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DESTIHL Restaurant & Brew WorksDESTIHL Restaurant & Brew Works

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

318 S Towanda Ave
Normal, Illinois, 61761-2212
United States

(309) 862-2337 | map

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-02-2007

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Photo of onlymurderers
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Prefer to keep to one overall rating per beer/place. etc., so this rating is maybe lower than it should be. That said, their food is incredible, but their Granite City vibe is not.

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Photo of WestHam973
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

The beer is great and getting better all the time, The food is simply amazing. Try The Fish Tacos that are made with Swordfish, and it sounds crazy but is delicious Chili Relleno stuffed with mashed potatos

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Photo of MrShake
2.83/5  rDev -28.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4.25

Personally, this place is an example of great potential never reached.

I remember being excited as the building was going up, and all the equipment was put in place. Not long after they opened, I headed in to have a corny keg filled for a party. I had tried a few beers, and had dinner there a few days before, and the flight I had was pretty good, and the food was fantastic.

My experience having the keg filled was beyond amazing. I was invited back into the brewery to talk with one of the brewers and the head chef. We drank beer and chatted about homebrewing while my keg was filled (and for a while after).

Fast forward to now, and what you see is inconsistent beer, an a focus on food and wine, and atmosphere instead of the beer. Many of the awards they have one are for beers that were actually brewed at the height of their time, and are just now aging out correctly.

Changes in attitude, much of it comes across as cost saving over quality, toward the beer brewed, and staffing changes seem to be dragging this local micro brew down. They have moved on to open a distribution brewhouse, but I can not imagine how its going with the extreeme inconsistency and lack of quality in the beer now comming from their taps.

I hope things can settle down and get back on track, as right now, neither micro in Blo/No are worth visiting.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

I occasionally stop into DeStihl whenever I am heading south.

It's a pretty nice place, an excellent place considering the local alternatives.

It's a nice, clean, modern feel, and it seems to attract a fairly broad audience.
The food is always pretty good. Not great, but definitely good.

The biers are why I stop. I discovered this place at a Chicago Ale Fest a few years back. Their biers are all quality. I don't think I've had an "grand slams" from them, but I've never had a dud, either. They ALWAYS have SOMETHING on cask, too, which is really cool. In fact, they have a visible wall of casks on one side of the building.
The selection of brews is also quite nice. You can expect a good dozen or so brews to be on tap whenever you go in. There's a GREAT range, too! They have something for everyone.
Prices aren't too bad (but I'm from Northern Illinois), but I'm not sure how it compares locally. Pints are $5-6 ($6 for the cask), which is average.

Overall, I like the place. I still like to stop here whenever I get the chance. I definitely don't think I'll be driving HOURS away to go here specifically, though.

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Photo of YogiBeer
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Go here, whenever you can.

Being from Chicago, you get a little tired of overpaying for absolutely everything. Then, you walk in to Destihl, check out their prices, and crap your pants.

I was driving down to STL the other day, and decided to stop in for lunch on my way. Tried 5-6 different beers in the 4oz format, then had an amazing grilled portobello sandwich with house pickled red onions and basil mayo, and my bill was LESS THAN TWENTY DOLLARS. They make almost everything from scratch, pay attention to details, and have fantastic service, for about as much (or less) than you would spend at a friggin applebees. (dont go to applebees for any reason, or I hate you.)

Their beer: DIPA was exceptional and very drinkable, they had a single IPA that smelled like straight up dope, black IPA was actually very well balanced so that the astringency of the roasted malt didn't combine with the hops to wrestle my tongue out of my head. I absolutely love their hefe any time of the year, and their barrel program is top notch. Give. Them. Your. Money.

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Photo of mynie
2.85/5  rDev -28.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

On Adult Swim they got this great, super-literate, hyper-weird show called Frankenhole. Every episode, Dr. Frankenstein brings back to life some deceased celebrity, and then there ensues a whole mess of jokes concerning that celebrity's personality and/or proclivities.

