Old Town Pour House's Massive Beer List | Chicago

Draft beer as far as the eye can see at Old Town Pour House

Old Town Pour House believes in the power of the draft.

The new Old Town bar is lively and sceney, but with a beer program to please the most serious drinkers.

It eschews bottles entirely, instead serving 90 different drafts on 120 taps. "It's beer's truest form," says Ken Henricks, the brains behind the supersized list. Lest the tome-like menu be disorienting, we asked Henricks to recommend a few of his favorite off-the-drinking-path brews.

Mikkeller 1000 IBU Light ($14 per pint): One tap handle is devoted to beers from this Danish gypsy brewer, which brews in small batches on borrowed equipment at breweries around the world. The current pour–the 1000 IBU–is pleasantly imbalanced, with a big hop profile and a small malt body.

Lost Coast Brewery and Café Tangerine Wheat ($6 per pint): This is one of Henricks' go-tos during warm weather. "It's similar to a Blue Moon, but uses tangerines in the brewing process," he says. "It's so well made, well balanced."

Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada Obscura Dark Dawn Stout ($12 per pint): "This is not for the faint of heart," says Henricks, who also rotates in limited offerings from this Michigan brewery. Its stout is light but packs a punch, with 8.1 percent alcohol, sour notes and a dry finish.

Old Town Pour House, 1419 N. Wells St.; 312-477-2088 or oldtownpourhouse.com