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Brewed Naturally. Savored Socially.

Chicago's First Botanical Brewery And Restaurant

Immerse yourself in rich, authentic tastes.

Indulge, dine, and enjoy a multi-sensory experience.


Fobab 2022 Runner Up


Panda Party


Black Lager


Hoodie Weather


Vienna-Style Lager ale


Summer Symphony


Fruited Golden Ale


Purple Pils



Rotating IPA Series

Radio Swan



Rotating IPA Series

Ghost Tropic


India Pale Ale

Rotating IPA Series

Snoochie Boochies


India Pale Ale

Year Round

Strawberry Basil Hefeweizen


Wheat Beer

Year Round

Peach Wit


Wheat Beer

Upcoming Events

Groove Is At The Yard

🎶 Eat, drink, move and groove every Thursday at The Yard! Our weekly music series, Groove is at The Yard, will feature local artists playing a variety of styles from funk and acoustic, to Americana and rock. Grab a drink on one of the patios overlooking The Yard (Beeline – Easton Town Center, Forbidden Root Columbus and CRIMSON ) or pop out your favorite lawn chair in front of the stage! Shows are free to attend and open to all ages.


- Until September 26, 2024
- Until 9:00pm


Forbidden Root

Thank you! Thank you to all that voted for us for @10best #1 Brewpub!! Truly and honor! Thank you to all of our amazing staff that make this all happen! @forbiddenrootchicago is our OG and it means the world people love coming there! 

What a week here at Forbidden Root! Appreciate all the love. Congrats to our great friends @oldirvingbrewing on being top 10 as well! 

#forbiddenroot #bestbrewpub #usatoday10best #chicagobeer #chicagofoodie
It’s a perfect day to come have a burger with us! And our Monday special still goes strong! $17 bucks for a burger, FR beer, and a shot of bourbon! All 3 locations and all day! See you soon. 

#burgerspecial #forbiddenroot #forbiddenrootcolumbus #forbiddenrootchicago
You know what tastes great when it’s hot? A beer. Get out of the heat and come hang in the taproom.

#beerme #forbiddenrootchicago #cultivatebyforbiddenroot #forbiddenrootcolumbus #itshotoutside
Closer Afield! A new lower ABV version of Further Afield we released a while back! A farmhouse ale with Meyer Lemon, Lemon Thyme, and Marjoram! It is coming in at 4.5% so you can have plenty of them this spring/summer! Check out your local FR and pick some up today! 

#botanicalbeer #forbiddenroot #illinoisbeer #farmhouseale
This Wednesday we will be tapping some hits from some of our best friends in Ohio! 

4pm start time and beer list coming early next week! Come by and try what some of the best beers from the Buckeye state! 

@gemutbiergarten @streetsidebrewery @derivebeer @forbiddenrootcolumbus 

#beerevents #ohiobeer #forbiddenroot
Come visit us at Ravenswood on Tap today! We debuted our collab with our friends @risegardens! 

Walking Distance, a Farmhouse Ale with Butterfly Borage and German Chamomile! 

Stop by @cultivatebyforbiddenroot right down the street before or after! 

#ravenswoodchicago #ravenswoodontap #cultivatebyforbiddenroot
Meet CranApple Blonde! It’s our newest fall seasonal. 🚨🚨🚨

A Belgian Style Blonde Ale with Cranberry and Apple. 6.2% ABV

Some notes from Randy Mosher- We love the bright, luscious character of our American cranberry, and thought it would be fun to combine it with apple. With the delicate spicy accent of Belgian yeast, it's festive, light pink and sparkling good fun. Celebrate the autumn festivities with this light, yet satisfying beer. Here's to you and yours!

Hitting distribution in Illinois and Ohio as we speak! Cans and draft. 

#forbiddenroot #forbiddenrootchicago #forbiddenrootcolumbus #fallbeers #belgianblonde #cranapplebeer
It’s the perfect day for a Beer Cheese and Crackers Spread. One of the very few items we have on at all 3 FRs. A all time fav for us! 🤩 🤩🤩

Pairs perfectly with the many of the beers we have on draft, especially Hoodie Weather! 

