Brixie's Beer Bar & Grill

Brixie's Beer Bar & GrillBrixie's Beer Bar & Grill
Brixie's Beer Bar & GrillBrixie's Beer Bar & Grill
Bar, Eatery

9526 Ogden Ave
Brookfield, Illinois, 60513-1842
United States

// CLOSED //

Notes: CLOSED - location purchased by Imperial Oak Brewing
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weatherdog from Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I've lived within walking distance to this place for almost 2 years now and I hadn't heard of this place until about 5 months ago when I read about it on here. God damn did I miss out on a lot of quality beer that's rotated out of that place. i always just mistook it for an average BMC bar judging from the exterior.

The first thing you notice when you walk in is how roomy and open this place is. It's kind of subdivided into two areas (game room and stage area) but not closed off at all. Then as you naturally progress to the 'L' shaped bar area you notice a whole wall of tap handled flanked by glass coolers. My first time in here my jaw dropped to the floor at the selection. The prices are very reasonable bordering on cheap for some beers. They have three main glass styles for all their beers; pint, 10oz. snifter and 7oz. glass. Pretty much my one and only gripe about this place is their 7oz. glass. They serve all their top end (GI BCS, DFH WWW, etc.) in this glass but it looks like a mini juice glass that my orange juice was served in at IHOP this morning. It does nothing to compliment the beer and it looks just silly sipping out of such a small unshapely glass.

They often have many beers of tap that the suburbs rarely get with the exception of Bavarian Lodge. Their tap list is updated on facebook and new tapping are usually annouced on twitter. They also have been known to have some keep the glass night which is a huge plus for a glass hoarder like myself.

The atmosphere is pretty laid back until Fri. and Sat. nights when the band starts to play and then this place starts to get more crowded and the BMC bottle slammers start coming in. (No BMC on draft with the exception of PBR for $2.75).

I've only had the food there once but it was well above average pub burgers and my wife loved their special mac and cheese. I had the 4 cheese burger and it was great. The cheese was piled so high I couldn't fit it into my mouth so I had to take the breaded mozzarella puck off and eat it separately. They also had a maple and bacon doughnut on special and it was served right out of the fryer, hot and gooey. An amazing treat and I hear this new chef will have different doughnut specials all the time!

One last thing that makes this place near and dear to my heart is they allow my homebrew club to meet there. (Brixie Brewers come to our meeting every second Wed. of the month) They treat us great, allow us to bring in homebrew to sample and provide pitchers of water and cups for everyone. Chris, the owner, even sticks around for our meetings and loves to sample what we've brought.

All around my favorite place for me and my wife to grab a relaxing beer and I can't wait to see how it is in the summer when those large garage doors are open.

Feb 23, 2010
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Dankacheese from Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

May 16, 2017
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MilwaukeeBeerMaker from Wisconsin

4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Stopped here for a break from playing video games at Galloping Ghost. A nice selection of beers that were craft dominated and got to taste some good stuff we don't get on tap in WI. Would definitely visit here again. Did not have food so no rating for that but it did look delicious what we saw on people's plates.

Aug 29, 2016
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FBarber from Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Decent place with a great tap list. Roughly 32 taps of which at least 28-30 are legitimate craft beers. They get really good stuff on tap as well including big hitters like KBS, BCS, Sucaba, etc. Service was very good - bartender seemed overworked (he was covering both the bar and the floor including taking food orders) but he was friendly and nice throughout. Didn't try the food - perhaps next time. Was in here early in the evening so I didn't run into any issues, but from the stories I've heard you don;t want to stick around too late unless you're up for a more adventurous end to your evening.

Jun 03, 2016
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hopheaddeluxe from Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4

Oct 17, 2015
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birdsellam from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Sep 03, 2014
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mkennedy119 from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev 0%

Aug 28, 2014
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1/5  rDev -76.7%

Jul 20, 2014
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Knoxrb12 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Jun 09, 2014
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Nihilistkid from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

May 25, 2014
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Sparky44 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Dec 15, 2013
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Imacopyouidiot from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Dec 08, 2013
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NewGlarusFan from Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Arguably the best craft beer bar in Illinois. The staff is very knowledgeable about their selection. The food is very good too, great wings 50 cents on Thursdays. Interesting mix of clientele from hipsters to wannabe bangers, bikers to suits, you get everything here.

Try and avoid this place at 2 a.m. it turns into Fight Club and i fucking can't stand it. Seriously childish fucks that cant handle his or her booze pick fights for the most dubious reasons.

Wings and Sculpin, Hopslam, Robert the Bruce, more wings, Left hand, Yeti, wings, All Day IPA, WIngs!

