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Galena Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Galena Brewing CompanyGalena Brewing Company
Based on:
25 Beers
234 Hads
Place Score: 89
Reviews: 10
Visits: 28
Avg: 3.95
pDev: n/a
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

Place added by: deereless on 01-09-2010

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Reviews: 10 | Visits: 28
Reviews by mynie:
Photo of mynie
3.95/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DSWeller
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of Travitten
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Ryannel24
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Nice place in the quaint, historic town in Galena that struggles with parking. In the middle of a string of novelty shops. Nice town. This place has a nice vibe in an industrial setting. Beers are good, not phenomenal. I had their wings that were on special. 20 for $10. The Parmesan garlic wings were phenomenal. The BT was very responsive. Kid friendly as well. I will go back every time I take family for a road trip. Carry out 16 ounces. Can take growlers as well.

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Photo of iRun2Beer
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Jenebauer
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of PretzelCity
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of wolverine0712
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Visited the brewery last Friday and took the tour. Brewermaster Jon Wagner led the tour and was very informative. For only $5 you get the tour and a pint of beer. Wagner gives a little beer history, brewery history (Red Stripe was started there), and how they brew. Well worth 5 buck.

Full Review: http://www.examiner.com/review/review-galena-brewery-tour

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of lovethebelgians
4.07/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Really cool place, tried a flight of all of their seasonals that were on tap. Most of them all pretty solid, my definite fave though had to be their Return of the Dunkel, one of the best Dunkels I've had in awhile. The other beers were a hefe, IPA, coffe oatmeal porter, rhye. Most all solid but nothing spectacular

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Photo of ferrari29
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Situated right in the middle of Galena's charm and small-town streets is a big city caliber brewing facility. GBC makes great beers at a great price. People are very friendly and the wait staff know everything about their beers. Management has done a fantastic job of bringing local bands to play on Friday and Saturday evening for a great evening of beer and entertainment. You wont be disappointed. Pretty much every beer that GBC makes is available on-tap and most of them sell for take-home at the gift shop. I had the pleasure of meeting Kathy; GTC co-owner and Event Coordinator. She's a great person who cares about her company, customers, and most importantly, beer. I wish they would distribute further east though, especially in Chicago. They would do great.

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Photo of davey
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

Lived in galena for a spell, and was in here almost everyday. The place used to be a funeral home. It's very spacious, with open seating. The bar sits about 15. A couple goo sized flat screen TV's. Good lighting. Inside is all wood and brick.
Behind the bar is the brewing equipment. You can also see the the tanks in the back. Tours are daily.
Food is okay, just small portions. Lots of beer related foods. Beer bread, ipa brats, etc. Price is too high on most items.
Service is great! Greg is on of the best bartenders I've met. Everyone knows the beer, and can help you out with selections.
Now to the beer. You're not going to find anything mind blowing but everything poured is solid. The IPA and stout are my favorites. I've had a Randalled IPA and a coffe infused (tweaked out stout) that were really good, but are very rarely done. Seasonals are on par. The brewer knows his stuff but isn't really allowed to expand or innovate, which is a bummer.
If you're in Galena this is a must stop!

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Although I might have elected to try a couple of the highly rated pizza joints in downtown Galena, this was kind of a tough place to pass up. Our party of five wasn't served with any great speed throughout our entire meal, which was kind of a bummer, but otherwise the vibe was good, the food was total quality stuff, and the beer also most satisfactory.

They give tours of the brewery, which we passed on, and instead endured a horrible open mic performance and then another passable one. Lots of bikers came through, and the rest of the clientele was a diverse mix of folks. Just a very open atmosphere and vibe, with quality on every level, except for maybe the service.

They offer five regular rotation beers, plus two seasonals. Nothing for those looking for extremity or innovation, but the three I sampled were solid solid solid. They even bottle some of their stuff (guess which president's likeness the label's sport?), and those are available in the gift shop to the left of the front doors. Definitely stop by when you're in beautiful historic Galena.

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Galena Brewing Company in Galena, IL
89 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.