#beercheese #forbiddenroot #forbiddenrootcolumbus #forbiddenrootchicago #cultivatebyforbiddenroot 
#foodporn #chicagoeats #columbusfoodie
Simply can’t pass up our Monday 𝘽𝙪𝙧𝙜𝙚𝙧.𝘽𝙚𝙚𝙧.𝘽𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙗𝙤𝙣 special シ

~ FR Burger, Draft Beer, & a Shot of Bourbon all for only $16 

#mondayspecial #burger #beer #craftbeer #beerme #bourbon #forbiddenrootcolumbus #mondaymood #cantpassthisup #forbiddenrootchicago #cultivatebyforbiddenroot
Sunday Funday! 🚨🚨🚨

A PSA for @cultivatebyforbiddenroot and @forbiddenrootchicago peeps! We are open 12-5 today(Kitchen till 430).

Shutting down for the evening to have our staff party and celebrate them for all the hard work they put in day in and day out! 

Thank you to our staff!!
Peace Treaty! Our collaboration between @oldirvingbrewing and @forbiddenrootcolumbus is out! This is a 10.7% Buckeye Stout! Chocolate and Peanut Butter deliciousness! 

On draft and in cans at both @forbiddenrootchicago and @cultivatebyforbiddenroot now! 

#breweryfriends #buckeyestout #forbiddenroot #oldirvingbrewing #forbiddenrootcolumbus #stoutseason
As summer season has started to wind down, we wanted to take a minute to say thank you from the bottoms of our barrels. We are so grateful for the all the support and love you all have given us. At Forbidden Root we are inspired by our passions, and we are excited to be using our talents to share all these delicious brews and foods with all of you. From exploring different flavors to bringing back crowd favorites, we are so happy to be here for your tastebuds and YOU! Please head to the link in our bio and vote for us as BEST BREW PUB in @10best. We appreciate every vote. Thank you! (Vote daily and on every device to show that love!) Thank you for being part of our community and thank you for supporting Forbidden Root!
Have you tried our new oyster special up in Ravenswood!? If not, you should! 

@cultivatebyforbiddenroot It's that time again! $2 oyster Tuesdays!

Come hang with us, sip some $10 wines and try your best to fill up on these killer oysters!

#cultivatebyforbiddenroot #chicagoeater #chicagofoodie
It’s a perfect day to sit on one of our patios and have a FR brew! See you soon!

#hazyipa #neipa #forbiddenroot #forbiddenrootcolumbus #forbiddenrootchicago #patioseason #patioweather #drinklocal
THANK YOU FORBIDDEN ROOT FAMILY! Cheers to our ONE YEAR of serving up delicious dishes, drinks, and brews in Ravenswood. We have loved being in the neighborhood and love this community! We are celebrating our ONE YEAR anniversary tonight with $4 @forbiddenroot drafts, happy hour bar snacks 1/2 all night, $10 Glögg, and $10 Freyja the Fair cocktails! Thank you for making this past year a successful and memorable year. Cheers to you and THANK YOU! 
#CultivatebyForbiddenRoot #ForbiddenRoot #Ravenswood #MaltRow #Chicago #ChicagoEats #ChicagoDrinks
Chicago Reader Nominations are in! Thanks so much for the love! 

We are up for best local brewery! @__carlos__cruz__  is up for Best Chef and Best Up and Coming Chef! And @youngpinotgrigio is up for Best Bartender! 

Such a great and fun vote to be a part of and again, thank you for all the support! 

Link in BIO to vote! 

#chicagoreader #inbreezuswetrust 
#chefcarloscruz #chicagofoodie #chicagoeater #localbrewery #drinklocal #chicagobeer
Very Cranberry! A Belgian style blond ale with the perfect amount of cranberry. 

