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Five Places to Try Cask Beer: Fountainhead, Owen & Engine, and More

It’s warmish, it’s flattish, it’s British, and, depending on how seriously you take your brews, it’s authentic. Selections rotate often.

Fountainhead bar

Fountainhead (above)
Call ahead: The hand-pumped beer engines run dry fast. 1970 W. Montrose Ave.; fountainheadchicago.com. Read our review »

Owen & Engine
Sip your pint fireside in the surprisingly opulent upstairs lounge. 2700 N. Western Ave.; owenengine.com

In Fine Spirits
North Siders swear by this Andersonville patio; until summer, we’ll nurse our brews at the indoor bar. 5420 N. Clark St.; infinespirits.com

Emmett’s
Bring the kids: There’s a family-friendly vibe at this local chain, with outposts in West Dundee, Palatine, and Downers Grove. emmettsbrewingco.com

Two Brothers Tap House
End your cask ale circuit with a brewery tour and a beer in the western burbs. 30W315 Calumet Ave., Warrenville; twobrosbrew.com

 

Photograph: Chris Guillen

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