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Limestone Brewing Company

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

12337 S Route 59
Plainfield, Illinois, 60585-4625
United States

(815) 577-1900

// CLOSED //

March 2012: Relocating to Aurora, plans to open in November.

Added by spointon on 01-28-2009

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Photo of DownDaHatch
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The long awaited Limestone Brewery finally opened this past week. No advertizing amid the holiday week, left this place pleasantly busy. This also allowed the staff to get comfortable in their new surrounding and with their products. A few bartenders were knowledgable about beers however, it seems most are newbies. The size of the bartop is very nice seats about 40. Plenty of room to stay away from you wife or other annoying customers. Several TVs. About 15 craft bottles at the time but plans to grow and develop. Total of 30 taps but many are doubled up right now. As for the house brews, the hefe is dissappointing at this time and until the brewmaster figures it out, I would shy away (heard the carbonation issue has improved since last weekend). The indian brown is chewy with a nice mouth feel that will likely only improve. The amber is common and a nice cross over for people trying a craft instead of macro. Food selection is very good and eclectic from sandwiches to steak. Appetizers and soups are also very good (Homemade beer soup above average). A nice place to stop with slightly mismatched pricing (not quite Naperville prices but greater than Plainfield). $13 for a Pere Jacques draft? ...come on now! But 14 oz Green Flash for $5.50 seems very well priced. Growlers available for $14 and $10 refill. Live entertainment is on the horizon. If your short you will have a problem at the men's urinals, they are set for men that are more than 6 feet tall. I am sure the issue is being addressed by the management. Stop at Binny's (same strip mall) before and pick up some other tasty beverages for home.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.14/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This place is in a strip mall and it is hard to tell if they were open or not. They were. So once inside, the bar area to the left is a big open room with a U-shaped bar infront and lots of table seating past that. The smell of wort being made wafted through the air.

I was impressed by all the beers they had on tap, I think almost a dozen that they made. It ran the gambit from a 0 IBU Braggot/Gruit to an Imperial IPA and lots of medium weight beers in between. They also had a good selection of bottles from other craft breweries. I eyed a bottle of Goose Island Madam Rose but desired to stick with their beers for this trip.

The house yeast has a unique pumpkin or squash hint to it which was very pleasant in the English Dark Mild but I noticed it coming though every beer I tried. Not necessarily a bad thing, but it was prominent. The Imperial IPA was very dark brown with soft hops and I had to ask the bartender to make sure it was the right beer. I don't get hung up on styles but it was not the beer that was described in the menu.

The beer comes in small 14 oz. and tall 22.oz pours. Don't hold me to those exact sizes, which was nice for session beer options. They also had a fair selection of glassware for the higher alcohol beers.

This was a nice place with some good creative brews but I would love to taste some different pumpkin beers with that yeast. I will stop back whenever I'm out there.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The Limestone Brewery in Plainfield is a great hybrid between brewery, sportsbar, and restaurant. The place is quite big with high tops, low tops, and pleant of bar seating. It is very open and loud....and has been busy everytime I have gone. There are Flat screans throughout to catch your favorite game. The quality of food and drink is very good. The service has always been very good as well. Our gal last night was very attentive. There is a great beer selection...not only of their stuff, but bottles as well. The food menu is pretty diverse as well with two specials to boot. The Nachos are awesome!!! the main pasta courase I had was great as well. Over all it is a great place to visit....but compared to other brewery type places it would be a bit moree pricey, but the quality more than makes up for it.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

My fiance had worked in the area and suggested this place to me so we went there one day. Certainly an interesting venue as I don't have a place like this in my hometown. Went on a friday for lunch and there were a few other people but not overly busy. Very good service. We order a side of their bar fries fully loaded and it was amazing. Otherwise their burgers were the usual and nothing too fancy. HOLY COW do they have a beer selection. I believe they had 10 of their own beers that they make and a good 50-75 other beers for draft or bottle. This has to be the first plave I've ever seen where to can get a Sam Adams Infinium with your meal. Lots of good beer choices. While the food was good, I really want to go back just for the beer haha.