One episode, an adult-aged Blanket Jackson revives his father, Michael. Blanket works an office job but tries very hard to be a hip dude: he's got a ponytail, a neck tat, a pet ferret, and then another pet ferret who has a neck tat. He works all week trading stocks but he works for the weekend, brah, because come Friday night it's time for Long Island Ice Teas at the club.

Michael is appalled. He tried so hard to fuck the kid up and yet here he is, completely and revoltingly normal. Even worse, he tries *so hard* to be edgy and weird even though there's not a single solitary bit of him that's anywhere near either. Like, being normal is bad enough, but at least have the decency to embrace to your normality instead of buying into some pathetic Brand-C attempt at strangeness. You're Coke. Maybe, on a good day, you're Pepsi. But, shit, pretending to be Royal Crown don't make you any cooler.

And this description pretty much sums up the Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works: it tries very hard for edge, and the effect is equal parts annoying and sad.

The place is meticulously decorated and very, very clean. The decor is dark with gold hues, like something you'd see at a mall store, and the wait staff all wear black. Large TVs sit behind the bar playing inoffense sports and news chatter, and the bar itself is made of what feels like slate--cold, fleshless. The beers ranged from okay to awful, and the waitstaff is made to memorize a line or two about each of them. But, overall, the meticulousness makes things a bit soulless and dead.

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Photo of haveaduff2
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Well-made beers, and always a large variety to choose from. I had a hefe on a hot Illinois day and it was delicious--perhaps not the best representation of style but still excellent. Their Sticke Alt was appropriately bitter and dry, and also excellent. Food-wise, the menu is interesting and the food is well prepared. As others have said, the mall it is in is quite ugly, although it's wonderful if you happen to be staying at the Hampton Inn across the parking lot as I am. I look forward to trying more beers and food.

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Photo of NateMac13
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My wife and I love this place. They always have a great selection of beer, always coming out with new things to try. Some are very good and some they kind of miss on. The food is really good. We've never had a bad dish here. The service is always very attentive, respectful, and knowledgeable. The atmosphere is good but is mostly middle aged suit types which is annoying. Thanks a lot State Farm. They are doing things right and will continue to support them and stopping in to try their new beers.

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Photo of onewetpaw
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I can't say enough good things about this place. Great selection of interesting beers there's no pandering in this selection. Yeah they have a blonde, pale and IPA, but there's also a roggenbier, peated Scottish 120 shilling and a spontaneously fermented barley wine on tap for gods sake. This is totally awesome and a weird thing to have going on in a hobby lobby outlot.

The menu is extensive. Pizzas and burgers are there, but again they've got some interesting stuff too. small plates and seafood. The service was good and the atmosphere is pleasant.

If you are anywhere near Bloomington go to this place. You will not be disappointed.

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Photo of PBBC
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

When you first walk into this brewpub, you can’t help but notice the sign above their bar emblazoned with the phrase “Join the Craft Beer Revolution. Support Flavor. Boycott Bland Beer.” They hold true to this ideal in every aspect of their restaurant, offering 8+ house made beers on tap (including a cask-style black IPA and an oak aged sour fruit ale), a spectacular array of menu options (including beer battered bacon and spice seared swordfish over bok choy), and a desert menu to satisfy any palate. My favorite desert option was a stout-brownie platter topped with stout ice cream!

Try their St. Dekkera Single Barrel Sour Ale, the bold acidic bouquet of strawberries is balanced extremely well with a 2-3 year period of barrel aging (Goes well with their salads, but also with their prosciutto-wrapped meatloaf).

Prices are good- they offer $2 pints on sundays, and portions are perfect- Each plate is large enough to satisfy you, but leaving room for 1-3 beers.

Service was friendly and enthusiastic. Only criticism: I asked a question about their brew-rig (displayed behind plexiglass next to the bar), and the bar-tender straight up "didn't know".

Overall- Great brewpub, well balanced atmosphere, impressive menu (awesome desert list).

