Chicago, The Map Room

chicago water

Chicago, Illinois, the third largest city in the United States, is a vibrant modern place situated on an intricate water system that includes the Chicago River and linking canals covering over 100 miles of waterways. Water is the backdrop to stunning skyscrapers, none more infamous than the Wrigley Building, one of the few places in the world that goes by its name and not a number.

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Further afield, The Map Room, which dates from 1992, in the Bucktown area of Chicago serves up beer from 26 taps, including a cask ale, alongside over 100 bottle offerings. On draught, I found Three Floyds Alpha King, 6.7 percent abv, with a ship load of citrusy hop flavours, hit the mark neatly.

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It’s an open concept bar with high ceilings, giving it a funky and friendly feel, with an engaging atmosphere that has the bar hopping at all hours. This cash only bar has no kitchen, with alcohol sales under way as of 11 am. People are invited to bring in food or to order from the local take out menus available at the bar.

Head on up to 1949 North Hoyne Avenue by taxi and settle in for a relaxing time at the Map Room.

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CAMRA GBBF Winners Announced!

176Champion Beer of Britain 2015

CAMRA are pleased to announce this year’s Champion Beers of Britain as follows:

Supreme Champions

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Gold 
Tiny Rebel – Cwtch

Silver
Kelburn – Jaguar

Bronze
Dancing Duck – Dark Drake

Mild

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Gold
Williams Brother- Black

Silver
Rudgate – Ruby Mild

Bronze
Great Orme – Welsh Black

Best Bitter

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Gold
Tiny Rebel – Cwtch

Silver:
Highland – Scapa Special

Joint Bronze:
Barngates – Tag Lag
Salopian – Darwin’s Origin

Speciality

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Gold
Titantic – Plum Porter

Joint Silver 
Kissingate – Black Cherry Mild
Saltaire – Triple Chocolate

Bronze
Hanlons – Port Stout

Bitter

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Gold
Pheasantry – Best Bitter

Silver
Acorn – Barnsley Bitter

Joint Bronze
Purple Moose – Madog’s Ale
Timothy Taylors – Boltmaker

Golden

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Gold
Kelburn – Jaguar

Silver
Adnams – Explorer

Bronze
Blue Monkey – Infinity

Strong Bitter

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Gold
Dark Star – Revelation

Silver
Salopian – Golden Thread

Bronze
Grain – India Pale Ale

Champion Bottle-Conditioned Beer

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