Sep 16, 2013
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marcobrau from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Not nearly the dive that it used to be. Remodeled with new bathrooms and some new furniture. Overhead doors that are opened when it's warm give the place the feel of hanging in a brewery or someone's really cool garage. Pool tables and darts in one room. The food is pretty good. I usually go for the Joliet Jake burger. The important aspect for BAs are the roughly 32 taps, prominently advertised on chalkboards above the bar. Of course, Brixie's offers bottled beers and assorted liquor, too. Malort anyone? Bourbon of the day? The tap list seems to pride itself on whatever is the newest craft stuff to arrive in the Chicago market, along with local beers from Solemn Oath and Three Floyds. Wheat beer lovers will be enthralled by beers such as Franziskaner Weiss, Allagash White or Blue Moon. Beers change with the seasons, but maybe not as much as before. Imported beers can include the occasional Belgian brew, such as Triple Karmeliet which used to be a staple. Mass market macros are available, too, but don't let their presence deter you from checking this place out.

Brixies is a bit of a sports bar with TVs including one big projection one. Other fun stuff to keep you occupied includes a rotating selection of three pinball machines, video-gaming (yes, gambling, this is Illinois) and a jukebox. Brixies is a late night hangout (open 'til 4AM) and can be fairly deserted earlier in the evening when I usually go. The place can kinda turn into the Cantina on Mos Eisley after 2AM (so be careful.)

Jun 11, 2013
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mikejk305 from Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This is my only great local bar. I'm not big on bars in general, I tend to enjoy the backyard with the grill going. That said, I love Brixies. I've been there a handful of times and had food twice. The first time I went with a large group and fortunately, (or as it turned out unfortunately) there was a big party that arrived after us. The kitchen was limited on what they could serve as there was one guy who looked stressed in the back. We all ordered then they told the last person in our group they couldn't order food because of the party coming in. Luckily after seeing they were in our group they let the order go through. Everyone had a burger and they were all well done, although everybody asked for medium.

I went back a couple weeks later and ordered the same food and it was excellent. This isn't a dining destination but when they aren't busy the burgers are pretty damn good.

Now, as far as beer goes, they are without rival in the area. I didn't go to the Maproom until a couple trips to Brixies and I was let down by the Maproom after. They have a constantly changing taplist with 32 taps. Top Notch, except for the PBR they keep around. They have an even larger selection of bottles, I didn't even get into it because I had a hard enough time picking off the taps. They serve in the appropriate glassware as well.

It's a dive, expect nothing more. The staff is solid. They're knowledgeable and they'll let you sample any beer on tap, if you're new to craft they'll make solid recommendations.

It's close to the BNSF and they're open late. I've heard the crowd takes a severe downturn after midnight and I often read of some moron getting arrested late night in the paper the next day.

That said, if you're in the west burbs this is a can't miss.

May 17, 2011
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spointon from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I recently visited this place for the first time and can't figure out what took me so long!

Brixie's is basically a dive-y sort of place that has live music on weekends and a great tap and bottle list. The whole place is decked out in cool brewerania stuff from current and past craft beer breweries. Its sort of like a cool basement bar in an eclectic guy's house...while this might not be appealing for some, I loved it.

There is a long line of craft taps on the wall that ran the gamut of high end American beers to (mostly) Euro imports. All craft all the time. I had a FFF Arctic Panzer Wolf and a Kolsch (the name of which escapes me) on tap and then a bottle of Gulden Draak. All properly served in appropriate glassware. Bartender was very friendly and knowledgeable and the customers sitting at the bar were too.

Food seemed pretty basic but the one standout was the maple bacon doughnut. It was served warm with maple glaze and super crispy bacon crumbled all over it. I paired it with Gulden Draak - simply sublime!

All in all a great unassuming place to grab some quality beers at fair prices.

May 02, 2011
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swanny28 from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

this is my local haunt when i'm out for a couple of great beers with some guys. They use to pour pints of all beers until a about a year ago when they went to a style appropriate glasses. you use to get a pint of awesome stouts but understand the switch. My wife won't go to this place for more than two beers or until she has to go to the bathroom. the bathrooms here are nasty.. but on par for the dive it is... This place has incredible beers on tap with a staff that can tell you about every one of them. you can pull up the tap list off the website. check them out it is worth your trip here. if they fixed the womans bathroom i'd get to spend more time and money in this joint.

