Beer pairings have been a staple in American culture─brats and beer at a ball game, pizza and beer for a movie night in and salty popcorn and beer at a neighborhood bar. Beer pairings continue to evolve, and bacon has emerged as the newest companion to your favorite brew. Here are the best places in the Windy City to order up bacon with your beer. ‘Merica.
Bacon and beer unite at this establishment on Restaurant Row on Randolph Street. Get comfortable in the 200-seat beer garden with skyline views before ordering the five-pound bacon bomb. Comprised of two pounds of ground beef, two pounds of ground pork, sixteen slices of thick-cut bacon, two eggs and spices, this monstrous loaf serves six to eight people. Intimidated? Opt for the beer and bacon flight instead.
Since Paddy Long’s opened its doors in Lakeview in 2007, patrons have been gorging on specialty bacon items and Irish beers as they take in a soccer match on TV. The beer and bacon tasting continues to be the most popular draw, so be sure to sign up online to reserve your spot to sample five different cuts of bacon with five beers for the ultimate beer and bacon experience.
At first glance, Overtime Bar appears to be your standard sports bar, but look a little deeper and you’ll quickly realize why “The Chicago Traveler” named Overtime one of the top 10 places for bacon in Chicago. A specialty bacon menu highlights items varying from bacon and steak roulade to a bacon and fish taco. Even the drink menu goes beyond the standard beer list to offer up bacon-themed cocktails like the Chocolate Piggy made with chocolate liquor and bacon vodka and garnished with chocolate dipped bacon and a brown sugar bacon rim.