Two Brothers Brewing Company
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3.18/5 rDev -23.4%
Came back to Two Bros. with my wife on a busy Friday night. Sat at the bar, service dropped and was hard to get a water refill. Girls are damn hot, though.
Had a pizza with goat cheese and bacon, incredibly delicious! Beer selection was even worse than last time- no Cain&Ebel. And of course no Hop Juice, no Heavier Handed, no Northwind. Boring.
Three beers and a pizza set us back $32 plus tip. Not so cheap.
So I found out that my relative lives a ten-minute from Two Brothers. Not only that but she went there herself the other night with a date she had! Would you take a date to a semi-obscure brewery in an industrial park in the suburbs?
Yes, it is hard to find. Even with directions and stuff, it is just out in Nowhere, USA (despite being close to an interstate highway). Plus there was a lot of construction around the industrial park where the brewery is. But once you're there it's all good, a spacious tap room that feels more like a chain restaurant with a rather large seating area and a nice bar with some high-top tables.
A little sterile and bland, plus the AC was down, but alright. Then comes the beer selection. Meh... 7 taps + 2 guests (Metropolitan Brewing and Finch's). Nothing exciting. This is the stuff you can get at any other bar around the US: Cain&Ebel, Domaine DuPage... you name it, you know it. I got their Resistance IPA (which I had never tried) and it was solid OK.
Too bad they don't do half-pints or tastings or stuff like that. What's a good taproom without your classic beer paddle? Then my relative said she got a five-beer tasting when she was there. WTF?
I enjoyed the food, a house-ground bratwurst with onions and mustard that was sooo delicious and filling (although the bun was a little stale). Great salty fries too.
Service was fast and efficient, sweet girl. Funny how the place went from packed-for-lunch to almost-empty in a matter of minutes.
Would I go back? Sure, when I'm staying nearby at my relative's house. Otherwise, I think I'll pass.
09-10-2011 05:12:08 | More by DoubleSimcoe
3.3/5 rDev -20.5%
This review is going to stick to the quality of the experience of the brew pub food and atmosphere and the brewery tour.
A place thats a little hard to find but just follow the directions on their website and you'll find it easily. Hard to find the actual entrance though. A pretty nice brewpub, wharehous feel. The food was really good, recommend most things there.
The beer selection on taps sucks as its just their year round beers, which suck, and only 2 seasonals of their. If you are a prebub have some unique stuff brothers.
Bottle selection is varied and nice.
The tour is pretty good, its free takes about 45 minutes and you get 3 free samples at the end. The problem is its heavy on backstory of the brothers, which was mildly fascinating and short on actual brewing.
The brewery is really nice, you can tell these guys have some money.
Its worth a Saturday afternoon trip to eat lunch then go on the tour. Do not go to drink good beer as there is very little of that there, and its lack the creativity of one offs and special brews that most brew pubs have.
08-07-2010 21:33:16 | More by jrallen34
3.35/5 rDev -19.3%
Here are my two cents:
I like some of Two Brothers stuff: Especially their J Series Oktoberfest. However, I was kind of disappointed when I visited their Brewpub. It is very difficult to find... literally it is a maze of industrial warehouses. Once inside, you notice that they have a gift shop with homebrew supplies... I actually appreciated this. Service was okay and beer was pretty good. Food was a disappointment. Between my party of four, no one really enjoyed what they got. I hope they fix the kitchen, because they have a good thing going with the beer.
06-22-2014 00:40:42 | More by dmgallag
3.45/5 rDev -16.9%
I had recently had a few of the Two Brothers' beers, and when I heard about the brewpub I figured I had to check it out. My wife and I went on a Saturday evening, and the place was definitely busy, the parking lot was full. Despite this, we were seated immediately, which was a plus.
The atmosphere was laid back, which was nice, but the place could use a little facelift as there isn't much character to the layout or decor (minor gripe in my opinion). They definitely should keep the "hidden" entrance with just a sheet of paper telling you its the brewpub, I got a kick out of that.
The food was great, my wife had a bowl of their creamy mushroom soup which was absolutely outstanding, and I had a solid Cuban Sandwich with sweet potato fries.
The beer was as solid as the food. Their Cane and Ebel is my top favorite rye beer, and the Resistance IPA had a great subtlety and balance to it. The Heavy Handed Willamete is also tasty, but Resistance won out IMHO (disclaimer: I look for balance over hopbomb with IPAs). The selection could be a bit more varied, as I felt there were too few house beers available (a bit made up for with a lot of reasonably priced out of house options in bottles).
The only downside to our experience was our server. I could tell from around me that the other servers weren't as bad, but this guy was terrible. He barely ever came over, was not helpful with the menu at all, and didn't seem very knowledgable about their beers. I would have had another beer for sure if he had come over whenever I had finished one, but there were a couple times where we had empty beer and water glasses for at least ten minutes. I'm a former server, so I know what is and isn't in the control of the server, and I can tell you all issues we had were totally in his control, as the place was packed but thumbs up on having a lot of servers to keep them from getting overwhelmed.
All in all, we'll totally come back for the beer and food, and just hope we get a competent server next time. Goose Island will still be my homebase brewpub, but Two Brothers is still recommended.
12-10-2010 18:49:50 | More by MowryJC
3.5/5 rDev -15.7%
This place was not easy to spot, no sign in front, just a white warehouse. On closer inspection there IS a small sign on a door, 11x7 inch, saying only "tap room". I figured it must be a new location but on the tour I heard they've been here 4 years. Not sure why no sign, but the place got crowded while we were there so I guess they don't need to care.
Seating for 80+ in tables & booths, maybe another 12 along the bar. It's a converted gymnastics warehouse, and it has that feel to it in the taproom. It's not a bad layout at all, it just feels like this building is having a second life is all. The food selection was good, we had pizza and burgers. Everything was pretty good.
The draft selection was the standard line-up of Two Brothers beers, those that are easily found in 4-packs and 6-packs. Apparently they sometimes have seasonals and one-offs but unfortunately not while I was there. Tours on Saturdays, but they're not really worthwhile (except for 3 free drink tickets at the end). You basically stand in one place while they describe the brewing process, then you go see the bottling line.
I'm a fan of several Two Brothers beers so this was a worthwhile stop. But I probably wouldn't go too far out of my way, given that the Chicago metropolitan area has other great beer stops.
08-07-2011 22:16:03 | More by TurdFurgison
Two Brothers Brewing Company in Warrenville, IL
92 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.