A Night Out in Lake County with Anthony and Jonathan: Beer Market

By: Jonathan Jones 03/13/2015

beermarketAnthony Haag and I took a journey down to Vernon Hills Town Market to see what all the hubbub was about with Beer Market. First thing is first, it’s extremely easy to get to from the Tri-State; on the corner of Milwaukee and Half Day Road.

We instantly knew Beer Market was going to be a hit when we got in the parking lot, which was essentially standing room only. It was only 5:30 and the lot was jam packed!

After finding parking, both Anthony and I look around and it almost felt like Beer Market is the focal point of this area. Beer Market is located in the South East corner of the parking area and surrounding the Vernon Hills pub was a slew of restaurants.

When you walk through the threshold, you find your own chairs. This is kind of a breath of fresh air, because it was a Friday and we didn’t have to wait for the host or hostess to guide us to our table.

When we finally sat down, the staff handed us our beer encyclopedia and to go crazy. Beer Market features over 500 microbrews, craft, flavored, organic, gluten-free, seasonal and other specialty beers, wines and beverages.

Anthony and I had just got off from a busy day of work at Visit Lake County, and were in the mood for dinner. We found that Beer Market didn’t sell food, but were actually a BYOF (bring your own food) establishment.

As we were about to leave to grab food and come back, our server stopped us saying that ‘they have menus to all the participating restaurants’ - which was essentially a selection of six, maybe seven restaurants that surrounded the bar.

Our choices for food were limitless. The participating partners with Beer Market are Eight Piece Rolls, Chicago’s Original Real Urban Barbecue, Philly G’s, Halsted Street Deli, Giuseppes Pizza and Tom & Eddies.

Did I mention that these restaurants deliver and ask for you NOT to tip? You also don’t have to order from the same restaurant even though you’re sitting at the same table. Anthony ordered a chicken finger salad from Tom & Eddies, while I took to a chicken Caesar salad from Halsted Street Deli.

After we made our selections for our food , we took a look at the beer menu. I’m an India pale ale type of guy, so I pretty much enjoy any brand of the beer that brews that particular flavor. I asked our server what he thought the best IPA was and he went down a list of a few – (which I hadn’t heard of 75 percent of the brands)

I ordered the Great Divide Titan, a Colorado IPA. From a person who enjoys going to Midwestern breweries, it was nice to know that they carried more well-known suds, i.e. because Anthony ordered a Goose Island 312.

It was literally moments after we got our drinks and both restaurants appeared with our food. Are you kidding me? Only 10 minutes a piece??

Content with our experience we watched the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks, while talking shop in an environment where you can actually hear yourself think!

Soon there was a guitar and bass duet that came and filled the air with great covers.

Beer Market features live music regularly and they perform on a balcony on the second floor. When the live acts begin, the TVs are turned down.

If you’re looking to wet your whistle in Vernon Hills responsibly (especially with St. Patrick's Day approaching), head on over to the Beer Market!

Related Content
2024 Lake County Fourth of July Guide
posted: 06/21/2024
Lake County is the perfect place to celebrate the 4th of July, offering a variety of exciting activities for all ages. From d...
2024 Lake County Summer Concerts and Movies in the Park
posted: 06/14/2024
Welcome to your ultimate guide to summer entertainment in Lake County! As the days grow longer and the temperatures rise, the...
45+ Ways to Treat Dad to a Happy Father's Day in Lake County 2024
posted: 06/07/2024
Father's Day is just around the corner, and Lake County offers an abundance of exciting activities and events to make thi...
Summer Festival Season in Lake County 2024
posted: 05/31/2024
Excuse our language, but the summer festival season in Lake County is incredibly exciting (and we’re not just talking a...
Special Offers
Calendar of Events
Lake County Libation Trail
Free Visitors Guide
Tour Itineraries
Print Page
Road Trips Video