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.68/5  rDev -32.7%
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2 | food: 3

I went in here when they opened. Was not impressed.
I waited 6 or 7 months and returned, hoping the brewer got used to the new equipment. Still unimpressed.
Now here we are over 2 years later. And I finally feel they deserve this review:

Their beer: is it just me, or do they use the same house yeast in everything? Maybe this wouldn't be bad if the yeast weren't an English mild ale yeast. It presents with the same finish on each beer, regardless of style. Aside from this, the beers are themselves quite bland and boring. Maybe dry-hopping needs to be a course offered by colleges across the state.

The atmosphere: wow. This place looks like a 1980's nightclub that Tony Montana would spend time in. Neon lights, very dark, sleek shiny black furniture. Am in a coke den in cold war Russia? Wow. Me no likey.

The food is mediocre and overpriced.

The staff does what they can, but tgat doesn't seem to include caring about beer.

I highly doubt I'll return. Fool me three tines, shame on me...

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Photo of BigSteinsEmpire
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

For a local brewery, Limestone serves its purpose. It's local craft beer with a good guest list when there's no other real options close to the area. I've been there quite a few times and each time I'm not overly impressed with the beers. They have anywhere between 6-10 beers on tap with some guest taps as well. Nothing real outstanding that I find myself going back for more on. In fact I tend to start off with a couple of their beers and then move into the guest beers as it's a pretty decent selection and I can generally find something better on the guest list.

The food and service is great in my opinion, friendly staff, quality food. The one huge complaint I have with this place is the bar itself. It looks very nice but the design has a major flaw, it slants down and away so drinks slip off the bar extremely easily. Not to mention it's extremely uncomfortable to lean on or sit at. It's just an awkward design. I voice my complaints every time and get no real explanation for why they built it like that.

For the Plainfield area, this place isn't bad, but if you're looking for a great selection of taps and bottles, go down the street to Finnigans. That place is a total home run!

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Photo of ahq514
3.9/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This was my fifth or so visit to Limestone and I finally decided to review it. Always had a slightly above average experience here.
Atmosphere is ok, seems kind of like an upscale sports bar.
All of the beer I've had here is pretty good, nothing way outstanding, but all pretty solid and nothing awful. They have about 9 or 10 of their beers on tap always it seems, and another 6 guest taps or so. They also have about 50 bottles or so.
Service is a little bit better than most places as well. The waiters/waitresses seem decently knowledgeable about beer (or at least their beer), but they make it seem like its part of the job and not something they're overly enthused about.
All in all a pretty solid place. Would recommend this place to anyone.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
5/5  rDev +25.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

My local. Gotta send the love.

Great beer location, beers are great, food is great, service to beer community is great.

Had just about everything on the home taps, and nothing is off, all great beers. Also serve a mean lineup of guest taps, but I only go for the house beers, so far.

The place rocks about midweek through the weekend, bands and events really bring in the crowds. Slow days are usually Mondays and Tuesdays.

Recent turnover in head chefs is a bit of an unknown, but food has always been very good, very tasty, high quality, and nicely paired with house brews.

Service, except for opening night over a year ago, has always been spot on, staff knows the beers and is always very helpful. Bartenders and waitstaff are all first rate.

Selection, likewise, is first rate. Big rotating guest taps offer many hard to find and interesting brews. House brews include a belgian golden (my favorite), american brown, american amber, stout, hefe, an amazing IIPA - flying pig/F5, annual oak aged RIS -Ukranium Crusher, all first rate, and all very drinkable beers.

Value's very good, prices are reasonable. Mondays are $6 growler fills. Also, they are the home base for the Plainfield Ale and Lager Enthusists Homebrew Club. Great support for the community.

If you're in the area, stop by, you won't be disapointed, and you'll probably leave with a growler to take home.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.34/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

