For such a tiny place, Sketchbook Brewing (821 Chicago Ave., Evanston) has quite a bit of character. Though there's only room for a handful of guests, there's more than enough beer to go around, which is good, because there's quite a bit to sample.

You won't find anything too out-there among the nanobrewery's 12 offerings—they're kind of beer classicists here, so you'll see much more along the lines of pale ales and Belgians. The goal here is to stay hyperlocal (you're not looking at the next Lagunitas), and the crowd falls along those lines as well, with plenty of neighborhood types hanging out and relaxing through the weekend.

Here's what we saw when we stopped in.