Breweries Serving Eats on the Lake County Libation Trail

“He was a wise man who invented beer.” said Greek philosopher and suds enthusiast Plato. These beverage makers can also cook you a mean dish.

Lake County is home to 16 libation trail brewhouses, and nine of them serve exceptional eats.

Make sure this November, you note your attendance at one of these maker’s facilities via outdoor dining and/or carryout or curbside pickup. During Lake County Libation Trail Month, sippers have the opportunity to win a free overnight stay at Lincolnshire Marriott Resort for two with late checkout, a $50 food and beverage credit at Wright’s Brew & Bistro and a sample pack of Five Eyes Honey Ale, made with the honey produced at the resort, and brewed by Tighthead Brewing Co. in Mundelein. Continue here to learn more.

To enter, patrons will text “CHEERS” to 224-706-1133. Take a gander on the makers serving eats on the Lake County Libation Trail.

Half Day Brewing Co. in Lincolnshire

Savor the flavor of an extensive beer list at the Lincolnshire Brewery. The brewery commemorates the town’s real name, Halfda, contrary to popular belief of a half day’s journey from Chicago. The chief of the village, Chief Atakisic of the Potawatomi tribe, was a Native American leader known for making the Treaty of Chicago in 1833 surrounding the Black Hawk War. And now we move to the present. The four-year-old Lincolnshire brewpub frequently swaps out and adds new delicious craft flavors. Some of their lauded beers include Chieftain Session IPA, the Meridian Wit and their marquee beverage, the Barrel-Aged Warrior Paint Imperial Coffee Stout. Their eats menus are highlighted by award-winning wings, wood-fired pizza, tacos, burgers, sandwiches and a host of other delectable bites. While we endure more mitagations to fight the ongoing coronavirus, Half Day Brewing Co is open for outdoor drinks and dining, but you can also order carryout.

Half Day Brewing Company, 200 Village Green, Lincolnshire.

Light the Lamp Brewery in Grayslake

This downtown Grayslake pub serves innovative brews, modern American cuisine, locally-sourced craft spirits and top-notch draft wines all handcrafted in-house. Light the Lamp has 14 craft suds drafts created internally. For those who aren’t beer lovers, the seven-year-old Grayslake brewpub also offers tap wine. Besides libations, the hockey-themed also offers unique meals, including burgers, sandwiches, flatbreads, shared plates, bowls and desserts. Some of Light the Lamp’s signature suds include the Red Line Ale (amber ale), Sin Bout Stout (oatmeal stout) and the 1980 Miracle American Pale Ale Kick back, relax and let that lettuce down. Order their brews, eats or both with their outdoor patio service, carryout or delivery.

Light the Lamp Brewery, 2 S. Lake St., Grayslake.

Mickey Finn’s Brewery in Libertyville


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The first craft brewery in the land of lakes is Mickey Finn’s Brewery in Libertyville. Illinois’s oldest brewpub serves up some house-made ales and lagers as well as eats. The 1994-established brewhouse has served nearly six million pints in that period and sits in their industrial/renovated home on MainStreet Libertyville. Currently, Mickey Finn’s has eight of their homemade brews on tap. The Libertyville business is known for its Santa’s Magic Belgian Strong Golden Ale, their new Can I Kick It IPA, Pineapple Express and an array of other rotating sips. Mickey Finn’s serves brunch (weekends only), lunch and dinner, including salads, burgers, sandwiches, wraps, seafood, tacos and thin crust pizza. The garden is still open during this public health crisis, but Mickey FInn’s is also open for carryout, curbside pickup and delivery.

Mickey Finn’s Brewery, 345 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.

Wild Onion Brewery & Banquets in Lake Barrington

This local favorite has been a staple in southwestern Lake County since 2003. The brewhouse creates handcrafted beers and hearty comfort food. The Lake Barrington brewery’s philosophy is being firmly grounded with a passion and respect for many of the world-class beer styles that exist in today’s brewing renaissance. The Onion Pub’s signature brews include the Misfit American IPA, the Hop Slayer Double IPA and Beggar’s Brown (English-style). The brewpub’s menu is highlighted by soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches, seafoods and more. The Lake Barrington sudsery is providing carryout and delivery on Thursdays through Sundays with the state mitigation measures.