My brother had band practice in the basement yesterday, so I fled the homestead with the p and m, unaware of the exact destination (all I knew was that breakfast would be procured). We ended up in Plainfield, eating at the Bob Evans, which I noticed was right across the street from Limestone. I was dropped off to enjoy some early beers, as they couldn't care less about drinking "so early in the day". Whatever. The place is a large-seeming little joint, with a large, square, wooden bar in the middle, tables filling up the rest of the downstairs (along with a stage), and an upstairs area with more seating options. TVs abound, though tastefully, all tuned to the sports. I settled in at the bar (which is insanely slippery) and watched gleefully as West Virginia took down Georgetown in basketball (at Verizon, no less). The bartender seemed pretty knowledgeable of the beers, and mentioned during one of our many exchanges (she was very genial, and there weren't many other patrons in so early) that the owners made the 'tenders and servers attend beer classes. Nice. Eleven house beers were on-tap, ranging from a light golden ale to a barrel-aged stout, and these were accompanied by some nice guest taps (GI's Dominique coming soon!) and a swath of guest bottles. While sampling the various brews, I entered into small conversations with the various locals at the bar. This place seems good for that sort of interaction, honestly. While I was enjoying the barrel-aged Ukrainium Krusher imperial stout, I was approached by the brewmaster, and we talked about the beers and brewing for a bit. Very nice guy. I didn't try any of the food (I really should start sampling the food as well when I visit these places...), but it all looked really good, and the loaded baked potato soup sounded great. (My mother echoed these feelings as well.) Overall, I'm really glad I was able to stop in here for a while. The Plainfield and Naperville BAs are lucky to have a place this nice nearby. I'm gonna haveta find a way to make it down here in the future.

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Photo of Jips
4.06/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Located in a strip mall way out in the SW burbs (if you count Plainfield as one). Has a bright reception area separated from the darker main room, both are expansive so I assume this place is hopping around dinner and lunch time. Beautiful oval-shaped glossy wooden bar (though it slants slightly toward the bartenders, watch out for moving beer!) and tons of TVs for football watching. Rest of the place has big screens plus tons of small circular wooden tables and booths, like a classy buffalo wild wings.

Had 6 regulars and 3 seasonals on tap (Golden ale, hefeweizen, indian brown ale, oatmeal stout, golden heather ale, imperial ipa, imperial stout, small beer, hopped up pale ale) with a great bottle selection too, probably ~ 50 other craft beers with a bunch of locals like goose island and 2 brothers. Sampled all their offerings, with their barrel aged imperial stout being the clear winner. All were great though, especially the oatmeal stout and their 2 lighter beers (hefe and golden ale).

Waitress was attentive, offered us free samples of everything and described how each would taste. Sounded like she actually drank (and liked) the beer. Took the time to totally fill up a growler of the stout despite its inherent frothyness making the process time consuming. Would definitely visit again, no hippie/yuppie vibe like some of the brewpubs in the city.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.14/5  rDev -21.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

went a couple times a few weeks after it opened last winter. located in a stripmall, the outside is of course rather nondescript. the inside has your typical brewpub look. larger than you'd think, with a large open bar area and some more seating upstairs. there were only 3 limestone options to choose from, an ok lighter bodied amber, a decent india brown, and a light dry stout. there was a good selection of guest taps, however they seemed to be out of everything that i asked for, making the beer menu basically useless. service was fine, although there have been several reports of one larger male employee (a manager?) who is very lewd and inappropriate with his female service staff. even my misogynist buddy thought this guy was way out of line. i'd go back, but only if i was in the area, and just to see if they have straightened things out with their beer selection and availability. it's rather disappointing to order five different beers in a row, only to have the server keep coming back saying that they don't have that or are out of it.

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Photo of RTrain12
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My famiy and I finally made it to Limestone on Valentine's Day 2010. We have been waiting to go there because every time we rode by this place was packed! I doubt it has died down yet! You can drive by this place any time of the week and the parking lot is full. We stoped in ab about 8 pm and it wasnt that busy for V-day. I guess not that many wifes and girl friends wanted to goto a brewery that night.

The inside of this place is very big. They have a nice big U shaped bar, a banquet room, entertainment stage, and a upstairs party area with extera seating. Our waitress was very nice and helpful with our kids. The beer selection was good. They have there main 4 beers. Since I've been there I think they have 2 more new releases. I went with the flight of there 4 main beers. I realy liked there Indian Boundary Ale and there Dolomite Oatmeal Stout. The other 2 were ok I cant even remeber what they were. My wife also liked the stout and she doesnt like beer at all. They had a good selection of guess beers too. Growlers were $14 then $10 to refill. The food was good too. My wife and I got calamari for a appetizer and we got burgers for diner. After we were done we found out that you can get a pretzel bun for your burger. Wish I would of seen that on the menu!!! There great if you have never had one. My son had the chicken fingers off the kids menu. I didnt try them but they looked good. He ate them all so guess he liked them. Value was very resonable I thought with the food and beer combined. Definatley a very nice establishment! Im glad this place is close to my house. We will be back there again!

