One Trick Pony
Active Beers: 22
Beer Ratings: 140
Beer Avg: 4.09
Taps: 8 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 22 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by --Dom--:
4.3/5 rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
When someone told me about the brewery in Lansing Illinois I honestly didn't believe them at first. This place is seriously about 2 minutes away from my house and I didn't even know it was there. You'd miss the little sign off the main road to the industrial park if you weren't already looking for it. I must've driven by it dozens of times. Something about the fact that it's tucked away in an industrial park is strangely alluring to me, don't know why but it is.The tasting room is rather small, maybe room for 25 people, with fewer actual seats than that. Which makes me wonder if they're either not so focused on walk-in business, or if they just never thought they'd need a bigger tasting room. I digress. It's cozy, it's friendly, it is not hipster... this I like. No tv's playing 70's cult films, no paintings of half-naked goat women on the walls. No skulls, no death metal, no egocentric doorman. No overworked/underpaid waitstaff. Instead you're greeted by a modest yet tastefully arranged room. Complete with growlers from craft breweries around the country adorning the walls. And a person or two in the window, eager to give you a sample.
I'll not go into detail about my experiences with staff at other breweries I've visited. I'll just say the folks at one trick pony are friendly, welcoming, and make you feel like they're truly happy you came to try some of their creation. You get a sense talking with them, and standing in this place, that these people take a great deal of pride and joy in what they do. And they seem excited to share it.
I only had time to try one beer my first visit. But all it took was one sip to know whoever makes this beer knows how to craft a masterpiece. Being a fan of belgian style ales, it only took a moment to decide what I wanted to sample. The "Belgian Dark Strong Ale" caught my eye immediately. Full bodied, yet still crisp enough for each drink to finish itself. Full of raisin, banana, fig and a bevy of other flavors. Perfectly balanced, I could go on about this beer for another paragraph, but I am after all, reviewing the place. It was over a month ago I had this beer, and yet it's memory is as fresh in my mind today as it was only minutes after this delightful nectar first danced it's way across my palate. I can but only assume the other offerings are made to the same standard.
The Final Take-
Good beer, good people. The higher end beers... a little pricey around 8 dollars a snifter, but hey I'm sure we've all been around long enough to know you get what you pay for in this world. And if it takes 8 dollars from me to allow you to make such a fine beverage, by all means sir, charge me 8 dollars. There are of course other beers to be had at 5-6 dollars a pint for those who are so inclined. But I didn't come to knock back mugs of lager, I came to sample greatness. And I was not disappointed. In closing, you may very well be a one trick pony, but it is a damn fine trick. Don't you go changin on me.
12-22-2012 17:37:33 | More by --Dom--
More User Reviews:
4.83/5 rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Simple tasting room, relaxed atmosphere, free samples, Excellent beers (mainly on the full flavor side), Very friendly staff and customers who know their beers. No food but you welcome to order in or bring your own, CASH ONLY, Most beers are $5.00/ 20 oz. imperial pint or $2.50 for a half pint. free pretzels. Great place, my favorite by far.
06-14-2014 02:32:10 | More by Glazzzmann
3.86/5 rDev -12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $
Been to OTP a couple times, their beer is good, the people are better. Friendly staff who enjoy conversing with the customers as well as asking for their opinion. I couldn't remember all the beers I drank when I went, I just remember they were good and it was a relaxing, enjoyable time.
It is a very cozy place, and the customers who I have met and talked with are always nice and are having a good time as well.
Looking forward to going back soon, no better way to spend a late Saturday afternoon, especially when it's nice out and the doors are open.
02-26-2014 18:34:04 | More by ddodger41
One Trick Pony in Lansing, IL
96 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.