Wild Onion Brewery & Banquets, 22221 N. Pepper Rd., Lake Barrington.

Phase Three Brewing Company in Lake Zurich

Lake Zurich is home to a slew of stops o the libation trail including Roaring Table Brewery and Copper Fiddle Distillery. The Lake County brew pub was founded in March 2019 by Evan Morris along with husband and wife duet head brewers Shaun and Britanny Berns. THe three ran the decade-long Ram Brewery in Schaumburg that has since closed, but the three had some unfinished business. A fall beverage the Lake Zurich brewery just created pairs their ingredients with renowned Affy Tapples called a Bushel of Apples. Through these times, Phase Three will continue outdoor seating. Make sure you grab a bite with foodie partner Kooker’s.

Phase Three Brewing Company, 932 Donata Ct., Lake Zurich.

Ravinia Brewing Co. in Highland Park

The Highland Park brewery features a variety of beers in addition to Mexican street fare like tacos, burritos, salads and more. Your tasty Tuesday is now paired with brew and southwest cuisine. The brewpub was recognized for the “Best Beer Garden” by the North Shore Choice Awards. A collection of their trademark libations includes the Flight of the Rooster Saison, the Steep Ravine IPA and the Baldwin Porter. Enjoy a few brews compliments of the Highland Park Libation Trail stop on their heated beer garden (which is also award-winning), or via carryout. Periodically the Ravinia District will shut down the street so you can eat and drink local on Roger WIlliams Avenue.

Ravinia Brewing Company, 582 Roger Williams Ave., Highland Park.

Roaring Table Brewery in Lake Zurich

Roaring Table brings a cozy taproom and an eclectic menu of fresh, hand-made craft beers to the land of lakes. The USA Today 10Best winner for Best New Brewery is a small batch brewhouse showcasing options ranging from dry and expressive farmhouse ales to simple and refreshing lagers. Roaring Table also offers a number of ciders, hard seltzers, sodas and snacks. They sell snacks in-house, but you can also take in with the eats in Lake Zurich’s foodie scene. You can order carryout brews or sit in their outdoor area while the weather is warm.

Side Lot Brewery in Wauconda

This sleek and savvy brewery knows what’s up with a stellar selection of beers on tap. The Wauconda brewhouse is a rustic, reclaimed and lounge. Cool, welcoming color palettes and friendly faces. Whether it’s craft beer, microbrews, craft spirits, boutique wine or even locally-roasted coffee, the Side Lot Brewery has something for your taste buds. Established in 2015, the Wauconda (Wakanda) suds staple is highlighted by 13 brews on tap, including the precious Vibranium IPA. Not only is it what charges T’Calla’s Black Panther suit, but it’s also what fuels us during libation month. The Wauconda brewpub provides a slew of snacks and small bites. During this public health crisis, Side Lot provides carry out orders and has an outdoor area for libation-ers. Chill in one of their igloo bubbles.

Side Lot Brewery, 110 Slocum Lake Rd., Wauconda.

Wright’s Brew & Bistro inside Lincolnshire Marriott Resort

Offering a casual dining experience that is exceptional is Wright’s Brew and Bistro located inside the Lincolnshire Marriott. The Lincolnshire bar and restaurant provides the honey to Five Eyes Honey Ale that is brewed by other Lake County Libation Trail partner, Tighthead Brewery in Mundelein. In the eats department, Wright’s serves traditional Midwest comfort food with a modern twist of spices.

Wright’s Brew & Bistro, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire.

To learn more about breweries serving eats on the Lake County Libation Trail, click here. To find out more information about the Check-in Challenge, continue here. To check out libations that will ignite your fall feels, click here. 


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