Shoreline Brewery And Restaurant
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Active Beers: 30
Beer Ratings: 419
Beer Avg: 3.77
Taps: 6 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 35 | Display Reviews Only:
3.43/5 rDev -12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
The food was good: we had a burger and they did do it rare as requested. The Scotch Egg was very good.
My wife and I are not lager fans, so we tried the ales, of course. We quickly switched to lager. The Russian Imperial was the one exception, which they wouldn't put into a growler due to abv. Either there's so much there the banana ester problem was covered over, or they used a lager yeast. I have seen that before, though not usual by any means.
The lagers did not have banana esters in them.
If these ales were wheat beers this might be a rave review. Banana esters are not unexpected in some wheat beers and can be part of the profile. But banana in an IPA? A Stout? A Scotch Ale? Eh, no. Seems they might need to get a new house yeast.
Could be too high fermentation temp, or not enough aeration, but I'm guessing it's a yeast problem. Why would more than one ale, and most of the ales, have a banana sense otherwise? Could be ferm temp off on all, but not as likely I would think.
I'd rather not get more specific: this could be a temporary problem. They do happen. Brewing may be a science, but yeast problems are always a risk. Might otherwise be great beer 99.9% of the time. So I didn't really dump on the brewpub, as I would have some I've known in the past that don't seem to care if there's a problem. From the other reviews, seems I may have just hit them during a problematic brew time.
12-20-2010 19:32:12 | More by kencarman
4.05/5 rDev +2.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I didn't have a hard time finding the place. The room is big. It almost feels too big, with all kinds of vertical space that's just wasted. The paneling on the walls is kind of obnoxious, but the brick that's exposed is pretty nice.
There were about ten beers on tap, and two that were out. Unfortunately the two that were out, the English IPA and their Oatmeal stout, were two of the ones we wanted to try out. Instead I ended up with their Scottish ale, okay but a bit thin, and their American wheat, which was really good, almost Gumballheadish. She had the American pale and American IPA, preferring by a large margin the pale.
For food I had a Scotch egg and buffalo calamari, which were both really good. A couple next to us asked what I was eating and they ordered the same thing. Always nice to be able to talk to your temporary neighbors.
Our server was excellent and let us try all kinds of stuff, had good recommendations, and was prompt but unobtrusive. I'll be going back once their barrel-aged series comes out to try some of that, and hopefully we'll get a few more beers that match my interests next time.
10-10-2010 23:22:26 | More by EricCioe
4.18/5 rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
For my whole adult life, if I wanted to got a brewpub, it was Bell's Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where I lived. I had to move away from that wonderful place, although I do get back several times a year. Fortunately for me, Shoreline is just 5 minutes from my work. More restaurant than Bells was, but still a nice, homey atmosphere. The bar is a wall of private, hand-blown mugs that be purchased and kept there (or taken home). The beers are good. the kids chicken tenders are made with Panko bread crumbs and are very good. The calamari is excellent. The pretzels are a treat. Service is always very good and if you ask, you can purchase some of their 750ml bottles of barrel-aged beer. My favorite of those is "3 Sum". It is an Imperial IPA and it absolutely rocks. I am going to add it to their list tonight. When they have bands on Saturday night, the place gets really cranking. I love to bring my family for appetizers or dinner and to bring my friends for good bar time.
05-18-2010 20:10:41 | More by Spica66
4.35/5 rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
My new favorite brewpub now that Flossmoor Station is on a downward spiral of late.
Spending quality time here today. Sure Michigan City is a little wanting, but this place is terrific. Big, old building that looks like a cabin, or a barn in which one would participate in the local sock hop.
Had the thistle sticks and also had some buffalo calamari which was worth the trip by itself. For lunch, tried their SSLT, which is a salmon BLT on marble rye. The wife had a burger with bacon on a pretzel roll which was outstanding.
They had about 13 of their beers on tap, the 6 of which I had were great (our server was awesome and had no problem fetching me as many samples as I wanted). These included Discombobulation barleywine, Sum Nug IPA which was hoppy as heck! Big Bella wee heavy, BA Froggy Loggy lager which had some sour notes from the barrel and a sampler of BA Lost Sailor, their 2007 Imperial Stout, which is among the best BA stouts I've ever had (had some at Great Taste in August as well). You can still buy bottles ($20/ea. 750cl) of their barrel aged series. There are 8 different offerings. I'm taking home two Lost Sailor's on the real. They do growler fills as well.
Bathrooms: They have 'em... didn't use 'em.
12-30-2009 04:40:54 | More by rudylaw
3.58/5 rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I've been to Shoreline 3 or 4 times this past year and it's starting to grow on me. The building is really cool, it's close to the beach so there's a good place to go at the end of those hot summer days. They have good fish 'n' chips but the portions are a little small and overpriced. They do taste good though. They seem to always have a good selection of their own brews on tap. I've seen people order mixed drinks, wine and even (gasp!) Bud Light. I can't comment on those, but their beer is certainly above average. Cheap too; only about $4 a piece. Service is a little slow, but that's pretty typical for a place like this. It's all part of the vibe. They have live music too which is always cool. Usually on Fridays. All in all, worth the drive out there from time to time. I live in Hammond so it's about 45 minutes for me. I would probably be there much more often if I weren't 5 minutes away from the best brewpub ever (Three Floyds in Munster).
