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Limestone Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Limestone Brewing CompanyLimestone Brewing Company

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 17
Beer Ratings: 84
Beer Avg: 3.81

Taps: 8 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

19 Ratings
Ratings: 19
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.07%
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

12337 S Route 59
Plainfield, Illinois, 60585-4625
United States
phone: (815) 577-1900
// CLOSED //



Notes:
March 2012: Relocating to Aurora, plans to open in November.

(Place added by: spointon on 01-28-2009)
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ginger420

Hawaii

3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$

Its been 2 years in the making and its about time that this place opened! Limestone has a large bar that seats about 40 people, there are 2 tvs that are behind the bar (one tv has really bad color but hopefuly that will be fixed by my next trip) The dining area is very large with a banquet like room (about 8 tvs) and a mezzanine level with sofas and tvs. When I was there they were brewing their Oatmeal Stout which made the restarant smell fabulous! Most of the servers and Bartenders are new to beer but are making an effort to learn all that they have to offer. when i was there they had a hefe, amber and an IBA that they brewed, all were very tasty! I liked that it wasnt similar to a rock bottom which was what i was expecting; they have guest taps and bottles too! Green flash IPA, Hop rod rye, NH Cabin fever, and Surly bender to name a few. I did have dinner while there, the app sampler was good (bottle caps, bruschetta and wings) but The sandwiches seem boring and plain. The rest of the menu seemed overpriced. Unless you are doing apps and beers, I would suggest eating before going to Limestone. All in all i was very happy with this place and will be returning soon! Its the alternative to dt plainfield for good beers!

EDIT: after returning to Limestone the past few times, i do have to change my review for the service. wether you are at the bar or at a table the service there is terrbile. i thought they may have fixed this from opening until now but clearly it has not been addressed. And there is more than enough staff there that this should not be a problem!

01-08-2010 06:27:23 | More by ginger420
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.14/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

This place is in a strip mall and it is hard to tell if they were open or not. They were. So once inside, the bar area to the left is a big open room with a U-shaped bar infront and lots of table seating past that. The smell of wort being made wafted through the air.

I was impressed by all the beers they had on tap, I think almost a dozen that they made. It ran the gambit from a 0 IBU Braggot/Gruit to an Imperial IPA and lots of medium weight beers in between. They also had a good selection of bottles from other craft breweries. I eyed a bottle of Goose Island Madam Rose but desired to stick with their beers for this trip.

The house yeast has a unique pumpkin or squash hint to it which was very pleasant in the English Dark Mild but I noticed it coming though every beer I tried. Not necessarily a bad thing, but it was prominent. The Imperial IPA was very dark brown with soft hops and I had to ask the bartender to make sure it was the right beer. I don't get hung up on styles but it was not the beer that was described in the menu.

The beer comes in small 14 oz. and tall 22.oz pours. Don't hold me to those exact sizes, which was nice for session beer options. They also had a fair selection of glassware for the higher alcohol beers.

This was a nice place with some good creative brews but I would love to taste some different pumpkin beers with that yeast. I will stop back whenever I'm out there.

10-05-2011 21:57:56 | More by rhoadsrage
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$

The Limestone Brewery in Plainfield is a great hybrid between brewery, sportsbar, and restaurant. The place is quite big with high tops, low tops, and pleant of bar seating. It is very open and loud....and has been busy everytime I have gone. There are Flat screans throughout to catch your favorite game. The quality of food and drink is very good. The service has always been very good as well. Our gal last night was very attentive. There is a great beer selection...not only of their stuff, but bottles as well. The food menu is pretty diverse as well with two specials to boot. The Nachos are awesome!!! the main pasta courase I had was great as well. Over all it is a great place to visit....but compared to other brewery type places it would be a bit moree pricey, but the quality more than makes up for it.

