1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Galena Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Galena Brewing CompanyGalena Brewing Company
very good

18 Ratings
Ratings: 18
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.26%
Active Beers: 17
Beer Ratings: 153
Beer Avg: 3.76
Taps: 10
Bottles: 5
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

227 North Main Street
Galena, Illinois, 61036
United States
phone: (815) 776-9917

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @galenabrewery

Hours of Operation:
Friday - Sunday: 11am to 11pm
Monday - Thursday: 4pm to 11pm

(Place added by: deereless on 01-09-2010)
Place: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-10 | 11-20  | next › last »
Ratings: 18 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by mynie:
Photo of mynie
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

I'm now old enough (and white enough) to appreciate Galena, which is the town where Chicago people go on weekend trips when they want to look at antiques and go "ooh" at some cute old buildings. The town is pleasant. They got lots of little shops, decent wineries and a nice little distillery, and then this place.

This place is really, really nicely set up. It looks like a small-ish shop from the outside, but the inside is wide and spacious with tall ceilings and excellent natural lighting. It goes for the industrial vibe of so many other brewpubs, bricky with exposed ductwork, only it pulls it off without seeming forced or fake.

As for the vibe: Mississippi Valley people tend to be weird. Trust me, I know, I grew up there. The stereotype is that Iowa and Wisconsin people are achingly nice, but that's only true if you go further north. In the valley, folks is reticent and tend to glare judgingly at at outsiders. And, counterintuitive as this may seem, this goes double in drinking establishments, which are usually populated only by locals, the cousins of locals, and/or fat and racist bikers. Should you attempt to engage these simple, hateful folk in a conversation, you best 1) be white, 2) have no accent whatsoever, and 3)use no words containing more than two syllables. Break any of those rules and you might find your tires slashed.

Thank god, Galena Brew Co seems to be an exception to this trend. The people weren't exactly east coast talkative or Minnesota friendly, but they were decidedly less awful that those in the surrounding towns. It might be because they're used to tourists, or it might be because the vibe in Galena is just generally less hateful than it is in, say, Savannah, but the difference is marked.

As for the beer... eh. Flagships are all solid. But the bigger, bolder, more contemporary styles were mixed. Especially those styles that can be easily screwed up. Stick with the classics and you'll walk away happy. But, you know, don't go expecting anything too outstanding.

To summarize: the facility is gorgeous, the vibe is good for the area, the staff are friendly, and the beer is okay.

mynie, May 19, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of Asrugan
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Asrugan, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

KAF, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of Jriesing
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Jriesing, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of boogs
3/5  rDev -23.1%

boogs, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of wildwm
4/5  rDev +2.6%

wildwm, May 05, 2014
Photo of Wiscodrinker
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Wiscodrinker, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of nbal4396
4/5  rDev +2.6%

nbal4396, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of skubas86
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

skubas86, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of atone315
4/5  rDev +2.6%

atone315, Nov 06, 2013
« first ‹ prev | 1-10 | 11-20  | next › last »
Galena Brewing Company in Galena, IL
89 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.