Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works
Active Beers: 90
Beer Ratings: 906
Beer Avg: 3.77
Taps: 17 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 25 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by mynie:
2.85/5 rDev -26%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
On Adult Swim they got this great, super-literate, hyper-weird show called Frankenhole. Every episode, Dr. Frankenstein brings back to life some deceased celebrity, and then there ensues a whole mess of jokes concerning that celebrity's personality and/or proclivities.
One episode, an adult-aged Blanket Jackson revives his father, Michael. Blanket works an office job but tries very hard to be a hip dude: he's got a ponytail, a neck tat, a pet ferret, and then another pet ferret who has a neck tat. He works all week trading stocks but he works for the weekend, brah, because come Friday night it's time for Long Island Ice Teas at the club.
Michael is appalled. He tried so hard to fuck the kid up and yet here he is, completely and revoltingly normal. Even worse, he tries *so hard* to be edgy and weird even though there's not a single solitary bit of him that's anywhere near either. Like, being normal is bad enough, but at least have the decency to embrace to your normality instead of buying into some pathetic Brand-C attempt at strangeness. You're Coke. Maybe, on a good day, you're Pepsi. But, shit, pretending to be Royal Crown don't make you any cooler.
And this description pretty much sums up the Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works: it tries very hard for edge, and the effect is equal parts annoying and sad.
The place is meticulously decorated and very, very clean. The decor is dark with gold hues, like something you'd see at a mall store, and the wait staff all wear black. Large TVs sit behind the bar playing inoffense sports and news chatter, and the bar itself is made of what feels like slate--cold, fleshless. The beers ranged from okay to awful, and the waitstaff is made to memorize a line or two about each of them. But, overall, the meticulousness makes things a bit soulless and dead.
11-25-2012 17:24:12 | More by mynie
More User Reviews:
2.83/5 rDev -26.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4.25 | $$$
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
Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works in Normal, IL
87 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.