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Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

129 Ratings
Ratings: 129
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Active Beers: 74
Beer Ratings: 12,647
Beer Avg: 3.7
Taps: 10
Bottles: 50
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

30W315 Calumet Ave.
Warrenville, Illinois, 60555
United States
phone: (630) 393-4800

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @twobrothersbeer

Notes:
Two Brothers is a full production brewery.
The building houses the Tap House, Brewery, and Brewer's Coop homebrew shop.

Tap House:
 http://www.TwoBrothersTapHouse.com/ 

Monday-Thursday 3-11
Friday 3-12
Saturday 12-12
Sunday 12-11

Brewer's Coop:
 http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/4064 

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

funkyaudio, Sep 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -27.5%

livehoppy, Jan 20, 2014
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3.18/5  rDev -23.2%

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.

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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.

DoubleSimcoe, Sep 10, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

KAF, Jul 08, 2014
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3.3/5  rDev -20.3%

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.

jrallen34, Aug 07, 2010
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3.35/5  rDev -19.1%

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.

dmgallag, Jun 22, 2014
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3.45/5  rDev -16.7%

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.

MowryJC, Dec 10, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Docrock, Oct 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

vinny21bal, Dec 02, 2013
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PhillyStyle, Nov 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

qcbrewer, Nov 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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.

TurdFurgison, Aug 07, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Danimal25, Sep 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

david18, Jun 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

MBJbeer1, Sep 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

gotek, Sep 13, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev -10.6%

I have been here twice, both times specifically for the brewery tour. First time was just me and my boyfriend, and this time we brought my parents. The first time was over the summer and apparently the brew tour was not as popular. Today we arrived and the place was packed. The first tour had just finished and the bar was swamped to fill the samples. We stood by the bar and were completely ignored. Fortunately we put our name in for a table. We were seated 15 minutes before the tour, so no time for food. The waitress still tried to serve us, and it took some explanation for her to understand that we were waiting for the tour, since there was no time for food. The tour was pretty great, definitely wouldn't recommend going more than once though. Nothing new discussed and kinda boring. It was great the first time around though. The food is pretty good, I had an amazing Reuben. Their tap house burger has jalapeno inside it and it had a great kick to it. Our waitress was excellent once we got back from the brew tour; she put in our food order right away. But the bar staff literally never exchanged a word with me other than telling me how much my growler cost. Bar staff could use some lessons on service. Their beer is reasonably priced, $4-6. Definitely a great place otherwise!

Bellabananas, Jan 31, 2010
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3.73/5  rDev -9.9%

Very good place to eat and hangout at. Its a very well hidden spot in the middle of an industrial park, almost reminds me of a speakeasy. Pretty compact, could maybe seat 100 at most. Great food, friendly atmosphere and good selection of beers. The dining room has windows that allow you to look directly into the brewing facility. Definitely worth checking out.

IPAdams, Jul 10, 2013
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3.74/5  rDev -9.7%

Visited August 31, 6:00-7:30pm

Following our flight from PDX to ORD a couple hours earlier, we checked into our nearby Naperville hotel and then found Two Brothers with relative ease (what did we do in the days before Google Maps and iPhones?). As many others have mentioned, the taproom has little "curb appeal"; from the outside it's a bland precast concrete/industrial park building with a single door and no signage. We passed through a small gift shop into a main dining room and were seated in a both along the wall adjacent to a fairly busy bar area. Some posters and other brewery-specific schwag on red-orange and yellow-green walls, black exposed structure above and beige concrete below. Few windows (and small ones at that) and some rather harsh lighting - feels like a bit like a bunker. Background music was a blend of mostly 80s pop/rock: The Cars, Billy Idol, aha, etc.

I've had several beers from Two Brothers before, both from my bygone trading days and a brief business trip to the area last summer. My wife and I picked several samples from the beer list: Domaine Du Page, Ebel's Weiss, Prairie Path, Atom Smasher, Resistance DIPA and Heavy Handed. Favorites from the list were Atom Smasher (a hearty but too drinkable Oktoberfest) and Ebel's Weiss (among the better Germanic weissbiers either of us have tried). I also liked Resistance's subtle oak-aging. Besides the 10-12 house beers, the reverse side of the menu offered about 30 mostly regional "guest" bottles and a dozen "imports from afar". Tasters ranged from $1.25 to $3, pints $5-6.

Service was pretty good, although a little hurried and only adequately friendly. Beers and food did arrive quickly, however, and I liked the small laminated cards that were laid out for each beer sampler we chose - very helpful. On the wall above our heads were framed certificates for all the Cicerone-certified servers, so beer knowledge was high here... even though we didn't test our server much.

I'd read reviews on both BA and yelp regarding the food and I must concur with those rating it as 'average' (at best). We ordered an appetizer of thickly sliced and battered fried pickles ($8) that was served with a saucerful of ranch dressing ($8), a bowlful of bland macaroni & cheese with a smattering of sliced ham ($9) and a Cuban sandwich ($11) with some miserable sweet potato fries (my hungry wife only ate half the sandwich and barely touched the fries). Good thing the beers are of much better quality...

We picked up a couple six-packs on the way out the door (more Ebel's Weiss and Atom Smasher) for a family gathering the following day. Pretty nice visit, but not a place either of us have to return to...

msubulldog25, Sep 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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Two Brothers Brewing Company in Warrenville, IL
92 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.