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Photo of zeff80
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

So this is located on the perimeter of a shopping mall in Normal, IL and not a very attractive shopping mall, either. It looks like a typical chain brewpub which it is not. But the decor borders on industrial, hip and upscale. Not impressive but not offensive, either. The place was pretty empty for 1pm on a hot Saturday in July. I sampled 5 beers while there and they were all tasty. Sometimes the "session" ale at a brewpub is a little weak but I found their Belgian Pale Ale very good. They had a nice barleywine, sour and an IPA on cask. The service was okay. The waitress wasn't sure of everything they had available. The food was good especially the appetizers. The cheese curds and fried asparagus were excellent. The prices are good, too. The offer sample sizes, 10oz sizes and pints on the beer. I was pleasantly surprised by this place. It makes a nice halfway point between Columbia, MO and Chicago.

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Photo of mdcrouser
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Here in town for business, my colleagues suggested we go here, understanding of my passion for good beer.

I enjoyed the baltic porter as my first pint, followed by samples of the saison du ruisseau and the rauchbier. Then, after talking to one of the servers, I special-ordered a flight, including the deadhead red, rauchbier, barleywine, pumpkin porter, and vienna lager. The pumpkin, rauchbier, and deadhead were exceptional.

The food was good, the service attentive, the beer quite tasty - a gem in Bloomington, for sure.

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Photo of birchstick
4.05/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This place gave off the chain microbrewery vibe before I even walked in i.e. Granite City. It is obvious it is a chain when you walk in, but it is really nice and has a cool lay out. I was impressed by the amount of taps they had, over 16 beers to choose from. The service was really good, as we had a large group but never had an empty glass. The server also knew his beer when I asked for recommendations. I had a pint of their Belgian Sour $6.50 and their Pumpkin Porter $4.50 and a pizza for about $10. Not bad prices, but a tad bit high for the area. For food, I had a chorizo and mushroom pizza, which was better than I expected. I had some sips of other people's drinks and really enjoyed what I tried, albeit they all seemed to be hopped up versions of their styles, which some people love. I would recommend checking this place out if you are in Bloomington/Normal as it is one of the few brew pubs in the area.

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Photo of spointon
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I visited the Bloomington/Normal location of Destihl while traveling through on a business trip.

As suburban chain-like establishments go, the place is pretty tastefully decorated and has a nice feel. The beer list was pretty extensive considering it is a brewpub with a very tiny brewhouse (visible through the windows in the bar area).

The beers ranged from pretty great to fairly terrible. I had a sour Belgian that was really a nice beer. Then I had a taste of the saison and it was a cloudy, weird tasting mess. Next I tried the IPA and it tasted like a weak IPA with coriander and orange peel in it. Thinking it was maybe a witbier poured by accident the bartender assured me that the brewer "just does that sometimes" with regard to the brewing spices. Lastly I tried the imperial pilsner which was decent, so I decided to bring home a growler. The beer in the growler when I got home was the saison I thought was shitty, so I guess they have issues on many levels...

On the bright side, the food was absolutely killer. My fish tacos were very tasty and I would get them again in a heartbeat.

This place has a lot of potential but they need to get the brewing operation squared away or they will not stay long on the radar of serious beer folks.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

We met my wife's family here to celebrate father's day since her brother and my father in law are both into good beer, although they are far less geeky about craft beer than I am.

This is a very nice stand-alone building in a mall area that seems squeaky clean and brand new. The interior decoration is upscale but not stuffy... reminds me of a trendy new restaurant or something, and I get the feeling that a lot of folks are here for the food, not the beer.

I had the cedar plank salmon and enjoyed every damn bite. The two beers that I tried differed in style and quality, with my favorite being the cask conditioned ESB... very tasty. Went well with the salmon too.

Our waiter was pleasantly talkative and attentive, and the whole place just seems very family friendly for a brewery. By the way, why the hell is the place called Destihl (sp?) when they brew beer? I didn't see any distilled beverages being made, and the spelling is very odd... maybe the owner's last name or something?

