Two Brothers Brewing Company
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Active Beers: 66
Beer Ratings: 11,655
Beer Avg: 3.71
Taps: 10 / Bottles: 50
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 102 | Reviews: 49 | Display Reviews Only:
4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Originally visited opening weekend, and returned for the "For the Love of Hops!" fest on June 6th.
We arrived at the place via the frontage road off Butterfield Road. Ample parking behind the building.
Decor in the room was a little stark, but I expect it to become more worn-in as time goes on. There were accents of corrugated metal that formed a roof-like structure above the bar. The restaurant area was roomy, there was a party of 10-12 while we were there, and the place was maybe 1/3 full. The bar itself was a nicely finished lighter wood. Large windows created a vista of the rural solitude outside, beyond the parking lot.
The bar area is sectioned off, and right near the kitchen. Beer prices were in the $3.50-5.00 range, which was reasonable. I was hoping to see more of their artisan series available, but i'm sure they will expand the selection in the weeks to come. The food I tried was good...giardinere-drizzled chicken wings, that tasted grilled to perfection. Also tasty was the "live" Hop Juice on cask. It looked to be only a 10 oz. pour, but I can't complain.
Overall a great place to drink fresh local beer!
05-21-2009 16:58:12 | More by emerge077
3.18/5 rDev -23.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2 | food: 4.5 | $$$
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
4/5 rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
(Visited 11/2010): Visited Two Brothers after thinking I was lost, which is evidently a common experience for visitors. I actually visited two nights in a row because there was a private event being held at the brewery the evening of my first attempt. The brewery is located on the northwest side of Warrenville on Talbot in a seemingly residential area. There is a private lot as well as street parking.
The interior is softly lit, with the bar on the left side and table seating throughout. The bar area boasts TVs and a view of brewing equipment.
Two Brothers has about 10 of their beers on draught, including most of their flagship brews plus a couple less common offerings like Heavier Handed IPA, Long Haul Session and Resistance IPA. They also offer a 5 beer sampler. There are about 30 bottles on the menu too.
Service in the restaurant area on a weeknight was solid. Our server was familiar with the beers and efficient.
Food at Two Brothers is good. My colleague and I both enjoyed our dishes.
Overall this place is worth the difficulties finding it. Recommended for any visitor to the area, and may even be worthwhile visiting from the Chicago area.
06-29-2011 03:33:02 | More by Dogbrick
3.5/5 rDev -15.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
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
4.28/5 rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped here on a Friday last year... apparently a little too early. Was confused where it was, and stopped to asked a man in the parking lot where the brewery was. I was there but they were closed. I asked what the hours were and from how far I've driven and they were nice enough to let me inside to try a flight and another glass or two. Considering I was the only one there for most of the time, atmosphere is a little skewed, but could sort of get a feel for what it would be like. Two Brothers has a good line up of beers and if I wasn't far away I probably would visit again. It goes without saying the service was truly outstanding.
01-13-2011 04:06:08 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
3.74/5 rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 2.75 | $$
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...
09-09-2013 17:04:25 | More by msubulldog25
3.3/5 rDev -20.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
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
3.88/5 rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Two Brothers has always been one of my favorite breweries in the midwest, constantly pumping out awesome brews. Even when I lived in Illinois I never made it out there until recently when I was visiting my girlfriend. It's only a 30 minute-ish drive from her so we went for the free tour on a Saturday afternoon.
It was a bit difficult to find as the large white building had no clear signage and seemed in the midst of neighborhoods. The grain silo on the side of the building gave it away though. Even for a Saturday afternoon the lot was packed. We walked around the building trying to find which door to enter through and proceeded into the Brewers' Coop, a small little homebrew supply shop located in the building. We then entered the tap house and were seated without hesitation even for how busy it appeared.
Our server was nice and constantly checking up on us even thought we didn't order any food. The atmosphere was average in the tap house. Neutral colors were painted on the walls and the ceiling was exposed industrial-like rafters. The only real décor came from giant vinyl prints of Two Brothers beer labels on sheet metal all of which were bolted to the wall.
Then came the tour. It was rich in the history of the two Ebel, (pronounced "able" for those wondering) brothers and the start-up of Two Brothers Brewing Co. From there a little bit of the brewing process was shared but not as much as many other tours I've been on. The part that I found interesting, and also insulting, was when the tour guide began talking about their large oak Fodures from France they have. This wasn't so insulting initially until he asked the tour if anyone had previously had barrel-aged beer. When he asked me what the main flavor profile was and I replied, "bourbon", he proceeded to talk shit about bourbon-barrel aging beer and how it's "not traditional." Sorry, but the second you talk shit about Founders KBS, your appreciation of craft beer plummets in my book.
Following the insulation, we made our way to the bottling and packaging area where I learned something interesting; Two Brothers has their own distribution company next door. It's also always awesome to see pallets of beer ready to go to thirsty people. Overall the tour was mediocre, peppered lightly with comedy, and full of a good history lesson. Oh, you also get to drink on the tour, but it's gotta be a glass of beer purchased before departure. At the finish each tour-goer receives 3 tickets for 3 samples of Two Brothers beer.
Prices for Two Brothers' beer was fair but seemed pretty high for the food, which we didn't try because we ate before we got there. As far as selection went, I was pleasantly surprised at what Two Brothers was on tap. They also had guest taps (I believe - memory is a bit hazy) but I know they had a slew of bottles in a fridge behind the bar. These seemed a little over-priced as well but the selection of different choices was good. I can't say I'd make another trip out there without a specific reason, say, a special beer release, but I can say it was cool while I was there.
08-06-2010 03:26:13 | More by BeerFMAndy
Two Brothers Brewing Company in Warrenville, IL
93 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.