Black Lotus Brewery
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3.31/5 rDev +3.4%
This was stop #5 of our pub crawl on this Thursday, although our group was now down to two people, my wife and me. We came here for dinner and to try the beers, in addition to experiencing the place.
The pub is located on a very busy street corner with constant traffic, even at 7:30 PM, so we chose to select a seat inside instead of on the patio at the front of the building. Watching traffic and hearing the noise just doesn't appeal to me while eating. We chose the last available table and it happened to be out of view of the servers' station so that we sat there 4-5 minutes before I went and got a someone to take our order. (The servers were very busy too because the place was full, which probably contributed to them not seeing us.)
We chose a sampler flight with 4 of the 7 beers that were on the menu, but our server informed us that one of my choices was unavailable (which was the one that I was most curious about) so I had to choose another. There were 10 guest beers listed on the menu, although it wasn't stated whether they were tap or bottles. We felt that the beers were just average and pretty close to style, but there was nothing exciting about them. We graded them at a C rating.
The food menu consists of typical pub food selections, although some of the ingredients seemed to be kicked up a notch per the descriptions on the menu. We each ordered a sandwich and thoroughly enjoyed them. So we rated the food higher than the beer at a B.
It was an okay visit to this pub so that I'd probably go back there again, but it would be more for the food rather than the beer.
09-16-2013 19:29:54 | More by Mothergoose03
3.58/5 rDev +11.9%
I have been to Black Lotus a dozen times and its pretty enjoyable. I think both the beer and the food are okay. Nothing was bad and at the same time nothing just jumped out at me like it was on a different level of excellence. I enjoyed the atmosphere, there really isn't too much like that right in that immediate area so it sets itself apart from the other local places. I can say that I am blessed to have so much variety living in downtown Chicago, I have lots of options on a daily basis and I think that may weigh a bit on this average review. I have lots of friends from that area who swear by Black Lotus. So if you may like this place more than my review reflects.
07-29-2013 21:07:29 | More by Tommyblocks
3.43/5 rDev +7.2%
I've been here twice, but only had the food once. I see that the reviewer before me mentioned the coffee shop atmosphere, and I'd agree with that. They have an area for live music, but the place is so small that it gets too loud in there when that's going on. My boyfriend and I were unable to carry a conversation when the band was playing (and he's a musician, so I normally wouldn't complain about live music, but the noise in the small, cramped building is too much).
The quality is okay. My food was mediocre, and the selection was very low, so I wouldn't eat there again. The beer selection is quite short, too. I had a flight of 4 last time I went, and most were mediocre except the pumpkin ale.
The service is spot-on, probably because the place is so small.
Overall, it's not a place I'd frequent, but their pumpkin beer was by far the best pumpkin beer I've had last season. I'd go again just for that, but nothing else.
05-09-2013 18:48:28 | More by Kerrie
2.6/5 rDev -18.8%
As some other people have mentioned, the vibe is more of a coffee shop than a bar. The open-air feel was noticeable, even in January. We were there in the early afternoon, so I don't get a sense of the crowd at night.
The main problem is that the beer just is not that good and they only serve their own. My sister ordered the apricot wheat, but it came out with a terrible tan color, cascading like crazy. It turns out it hit a 'yeast bubble,' and after a few tries she had the amber, which was ok. The Thai porter was an interesting concept, but it ended up watery. 'The Gift' was anything but. Credit to the brewer for trying to mix up the style a little bit, but the flavors just did not do it for me. It tasted like 2/3 of a Hefe and 1/3 Belgian dark.
The bright spot of my experience was the food. The wings were good, the wasabi salmon wrap was good, and my sister's pulled pork had just the flavor I like.
Unfortunately, the food is not enough to get me back there without any decent beer. Even just having 10 Shorts / Founders / Bells in bottles would be enough, but a brewpub without good beer does not get very far.
01-19-2011 18:02:06 | More by KickInTheChalice
Black Lotus Brewery in Clawson, MI
79 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.