Feb 03, 2011
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MrMcGibblets from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

A real dive bar. Big. Barback says half the place used to be a liquor store and they combined it with an adjoinining bar. 2 big garage doors. Cold. Concrete and wood floors. Stage and pool tables, pinball machines, beer signs, etc. Random rundown seats and tables. The whole place is run down. They have a $5 special which is a pbr tallboy and a shot of the liquid hell that is malorts. Basically the last place on earth i'd expect to find 3 dozen taps of really good american craft beer. My desperate search for 3Fs cenotaph led me out of my way here, as they are the only place w/any of 3Fs cenotaph (including 3Fs itself). Also a lot of other great beers including breakfast stout, gumballhead, hopslam, arctic panzer wolf, double trouble, etc on tap. Only 2 of the taps are questionable-pbr and a cider, which is amazing considering the dive bar clientele here (no offense, I'm one of these people except for my taste in beer). A gem if you are just looking for good american craft beer on tap. Bottle list looks decent too-primarily american craft and then belgians, with a few others thrown in. Beer menu seems accurate if fairly nondescriptive. Prices are quite reasonable. Shaker pints are primarily used which I don't particularly like. The free bacon is a nice idea. Some different glasses for the belgians.

Jan 25, 2011
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TreSox from Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Have been frequenting Brixies for over 15 years. When I was 22, when I thought Heineken was the best beer ever, some friends & myself walked into Brixies and my beer palate was forever altered. Most of the great beers I love, foreign & domestic, I tried here for the 1st time.

So many rotating taps. The newer food menu is small, but tasty. They have the best bar promotion I've ever seen. Free Bacon Monday. Stop in after 3pm when they open. Order a pint. Ask for some bacon. You get a free basket of bacon. Want more? Ask. they'll keep the bacon comin!!!:)

All their bartenders rule, but Bruce is awesome. Tip him heavily & often. Always have FFF on tap even when you can't find it in stores. Left hand Milk Stout off the nitro tap. When a new beer enters the market, they pimp it like no other. They had the Stone guys in house when they came in April & had Stone specials for dirt cheap the first month or so. When Bridgeport got here in June/july, same thing.

I will say the Friday/Saturday night after 1 AM crowd sucks, but that's what you'll get when you have an after hours license. But if you come on a weekday evening, order some food & great beer & enjoy.

Nov 24, 2010
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funkyaudio from Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The draft beer list is strong, with lines primarily consisting of craft beers and imports. The prices can't be beat, so this is a viable option for beer nerds from the city.

The food at this place was outstanding. The fried veggies were coated in a beer batter fried to perfection. This isn't your standard battered and fried junk that gets all soggy and full of oil. I recommend the fried pickles with the Louisiana remoulade.

After the veggies I got my hands on some burgers of the Delaware and Louisiana variety. The beef for each burger was flavored using spices, which was nice since I hate burgers that are over-sauced. Both burgers came on a dynamite pretzel roll.

Sep 16, 2010
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RJUGA03 from Illinois

4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place is awesome. About the only thing I do not like about this place is the occasional cover charge for "whatever" kind of band is playing because truth be told I am fond of the variety of the bartenters I-Pod set on random vs. some expiermental "band". Also should cover be charged at 5 minutes to 1a.m.???? Ok enough of my brief rant ...where the rubber hits the pavement is why I attend this establishment is the BEER selection/ variety that rivals Maproom/ Hopleaf/ and Quenchers.

Hey Gonzo the Bell's Batch 9000 is execellent and not a bad value 10oz for 6.50 Lunar has their 552 Imperial IPA for a dollar per ounce... without any discount on larger give the 9000 a shot if you haven't already!

Mar 06, 2010
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Gonzoillini from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

I have mixed feelings on Brixies. On one hand it is the best beer bar in my area without having to drive out to Bavarian Lodge or Chicago. However, after 10 on Friday and Saturday the place completely changes. Taking both factors into account in this review.

Overall the atmosphere is that of a local neighborhood bar that happens to have an amazing tap list. Lots of TV's (not flatscreens, just older style TV's with a large projection screen in the middle of the room). Jukebox, Video Games (Golden Tee, etc...) and decent pool tables. Not the best atmosphere for a beer bar, but works well for a neighborhood spot. It is pretty nice when they raise the garage doors that make up the East wall of Brixies in the summer, but that gives you an idea of the general atmosphere when a wall is comprised of garage doors.

The quality of the beers here is top notch. They have a good representation of the Midwest craft scene, always a few good imports, and the occasional rarity. Recently they have been doing Friday night tappings where "rare" kegs are being tapped at about 730 PM. Grober Kurfurst from Three Floyds was recently tapped, and Bells 9000 is scheduled for 2/26.

