Craft Beer & Bars
Small and independent craft brewers, such as Oasis Micro-pub, have truly stolen the hearts of many Rockfordians. Taste and flavor are a paramount focus of local Rockford craft beers, but it is about so much more than just the flavor – it’s about the craft beer experience. Stop in at Carlyle Brewing Co. which is owned and operated by Don Carlyle, an accomplished, world-traveled brewmaster.
Rising from the banks of the Rock River in downtown Rockford is the Prairie Street Brewing Company, which is home to the Rockford original beer, the Nikolob – known as the beer that made Milwaukee jealous. Prairie Street Brewing Company has made a name for itself with fantastic pub food and their summertime Dinner on the Docks food and concert series. Just a few quick hops away is Carlyle Brewing Company serving up classic pub fair like brats and hot pretzels that pair perfectly with their 10 plus brews on tap, and don’t forget about their root beer.
Just north of downtown Rockford in Machesney Park is Pig Minds Brewing Co. that takes a different spin on their food and beer line-up. Once referred to as a “vegan wonderland,” the menu doesn’t disappoint anyone’s taste buds, and that includes the ever-changing lineup of original beers.
The good news doesn't end there , thirsty ones. The Rockford region's craft brew scene goes on and on. Many local clubs, pubs and eateries have dived into the craft business with all taps on deck. Olympic Tavern, Rural on Tap, Tavern on Clark, Aero Ale House and alchemy and many more hotspots serve it up cold and crafty on draught.