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Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

135 Ratings
Ratings: 135
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Active Beers: 51
Beer Ratings: 11,832
Beer Avg: 3.75
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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Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

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!

emerge077, May 21, 2009
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
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
Photo of Dogbrick
4/5  rDev -3.4%

(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.

Dogbrick, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of TurdFurgison
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
Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

MilwaukeeCrusher, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of msubulldog25
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
Photo of TheRealPour
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

TheRealPour, Wednesday at 04:07 AM
Photo of PhillyStyle
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

PhillyStyle, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of jrallen34
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
Photo of qcbrewer
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

qcbrewer, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

david18, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of Sparky44
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Sparky44, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

BeerFMAndy, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

KAF, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of BUNZILLA
4/5  rDev -3.4%

BUNZILLA, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

bpfrush, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of Florida9
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

The Tap House is located in the front part of the brewery. When you first enter, there are two doors. To the left is the home brewing "store" while to the right is the Tap House.

The Tap House is bright and airy and is decorated in a modern minimalist style. Several tables are spread throughout the ample space. There is also a short bar with high back chairs.

Draught beer selection is limited to 8 taps, one of which is a cask, plus maybe one or two home made sodas, or "pop" as would be the local vernacular (I recommend the cinnamon root beer). Actually, the selection can be limited to the point where I've seen them bump regular beers off the list in order to accommodate new ones. There is also a respectable selection of bottled beers, though I've personally never bothered with them

The wait staff is helpful and polite, though not entirely beer knowledgeable. If you have any serious beer questions, you'll need to speak with one of the barkeeps and, if you're lucky, one of the brothers might even be around. However, as is typical with 2Brothers, secrecy is paramount, so asking the wrong questions will get you little more than a wry smile.

For the most part, the food is the standard fare. Burgers and sandwiches dominate the menu, but there are a few twist ups (such as barley risotto, fish tacos, and an artisan cheese plate). There are also frequent specials and a kid's menu, a feature that is appreciated by us beer drinkers who happen to have a kid. While nothing on the menu is exceptional, everything is fresh, well prepared, and certainly better than your local TGI McChain Restaurant. Prices are reasonable.

To get there, I suggest following the directions on the website. The brewery can be a bit tricky to find and is located in an odd sort of mixed use residential/industrial area. Adding to the confusion, there isn't a single sign on the entire building.

Florida9, May 22, 2009
Photo of birdsellam
4/5  rDev -3.4%

birdsellam, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of Rayek
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%

Two Brothers Tap House is inside the warehouse that houses the brewery. The warehouse itself is not exactly easy to find, because it's hidden off of a secondary highway. Thanks to the miracle of Sat Nav, I found it. Without it, I would have had to call for directions. The hidden location doesn't deter the locals. I was there on a Friday night, and the place was hopping.

The Tap House has seating for perhaps 90 people. There's a small bar area at the back, while the rest of the seating is made up of tables and chairs. Aside from large prints of Two Brothers beer labels, the walls are bare. Behind the bar is a wall of windows that look into the brewery. The floor is concrete, the duct work exposed, and there are no dividing walls. That combination makes for a fairly loud room.

Despite the noise and sparseness, the vibe here was really good. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. My waitress was wonderful, and knew all there was to know about the various beers. The food; which was a mix of sandwiches, plus some Italian and Mexican items, was quite tasty.

All of Two Brothers' regular beers were on-tap, plus one cask and one Tap Room Only offering. As a nice plus, all of the beers were being served in appropriate glassware. I ended up buying a Two Brothers tulip to take home with me.

Overall, I had a most excellent time. Next time I'm in IL, I'll be back.

Rayek, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of WoodBrew
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%

Turn left...then make an immediate left...then first right...goto second street on your left....turn and it is on you right! Where?? I don't see any signs!!! For those you have visited Two Bros....know exactly what I am talking about...it is very difficult to find..I mean there are no signs....if it were not for the beer trucks outside you wouldn't find it! HOWEVER, this place is always busy....the locals know exactly where it is and enjoy every savor dish their kitchen and drip from their taps!! The food here is excellent, but menu is somewhat limited....although perfect if you ask me...the beer in general is very very good....I am quite partial to the Cane&Ebel. Some of the atmosphere diminishes as you get away from teh bar area and into the dining area. It is very industrial with windows looking into the warehouse/production (where the real magic happens)! The place is best if you can get a hightop in the bar area that is encompassed by big flat screens! Highly recommend this establishment!

WoodBrew, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%

Have been coming to this place for a while now and really really enjoy it. I am amazed at how many people I see here seeing as this place is nearly impossible to find, it's a cool thing to see an industrial parking lot full of cars on a Friday night, completely unexpected.

When you walk in, you can immediately tell you are walking into a brewery, the aroma is hard to miss. The decor is odd but fitting I think, very modern, big metal posters of the Two Brothers beer hung up on the walls, drywall, this is not your typical kind of pub.

Selection at first was rather low key, the full line up of Two Bros. beers plus a bottle list. Now though they offer up a brewery only release, an expanded bottle list, and at the moment a 2006 Aged Hop Juice which is absolutely fantastic.

Staff is incredibly friendly and knowledgeable, also I came here with a large group on a Friday night a few months ago and was given a tour of the brewery.

The food, at least the dishes I've had are fantastic, the fish tacos are amazing, though I wish they gave you more than 2 tacos for the 11 dollar price tag that comes along with it, the Fish and Chips are also good, massive portions there, but not nearly as good as the tacos. The french fries, the regular not the sweet potato kind, are great as well.

A great place if a bit pricey, a meal for two with a couple of beers each is going to be around 40 bucks, but hell I think it's worth it when you add up all the other factors that this place gives. Will be coming back many more times.

bluemoonswoon, May 24, 2009
Photo of Kevin_Young
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Kevin_Young, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of thewimperoo
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%

I try to make it to the Two Brothers Tap House at least once a month. This review is based on an accumulation of visits.

Atmosphere: I love the atmosphere here. It's a real laid back, fun place to hang out and unwind after a long week of work.

Quality: Quality of beer and food is always top notch. I've never had a bad pour or dirty glasses.

Service: The service is usually pretty great. The bartenders do a great job attending to you without being in your business. Plus they're fun to talk to when they have some free time. Service out in the dining area has been sketchy a couple of times. I usually just sit at the bar now, unless with a bigger group.

Selection: Most of the time there is a beer on cask. Occasionally there is a special tap house only beer. They have 2 house made sodas as well for those non drinkers that are really good.

Food: The food is high quality ingredients and freshly made. Favorites for me are the chicken wings, tap house burger with fresh cut fries or fresh cut sweet potato fries and the fish and chips.

Overall, this is my favorite place to hang out and enjoy craft beer.

thewimperoo, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of hoosier222002
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

hoosier222002, Oct 31, 2014
Photo of dexterk1
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

I have had many Two Brothers beers. All of them are very good and I have not had a bad one yet. The atmosphere is nice in the tasting room at the brewery. A little small, but they make the most of it. The food is very good and surprisingly inventive.
The quality of the beer is excellent! They take care in brewing and it shows in there final product. The long haul session ale is maybe my favorite. It is an excellent beer! They have other quality choices as well such as the bitter end pale ale, and resistance IPA. Selection could be more extensive, but what they do make is high quality so that makes up for some of that. Brewery tour is very cool as well!

dexterk1, Nov 24, 2011
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93 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.