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DESTIHL Restaurant & Brew Works

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DESTIHL Restaurant & Brew WorksDESTIHL Restaurant & Brew Works
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3.72/5
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4,792 Ratings
DESTIHL Restaurant & Brew WorksDESTIHL Restaurant & Brew Works
PLACE INFO

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

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

(309) 862-2337 | map
destihl.com

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-02-2007

BEER STATS
Beers:
117
Reviews:
823
Ratings:
4,792
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PLACE STATS
BA Score:
3.97/5
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
65
pDev:
6.8%
 
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Reviews by mynie:
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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 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 Jinx989
4.66/5  rDev +17.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Photo of JLaw55
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of ackeeper
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of pkeating59
3.93/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Docrock
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of fredmugs
3.08/5  rDev -22.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Photo of RimP
4.73/5  rDev +19.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of bshemansky
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

Photo of stephensinner
3.85/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of JLateralus21
4.83/5  rDev +21.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Great food/service. Excellent sour selection, lacking on the hoppy selection. Good place to just go and chill and drink craft beer.

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Photo of AJacob81
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Beerhemoth
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of HopHippy28
5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of Inglewood
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of trolinc
4.76/5  rDev +19.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of JIMTRK16
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%

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 Jamie4beer
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Best brewery option in B/N area.

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Photo of hoosier222002
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of ksbuell
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Trooper92292
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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DESTIHL Restaurant & Brew Works in Normal, IL
Brewery rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 4,792 ratings
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