The service here is hit or miss. If it is earlier in the day or an off day that service is great. Bartenders are generally knowledgeable and offer up tasters without complaint. However, forget about that after 10 on a busy night. The place turns into a madhouse. This is also one of two establishments in the area that are open until 4am, and after 2 am the place is absolutely up for grabs.

Selection of craft taps is what this place is known for. They have 25+ taps (coming out of the wall which is a nice look) rotating. The bottle selection is not quite as stellar, but always has some classics that do not need a dedicated tap line (Fat Tire, Boston Lager, etc...).

They recently started serving food, and for what they serve it is pretty good. Good burgers on pretzel buns and good fried sides. However, it is a very limited menu and food is only available certain days. During the week they do a $10 burger and a beer special with the beer of the month (which runs for $4 a pint without the burger).

Overall I am probably a little hard on Brixies, but I have been coming here for many years (before I was legally of age...). It is a great place to grab a beer and watch the local teams or play some pool before 10pm. After 10 it turns into a loud crowded madhouse, but if your into that you can enjoy this place later as well.

Feb 22, 2010
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mualumnus from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Went for the first time this weekend after a wedding in the area and it is quite the interesting place. Awesome beer list, very fresh, served in the appropriate glass and prices below the Chicagoland average (in some cases significantly below normal). Enjoyed a Three Floyd's Munsterfest, Flying Dog Barrel Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter, and Founder's Breakfast Stout on tap and sampled the Founder's Festival Wheat (very good for a wheat beer-I just looked up that's it also known as Dumbo Head). A fun atmosphere, different from a lot of beer bars, but a good kind of different in my eyes (don't mind bigger, louder crowds that may not all be beer advocates). At a busy time of night the service was not super speedy but all of the bartenders were working hard to please all of the customers (many of whom were also ordering shots which slows things down at busy times). Did not try the food but that is something I may check out if I come at an earlier time of the night (or when I had not eaten enough for three people earlier in the night). Overall I really liked the place and definitely plan on stopping by whenever I'm visiting my good friend out in Elmhurst.

Sep 28, 2009
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Ah, the infamous Brixie's. I've heard alot of good things about the place, and finally was in the area, so I checked it out. Luckily I had gps to find it, there wasn't much to look at from the outside, just a brick box with a green awning on the corner. There was a small side parking lot, and garage doors that opened onto it.

Inside it was airy and minimal with concrete flooring and high exposed ceilings. It felt like being in someone's warehouse or commercial garage. A side room had 3 pool tables, there were also electronic darts and a Spiderman pinball machine.

The bar was up front with nice low hanging lamps above. Behind the bar, 6-8 cooler doors with a wall of 30+ taps in the middle... holy $#@! Haven't seen that in the city, beer pouring directly out of the wall, thought it was more of a west coast thing. They had 3-4 FFF brews on, Surly 16 Grit (on special for 3.50?!), Founders, 2 Brothers, a mead, several Belgians, but mainly a big focus on US craft.

Service was friendly and efficient, somehow I got a dollar off my first draft, so that was nice. Apparently Canadian Bk. Stout lasted over a week here, pretty amazing. The beer list also listed upcoming drafts, which was cool to see. Crowd was mixed, fairly younger groups in the early evening on a Thursday. A couple guys next to me were chatting about homebrewing, so that was cool.

Definitely a must-stop in the SW burbs...

Jul 10, 2009
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hawks10 from Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I have lived within 5-10 minutes of Brixie's for my entire 26 years (except for the 5 at U of Iowa). But I had never been inside till last night. From the outside, Brixie's looks like a dive, from the inside, well, Brixie's looks like a dive. That is untill you see the two massive fridges with well over 100 different bottle selections and the huge line of taps with some nice rare offerings. The place itself is run-down, ugly and in dire need of a coat of paint on the floor, ceiling and walls. But that doesn't matter, cause this place has beer, tons of it.
I had a Surly Darkness on tap (great rare gem to find here) followed by a Rogue American Amber, Oberon and finally a Bear Republic Red-Rocket. All the bears I drank were priced lower than most bars charge for a Miller Lite, incredible value at Brixie's. They had 4 Bell's varieties that were only $3 a bottle!
There was a horrible Bon Jovi cover band playing when we were there, pretty much the only low point of the night.
As far as I could tell, they do not serve food at Brixie's.
At only 15 minutes from the city and near enough to most suburbs, Brixie's is a must for ChicagoLand beer drinkers who don't need to sit in a fancy establishment to enjoy their beer.

Jan 18, 2009
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