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An Afternoon at the Map Room in Chicago

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What a blast it was to have a few pints in this pub. The bartenders (Aaron and Megan) were funny and knew their beers.

Map Room Chicago

I started off with the porter on special, Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing.

Edmund Fitzgerald Porter

It wasn’t too bad, but I don’t think I would order it again as I felt it lacked a good finish. Sort of watery at the end, if you know what I mean.

Next on my list was Sinebrychoff Porter.

Sinebrychoff Porter

It’s an unfiltered beer brewed by using top fermentation. It had a kind of fruity taste that I didn’t expect to come from such a dark porter. The chocolate flavor was a good balance with the fruity flavor. It was good and I would drink it again.

Then Megan the bartender and I spilt a Stovepipe Porter from the Otter Creek Brewing.

stovepipe porter

It has a nice dark color but it was a little hoppy for my taste. It’s not a bad beer to keep around and drink.

Following the Stovepipe Porter I moved on to the Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen. (I blogged this one from my phone while I was there.)

This beer in not for the week-hearted beer drinker. It is so smoky I thought I fire department would show up. But the beer has a nice balance with the malts and the smoky after taste. I would like it if some place around me sold this beer.

My last beer was O’Fallon Smoked Porter.

I’m sorry to say that after the beer before, my taste buds were no longer working right so I will have to retry this beer again. I do know I would have liked it if I had started off with this beer.

All-in-all, I give The Map Room 5 out of 5 pints!

And for your viewing pleasure, a few photos of the Map Room:


An outstanding beer selection


Lots of specials both on tap and in the bottle


And how could it be “The Map Room” without maps all over the walls?

On your next visit to Chicago, make sure to stop by:

» The Map Room

So, what do you think ?