Lake Bluff Brewing Company

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

16 East Scranton
Lake Bluff, Illinois, 60044
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Tap Room Hours
Sunday: Noon - 6:00 pm
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday: 4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday: Noon - 12:00 am

Added by emerge077 on 02-07-2011

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of GrumpyGas
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Nice spot with a few tables outside facing the square in downtown Lake Bluff.
Inside is a small shotgun shaped space boasting a clean spare design with booths to the right and a bar seating about 8 on the left. The walls are covered with a variety of art for sale and the vinyl records available for play make for a fun vibe.

A full range of well brewed beer includes the classics, not chasing hazies. Kolsch, red, brown, IPA, stout, hefe, and a nice blonde.

Service is knowledgeable, friendly, and not pushy.

Food is from the neighbor pub and is well done.

A great local stop on a walk with the dog, or home from the train, or a start to a more exciting evening.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Nice micro brewery. Great vibe. Wonderful friendly service. Love the vinyl aspect - fun music selection. Definitely a nice place to stop in if anywhere nearby. Would gladly go back.

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Photo of scottwestphall
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

Great place, classy and tasteful bar with helpful staff. They have a large vinyl record collection and I believe you can bring records to play as well.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of crossovert
3.93/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

In tiny downtown Lake Bluff.

Inside it is really small but nice. I went there at 1ish on a Saturday and it was moderately full. Probably 20 or so people, which fills this place pretty nicely because it is so small. The bar was full so I sat at a table. There is some modern folk music playing and only 1 tv which is nice.

I ordered a sampler of some of the higher gravity beers as well as a pretzel. The beers were for the most part solid, one of them was a bit of a dud but in general pretty good above-average brewpub stuff. You can tell the brewers are probably younger and more inexperienced though.

The service was pretty good, the pretzel took a bit but not too long.

Overall a pleasant little place. They also sell growlers.

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Photo of emerge077
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Sharp little spot in Lake Bluff, an area i've never visited before today. Tiny little bar room, square layout with booth tables on either side, and a bar for 8-10 patrons in the back. Grey and slate blue walls, with modern framed photography on the walls. 9/10 taps pouring, 7 beers listed on the board above the bar, with a "brew schedule" board to the left, listing upcoming seasonals and their brew dates. Down the back hallway is the small kitchen, a small room with two brite tanks, and immaculate restrooms in the back. Out the back door, there was an ample parking lot, though there was plenty of street parking outside on a Sunday afternoon.

The thrust of the beers here is small batch, fresh and local, in a variety of styles. The Hard Tail DIPA was the highlight, and the Bohemian Blonde was 2nd. Beers were all of good quality, nothing was extract, everything was fresh and clean tasting. There were a few people stopping in, also seemingly trying the beer for the first time. They offer 4x4 oz. samplers for $9, which seemed a touch high. Growler fills were $15-23, plus the cost of a new growler.

Food was limited to a few appetizers and sandwiches. We tried the hot pretzel and hummus, which were pretty good beer snacks, but not much hearty fare was available. They do work with Wisma and the local butcher for their sandwiches.

Service was pretty good, one guy was a definite beer geek, and the other bartender was prompt and chatty with us. Mike the brewmaster was leading a tour, and we also chatted with some of his relatives at the bar. Overall a welcome local brewer in this sleepy, upscale suburb.

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Photo of DocDownUnder
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

This is an awesome addition to Lake County. The guys there put so much into this little store-front brewpub--beautiful furniture and bar, not to mention their beers. Unfortunately when I went was just after their grand opening, during which they almost sold out of all their beers. They did have two of their own on tap and they were amazing. Hopefully they've figured out how to keep up with the demand!
Their hours are conducive for weekend tasting. They had at least two days a week not opened (Monday and Tuesday), though I know they had some issues with the local government, so they may have more hours in the future.

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Photo of HoppyMoth
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

I really enjoyed the look and feel of this new place. It's brand new and I can't hold the limited selection against them. The design is beautiful and the wait staff is amazing. Both times I was there it was packed with people ecstatic to have a local brewpub (literally standing in a short line at opening). They have a handful of house beers and two guests taps that could be more inspired. They might not have grown the balls to offer something like Alpha King alongside their own beers quite yet - but I'm hoping they step up their game.

In the end I will look forward to being back every time I'm in town. While there are a few other microbrews within 20-30 minutes of LBBC, I doubt any come close to the commitment to the beer like these guys do.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A great addition to the "downtown" Lake Bluff scene. Three weeks old I am told, and the place was bustling. Nice small tasting room - very aesthetically pleasing. Good buzz in the room, and the patrons seemed genuinely excited to be trying the beers.

On the brew front, the product is fantastic. Clearly not looking to hit just a single - the menu featured a nice selection of 4 different brews - a Saison, a Pale Ale, a Belgian Dark, and a Bourbon Infused stout. Available for purchase in pints or growlers. Each one was quite good, and the staff knew a lot of the beers and were ready willing and able to talk them up with you.

There's a very small menu we didn't try - about 4 apps, 4 sandwiches and a few deserts. They sounded good to me, but I can't speak to how good they are. Good concept though - seems like they don't want to get bogged down in food, and the beer is the focus.

Great place to stop in you are in the area, perhaps visiting Lake Michigan. And if you live in the neighborhood, who can beat walking access to a high quality microbrew???

2012 update - selection of beers is quite hearty. Lots of hop bombs. Enjoy it greatly, but wouldn't mind something a little milder toi build up to the heavy hitters.

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Lake Bluff Brewing Company in Lake Bluff, IL
Brewery rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 143 ratings