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Oasis Micro-Pub

Not Rated.
Oasis Micro-PubOasis Micro-Pub

21 Reviews
Reviews: 21
Visits: 29
Avg: 4.29
pDev: n/a
Taps: 26
Bottles: --
Cask: N
[ Bar ]

901 E State St
Rockford, Illinois, 61104-1023
United States
phone: (815) 964-7777

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Place added by: hoosier222002 on 11-26-2008

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Reviews: 21 | Visits: 29
Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Inexpensive if you buy to go (at or near retail). Somewhere around twice as much if you drink at the bar (typical).

Decent selection, though they were out of many of the beers on their menu. The to-go menu was much larger, and had lots of beers you couldn't drink while at the bar. To-go is sold by the 6pack unless otherwise specified as 4packs. They had Founders Breakfast Stout when I went.

Food was pretty legit. Prices were generally good.

Service was snarky but nice. Apparently the guy who owns/runs the place does it as a labor of love more than as a business, so that's why the beers are so near to retail. At least, this is according to the bartendress.

They let you buy 5oz samples of beers for usually $1, but sometimes $2. Maybe even $3 for the really top shelf beers.

A little too dim for rating appearance, but that is just all too common these days.

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Photo of kevin7912
4.88/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is a GREAT place for a variety of craft beers. I had a couple of mugs of Founders KBS last night.. What a smooth beer on tap. Nick has recently had CBS on tap also. Being a Stout person, the selection is awesome with at least 4 to choose from this week. Stone Arrogant bastard, Founders Breakfast Stout Rogue Nitro Stout along with a couple of brown ales including Smuttynose Old brown Dog. I believe they have 16-20 beers on tap right now.

Very friendly people at this small 70s looking micro pub..

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Photo of Contagion
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

This is a great little secret in Rockford. It's a good bar with a wide selection and great prices. On draft they have a lot of the local and/or popular craft beers. Their selection rotates, but usually only to other local/popular craft beers. You hardly ever see one that isn't a staple in any of the local liquor stores. (Bell's, Founders, Dark horse, Avery, Flying Dog, Rogue, Two Brothers, etc) They also have some imports.

Service is hit and miss. Sometimes I'm served quickly, other's it's a slow long wait. This place is a night ender. With the average beer having a higher ABV than what most people are used to, you don't hit this place early unless you want to get thrashed.

Prices are amazingly cheap for what you are ordering.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

This is a regular place that I like to hit up in Rockford. They have a fantastic selection of craft beers on tap. Atmosphere is kinda dark, but the fire place in normally going! Price are the best i have ever seen for craft beer & great selection too. Had some really impressive beer here. KBS on draft, Nitro Rasputin, Lots of IPAs, any beer that a beer geek could love...its here. Food is order-in from a place called uncle nicks which the bar owner happens to own as well. Don't eat the foos very often, but comes in handy when the beer munchies hit you hard!

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Photo of phartzog
3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

The Regal Beagle with a great selection of beers! Decor is very 70s with paintings of nudes with the nipples brushed out, dark lighting, wood paneling, and furniture that could have come out of a. . . well, '70s bar.

The fireplace is warm and cozy in the winter and the place has a strong following of regulars who tend to be either older like me (40+) or gen Y literary snobs (meant in a friendly way!) who want a good conversation and good beer.

The beer selection is wide ranging and ever changing, making Oasis a fun place to come with a hint of mystery. I always have that "Oooh! That sounds good" moment when I browse the beer menu and there is typically something for everyone.

Don't come here for the food. I like a good Uncle Nick's Gyros as well as anyone, but food is not why you come to Oasis. Come for the beer, the friendly patrons and staff, and for the fireplace on a cold winter night.

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Photo of EROCK75
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This is my first review on BA so here we go. This is my favorite local watering hole and felt they deserved the credit they're due. This place is amazing for a town like Rockford for any craft beer lover. 9 out of 10 bars in the area are BMC only sports or dance bars and look at you funny when you try to order craft. This place serves NO BMC at all! Knowledgeable staff are helpfull with recomendations and updates on what is new. Prices are very reasonable, most pints 3-4 dollars, with nothing over 6. Last night my bartender gave me a mix of Rogue Double Chocolate Stout and Left Hand Milk Stout she dubbed the Milk Chocolate. Food is not made on sight, but is delivered from the place across the street. Delicious gyros and other sandwiches. Would recomend to anyone looking for a a laid back place to have a good craft.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Had to try this based on the ratings. Not disappointing.

Quiet beer bar, Decent jukebox, with 17 taps on when I was there. Mostly Midwest micros, counted 4 Founders taps, no sign of macros other than the ones served in bottles to idiots. Ample bottle list of more than 50, though no need with the taps they had.

Excellent choices, quality on par, service was great, a nice greeting for an outsider, with full menu of what they have! Unusual.

Selection has some depth, had a Rogue I had never heard of. Well done, worth a trip if you are near by. Prices exceptional, alot were $3, most $4 per pint. Nice.

