This bare-bones space loses points for a scarcity of creature comforts (such as seating), though it’s all in the service of the standout base menu of complex, malty beers, which are approachable yet still interesting enough for seasoned drinkers. But the “experimental brews” are a beer geek’s dream come true: Hop-obsessed staffers ask for your feedback on pints—and they’ll actually take your advice for future batches. 1801 W. Foster Ave., 773-654-3104

Crowd Tattooed hopheads
Food Nuts and jerky, but you can bring in food as well
Top Tipple The four-beer Experimental Flight, $12