I'll be back for sure to try the rest of the brews (not all at once though!) as this is the closest microbrewery to Springfield, and would make a great destination for a little motorcycle ride.

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Photo of nightcrawler
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Destihl was our destination, but it really isn't someplace I'll be rushing back to.

I can't really explain why. The food was good and the beer was tasty, but by the third pint, I was actually getting a bit bored with how "special" everything was.

We steered clear of the regular lager (as our waiter described it being like Bud). We tried a couple of the special reserve beers and some of the hefe beers. Good beers, but none of them were anything I could drink more than one of. Our pizza as delicious, but even that left us hungry for more.

We were there between the lunch and dinner crowd but the service was a bit slow sometimes. I blame the management for putting so much on the bartender to do.

Overall, I would go back again, especially for a pint or two, but I don't think it is exactly anything to rave about.

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Photo of manahansf
3.93/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I was visiting my little sister who goes to ISU in Normal and had to stop by this brewery. The environment is great and very social. The food and beer are also very good. I always get a little meal to go with my flight and the waiter was more than happy to help me pick everything out. Prices on pints and flights is not terrible but still kinda high. About what you would expect from a small volume pub. The brewing equipment is easy to see and I was lucky enough to get a waiter who was willing to take me on a quick tour. Late note... their Pumpkin Porter is the best pumpkin ale I've ever had! Check it out!

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Photo of AylwinForbes
2.84/5  rDev -28.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Being a locavore when it comes to beer, I felt it incumbent upon me to visit this place when visiting with student interns this past summer. I just stopped by for a quick one so cannot offer a full review, so take it for what it is worth. The place is very contemporary in style and maybe would not be out of place in say Portland or other points west. As it is, it sits in a large car park behind Hobby Lobby.

Unfortunately, I rolled the dice on a tripel, at least that is what the board said. Regrettably, it was perhaps the worst beer I have ever paid serious money for. What can I say? It was just dreadful: more like an alcoholic Mountain Dew than anything. On that basis I would not recommend trying any of the others.

Beyond the establishments that understand what constitutes good beer, there is a population of places flogging the "craft beer" image ineptly. It does the business no good to have swill portrayed as good beer. This seems to be the case here unfortunately.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

A nice little restaurant in an otherwise undistinguished corner of the world. The atmosphere is hip industrial modern (the only complaint I have is that the tables were a bit cramped for four people). The food is clean and basic - nice sandwiches, good soups, generally well-executed pub food. The staff was extremely pleasant and our waiter was quite knowledgeable about beer, not only the restaurant's own, but beers from other parts of the country. The restaurant's beer is pleasant, if not outstanding. The best of the lineup when we stopped by was the Altercation, a delicious alt. I liked the Red Bird ale, though my wife didn't care for it. The beers tend to be relatively light on the alcohol, but they are all quite flavorful. I wish they have more of their offerings on tap, but that is a fairly minor quibble.

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Photo of ruckus232
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

After attending a graduation at ISU stopped in with a group of people for an early dinner. I actually had never heard of the place but it turned out to be a good find.

There was a pretty good selection of beers that had some standard flagship beers and a good selection of special and rotating beers. I didn't get the exact number but the selection was about 0-15 beers to choose from in a wide range of prices.

The food was good but pricier then it should have been. From what I saw it all looked pretty good, the pizzas and burgers especially. The atmosphere was nice and a nice place to chill and have a few drinks. I unfortunately didn't get to try as many beers as I would have liked but I took home a growler of the Redbird Ale and it is pretty good.

This is a place worth trying once and I would like to go back and try some more of the beers but it would not be a regular place for me.

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Photo of JohnnyBe
3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 2

Stopped in on a recent road trip on a Sunday afternoon around 2:00 for a late lunch and tasting with my wife. We are both architects and were impressed with the overall design.

