Empirical Brewery

Microbrewery

in Lincoln Square & Ravenswood

Hobnob with neighborhood folks in Empirical's no-frills taproom: play board games, hit the pinball machine, pet the locals' dogs. There's a science-geek theme at play, not only in the signature beers' names (Electron Smash pale ale, Cold Fusion cream ale), but also in the one-off, experimental brews Empirical makes weekly, anything from a kettle-soured ale to an imperial rye stout.

Food trucks often show up outside the brewery.