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Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works

Destihl Restaurant & Brew WorksDestihl Restaurant & Brew Works

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 80
Beer Ratings: 595
Beer Avg: 3.77

Taps: 17 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
very good

31 Ratings
Ratings: 31
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%
$$ - reasonable

[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

318 S Towanda Ave
Normal, Illinois, 61761-2212
United States
phone: (309) 862-2337

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @destihlnormal

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(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-02-2007)
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Photo of MrShake


2.83/5  rDev -27.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4.25 | $$$

Personally, this place is an example of great potential never reached.

I remember being excited as the building was going up, and all the equipment was put in place. Not long after they opened, I headed in to have a corny keg filled for a party. I had tried a few beers, and had dinner there a few days before, and the flight I had was pretty good, and the food was fantastic.

My experience having the keg filled was beyond amazing. I was invited back into the brewery to talk with one of the brewers and the head chef. We drank beer and chatted about homebrewing while my keg was filled (and for a while after).

Fast forward to now, and what you see is inconsistent beer, an a focus on food and wine, and atmosphere instead of the beer. Many of the awards they have one are for beers that were actually brewed at the height of their time, and are just now aging out correctly.

Changes in attitude, much of it comes across as cost saving over quality, toward the beer brewed, and staffing changes seem to be dragging this local micro brew down. They have moved on to open a distribution brewhouse, but I can not imagine how its going with the extreeme inconsistency and lack of quality in the beer now comming from their taps.

I hope things can settle down and get back on track, as right now, neither micro in Blo/No are worth visiting.

12-12-2013 15:08:15 | More by MrShake
Photo of TheSSG


3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75 | $$

I occasionally stop into DeStihl whenever I am heading south.

It's a pretty nice place, an excellent place considering the local alternatives.

It's a nice, clean, modern feel, and it seems to attract a fairly broad audience.
The food is always pretty good. Not great, but definitely good.

The biers are why I stop. I discovered this place at a Chicago Ale Fest a few years back. Their biers are all quality. I don't think I've had an "grand slams" from them, but I've never had a dud, either. They ALWAYS have SOMETHING on cask, too, which is really cool. In fact, they have a visible wall of casks on one side of the building.
The selection of brews is also quite nice. You can expect a good dozen or so brews to be on tap whenever you go in. There's a GREAT range, too! They have something for everyone.
Prices aren't too bad (but I'm from Northern Illinois), but I'm not sure how it compares locally. Pints are $5-6 ($6 for the cask), which is average.

Overall, I like the place. I still like to stop here whenever I get the chance. I definitely don't think I'll be driving HOURS away to go here specifically, though.

07-05-2013 14:22:26 | More by TheSSG
Photo of YogiBeer


4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

Go here, whenever you can.

Being from Chicago, you get a little tired of overpaying for absolutely everything. Then, you walk in to Destihl, check out their prices, and crap your pants.

I was driving down to STL the other day, and decided to stop in for lunch on my way. Tried 5-6 different beers in the 4oz format, then had an amazing grilled portobello sandwich with house pickled red onions and basil mayo, and my bill was LESS THAN TWENTY DOLLARS. They make almost everything from scratch, pay attention to details, and have fantastic service, for about as much (or less) than you would spend at a friggin applebees. (dont go to applebees for any reason, or I hate you.)

Their beer: DIPA was exceptional and very drinkable, they had a single IPA that smelled like straight up dope, black IPA was actually very well balanced so that the astringency of the roasted malt didn't combine with the hops to wrestle my tongue out of my head. I absolutely love their hefe any time of the year, and their barrel program is top notch. Give. Them. Your. Money.

07-05-2013 06:58:24 | More by YogiBeer
Photo of mynie


2.85/5  rDev -26.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$

On Adult Swim they got this great, super-literate, hyper-weird show called Frankenhole. Every episode, Dr. Frankenstein brings back to life some deceased celebrity, and then there ensues a whole mess of jokes concerning that celebrity's personality and/or proclivities.

One episode, an adult-aged Blanket Jackson revives his father, Michael. Blanket works an office job but tries very hard to be a hip dude: he's got a ponytail, a neck tat, a pet ferret, and then another pet ferret who has a neck tat. He works all week trading stocks but he works for the weekend, brah, because come Friday night it's time for Long Island Ice Teas at the club.

Michael is appalled. He tried so hard to fuck the kid up and yet here he is, completely and revoltingly normal. Even worse, he tries *so hard* to be edgy and weird even though there's not a single solitary bit of him that's anywhere near either. Like, being normal is bad enough, but at least have the decency to embrace to your normality instead of buying into some pathetic Brand-C attempt at strangeness. You're Coke. Maybe, on a good day, you're Pepsi. But, shit, pretending to be Royal Crown don't make you any cooler.

And this description pretty much sums up the Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works: it tries very hard for edge, and the effect is equal parts annoying and sad.

