Prairie Rock Brewing Company
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Reviews by bluemoonswoon:
4.22/5 rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped by here a few times now and really dig the place. The big dining room with the fire place has closed down for the time being but the bar and brewery are still open and cranking out some amazing food and beer respectivly. The bar area has some cool breweraina hung up on the walls and there are lots of tables and a huge granite (i think) topped bar, behind which, is the tank room. There are normally six beers on tap with one or two rotating seasonals. When I stopped by they had a porter and a hefe, both very good. Food is also great, but you have to know what to get as some dishes are better than others. The pulled pork sandwich and the prime rib sandwich are about as good as I've ever had. Friendly service and knowledgeable staff make for a great experience. Also if you stop by in the afternoons you might get a chance to talk with the brewmaster, Jim, who also seems to be a manager. He is very friendly and knows his beer. A great place to stop for lunch, or a beer, or both.
10-18-2008 04:56:23 | More by bluemoonswoon
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4.08/5 rDev +2.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Located in an older building just east of the Fox River in Elgin. Bar was off to the left as you walk in. Place was pretty empty, but it was only 3:00 on a Monday. Bartender was pretty knowledgeable. Told me some of the history of the building. It had been an old movie theater and was considered haunted by some of the staff. He'd actually heard a child crying in an empty room. No paranormal experiences for me, but the Pale Rider was its hoppy self and very drinkable. Refilled my growler and went to pay. He charged me for my growler but said the beer was on him. Apparently, they have discression to comp beers a few times a day and I was the lucky one.
This place is very inviting and I would like to experience it on a weekend night and stay for the food. The menu is extensive and, if it is anything like the Prairie Rock in Schaumberg was, the food should be pretty good.
12-09-2007 22:47:01 | More by kdog630
3.75/5 rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
The place is located 2 blocks north of the casino in elgin. Very nice hearth in the restaraunt. I had the crab cake appetizer, while she ordered the prarie dip. She thought that it was the best french dip she's ever had, and she gets them everywhere. I had the Pale Rider Ale. Review: Nice and fresh. Citrus / light floral hop. Good malt balance. Quite a good offering I thought. Nothing really stand outish about this beer, but definitely not terrible. Wish I could have had more of these. I would definitely revisit this brew. And I'd like to try more of their offerings.
03-20-2007 01:46:17 | More by TechMyst
3.9/5 rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I found this to be a corner location within easy walking distance from the Elgin METRA station. The address was a little deceptive, given a South Grove Avenue, but the entryway was on Prairie Street, and as I passed through the vestibule, entering under a 10-point mounted bucks head, the brewhouse and fermenters were directly to the right. The multi-angled bar was dead ahead and the serving tanks were behind the back bar. The bar was a light-grey marble and the back bar was stained pine. The lamps above the bar incorporated metallic renditions of stalks of wheat into their design. The heavy wood beams and I-beams in the overhead suggested a former storage facility. There was also a good bit of exposed brick. A couple of street lamps (!) flanking the bar put me in mind of this line from Carl Sandburgs poem, Chicago: I have seen your painted women under the gas lamps luring the farm boys. No painted women here, but Miss Vicky (Victoria) was a great server. I also got to meet brewer Mike Kasian during my visit.
I realized, in visiting the Beer Recycling Area, that the place is actually two adjoining buildings. The restaurant is to the extreme right, with its own entryway, a maitre d station, and a bi-level restaurant with an impressive 60-foot stone fireplace in the center. Their Rock Garden biergarten was accessible from either the bar or the restaurant.
The available beers included Prairie Light; MaiBock; Raspberry Wheat; Prairie Stout (N2 pour); Clocktower Amber; and as a tie for my favorite, Vanilla Cream (like Cream Soda) and Pale Rider Ale. The decision came down to whether I would actually want an entire pint of Vanilla Cream and the answer was no.
Lunch consisted of one of their made-in-house personal pizzas. Pizza and beer. Mmmmm.
09-28-2006 08:56:30 | More by woodychandler
4/5 rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
This place is on a small side road off the main road so make sure you get good directions. The front awning says it is a chophouse but one step in the doors and you can see some of the fermenters. The restaurant is straight ahead with the bar to the left. The bar has a nice open old factory feel with exposed brick and random beeriana on the walls. The beeriana was not plastered on so thick that you felt like you were in a cracker barrel but it did give you something to look at. I was surprised to see a 1970s snowmobile above the bar.
I had a wide selection of beers and they were all well made even though many of the styles didn't interest me a great deal. The day I went in it was a bit slow so the bartender was very friendly and talked about each beer and the food. When I added beers to BA I used the info on the printed card that I got at the bar, not the info on the website. The styles, names and descriptions all vary from the two. Some beers are lagers in the bar but described as ales on the web page that sort of thing.
They had 7 beers on tap with 4 lagers and 3 ales and the most interesting one was the Vanilla Creme Ale. It is what I would imagine a hard cream soda would taste like. They only listed their beers on the menu but I saw the waitress carrying two Miller Lites to a table so they might have some BMC stashed in the cooler. On the menu it also said you can get a sampler of the 6 ales and lagers or you can get a sampler of all 7 lagers. I was confused but they only have 7 beers on tap so it was another typo. I get the feeling that the ad agency puts together the print materials and the brewers are off brewing and the two never talk.
The food was good pub grub with soups, salads, burgers and a few pizzas. I thought the food prices were a bit high and the beer prices were a bit low but I'm not complaining.
This is a nice place to hang out and have a few beers or to buy dinner if you one a little cash at the casino down the road. As I was walking out to the car, on the sidewalk were 8 food-grade plastic garbage buckets that had malted grain in them and had pieces of plastic over them to protect them from the rain. I'm not sure if this was spent grain or fresh grain but I will have to stop in to see what they are brewing next.
05-13-2006 15:51:18 | More by rhoadsrage
Prairie Rock Brewing Company in Elgin, IL
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