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Brewing beer in the heart of Evanston since 2014.

On Tap Now


Brewery and Taproom
821 Chicago Ave.
Evanston, IL 60202


Monday:  Closed
Tuesday:  Noon - 10 pm
Wednesday:  Noon - 10 pm
Thursday:  Noon - 10 pm
Friday:  Noon - 11 pm
Saturday:  Noon - 11 pm
Sunday:  Noon - 8 pm



  • A rotating selection of up to 16 unique Sketchbook beers on tap

  • Several sizes available for each style, to encourage sampling

  • Growler and howler fills, plus cold cans to go

  • A light snack menu plus BYOF-friendly policy (bring your own food).

  • Lazy Lunch Happy Hours: $5 pints T-Th, noon to 3.

  • Free wi-fi

  • An eclectic decor featuring re-purposed materials (think bowling alley table-tops).

  • Kid-friendly (as long as they’re not at the bar) but dogs need to stay home.

  • A sampling of games on hand.

  • No TV

At the taproom coaster doodles aren't mandatory, but they're highly encouraged. Need more inspiration? Check out the hashtag #DrawMeOne and use it to show off your masterpiece!

Tour our Micro-Brewery

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Sketchbook offers monthly tours on 2nd Saturdays, at 3 pm.  Tours begin Tap Room (821 Chicago Ave.) and then travel behind-the-scenes to our alley brewery.

The Chicago Reader included our tour in their roundup of Chicago's best!

  • Learn about brewing from one of SB’s head brewers

  • Enjoy free small samples

  • Hear about Sketchbook’s commitment to sustainability.

 The $10 fee includes an up-close-and-friendly one-hour tour at Sketchbook’s small production brewery, complete with three free 8 oz. samples. Then, up front in the Tap Room you'll get one FREE full pour and leave with one of our 12-oz. Belgian glasses.

Check out our Events & Announcements for any scheduled tours and call us to schedule a private tour.  A minimum of 8 people is required to schedule a group for a tour. Call (847) 859-9051 or email us to set up a time.