Piasa Winery & Pub
Taps: 16 / Bottles: 100
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 3 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
4.83/5 rDev +8.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
One of my favorites, despite being quite a drive. Extensive wine and beer selection, with many high quality beers on tap, with the selection changing often.
The Owner (Will) is VERY well versed in beer and can certainly give most people an education about the finer points. He, and his entire staff, are very attentive and always making sure you have what you need, and are always pleasant.
The food is freshly prepared and everything I've tried there is great, and ready reasonably quick, considering it's fresh.
Sure, the beer is a bit pricey, but in this area the availability of higher-line beers like they offer is just not there. (Founders, Bells, Goose Island Bourbon County, Wild Onion, Dogfish Head, etc).
Never had a bad time there, even when the "locals" are a bit drunk and "havin' a good ole time" it's still nice and in control, and the staff keeps up well even when it's very busy. A+
12-17-2011 21:17:40 | More by jrcmlc
4.28/5 rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This little place was pretty cool in the dead of winter, and much likely even cooler in warmer weather when the deck and patio are open, facing the Illinois river. The building itself felt like a converted river house, with stone walls downstairs, and a screened in porch in the back.
Inside it was small and cozy, with a wooden bar that sat 10-12, with racks of wine all around, and a four door beer cooler packed to the gills. 16 taps were promising, with a nice variety including a few limited seasonals. Among these were Founders Nemesis '10, (which the blonde bartender described to a T: big, hoppy black barleywine), Boulevard Tank 7, Schlafly Irish & Coffee Stouts , Kasteel, Six Row Whale, Bells Hell Hath No Fury, Pranqster, O'Fallon Hemp Hop Rye, Prima Pils, Optimator, and others. Bottles were pretty extensive with some obscure ones like Cottrell, Cathedral Square, and Griesedieck Bros. Pilsner. Fresh West Coast IPA from Green Flash, Lindemans Faro, Aventinus, Founders Porter, and more. Prices varied, but many singles were $3-4, with a 30% discount when you buy 6. Hopslam and Nemesis were priced somewhat high at $7.50 per single.
Crowd was all local, of various ages, and seemingly pretty lit up. The bartender gave us the story on why the Rotten Apple recently closed across the street, and how the town is very seasonal in regards to business. Grafton is fairly isolated, but worth a daytrip from Saint Louis, Springfield, or the surrounding area.
01-25-2011 03:50:54 | More by emerge077
4.28/5 rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
I visited this place while in town for business (staying at Pere Marquette State Park down the road).
Its a small place that for the area has a really solid lineup of craft beers. I think they had about 10 taps, and 8 of those were very nice craft beers, with the remaining two being pseudo-craft offerings (think Blue Moon).
From the taps I had a Kasteel Rouge, a wheat ale from Six Row Brewing Company called "Whale", and a Schlafly oatmeal stout. All were fresh and reasonably priced. While there I also scored a few bottles of this and that to carry out (this place is sort of like a beer and wine store too). I got a 750 of the Rye on Rye from Boulevard Brewing and a small selection of Schlafly beers I had not had before. It was all good.
The service was super friendly and I ended up having a nice conversation about good beer with the owner/manager guy and the bartender. Both were super knowledgeable and friendly.
All in all its not a destination but rather a nice little beer spot to check out if you are in the area already. I would visit here again in a heartbeat.
08-16-2010 21:37:16 | More by spointon
Piasa Winery & Pub in Grafton, IL
- out of 100 based on 3 ratings.