10-02-2011 22:06:58 | More by WoodBrew
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$

My fiance had worked in the area and suggested this place to me so we went there one day. Certainly an interesting venue as I don't have a place like this in my hometown. Went on a friday for lunch and there were a few other people but not overly busy. Very good service. We order a side of their bar fries fully loaded and it was amazing. Otherwise their burgers were the usual and nothing too fancy. HOLY COW do they have a beer selection. I believe they had 10 of their own beers that they make and a good 50-75 other beers for draft or bottle. This has to be the first plave I've ever seen where to can get a Sam Adams Infinium with your meal. Lots of good beer choices. While the food was good, I really want to go back just for the beer haha.

08-29-2011 04:43:09 | More by Lemke10
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AleWatcher

Illinois

2.68/5  rDev -32.7%
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2 | food: 3 | $$$

I went in here when they opened. Was not impressed.
I waited 6 or 7 months and returned, hoping the brewer got used to the new equipment. Still unimpressed.
Now here we are over 2 years later. And I finally feel they deserve this review:

Their beer: is it just me, or do they use the same house yeast in everything? Maybe this wouldn't be bad if the yeast weren't an English mild ale yeast. It presents with the same finish on each beer, regardless of style. Aside from this, the beers are themselves quite bland and boring. Maybe dry-hopping needs to be a course offered by colleges across the state.

The atmosphere: wow. This place looks like a 1980's nightclub that Tony Montana would spend time in. Neon lights, very dark, sleek shiny black furniture. Am in a coke den in cold war Russia? Wow. Me no likey.

The food is mediocre and overpriced.

The staff does what they can, but tgat doesn't seem to include caring about beer.

I highly doubt I'll return. Fool me three tines, shame on me...

08-19-2011 19:25:38 | More by AleWatcher
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BigSteinsEmpire

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$

For a local brewery, Limestone serves its purpose. It's local craft beer with a good guest list when there's no other real options close to the area. I've been there quite a few times and each time I'm not overly impressed with the beers. They have anywhere between 6-10 beers on tap with some guest taps as well. Nothing real outstanding that I find myself going back for more on. In fact I tend to start off with a couple of their beers and then move into the guest beers as it's a pretty decent selection and I can generally find something better on the guest list.

The food and service is great in my opinion, friendly staff, quality food. The one huge complaint I have with this place is the bar itself. It looks very nice but the design has a major flaw, it slants down and away so drinks slip off the bar extremely easily. Not to mention it's extremely uncomfortable to lean on or sit at. It's just an awkward design. I voice my complaints every time and get no real explanation for why they built it like that.

For the Plainfield area, this place isn't bad, but if you're looking for a great selection of taps and bottles, go down the street to Finnigans. That place is a total home run!

05-18-2011 14:39:02 | More by BigSteinsEmpire
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ahq514

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

This was my fifth or so visit to Limestone and I finally decided to review it. Always had a slightly above average experience here.
Atmosphere is ok, seems kind of like an upscale sports bar.
All of the beer I've had here is pretty good, nothing way outstanding, but all pretty solid and nothing awful. They have about 9 or 10 of their beers on tap always it seems, and another 6 guest taps or so. They also have about 50 bottles or so.
Service is a little bit better than most places as well. The waiters/waitresses seem decently knowledgeable about beer (or at least their beer), but they make it seem like its part of the job and not something they're overly enthused about.
All in all a pretty solid place. Would recommend this place to anyone.

02-11-2011 02:22:12 | More by ahq514
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

5/5  rDev +25.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$

My local. Gotta send the love.

Great beer location, beers are great, food is great, service to beer community is great.

Had just about everything on the home taps, and nothing is off, all great beers. Also serve a mean lineup of guest taps, but I only go for the house beers, so far.

The place rocks about midweek through the weekend, bands and events really bring in the crowds. Slow days are usually Mondays and Tuesdays.

Recent turnover in head chefs is a bit of an unknown, but food has always been very good, very tasty, high quality, and nicely paired with house brews.

