BrickStone Restaurant & Brewery

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BrickStone Restaurant & BreweryBrickStone Restaurant & Brewery

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

557 William R Latham Sr Dr
Bourbonnais, Illinois, 60914-2319
United States

(815) 936-9277 | map

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Added by crayphish on 08-06-2007

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Photo of FBarber
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

The vibe here is comparable to a buffalo wild wings or generic sports bar type place. There is some restaurant seating that is a bit nicer, but overall its just a generic brewpub.

The beer is mostly average at best, but there are a couple beers that are really outstanding. The APA and Hopskip are both excellent beers. They also have wine and cocktails.

Service was solid if unremarkable.

Section of beers is solid. They have a bit of everything.

Food was again, what you'd expect from an american brewpub. Plenty of appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, wraps, salads, etc. Pretty good food.

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3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 2.75

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4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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3.84/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

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4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of storm72
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I'm a local who's probably more ambivalent about Brickstone than most people in the area. It's great for this area since there's nothing else like it here, but it might not stand out as much in an area with more of a craft beer culture. I'll admit that I tend to have growlers filled for home much more than I eat or drink there. I'm certainly not a regular. That might color my perceptions of it a bit.

Service seems to be on a hit or miss cycle that tends toward the extremes on both ends. Service on one visit may be awful, followed by exceptional service the next, repeat ad nauseam. The bar area is often very loud, mostly likely due to the acoustics of the space.

The beer is solid to good. I don't think I've had anything that has absolutely knocked my socks off, but there are some good options like the APA. I think they're finally focusing less on cranking out hoppy pale ales and hop bomb IPAs, something I'm glad to see as my tastes have moved away from hops just for the sake of being hoppy. As others have already pointed out, availability of even their regular beers can be an issue.

The food is good. I don't have any specific recommendations, but I can't think of anything that hasn't been at least very solid.

If you're already in the area, it's worth a stop. I don't know if I'd make a special trip though, especially if you live somewhere where craft beer bars and brewpubs are more plentiful.

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4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of BriaCloette
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Some stellar beers - if you can get them. They usually seem to be out of half or more of their beers. Good food.

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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1/5  rDev -74.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

4.79/5  rDev +23.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Stopped by after the Chicago Bears training camp and was more than surprised. I've driven by the place a lot as I live near by. I'm sorry This was my first visit but it won't be my last. Service is great, Lani was the bartender and had fantastic knowledge of the beers which surprised me since I first thought she was behind the bar because of looks. Samples are plentiful and numerous which is good if you can't decide. The APA they brew was my favorite and comes in 16oz and 22oz. The food was also very good. Had the BBQ bacon jam burger. One of the better burgers I've had. Who knew a place like this would be so far outside Chicago. Make a point of going regardless of the activity in the area. I can't wait to return.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

They offer generous samples of their fine selection of brews. The food/beer pairing was right on the money. Creole Tilapia was delicous and the English IPA pairing was a perfect match. The Thai Nacho appetizer was so unique and delciously crisp with a great homemade sweet and sour sauce and chicken cooked perfect and tender. The potato cheddar soup was awesome with the fresh bread loaf... The prices were appropriate for the quality and service.

The first brew we tried was their GABF gold medal winning american pale ale and it was a treat. We split a Cherry ale and it was a good fruit beer. We finished with a nice oatmeal stout. We finished dinner and asked for a tour. Our waitress found George the owner working in the brewhouse who offerd a quick tour. We talked his ear off and he sat with us and offered a glass of their wonderful double IPA....great stuff. Tommy appeared and graciously agreed to pictures with my brother. Dino the chef (George's brother) came out and greeted us too. They are great people as is the staff. This family run restaurant and brewery is much more freindly than some. Much like Half Acre brewery staff.

Thanks again to the hosts and good wishes for the future. Keep up the great work!

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BrickStone Restaurant & Brewery in Bourbonnais, IL
Brewery rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 935 ratings
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