May 16, 1998 (#2792)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 16 points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Red-brown, flat, low head. Caramel, malty aromas. Thick, sweet, lots of dark caramel flavor. Bitter finish with some alcohol.

  • German-Style Strong Doppelbock
    • Date: May 16, 1998 (#2798)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 14½ points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Deep red-brown, thick head. Smells pretty clean. Big body, very malty, lots of dark caramel. Not a lot of alcohol character, but drying at the end.

  • American-Style India Pale Ale
    • Date: May 16, 1998 (#2793)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 19 points
      Overall Impression (3½)
      Amber, low carbonation, thick dense head. Spicy, fruity aroma. Medium body, big spicy hop flavor. Long bitter drying finish.
    • Date: May 16, 1998 (#2795)
      Package: real ale
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 14½ points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Golden amber, flat, big dense head. Flowery hop aroma, hint of papery oxidation. Thick, creamy...lots of papery off-flavor. Floral hop bitter finish. Faintly chlorophenolic.

  • Golden or Blonde Ale

  • Maibock
    German-Style Heller Bock/Maibock

  • Märzen
    German-Style Märzen/Oktoberfest

  • Nut Brown
    English-Style Brown Ale

  • Railroad Stout
    Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout

  • Red Fox Amber
    American-Style Amber/Red Ale

  • Spiced Porter
    Herb and Spice Beer

  • Whistle Stop Weiss Beer
    South German-Style Hefeweizen/Hefeweissbier

  • Windy City Pilsner
    Bohemian-Style Pilsener