Taps: 28 / Bottles: 41
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 4 | Reviews: 3 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by onefmatt:
4/5 rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Stopped by shortly after opening. Farm like ambiance, recycled wood and light fixtures. While waiting for our table we got to talking to the bartenders and one of the owners. He was very pleasant and fun to speak to.
Food was upscale bar food but decent versions of mussels, local fish and sandwiches.
Tons of local beers, Daisycutter, 3F Arctic Panzer Wolf, Dreadnaught, Metropolitan and Finch's Golden &
Overall a great spot if you are in river north looking for a beer bar and a nice bite to eat. Right off the Chicago Brown line for easy access.
10-20-2011 02:34:03 | More by onefmatt
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4.08/5 rDev +5.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in here during one of my day-off trips into the Big City. It's a somewhat quaint little restaurant with a decidedly modern feel to it. Frankly, it's places like this that make sure I'm never completely comfortable whilst drinking and/or dining: things just seem overtly artificial or like something out of a movie set in an ever-so-mildly dystopian future. At the bar, though, the selection is pretty top-notch, with some local love tossed in with national faves. The bartenders are very amiable, likeable even, and definitely seem to know their stuff when it comes to the beer itself. It seems they may have actually tasted some of them (saints be praised!). I didn't try any of the food, and it seemed to me to be on the more "modern" (read: frou-frou) side of the tracks for my tastes. Maybe I'll prove myself wrong someday... Overall, this place may not be your friendly neighborhood watering hole, but it's a nice source for great beers.
07-24-2012 00:54:09 | More by TMoney2591
3.88/5 rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Stopped in here for dinner recently, walked by awhile back before they opened and noticed the illustrated livestock silhouettes in the window. Didn't realize it was a reservations needed type of place, especially on a Tuesday. "Craft Tavern" was emblazoned on the front window. We were seated at an awkward communal table (with metal stools) up front, right next to the door, staring out at the bus stop... it felt like we weren't even in the restaurant.
The decor was well thought out, with rustic and eclectic touches like dim wire-framed lamps above the bar, and worn tin tiles on the walls and ceiling. In the front area there was a host stand, and a large mural on a metal panel against an exposed brick wall painted white. Behind the bar, two columns were painted black with chalkboard paint, detailed with various lists of taps and farms where the food is sourced from. Rough hewn beams served as shelving behind the bar, with an eclectic mix of jars, bottles, and curios displayed high above. Even a row of empty CBS bottles, which weren't listed on the menu.
The space itself was pretty small, and I could see it getting jammed on weekends. There was an upstairs also, but it was closed for a private event. The bar seated 20 maybe, with a handful of booth tables opposite the bar.
Beer selection was locally focused, as was the food. Taps were broken out by state, and anything from outside the midwest was an "import". Breweries represented: FFF (Dreadnaught, Region Riot), Metropolitan (Iron Works, Flywheel), Half Acre (Gossamer, Daisy cans), Local Option (Dampf Loc), Emmett's, Two Brothers, Goose, Tyranena, Central Waters (Satin Solstice), Greenbush, Jolly Pumpkin (3-4 bottles), Dark Horse, Boulevard (Tank 7), Stillwater (Stateside Saison). More bottles from Great Lakes, New Holland, Founders, Brooklyn, and more, including a few Belgians and Mikkeller.
Table service was timely enough, and they were able to describe some of the beers. Glasses should be mandatory with craft bottles, they shouldn't need to ask. The odd seating was really the only issue with service here, but it seemed they were pretty short on space at this "tavern". Food was good, the curds, salad, amish chicken, and bread pudding were all tasty dishes. Gluten-free items were marked, but vegetarian items were few.
Dinner for two with drinks was $50-60, so it's not at all cheap. Draft prices are what you'd expect for River North, $6-8 on average, bottles higher. I'd return for after dinner drinks or dinner with reservation next time, the beer and food is solid.
11-16-2011 15:04:01 | More by emerge077
Farmhouse in Chicago, IL
- out of 100 based on 4 ratings.