Active Beers: 29
Beer Ratings: 179
Beer Avg: 3.8
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
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Reviews by mynie:
3.64/5 rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $
Cute joint. I'm honestly surprised to see that it has over a dozen reviews, since it's not close to very much, exists off the beaten beer trail, and it's really small and inconspicuous.
It's about 5 minutes off of 65. There's various hop vines growing outside, replete with little placards telling the names of each hop variety and giving a brief description of its characteristics. I took this to be a very good sign--like, hey, this must really be a beer-lover's brewpub, if they're actually taking the time to try and educate their clientele. At the very least, it's a sign at they're not the kind of brew-from-kit place, where everything aside from the IPA is described as being "kinda like Guinness" and, really, the beer was just a restaurant owner's gimmicky afterthought. At the very best, this could be some kind of hidden beer gem, overshadowed by FFF and Flossmoor.
Turns out it was somewhere in between. There were 6 styles on tap and 3 of them catered to the non-BA crowd, including a light, a golden, and blueberry beer. "Gotta have something for the ladies," the bartender said. And while I agree--and while I'd never dismiss those beers--such a selection establishes this place as more of a restaurant and less of a beer destination.
But, really, not bad. It's in an old building, and the decor of the bar area is more like an apartment than a normal bar--it's like you're in the livingroom of someone who makes 100k/year: Track lighting, expensive, clean gimcracks, and comfortable furniture. There's some John Dillinger memorabilia on the wall, which serves as a cute and decisively bourgeois attempt at edginess.
All the beers came in 3 sizes, including a 9 oz, which was great for reviewing purposes. At first I thought that was meant to appeal to tickers such as myself, but no--no, not at all. This is a restaurant, serving a wide variety of people (some of whom probably don't care for beer), and so they just happen to have a wide variety of sizes.
The bartender was friendly, the brewmaster as accessible, and the bar itself is attached to a pizza place. The beer itself was decidedly okay. Combine all that with the location and relaxed vibe and you get a place that's very much a neighborhood bar/restaurant, despite its middlebrow pretensions.
07-31-2011 00:26:40 | More by mynie
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