Slightly tart fruit adds to a great blonde base beer. Very drinkable and highly refreshing it’s the perfect beer to add to the fridge for the holidays!

On tap and in cans at both Chicago locations today! 

#forbiddenroot #forbiddenrootchicago #cultivatebyforbiddenroot #supportlocal #holidaybeers🍻 #cranberry
Posted @withrepost • @chicagosecretburger We’re doing a weekend pop-up! This Saturday 10/15 we’ll be at @cultivatebyforbiddenroot with 🍔 and 🍪 from 12-5pm. 

This is a pre-sale only event. Tickets will go on sale this Wednesday! (Random time so everyone’s not trying to buy at the same time) Make sure you have notifications on so you can jump on the tickets as soon as they drop.

Limit 4 tickets per order
Each ticket includes:
🍔 🍟 🍪 

🍺 will be available from @cultivatebyforbiddenroot 

Thanks a to Chef @__carlos__cruz__ for inviting us!

Hope to see you all there!

#chicagosecretburger #eeeeeats #infatuationchi #burger #theburgershow #🍔 #chicagofood #312food #eaterchicago #chicagofoodauthority #chicagofoodie #chicagofoodscene
Hello Monday! Come enjoy our Burger:Beer:Bourbon special! Treat yourself this fine summer day!

#forbiddenroot #forbiddenrootcolumbus #forbiddenrootchicago #cultivatebyforbiddenroot #burgerdeal #industryspecial #cheapeats
Didn’t book your New Years Eve plans yet? 

Both @forbiddenrootchicago and @cultivatebyforbiddenroot have some spots available! 

Come celebrate at your favorite FR and take some beer home for midnight! Or for Sunday football!

#forbiddenroot #forbiddenrootchicago #newyearseve #supportlocalbusiness
It’s Monday and time for Beer-Bourbon-Burger! Come on in for one of our @forbiddenroot drafts, a shot of bourbon and our double smash burger deal! 

 #cultivatebyforbiddenroot #ravenswood #312foodlove #maltrow #BBB #memorialday #burgernight #westtown #forbiddenrootchicago #forbiddenrootcolumbus #columbuseats #forbiddenroot
We are open normal hours today! Stop on by and hang out or scoop some cans to go! We have everything from Seasonal Spiced brews, a Kolsch, BA Stout! Treat you and your fam this Thanksgiving! Cheers!

@cultivatebyforbiddenroot @forbiddenroot @forbiddenrootcolumbus @forbiddenrootchicago
This week we say goodbye to @seanthebeerguy our awesome Sales Manager for the last 4 years. We thank Sean for all his hard work and wish him and his GF the best in their new adventure in Atlanta! 

Come say goodbye to Sean army our Pre Fobab event Thursday or at Fobab Friday!

That said we are hiring a new sales person to join our team! If you are interested please reach out to

Thank you Sean!!! 

#forbiddenroot #salesrep #fobab #illinoisbeer
Monday means one thing!! The FR burger special! Burger, Beer, bourbon all for the price of the burger. Open to close. Stop by and visit. 

#burgerporn #burgerdeal #forbiddenroot #forbiddenrootcolumbus #forbiddenrootchicago #cultivatebyforbiddenroot
Columbus! Our good friends from @morebrewing are coming out to visit and collabing on a brew with us tomorrow. 

So we figured why not tap some bangers from them since they are new to the Ohio scene. Starts at 3pm! 

#collabfriends #foederbeer #taptakeover #bastouts #columbusbeer #forbiddenrootcolumbus #morebrewing
New Pasta in West Town! 🚨🚨🚨 

Pasta Melanzana- @flourpowerchi Casarecce Pasta, Roasted Eggplant, Spicy Tomato Sauce, Shaved Squash, Stracciatella!

FYI- We use our great friends at Flour Power for a seasonal dish at both Chicago spots! 

#chicagofoodie #forbiddenroot #cultivatebyforbiddenroot #flowerpowerchi #supportlocal #chicagoeats #eaterchicago
Patios are open at all FRs! Come check out @cultivatebyforbiddenroot if you haven’t yet. And peep this new dish.. 