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Photo of Drinkquisitor
4.72/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Now, this is a place that deserves justice. And I say this because of what I just read on the last review. Because of my job, I travel a lot, and I've been to so many craft beer places, and The Oasis Micro Pub is awesome. I'm glad there is a place like this one in a small city like Rockford, which specializes in high quality craft beer, and quality craft beer only. You go in there and find a nice, quiet, friendly atmosphere. Don't know who's been to the Monk's Kettle in San Francisco but The Oasis kind of reminds me of it. The staff members are very pleasant, and quite knowledgeable about the beers. The beer menu helps a lot though; every beer listed on it, comes with a brief description that, pretty much gives an idea, of what a beer will be like when tasted, and how reasonably priced they are (come on people, it's craft beer) As far as choices, you can choose from 20 different taps! Really! From Founder's like: Dirty Bastard, or Rogue's Xs Scotch Ale, to Ballast Point's Sculpin which was put on tap just a few days ago. Hey! I even got to try The Sea Monster Imperial Stout which was one of my girlfriend's favorite; too bad is retired though. I don't think I've got enough space here to list all the great beers I've had at this place; you'd have to come and see for yourself. Overall, this is place is amazing, it's got a lot of potential and choices for the beer connoisseur. I can't wait to see this place being expanded, I mean, don't get me wrong, considering winter is around the corner, this is the perfect place to go, and spend the evening right next to the fireplace. I give The Oasis Micro Pub and AAA+ and I sincerely recommend it to people who wanna try something they rarely find anywhere else.

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Photo of emerge077
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

After striking out with several other spots to grab a bite and a beer on a Sunday (seriously does the whole town shut down? Carlyle, Irish Rose, and Olympic were all closed on a late afternoon...) we wound up at Oasis.

Is this the right place? Yeah, there's a sign on both corners...side entrance is a little sketchy looking. Not a soul around, weird. Once inside, it's smallish and cozy, carpeted with a fireplace and several octagonal wooden tables. Many shades of tan & brown, a color palette reminiscent of the Publican in Chicago. The ceiling was forest green stucco, and the walls were tan with a Don Quixote themed copper bas relief piece above the bar. The comfy bar stools were vintage vinyl captains chairs that gave the bar a 70's rec room sort of feel.

Most of the 20 taps were $3...wow! Amazing deals, I got a Founders Porter in a big mug, a 60 oz. pitcher was only $10 :O<#@%&!! I'm not sure if this was a temporary special, but the bartender seemed to think it was a long-term thing. Selection was US craft focused, with the imports Wittekerke and Youngs Double Chocolate. Lots of Rogue, including the bourbon barrel John John Dead Guy, DFH, Founders, Left Hand Milk Stout on nitro, Bells, and a few others. The beer menu came complete with detailed tasting notes and listed ABV. Also a dozen or so wines on tap by the glass.

Solid option downtown, near Carlyle and Irish Rose. Oasis is filling the quality craft beer niche in a town where there are few options. They have the best tap selection in Rockford, and cheapest prices just about anywhere.

Also of note in town is Toad Hall, an emporium of collectibles, mostly records, books, and odds & ends.

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Photo of hoosier222002
4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Oasis just reopened after a couple of months. A couple of friends and I stopped in on a Friday evening. To honor the reopening, they had all taps, 16 or so, for $3. Tap selection was very good. 90 minute, the Csar Imperial Sout, Ranger IPA, just to name a few. They removed some of the "booths" they had before which allows more light in. The fireplace was going which made for a nice atmosphere. Service was solid, three people behind the bar for the crowd. Comfortable bar stools are a plus as well.

Hard to find a better beer selection in Rockford.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.86/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

After the huge disappointment which was Carlyle's, I gave the Oasis Micro Pub a shot. I walked in and it felt liked I walked in to someone's cozy living room. The bar stools and table chairs are oversized and padded comfy chairs ( There's a fireplace, about 5 tables, and a bar the has about 8 chairs. Very small and cozy. They had approx 20 beers on draft. This is where Oasis excels. In my opinion, this was the best variety I have seen for 20 taps at any bar. Mind you, I frequent some of the beer bars in Chicagoland which are great, but I was awed by the selection and pricing here. I had a DFH 90 min IPA for 4.50, and a Dark Horse Plead the 5th for 5.75. Others on draft included Rogue Nitro Stout (a blend of shakespeare and imperial stout) Rogue Charli ale, Boulder Flashback, Founders Dirty Bastard, Dark Horse Brown Ale (never even heard of this one), LH Milk Stout, DH Sapient TripAle, Celis White ale, among some others. The bartender was down to earth and extremely friendly. The crowd was older but fun and down to earth. The prices on the beers were also fantastic. The most expensive beer on the menu was 5.75 for a 12 oz pour of Plead the 5th (which is a 12% imp stout!), 3.50 for a pint of Founder's DB, and they had a whole list of beer specials (probably 6 or 7 of the selections) for a dollar off. The bartender was telling me that they recently scored a keg of Founders CBS. I was jealous that I missed out on that. It seems to me that the management of this bar have a very good relationship with their distributor and have a great knowledge of beer. This selection was well thought out and very well rounded. They don't have a bottle list for in house consumption, but they did have a list of carry out six pack, 4 packs, singles, and bombers. I was surprised to see KBS on this list at $7 a bottle (that includes tax). So in other words, a bar in
Rockford still has KBS and sells it for less than Sam's in Chicago. I was in heaven at this place, I will definitely make a stop here every time I am in the area.

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Oasis Micro-Pub in Rockford, IL
94 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.