Highest-rated breweries in Illinois

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January 16, 2022
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Highest-rated breweries in Illinois

Just a few decades ago, the list of breweries to visit in any given area were small—perhaps a handful around larger metro areas and a few more tucked away in rural spots. Thanks to the craft brewery revolution, though, no one need look too hard to find a bounty of venues to visit. Retail sales of craft beer in the U.S. grew from $10 million in 2011 to $29 million in 2019, according to Statista, with the COVID-19 pandemic creating the first dip in sales in 2020 after increases every year. In 2019, small and independent brewers put 26.3 million barrels of beer into the world, according to the Brewers Association, representing inroads into the beer market share.

Most breweries don’t just roll out the barrels, though. They also offer tours, which has become an increasingly popular activity for those 21 and over. Businesses capitalizing on areas where craft breweries are clustered nearby package tours and provide transport. Like wine tastings at vineyards, visitors can taste a brewery’s products. In-demand beers and small-batch brews can be events in their own right, with beer lovers lining up to get limited-release beers. If nothing else, brewery tours are usually a cheap way to drink a lot of beer. Stacker compiled a list of the highest rated breweries in Illinois on Tripadvisor.

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#27. Excel Bottling Company

- Rating: 5.0 / 5 (16 reviews)
- Address: 488 S Broadway, Breese, IL 62230-1805
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#26. Buffalo Creek Brewing

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (7 reviews)
- Address: 360 Historical Ln, Long Grove, IL 60047-9613
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#25. Big Muddy Brewing

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (30 reviews)
- Address: 1430 N 7th St, Murphysboro, IL 62966-3938
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#24. Solemn Oath Brewery

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (49 reviews)
- Address: 1661 Quincy Ave Ste 179, Naperville, IL 60540-3969
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#23. Pollyanna Brewing Company

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (50 reviews)
- Address: 431 Talcott Ave, Lemont, IL 60439-3744
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#22. Penrose Brewing Company

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (44 reviews)
- Address: 509 Stevens St, Geneva, IL 60134-1363
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#21. Goose Island Beer Co

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (276 reviews)
- Address: 1800 W Fulton St, Chicago, IL 60612-2512
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#20. One Trick Pony Brewery

- Rating: 5.0 / 5 (14 reviews)
- Address: 17851 Chappel Ave, Lansing, IL 60438-4525
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#19. ZumBier

- Rating: 5.0 / 5 (18 reviews)
- Address: 3232 W Monroe St, Waukegan, IL 60085-3029
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#18. McHenry Brewing Company

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (13 reviews)
- Address: 3425 Pearl St, McHenry, IL 60050-4446
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#17. Whiskey Hill Brewing Company

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (19 reviews)
- Address: 1115 Zygmunt Cir, Westmont, IL 60559-2684
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#16. Evil Horse Brewing Company

- Rating: 5.0 / 5 (16 reviews)
- Address: 1338 Main Street, Crete, IL 60417-2131
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#15. Small Town Brewery

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (18 reviews)
- Address: 1000 N Rand Rd Ste 204, Wauconda, IL 60084-1182
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#14. Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery

- Rating: 5.0 / 5 (12 reviews)
- Address: 4679 N Flansburg Rd, Lena, IL 61048-9535
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#13. Lil Beaver Brewery

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (17 reviews)
- Address: 5 Finance Dr, Bloomington-Normal, IL 61704-9183
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#12. Lena Brewing Company

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (51 reviews)
- Address: 9416 W Wagner Rd, Lena, IL 61048-9664
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#11. Alter Brewing Company

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (46 reviews)
- Address: 2300 Wisconsin Ave Ste 213, Downers Grove, IL 60515-2234
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#10. Church Street Brewing Company

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (40 reviews)
- Address: 1480 Industrial Dr Unit C, Itasca, IL 60143-1864
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#9. Tighthead Brewing Company

- Rating: 5.0 / 5 (52 reviews)
- Address: 161 N Archer Ave, Mundelein, IL 60060-2301
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#8. Metal Monkey Brewing

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (25 reviews)
- Address: 515 Anderson Dr Suite 900, Romeoville, IL 60446-1756
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#7. Werk Force Brewing Company

- Rating: 5.0 / 5 (5 reviews)
- Address: 14903 S Center St, Plainfield, IL 60544-2177
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#6. Skeleton Key Brewery

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (17 reviews)
- Address: 8102 Lemont Rd #300, Woodridge, IL 60517-7759
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#5. Noon Whistle Brewing Company

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (44 reviews)
- Address: 800 E Roosevelt Rd, Lombard, IL 60148-4735
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#4. Wolfden Brewing

- Rating: 5.0 / 5 (7 reviews)
- Address: 112 W Lake St, Bloomingdale, IL 60108-1018
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#3. Hailstorm Brewing Co

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (49 reviews)
- Address: 8060 186th St, Tinley Park, IL 60487-9215
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#2. Une Annee Brewery

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (9 reviews)
- Address: 9082 W Golf Rd, Niles, IL 60714-5805
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#1. Only Child Brewing Company

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (11 reviews)
- Address: 1350 Tri State Pkwy Suite 124, Gurnee, IL 60031-9185
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