Kaiser Tiger | Near West Side | Bar/Lounge, Patio /Beer Garden, Must-Visit Bar | Restaurant
The former Tasting Room, now a beer hall devoted to bacon, sausages, and other forms of red meat.

Our Review

This beer, bacon, and sausage emporium is not as refined or as interesting as its Randolph Row neighbors. And it’s definitely not as popular, at least judging from the number of empty seats on a recent Friday night in the cavernous indoor space, on the oversized sidewalk, and lining the picnic tables on the back patio. As for the food, the Beer & Bacon—a bacon-wrapped sausage composed of beef, pork, and Lagunitas IPA—had a nice snap and a fair hint of hops, and the bacon retained a surprising amount of its texture. The pretzel bun on which the Beer & Bacon is served was, unfortunately, the same temperature as my New Holland Incorrigible. The sour ale is among nearly 30 draft offerings—most of which come in 16-, ten-, and five-ounce pours. Exploring several of the five-ounce ones is a fun time, especially given that many—including the Off Color Scurry, a local riff on a kottbusser, brewed with honey and molasses—are a mere $2. The safest bet here is anything with bacon, which shows up on a bacon board (four “gourmet” cuts), in bacon-wrapped dates, in bacon-wrapped shrimp, and in the form of bacon “grenades” (spicy meatballs wrapped in bacon, beer battered, and deep-fried—OK, maybe that’s not so safe).

Mara Shalhoup

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