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Gettin' Galactic in the Glen...
Posted Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 by emerge

So today I came across a post about finding good beer in unlikely places, which inspired me to recall this recent beerhunting episode. 

Technically not Forest Glen (in Jefferson Park), but right near the Metra stop there sits this unassuming place:

Rabbits

(credit: chicagogeek, flickr)

Stumbled across it on beermenus, lo and behold they listed Galactic Double Daisy on tap (and maybe still do). What the hell, it's off Elston, i'll bike on over there. 

Well they did have it, and at the advertised price of $5. Pretty sweet. It's been sold out since day one virtually everywhere else, which was during craft beer week a couple months ago (at the TBS Blind Robin pre-Goose cornhole). Oddly enough Rabbit's had a pretty great beer selection for being a very divey dive practically on the edge of civilization. Four Revolution taps, and a Grand Teton on special for $2 (!?!). "Who drinks all these?" I thought as I watched the middle aged after work crowd mostly swilling Miller Lite. One guy swiftly drank an Alpha King from the bottle and was on his way. There was a crew of nearly a dozen regulars that mostly seemed to be blue collar neighborhood residents... old guys with white hair, grimy jeans, and leathery tans from decades of construction. A few Irish and Polish accents in the crowd. Nary a beer nerd in sight, and regular bar prices... maybe this is heaven.

The bar had two rooms, the main bar room and a side room for bands and table seating. Behind the backward-L shaped bar was a tiny grill that looked like it hadn't changed since the 50's. Taped up on one wood paneled wall was a printout of their beermenus list, and an FFF poster that simply said "We're watching you" with a big brother-style graphic. The bartenders were friendly, and everyone seemed to be on a first-name basis. Asked a guy if an empty bar seat was taken, and he grunted "Yeah" and that was it. Definitely an outsider, oh well. I'll drink a delicious DIPA to drown my sorrows. Make that two... Watched a little WGN news and was on my merry way. 

So the vibe was a little odd, but alright... and the beer selection was pretty nice. Rabbit's is a very unlikely oasis for the area, and if you're passing by, stop in and you might be surprised by what you find. 

2013 update: Been back in a couple of times, and the regulars do warm up to you, it all depends who you run into. They update on beermenus fairly regularly, though seemingly have gotten wise to the craft beer bar pricing scheme. BCS is a $1 an ounce now, but i'm not complaining :) 

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