Another addition to the summer menu: Fire Roasted Broccolini with Roasted Garlic Mayo, Lemon Vinaigrette, Crispy Garlic, and Marjoram. This dish is deliciously clean with a nice balance of of lemon zest and the garlic crunch. 

#312food #ravenswood #cultivatebyforbiddenroot #forbiddenroot #maltrow #foodlove #forbiddenroot #chicagopatio
Here to help you enjoy today with our unmatched Monday Special! 

✨ FR Smash Burger (with fries), Draft Beer or your choice, & a shot of Bourbon!

#mondayz #forbiddenroot #forbiddenrootcolumbus #burger #bbb #mondayspecial #smashburger #craftbeer #draftbeer #bourbon #drinkbeermadehere #supportlocalbreweries #foodie #forbiddenrootchicago #cultivatebyforbiddenroot
Did you see the collab we have coming for you OHIO?!

Sometimes you want quality 𝘢𝘯𝘥 quantity. 
And we are here to give you just that. Created with some of the best brewers in town & those we are fortunate to call very good friends, Gemüt Biergarten & Derive Brewing 🍺

Peep the details & release date! 👀

#collab #craftbeer #ohiocraftbeer #supportlocalbreweries #forbiddenrootcolumbus #derivebrewing #gemutbiergarten #release #oryza #3waycollab
Beers. That’s it. 

It’s Saturday, come have one with us. 

#forbiddenroot #forbiddenrootcolumbus #forbiddenrootchicago #cultivatebyforbiddenroot #lager #craftbeer
Cheers to you on National Beer Day! Stop by and have a pint with us!! 

#nationalbeerday #forbiddenroot #forbiddenrootcolumbus #forbiddenrootchicago
Have you tried the new short rib yet?!?

Our new fall menu features a beer braised short rib finished on our wood fire hearth served with smoked hummus, a toasty red pepper coulis, maitake mushroom,  and house naan. 

Rich, comforting and just the thing you'll be craving as the days get chilly.
It’s Sunday Brunch Time. Come visit, have a bloody and see what chef has in store for you! 

Our chef driven menu for Sunday is a must. 

#forbiddenroot #sundaybrunch #columbusfoodie #chicagofoodie #forbiddenrootcolumbus #cultivatebyforbiddenroot #forbiddenrootchicago #bloodymary
We are live for the @forbiddenrootchicago @ajmakadistro @fobab Tap Takeover! 

Come on thru and try some bangers!
It’s been a while since we have seen our old friend! Radio Swan is back in cans and on draft at both Chicago spots! It will be making its way to Ohio soon.

Rye IPA with a kiss of Lactose and then DDH with loads of Mosaic and El Dorado! 

Come scoop it in the taproom soon! #chicagobeer #ryeipa #hazybeer #hazecraze #radioswan #forbiddenroot
It was a crazy and amazing Fobab week for sure! 

We were beyond excited to take home this award! Our amazing brewer from @forbiddenrootcolumbus made just a wonderful Saison with the @derivebeer boys and we are glad people enjoyed it as well. 

Thank you for all that came out to visit FR this weekend as well! Was one heck of a weekend!
So many different beers and styles! From hazies, to our beloved botanical beers we have something for you. 

Stop by and enjoy one with us while we this holiday weekend comes to a close. 

#forbiddenroot #OGFR #forbiddenrootchicago #drinklocal
The FR Burger. A staple on all 3 menus and been with us for 6 years! What we love is the Giard Mayo, B and B Pickles, and raw onion. 

As a staff we love to eat smash burgers. 

So here it is, we will be switching to a smash burger with our OG set up. We know smash burger is here to stay just like the NEIPA. We’re making the switch this Monday 2/20 at all locations! 

It is absolutely delicious and we can’t wait for you all to try it!!! 

Are you ready? Because we definitely are!