Food wise I didn't think you got nearly enough for the cost. I am a rather small guy and my wife is extremely small and we were both still hungry after their lunch combination. We both had their Cheddar and Ale soup which was quite good. My wife had their spinach salad and I had their Turkey and Tomato sandwich both were okay. We had to order a couple deserts that had great presentation just not flavor. My wife ordered the Apple Fritter and the fried apple slices they serve with it tasted like french fries. I am assuming they fry them in the same deep fat fryer. I ordered the S'mores and all of my Marshmallows came out burnt.

Beer wise my wife tried their Raspberry Berliner Weisse which has a very strong raspberry flavor to it which she enjoyed as a light afternoon fruity beer. I tried all that they had on tap since I was there. Overall the beers were just decent with no real stand out brew in my mind.

The beers on their Flagship Flight that left the biggest impression was their Jivaro Oatmeal Espresso Stout and it wasn't a good impression. There was way to much espresso flavoring combined with the roasted barley that just left a bad after taste in my mouth and stouts and porters are my favorite style.

The Weissenheimer Hefeweizen had to be the best to style beer on the Flagship Flight.

As a homebrewer I was very disappointed in the Rivale homebrew competition beer. I was told by our waiter that the recipe was changed considerably from the original that the homebrewer provided which is unfortunate and why I won't even bother critiquing it.

The Bourbon Barrel Aged Dopplebock Reserve was probably the best beer of the day. It had a good overall malt aroma /flavor and a slight caramel aroma consistent with style guidelines. The bourbon flavor came through nicely as well as the oak.

Overall my thoughts are it was worth trying once, but only once. I have been brewing for about 9 years now and an active member of a homebrew club as well as attempting BJCP exam in the next few months so I feel I know what I am talking about for the most part. Take my advise as you see fit though.

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Photo of Vixie
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Came here on a Saturday afternoon, we had already had lunch, so mainly wanted to sample the beers. It wasn't very busy at this time, around 3pm, so we got seated right away. The overal impression of the place was a modern, clean look. Simply decorated, and seating areas were divided up a bit, giving you a bit of a cozy atmosphere. We sat roughly in the center of the building. I didn't go into the bar area, but it was along one wall, and had a view of the brew kettles.

Although I wasn't here for food, I did look over the menu. Had a fairly nice selection of lunches and entrees, and I got the impression the place is trying to be a bit upscale. In spite of the upscale feel, prices were very reasonable, entrees ranged between $9.95 and $13.95. I first thought the sample was a bit pricey at $8.50, but that was before my server informed me they were served in 6 ounce glasses instead of the usual 1-2 ounce ones at most places. I felt 36 ounces of beer for $8.50 was a very good deal. They offer two samplers, 6 of their regular beers, and one with 6 of their rotating beers.

I ordered a sampler of their rotating beers, and decided to try a dessert. We split an order of apple fritters, which were very good. You got two large fried fritters, ice cream, and fried apple peel.

Overall, I had a good experience here. The service was good, and the food and beer good as well. I'm looking forward to making a return trip so I can try an entree or a lunch item.

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Photo of emerge077
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped here for lunch on a recent road trip. We sat at the bar and sampled a few things, there were 15-16 house taps at the time of our visit. Their detailed website has ETA dates scheduled for seasonals and rotating releases. According to their website, they brew 25 rotating and seasonal beers, in addition to their 5 flagship beers. Very ambitious!

The seasonals I tried were the Coriander Saison, Roggenbier, and Bourbon Stout, in addition to a few of the house regulars. A sampler of 5 brews (6 oz.) runs $8.50. They are served with a black wrought-iron holder, which lines them up perfectly in front of you. Nothing really impressed enough to get a growler of, though the Doppelbock was my favorite. 67 oz. growlers (fancy fliptop like RR) were $18, more for high-gravity stuff. On our second trip, the beers I had were enjoyable, especially the seasonal Strawberry Blonde ale, Baldock IPA, and Obatar Bitter. They rotate a large amount of seasonals, so there are bound to be hits and misses.

