In the past year, the number of small American breweries has broken a 142-year-old record, and interest in craft beer keeps climbing.

Alexandria VA, Feb. 9, 2016 — The best beer in Chicago isn’t even from Chicago. It’s in the suburb of Lyons, Illinois, about 15 miles west of the Loop. BuckleDown Brewing is like many new microbreweries, nestled in a repurposed building in a mixed residential and industrial area. Driving there from the city entails a trip through Chicagoland, from densely packed buildings downtown to single-family homes at the outskirts to houses with yards in Lyons.

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