#forbiddenroot #smashburgers #foodie #chicagofoodie #chicagoeater #columbusfoodie 
Hey all! We hope everyone has a great holidays!  Columbus will be open 12-6 today. Both Chicago locations will see you Monday! Enjoy the weekend and stay warm!
It’s full on summer and you should be drinking Summer Symphony! 

Our Watermelon Citrus Golden Ale that’s slightly tart and highly refreshing.. 

Available at all three pubs and select Chicago Stores! 

#summerbeers #chicagosummer #drinklocal #forbiddenroot #forbiddenrootcolumbus
Out here @bigminiputtclub for their league night. 🐼 is flowing! Thanks for having us Big Mini!

#pandaparty #forbiddenroot #bigminiputtclub #noshots #maybesome
Danger from Above! 

A new Saison brewed with oats and vienna malt, full bodied yet still dry. 7.5%. On tap at both Chicago locations now! 

Pairs amazing with West Towns new Mushrooms Cakes! 

#supportlocal #craftbeer #saisonseason #forbiddenroot
Fobab is one of our favorite times of the year. The @ilcraftbeer puts on an amazing event. Brewery friends from all over the US make their way to Chicago to show their talents on BA beer! @fobab 

This year we are going to start celebrating early at FR! So next Thursday will be a tap takeover with our great friend @ajmakadistro! Featuring guest beers from @bottlelogicbrewing @residentculture @mikerphonebrewing @weldwerksbrewing @morebrewing @jackieosbrewery @nibrewing @otherhalfnyc @lilbeaverbrewery 

Thursday the festivities start at 4pm! We will also be tapping two of our new BA beers! 

More details to come! And make a reservation please! 

#fobab #illinoiscraftbeer #stoutseason #barrelagedbeer #forbiddenroot
Come grab some Snooch for your holiday parties! That 8% Citrus bomb is what you need for this wonderful time of year! 😝💯🎄🍻

So many other options for to go beer in stock too! 
#snoochieboochies #forbiddenroot #forbiddenrootchicago #drinklocal #hazyipa #hazecraze
Back by popular demand, its Bicycle Fire! 

We canned this batch and it is actually in Chicago distribution. 

Bicycle Fire is a Hearth Roasted Grapefruit on a hopped Kveik Ale! 

On tap at both Chicago locations now! 

#forbiddenroot #supportlocal #grapefruitbeer
Wings are back in West Town. Tuesdays only! These Nashville Hot are a must try!! 

#chicagoeats #wingnight #forbiddenroot #westtownchicago
Forbidden Root Family! 

We’re proud to congratulate @dusty.patches on the release of his new album, Newtok! Patrick has been with us since we opened at Forbidden Root West Town since 2016. A talented multi-instrumentalist, this record was created with a modular synthesizer and inspired by a series of paintings about climate change by @jennifercroninart. Stream it wherever you stream and purchase from @sooperrecords.

We couldn’t be more proud Patrick! Link in Bio!
A chef curated dinner? Birthday parties? Corporate outings? Forbidden Root has you covered! 

From Semi Private offerings to full buyouts we have you covered! 

Email to book your next event! 

#forbiddenroot #eventschicago #eventscolumbus #forbiddenrootcolumbus #forbiddenrootchicago #cultivatebyforbiddenroot
@cultivatebyforbiddenroot We are one week away from our first ever: Sober and Bougie night! Email to secure your tickets. $75 includes tax and gratuity, 7 non-alcoholic beverages and 5 bites from the kitchen! Limited space available, so email Chris today to secure your spot! Here's a little preview of the menu..

#cultivatebyforbiddenroot #forbiddenroot #chicago #chicagoeats #chicagodrinks #sober #nonalcoholic #dryjanuary
It’s a beautiful day to try one of our cocktails!

This one is a new one from @forbiddenrootchicago called Last Pear!

Last Pear is tquila, yellow chartreuse, prickly pear liquor and perfect for this weather!!

#forbiddenroot #forbiddenrootchicago #westtownisthebesttown