The place is meticulously decorated and very, very clean. The decor is dark with gold hues, like something you'd see at a mall store, and the wait staff all wear black. Large TVs sit behind the bar playing inoffense sports and news chatter, and the bar itself is made of what feels like slate--cold, fleshless. The beers ranged from okay to awful, and the waitstaff is made to memorize a line or two about each of them. But, overall, the meticulousness makes things a bit soulless and dead.

11-25-2012 17:24:12 | More by mynie
Photo of haveaduff2


4.28/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

Well-made beers, and always a large variety to choose from. I had a hefe on a hot Illinois day and it was delicious--perhaps not the best representation of style but still excellent. Their Sticke Alt was appropriately bitter and dry, and also excellent. Food-wise, the menu is interesting and the food is well prepared. As others have said, the mall it is in is quite ugly, although it's wonderful if you happen to be staying at the Hampton Inn across the parking lot as I am. I look forward to trying more beers and food.

08-28-2012 14:38:06 | More by haveaduff2
Photo of NateMac13


4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

My wife and I love this place. They always have a great selection of beer, always coming out with new things to try. Some are very good and some they kind of miss on. The food is really good. We've never had a bad dish here. The service is always very attentive, respectful, and knowledgeable. The atmosphere is good but is mostly middle aged suit types which is annoying. Thanks a lot State Farm. They are doing things right and will continue to support them and stopping in to try their new beers.

08-17-2012 14:53:40 | More by NateMac13
Photo of onewetpaw


4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$

I can't say enough good things about this place. Great selection of interesting beers there's no pandering in this selection. Yeah they have a blonde, pale and IPA, but there's also a roggenbier, peated Scottish 120 shilling and a spontaneously fermented barley wine on tap for gods sake. This is totally awesome and a weird thing to have going on in a hobby lobby outlot.

The menu is extensive. Pizzas and burgers are there, but again they've got some interesting stuff too. small plates and seafood. The service was good and the atmosphere is pleasant.

If you are anywhere near Bloomington go to this place. You will not be disappointed.

03-29-2012 02:47:32 | More by onewetpaw
Photo of PBBC

New York

4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$

When you first walk into this brewpub, you can’t help but notice the sign above their bar emblazoned with the phrase “Join the Craft Beer Revolution. Support Flavor. Boycott Bland Beer.” They hold true to this ideal in every aspect of their restaurant, offering 8+ house made beers on tap (including a cask-style black IPA and an oak aged sour fruit ale), a spectacular array of menu options (including beer battered bacon and spice seared swordfish over bok choy), and a desert menu to satisfy any palate. My favorite desert option was a stout-brownie platter topped with stout ice cream!

Try their St. Dekkera Single Barrel Sour Ale, the bold acidic bouquet of strawberries is balanced extremely well with a 2-3 year period of barrel aging (Goes well with their salads, but also with their prosciutto-wrapped meatloaf).

Prices are good- they offer $2 pints on sundays, and portions are perfect- Each plate is large enough to satisfy you, but leaving room for 1-3 beers.

Service was friendly and enthusiastic. Only criticism: I asked a question about their brew-rig (displayed behind plexiglass next to the bar), and the bar-tender straight up "didn't know".

Overall- Great brewpub, well balanced atmosphere, impressive menu (awesome desert list).

10-05-2011 04:48:49 | More by PBBC
Photo of zeff80


3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

So this is located on the perimeter of a shopping mall in Normal, IL and not a very attractive shopping mall, either. It looks like a typical chain brewpub which it is not. But the decor borders on industrial, hip and upscale. Not impressive but not offensive, either. The place was pretty empty for 1pm on a hot Saturday in July. I sampled 5 beers while there and they were all tasty. Sometimes the "session" ale at a brewpub is a little weak but I found their Belgian Pale Ale very good. They had a nice barleywine, sour and an IPA on cask. The service was okay. The waitress wasn't sure of everything they had available. The food was good especially the appetizers. The cheese curds and fried asparagus were excellent. The prices are good, too. The offer sample sizes, 10oz sizes and pints on the beer. I was pleasantly surprised by this place. It makes a nice halfway point between Columbia, MO and Chicago.

07-13-2011 16:48:35 | More by zeff80
Photo of mdcrouser


4.2/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$

Here in town for business, my colleagues suggested we go here, understanding of my passion for good beer.

I enjoyed the baltic porter as my first pint, followed by samples of the saison du ruisseau and the rauchbier. Then, after talking to one of the servers, I special-ordered a flight, including the deadhead red, rauchbier, barleywine, pumpkin porter, and vienna lager. The pumpkin, rauchbier, and deadhead were exceptional.

The food was good, the service attentive, the beer quite tasty - a gem in Bloomington, for sure.

01-28-2011 04:00:59 | More by mdcrouser
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Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works in Normal, IL
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