Style: Foreign Extra Stout
ABV: 8.5%
Availability: Draft Only
Artwork by: Axel Widén (

Exorcist is a devastating foreign extra stout. This beast pours black as Satan’s heart. Barrages of exotic fruit follow the immediate intensity of dark chocolate malt; making the consumption of this beer a breath-taking affair, rendering your taste buds possessed. Bold in body, rich in flavor, with a dry finish, Exorcist is a testament to Local Option Bierwerker’s ability to make balanced beers of any style or ferocity.


Mourning Wood
Style: Hybrid Ale
ABV: 7.3%
Availability: Draft, 500mL Bottles

Mourning Wood is an oak-aged coffee ale developed by the Local Option Bierwerker.  Fresh American oak used during the aging process and Dark Matter’s El Salvador San Jose pulp-natural coffee aromatically drive the beer; while remaining subtle components of the beers’ complete flavor profile.  This amber colored, medium-bodied, and extraordinarily well-balanced ale was first unveiled at the Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers in November 2011.   Mourning Wood’s taste is delicate and should be appreciated by beer drinkers of all palates.


Blood Ov The Kings
Style: Red Wheat Ale
ABV: 6%
Availability: Draft, 500mL Bottles

At the peak of summer 1631 King Gustavus Adolphus led thousands of Swedish troops into Northern Germany. Following the destruction and subsequent plundering of Brandenburg Adolphus’ army marched through the endless wheat fields en route to Bavaria. Brewed with copious amounts of red wheat, Blood ov the Kings is aromatically driven by bread, biscuit and notes of exotic fruit. Hazy and medium bodied the beer has a rich and creamy mouth feel with a dry, bitter, and slightly sweet finish. Unbound by the Reinheitsgebot, Blood ov the Kings would certainly have been the vital fluid of victory for the Swedish monarch as he spilled blood across the wheat fields of Northern Europe.


DAMPF LOC - Neue Welt Hefe Gerste
Style: Dampfbier
ABV: 5.3%
Availability: Draft, 500mL Bottles

Dampf Loc is an all-barley warm fermented ale brewed by the folks from Chicago’s Local Option; inspired by “Dampfbier” originally crafted by medieval peasant inhabitants of the Bavarian Forest.  During the fermentation process generous amounts of foam and surface bubbles burst in the tank, giving the illusion that the ferment is boiling or “steaming.”  Local Option took up the task of brewing Dampf Loc as a modern interpretation of its Teutonic predecessor, creating a “Hefe Gerste” ale that is true to its roots; unmistakable in character yet accessible to beer drinkers of all palates.

Dampf Loc has a mild hop profile, medium body with pleasant effervescence and a clear, rich, orange hue.  Dampf Loc is ideal for warm months, yet enjoyable year round.


Voku Hila
Style: Helles Bock
ABV: 6.5%
Availability: Draft, 500mL Bottles

Vokuhila is a strong lager developed and brewed by Local Option Bierwerker. This maibock is golden in color with a large, creamy, persistent white head; aromatically driven by robust toast and bread notes derived from continental European pale malts with moderate spice from noble German hops.  Vokulhila will be appreciated by lager and mullet enthusiasts alike.


Style: Pilsener
ABV: 5.0%
Availability: Draft, 500mL Bottles

Developed and brewed by Local Option Bierwerker, this pilsener was designed to deliver fresh German lager to American soil. What’s the secret you ask? It begins by getting a famous German brewmaster wasted on American double IPA’s at the Option, and then fooling him into revealing the most classified methods of making perfect Deutsch Pils. Consider this beer another victory for the Allies.


Die Königin
Style: Oak Aged Kellerbier

ABV: 6.5%
Availability: Draft Only

Die Königin is an unfiltered, unpasteurized oak-aged Kellerbier.  This strong lager pours hazy, bright amber with a white head.  Lightly effervescent with assertive biscuit qualities and an adequate Tettanang hop presence, Die Königin is matured for several weeks on light toast oak, imparting a creamy mouth feel and a dry finish, accentuating sweet malt qualities.   This Stark Lager is produced in small quantities for lager connoisseurs with the most discerning palates.


Sweet Leif
Style: Bière de Garde
ABV: 6.5%
Availability: Draft
Sweet Leif is a Bière de Garde infused with Chinese Sencha Green Tea. The beer pours deep gold with aromas of earthy spice and fruit esters. Flavors of grass, toasted malt and slightly sweet caramel are immediately present, augmented by a smooth, medium body and a dry finish. You will love Sweet Leif though it can’t hear you.


American Muscle  New World Double IPA
Style: Double/Imperial IPA
ABV: 13%
Availability: Draft Only

American Muscle – New World Double IPA is massive hop-bomb brewed Local Option Bierwerker. Aggressively late-kettle and dry hopped with four quintessential varietals of American hops; this beer is built like houses used to be. A strong malt backbone balances a rich, flavorful palate of citrus fruit with floral and earthy notes. No adjuncts or extracts of any type were used in this beer.


Walk ov Shame
Style: Saison
ABV: 5.8%
Availability: Draft Only

Walk ov Shame is a crushable saison. This exquisite, unfiltered elixir pours vibrant orange with a creamy, ivory head. Moderate fruit qualities are immediately present on the nose, followed by waves of spice, slight funkiness, discrete fruit esters, and earthiness. Fermented with proprietary yeast from a world-renown Wallonian producer, Walk ov Shame finishes dry, medium bodied and crisp, leaving you alone, with only your shameful desire to over indulge.


Central Waters / Local Option Bourbon Barrel Aged La Petite Mort
Style: Hybrid Ale
ABV: 9.05%
Bourbon Barrel Aged La Petite Mort is a Belgian inspired Weissenbock brewed as a collaboration between The Local Option and Central Waters Brewery in Amherst, Wisconsin.  Originally released in summer 2012, BBA La Petite Mort will be available in spring 2013 on draft and in large format bottles.

When Central Waters decided to open its brew house for its first collaboration beer, Chicago’s Local Option was the obvious partner in crime.  The resulting brainchild, Bourbon Barrel Aged La Petite Mort – a Belgian inspired Weissenbock – maintains the traditional characteristics of its Bavarian forbearer, with the added complexity of Belgian ale yeast.  BBA La Petite Mort is dark amber in color; maintains a rich, full-bodied mouth-feel augmented by caramel; mild and dark fruit; and vanilla and bourbon aromas as a result of six months of aging on Heaven Hill Barrels..  Rounded out by an unostentatious bourbon driven aroma from brief bourbon barrel aging, BBA La Petite Mort is a complex ale, a marriage of distinctive styles, and an orgasmic experience for the taste buds that revel in its glory.


Barrel Aged Kentucky Common
Style: Kentucky Common / Traditional Ale
ABV: 6.5%
Availability:Draft Only

Barrel Aged Kentucky Common is a modern interpretation of an ale style native to pre-prohibition Louisville.  Historically the beer was dark in color, creamy, and tart as a result of the introduction of lactobacillus bacteria by sour mashing.  Local Option Bierkwerker took up the task of brewing this once familiar style – electing to use specialty grains rather than a large percentage of corn – yielding an adventurous taste profile befitting both conventional and courageous palates.


We are not gypsies.  We have a home and it’s the Local Option.  We don’t play mandolins: we rock SGs.  We don’t read palms: we put beers in them.  We don’t storm into your village unwanted and filthy, we are summoned by your leaders to deliver intoxicating elixirs and purloin your sobriety.  If you take our picture YOUR soul will be stolen. Warnung: untersuchen Sie nicht direkt den Bieraufkleber, es kann tödlich sein.