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Photo of emerge077
3.94/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped in to try the beer flight today, and unfortunately they weren't filling growlers due to a shortage of plastic seals. Otherwise a growler of Flying Pig DIPA would have come home with me.

Atmosphere is ok, you can tell there was lots of attention to surfaces and textures, like rough-hewn rock bricks in the lofty dining area, and dark varnished wood trim everywhere, wall to wall in the restrooms. Brewing equipment was visible in a small room behind the rectangular bar. The entrance was a bit sterile and awkward with a large wooden host station and plain white walls. The main dining area was huge with vaulted ceilings. It was pretty much like an upscale Rock Bottom, with a broad appeal. On a Sunday afternoon there were several families, and sippy cups served along with pints.

Beer quality was solid, favorites were the Flying Pig DIPA and Indian Boundary Ale. Hefe was good, and the Pale was a good novice intro. There were a number of guest taps and quality bottle selections, such as Dreadnaught. Overall the DIPA was a winner, and i'd return again to try new seasonals in the future.

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Photo of Kathynme
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This establishment is fairly new to my area , we heard about them opening in our local newspaper and were eagerly anticipating our first visit .They currently offer 4 brews and all are very good and will be rolling out a 5th brew soon.
They also offer growlers for $10( plus $4 for the 1/2 gallon growler,the first visit) for customers to take home their favorite brew.
Limestone offers a good variety of food on their menu and their bottled beer menu offered in addition to their own brews on tap is extensive.We had a very pleasant experience there and I highly recommend them.

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Photo of JohnnyTightLips
3.78/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

For weeks, I've passed by this place & always saw a packed parking lot, which discouraged me from going in. Finally, the 2/9 snowstorm came so I thought that would be a good day to go to avoid the crowd & watch a Hawks game while I'm at it. When I got there at around 7, I'd say less than 20% of parking lot was full. Inside, the place was dead. Beside me, there were 6 people at the bar, & about 10 people seated in the vicinity.

At that time, they had 5 of their beers on tap, including their Imperial IPA ($6.50 10.5 oz.). My first one was their Old Chicago Amber ($4.50 14 0z.) which wasn't bad, but would be good for a craft beer newbie due to its easy drinking lack of complexity. My second beer was the 14 oz. Indian Boundary Ale ($4.50 14 oz. $6.50 23 oz.) & was more my style. It had a bigger hops presence & was more complex. I ended up getting another Indian Boundary Ale (23 oz. this time) afterwards. I remember seeing GI 312, Bourbon Stout, Matilda, & Pere Jacques, Stella Artois, 2 Hearted Ale, GL Eloit Ness, Corsendonk Abbey Pale Ale, 2 Brother Heavier Handed, GD Yeti, and Fat Tire. My visit was more for their beer so I didn't dwell too much into their food menu but, I ended up ordering a bowl of cheese soup ($3.95 cup, $4.95 bowl) and it was very good. It had a lot of flavor and it didn't taste like it came from a soup can. I had to restrain myself from ordering another bowl.

While watching the game, the bartender Jeff, checked on me from time to time and would chat with me about various brews inbetween periods from the game. He said that they're planning to install a beer garden with kegs & a mini-bar on the east part of the restaurant soon. He was also saying that their Hefeweizen & Indian Boundary Ale was such a hit that they kept running out of it & had to buy another fermentation tank to satisfy the demand. The brewery also plans to set up beer tastings & beer dinner pairings in the near future. At the time, the crowd (or lack of) was mixed but, was mostly families.

I can't think of anything bad to say about this place. The interior is absolutely beautiful & didn't look like any other bar/restaurant I've been in. (the exterior doesn't do any justice)

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Photo of JimboHD2005
3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

After waiting for what seemed to be an eternity for the brewery to open I have finally made a couple of stops to Limestone over the last 2 weeks to try their brews. Hefe was decent, one of the best of the beers they brewed. Indian brown ale was lacking body and the oatmeal stout tasted severly watered down. At 4.0% ABV the mouthfeel didn't suprise me that much but I kept thinking their beers had the same thing in common. Watered down. I'll attribute this to the brewer being new to the equipment and ironing out the kinks. I hoping the IIPA coming out brings a winner to the table as I love having a brewery so close to my location. For now, I'll be drinking their hefe and dipping into their nice selection of guest drafts.