The bar was polished, dim glowing lights were underneath. It was adjacent to the kitchen, so there was some high traffic on the left side. Brew kettles and an oak barrel were visible behind the bar, through large windows. There is patio seating past the bar, where you can look in on the brewing equipment from another angle.

Atmosphere was very clean and polished, "metro-industrial" decor. There were a number of dining areas, all sectioned off by walls made of contrasting wood/metal beams, with frosted glass. In some areas, the glass had actual sprigs of grains set into it. Lofty ceiling with beams and exposed ductwork. It was almost too shiny and polished, but it seemed that they had a diverse crowd to impress. There were lots of families, big groups, people of all ages.

There was an army of employees here, even though we just came in and were seated at the bar, we had contact with 5 people. Lauren the bartender was quick with recommendations and samples. Service was very attentive at lunchtime, with a decent crowd in the bar area.

Food was good, especially the pozole. Pizza and Reuben were just ok. The reuben was served on bread that had dried fruit in it, non-traditional I guess. On our second visit, the food was more impressive. The stuffed pepper dish and shrimp pizza special were both excellent.

Late 2009: Bumping up food/selection score due to several great meals here (pot roast, solid dinner specials) and innovative seasonals, such as a Brett-barrel aged sour ale, Pumpkin Porter, Dampfbier, Saison, and others. Also Destihl is one of the very few places that serve cask ale in downstate Illinois.

2012-2013: Past 3 times i've left without a growler fill, so I stopped bringing it in. Food is generally good. Seasonals have always been hit or miss, and lately the sour ales all taste super acetic on the vinegar side of things. There are occasional hits though, like the sour strawberry blonde and unblended lambic.

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Photo of dmoechnig
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I live in between Peoria and Bloomington/Normal but rarely make it to Bloomington/Normal simply because I don't really know my way around that well however after finding this place on BA and thought it would be worth the trip to get some quality beer to go along with dinner. I was not disappointed. We went without a booking at around 5:30 on a Saturday and after a 30 minute wait at the bar had a table. 30 minutes was about the right amount of time to enjoy a beverage and a starter. I had a Nutty Brown Ale to go along with the beer battered asparagus. The asparagus had a very light breading, just enough to give it a wonderful texture. The brown ale was also very good. For the main course I had the Coconut Curry Mahi-Mahi paired with a Weissenheimer Hefeweizen which complemented the spicy/sweet flavor of the curry very well. I plan on going back again at the end of the month when the Oatmeal Stout and Barleywine aged in former Wild Turkey bourbon barrels is being served from their hand-pumps. My only minor complaints are that the music is a little on the loud side making conversation challenging, would have liked to have some bread or rolls served before or with the meal, and the wait staff was all wearing jeans, I would have expected nicer dress from an eatery of this nature. Destihl has taken one of the top local spots to entertain friends and family visiting from out of town.

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Photo of thc
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Despite being a bit pricey for a brewpub and a restaurant in Normal, the quality of the beer and food was great. I tried the barleywine (well balanced between the significant malt presence and high IBU), the IPA (relatively low IBU for an IPA but still very good), the espresso stout (strong roasted barley/malt and coffee flavors...very tasty beer) and the Lager (a beer that both micro and macro brew drinkers could enjoy). They were out of a couple of beers listed on their website as "ON TAP" but had the ones I was most interested in trying. Their growler prices are exorbitant ($16 for a 32oz growler of the barleywine and because they were out of growlers I had them fill my 64oz which they charged their $4 growler charge in addition...total cost was $36 for less than a six pack of beer!!).

All the food was excellent, however, some of the portions could have been larger for the price. Their menu is very unusal for a brewpub but they have obviously made a major commitment to food as well as the beer. If you like Bleu Cheese try the quesadillas, they were excellent.

I will definitely go back because most of the dining options around Illinois State University where my daughter goes to school are marginal at best, particularly when it comes to quality malted beverages. While the beer is excellent, it is not worth the price they charge for growlers.

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DESTIHL Restaurant & Brew Works in Normal, IL
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