11-27-2009 16:00:23 | More by thedrewski86
4.44/5 rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Ok this is a little bit unfair since Jim used to be an employee of mine. Anyways, I have been here a couple of times and after tonight I figure I will review it. Nice big open area when you first walk in. Good view of the brewery from behind the bar. The bartender was friendly and was quick to ask if I needed another beer after I was about done with mine. Looking around I noticed that the waiters/waitresses were quick and people didn't have to wait to get things they wanted. I still have not had food when I have been here which next time I will. Nice selection on beers to have here. There is not just a couple of different styles but many and I think there were about 8-10 tap handles here. There are a couple of different BA beers that are for sale. I'm not sure about other selections. Overall this is a fantastic brewery that people might overlook in the area but they shouldn't. The beers are above average and should be in a league above "local" brewery.
10-10-2009 06:04:15 | More by alleykatking
4.47/5 rDev +13.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
I've been intending to try out this place for years, but just never made it over here. Now that I finally have, I'm impressed and wish I had done so sooner. Didn't eat here, and only had time for one beer. I chose their Scottish ale, and I'm not sure that it could have been improved upon. Menu looked delicious and extensive, ambiance was good, cool artisan glass mugs, nice woodwork, nice view of the brewery, good service, good location, everything was nice. I like their train theme, too.
Sitting at the bar with other customers was very pleasant until an employee, who may have been a brewer, started washing glasses and talking really loudly and pointlessly right in front of us, and kept giving us these looks of death. Not sure what his problem was. Next time we'll grab a table.
07-13-2009 17:25:25 | More by goethean
4.7/5 rDev +19.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I went and had a sampler and food with a few other people. Out of 12 beers, there were only two I wouldn't order again, some sort of flavor I didn't like (it may have been the style of hop, I couldn't put my finger on it).
Awesome service, Jim, the assistant brewer, took care of us, and answered our technical questions about the beers, and made sure we had everything we needed.
If you like calamari, try the buffalo calamari rings, it makes a nice sweet and spicy addition to the little critters....mmmm....
They have a rotating selection, so there's always something new coming up.
If I'm in the area, I will definitely be back. Great beer, great food, great service. Thanks Jim and Sam.
07-12-2009 21:45:57 | More by sativen
3.83/5 rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in on my way through the area for an early lunch on 7/8/08. Atmosphere was sufficient but nothing spectacular with (apparently) fake wood paneling, some exposed brick, and a long bar with windows behind it overlooking the brewing vessels. Various beer related photos and signs from other brewpubs.
I only had time to try the Beltaine Scottish Ale, a GABF medal-winner, which was good but served too cold for a Scottish Ale. It was pretty good, but could have been better if it were served warmer.
Service was friendly and attentive, but didn't appear to know a whole lot about the beers. They couldn't really offer a whole lot of advice on what beer to choose, but it was 11am on a Tuesday.
They had about 12 beers on tap with a decent mix (I remember Beltaine, Kolsch, Wit, APA, IPA, IIPA, Brown, Blueberry Ale, Wheat, Oatmeal Stout and Doppelbock). They offered a sampler (which includes some of the higher ABV offerings) and were more than willing to give me a couple samples prior to making my growler choice.
Menu was pretty standard bar food, I had the Thistle Sticks which are basically crab rangoon without the crab (with a couple of sauces). They were pretty darn good if you like that kind of thing.
Overall it was a good experience and I would recommend it to any beer fan. It was worth a trip slightly out of the way to make it happen and I am glad I went.
07-09-2008 02:41:51 | More by tmitch75
3.3/5 rDev -16.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
I visited this place (for the third time) yesterday amidst cold, blustery weather that really made me realize how close to Lake Michigan I was. House in an old building close to Lake Michigan in Michigan City this brewery takes its logo from the South Shore Line of trains that service Chicago and Northwest Indiana. Inside, they have put up a lot of fake wood paneling that needs to go. Old, exposed brick (where one can see it) lends a warehouse ambiance to the place. There is a dart board, bar, small stage, and numerous tables for eating. Extremely high ceilings contribute to the overall openness (and somewhat drafty) architecture. A large, new bar is backed by plate glass windows exposing the large, copper brewing kettles in back. The bar itself serves a full liquor selection and eight or so micro brews. Prominently posted is a list of what is on tap and what is currently fermenting. That is a nice touch. Overall the beer tastes pretty damn good, although it is somewhat watery. The Beltaine (Scottish Ale) was good, as is the Sum Nug (IPA). Shoreline's beer selection could be a little more diverse; the beers primarily featured hops, although there was the Scottish Ale and a few tries at Barleywine, Porter, and a Imperial Rye Pale Ale. The food selection is standard pub fare although they have some creative appetizers such as a cream cheese filled deep fried wanton and roasted green tomatoes. We all had fish and chips; the fish needed some crispiness and the chips were excellent (although a bit soggy). The dish paired nicely with the Beltaine. The service was great and informative and the ambiance was quiet and warm.
All in all, a nice place to go for a decent microbrew and some decent food (especially in NW Indiana)!
12-25-2007 00:47:59 | More by DunesBrewer
Shoreline Brewery And Restaurant in Michigan City, IN
89 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.