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John Barleycorn: World Class Beer Bar?

By Chuck Sudo in Food on Apr 30, 2008 6:22PM

s6496.jpgAll About Beer magazine (via) listed their "top 125 places to have a beer before you die" (a nice arbitrary number, by the way). Five local taverns made the cut: Hopleaf (#24), Clark Street Ale House (#43), Map Room (#47), Goose Island (#84) and John Barleycorn, which makes the cut ten spots from the bottom at #115.

Our doppelganger in the Emerald City wholeheartedly agreed with the inclusion of Hopleaf and Map Room, although Map Room should certainly rank higher than Clark Street Ale House. That bar does have a solid selection of ales. The main draw of Goose Island - besides dining with toddlers - is being able to sample some selections you'll only find at the brewpub. Things like their sahti.

But Barleycorn? Really. Barleycorn?

Words escape us. Discuss.