Didn't try the food but prices seemed reasonable and everything I saw there looked and smelled great. Will definately try a meal when the next round of beers are brewed.

**Update, tried again. Three of the four beers I ordered on the beer list were not available. Sure would be nice if these lists could be updated daily! Was able to try their Golden Ale which was a winner. Food around me looked and smelled amazing. I didn't order anything this time around but will be going back this weekend for a dinner.

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Photo of ginger420
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Its been 2 years in the making and its about time that this place opened! Limestone has a large bar that seats about 40 people, there are 2 tvs that are behind the bar (one tv has really bad color but hopefuly that will be fixed by my next trip) The dining area is very large with a banquet like room (about 8 tvs) and a mezzanine level with sofas and tvs. When I was there they were brewing their Oatmeal Stout which made the restarant smell fabulous! Most of the servers and Bartenders are new to beer but are making an effort to learn all that they have to offer. when i was there they had a hefe, amber and an IBA that they brewed, all were very tasty! I liked that it wasnt similar to a rock bottom which was what i was expecting; they have guest taps and bottles too! Green flash IPA, Hop rod rye, NH Cabin fever, and Surly bender to name a few. I did have dinner while there, the app sampler was good (bottle caps, bruschetta and wings) but The sandwiches seem boring and plain. The rest of the menu seemed overpriced. Unless you are doing apps and beers, I would suggest eating before going to Limestone. All in all i was very happy with this place and will be returning soon! Its the alternative to dt plainfield for good beers!

EDIT: after returning to Limestone the past few times, i do have to change my review for the service. wether you are at the bar or at a table the service there is terrbile. i thought they may have fixed this from opening until now but clearly it has not been addressed. And there is more than enough staff there that this should not be a problem!

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Photo of kellyj999
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Very beautiful place. High ceilings, loft area, large dining room, nice big waiting area. You can see right into the brewery from almost every part of the restuarant which is very cool. Food and service was great, no problems.Only three house beers on draft but the did just open, tried all 3 and each was remarkable. Great guest handles as well. Will absolutely be coming back. Lots of parking and located right next to Binnys and only 5 minutes down the road from Finnegans (a great craft beer pub) great addition to plainfield

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Photo of spointon
4.1/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Limestone has been open for less than a week and I have already been in twice to check it out!

The location is both good and bad. Its on on a very busy stretch of Rt. 59 in Plainefield (bad, especially trying to get out of the parking lot and back onto 59 in heavy traffic). The good side though, is that this place is in the same development as Binny's so I can eat dinner, drink fresh beers, and shop for craft beers to take home all in one trip.

Parking is plentiful and convenient. Upon entering, the first thing you see is a window into the brewhouse. This is some seriously good feng shui for beer geeks.

The main pub/dining room is large and really very well decorated. Lots of stained oak and limestone everywhere. Super high ceilings give this place a "large" feel to what is already a large place. All of the finishes are high quality, even in the restroom.

The bar (so far) has 16 beers on tap. 13 were guest beers and 3 were Limestone beers brewed on site. I tried all three house beers, but I won't comment on or review any of the beers until the brewer gets his legs under him in what is still a new brewing environment for him. The good news is that I heard they plan to eventually split the taps evenly between house-brewed beers and guest taps.

The guest beers were mostly craft and all of good quality. So far I've had a Bell's Two Hearted, a Green Flash IPA, and a Left Hand Milk Stout. The prices were rather strange (as the first reviewer noted). The Pere Jacques was $13.50 a glass!!! But then, my Two Hearted was only $5.50...go figure.

Service was incredibly friendly and the 2 bartenders I have encountered so far have been very knowledgable about the house and guest taps (and as a bonus they were both pretty too but we won't go there).

I had the beer soup and found it to be very tasty. I saw quite a lot of other dishes being served around me and I would have eaten any of them. Food prices seem average for the area.

All in all, I have extremely high hopes for this place. It has all of the ingredients to be incredible, and its 10 minutes from my house!

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Limestone Brewing Company in Plainfield, IL
Brewery rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 0 ratings
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