Service, except for opening night over a year ago, has always been spot on, staff knows the beers and is always very helpful. Bartenders and waitstaff are all first rate.

Selection, likewise, is first rate. Big rotating guest taps offer many hard to find and interesting brews. House brews include a belgian golden (my favorite), american brown, american amber, stout, hefe, an amazing IIPA - flying pig/F5, annual oak aged RIS -Ukranium Crusher, all first rate, and all very drinkable beers.

Value's very good, prices are reasonable. Mondays are $6 growler fills. Also, they are the home base for the Plainfield Ale and Lager Enthusists Homebrew Club. Great support for the community.

If you're in the area, stop by, you won't be disapointed, and you'll probably leave with a growler to take home.

01-17-2011 03:02:33 | More by JamnesCameron
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

My brother had band practice in the basement yesterday, so I fled the homestead with the p and m, unaware of the exact destination (all I knew was that breakfast would be procured). We ended up in Plainfield, eating at the Bob Evans, which I noticed was right across the street from Limestone. I was dropped off to enjoy some early beers, as they couldn't care less about drinking "so early in the day". Whatever. The place is a large-seeming little joint, with a large, square, wooden bar in the middle, tables filling up the rest of the downstairs (along with a stage), and an upstairs area with more seating options. TVs abound, though tastefully, all tuned to the sports. I settled in at the bar (which is insanely slippery) and watched gleefully as West Virginia took down Georgetown in basketball (at Verizon, no less). The bartender seemed pretty knowledgeable of the beers, and mentioned during one of our many exchanges (she was very genial, and there weren't many other patrons in so early) that the owners made the 'tenders and servers attend beer classes. Nice. Eleven house beers were on-tap, ranging from a light golden ale to a barrel-aged stout, and these were accompanied by some nice guest taps (GI's Dominique coming soon!) and a swath of guest bottles. While sampling the various brews, I entered into small conversations with the various locals at the bar. This place seems good for that sort of interaction, honestly. While I was enjoying the barrel-aged Ukrainium Krusher imperial stout, I was approached by the brewmaster, and we talked about the beers and brewing for a bit. Very nice guy. I didn't try any of the food (I really should start sampling the food as well when I visit these places...), but it all looked really good, and the loaded baked potato soup sounded great. (My mother echoed these feelings as well.) Overall, I'm really glad I was able to stop in here for a while. The Plainfield and Naperville BAs are lucky to have a place this nice nearby. I'm gonna haveta find a way to make it down here in the future.

01-09-2011 21:41:26 | More by TMoney2591
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Jips

Kansas

4.06/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

Located in a strip mall way out in the SW burbs (if you count Plainfield as one). Has a bright reception area separated from the darker main room, both are expansive so I assume this place is hopping around dinner and lunch time. Beautiful oval-shaped glossy wooden bar (though it slants slightly toward the bartenders, watch out for moving beer!) and tons of TVs for football watching. Rest of the place has big screens plus tons of small circular wooden tables and booths, like a classy buffalo wild wings.

Had 6 regulars and 3 seasonals on tap (Golden ale, hefeweizen, indian brown ale, oatmeal stout, golden heather ale, imperial ipa, imperial stout, small beer, hopped up pale ale) with a great bottle selection too, probably ~ 50 other craft beers with a bunch of locals like goose island and 2 brothers. Sampled all their offerings, with their barrel aged imperial stout being the clear winner. All were great though, especially the oatmeal stout and their 2 lighter beers (hefe and golden ale).

Waitress was attentive, offered us free samples of everything and described how each would taste. Sounded like she actually drank (and liked) the beer. Took the time to totally fill up a growler of the stout despite its inherent frothyness making the process time consuming. Would definitely visit again, no hippie/yuppie vibe like some of the brewpubs in the city.

09-13-2010 00:06:04 | More by Jips
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Limestone Brewing Company in Plainfield, IL
90 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.