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Tour Forbidden Root, West Town's Quirky, Botanical Brewpub Opening Thursday

Not Your Father's Root Beer is not served here.

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Craft beer fans have long sipped the botanical brews from Forbidden Root. But on Thursday, the brewery finally opens up its brewpub, giving the company space to make their beer and a space for customers to sip their scientifically-styled beverages and elixirs in-house, which are made with natural flavors.

They've converted the 8,000-square-foot Hub Theater, creating a comfy and rustic space that matches their brewers' commitments to beer. The bar is obviously the centerpiece, catching visitor's eyes as they enter. Check out the jar of ingredients on the back shelf, the same ingredients drinkers will taste while sipping on their beers. Windows separate the brewery from the dining area's 150 seats, and there's also a private space available. The food and beer reflect a more mature palette, so this isn't a space to tie one on. Instead, enjoy the quirkiness of the beers and natural soft drinks. Take a peek at the photos above.

Forbidden Root, 1746 W. Chicago Ave., (312) 929-2202, open daily 4 p.m. to midnight, kitchen closes daily at 10 p.m. Hours will eventually extend.

Forbidden Root

1746 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622 (312) 929-2202 Visit Website