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Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works

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Destihl Restaurant & Brew WorksDestihl Restaurant & Brew Works
BA SCORE
87
very good

47 Ratings
Ratings: 47
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.55%
Active Beers: 91
Beer Ratings: 1,196
Beer Avg: 3.71
Taps: 17
Bottles: 0
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ 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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Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 27 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by AylwinForbes:
Photo of AylwinForbes
2.84/5  rDev -27.4%

Being a locavore when it comes to beer, I felt it incumbent upon me to visit this place when visiting with student interns this past summer. I just stopped by for a quick one so cannot offer a full review, so take it for what it is worth. The place is very contemporary in style and maybe would not be out of place in say Portland or other points west. As it is, it sits in a large car park behind Hobby Lobby.

Unfortunately, I rolled the dice on a tripel, at least that is what the board said. Regrettably, it was perhaps the worst beer I have ever paid serious money for. What can I say? It was just dreadful: more like an alcoholic Mountain Dew than anything. On that basis I would not recommend trying any of the others.

Beyond the establishments that understand what constitutes good beer, there is a population of places flogging the "craft beer" image ineptly. It does the business no good to have swill portrayed as good beer. This seems to be the case here unfortunately.

AylwinForbes, Nov 03, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of WestHam973
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

The beer is great and getting better all the time, The food is simply amazing. Try The Fish Tacos that are made with Swordfish, and it sounds crazy but is delicious Chili Relleno stuffed with mashed potatos

WestHam973, Oct 24, 2014
Photo of Jamie4beer
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Best brewery option in B/N area.

Jamie4beer, Oct 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

hoosier222002, Sep 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

ksbuell, Sep 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Trooper92292, Sep 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

jgunther71, Aug 28, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev +8.4%

EWKostuk, Aug 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

cardinals22, Aug 14, 2014
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

Charlie13, Aug 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

krome, Aug 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

ArkansasTraveller, Aug 04, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -42.5%

Stoppard0, Jul 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Tanger112, Jul 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Bpierso1, Jun 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Kevin_Young, Jun 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

jimmygord, Jun 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Mistro, Apr 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

jsh420, Mar 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

carlmoberg, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of MrShake
2.83/5  rDev -27.6%

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.

MrShake, Dec 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

TubbyDullard, Nov 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

DuffDaddy, Nov 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

beernads, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of TheSSG
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

TheSSG, Jul 05, 2013
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Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works in Normal, IL
87 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.