Tighthead Brewing Company

Tighthead Brewing CompanyTighthead Brewing Company
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3.83 w/ 888 Ratings
Tighthead Brewing CompanyTighthead Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

161 N. Archer Ave.
Mundelein, Illinois, 60060
United States

(847) 970-9174 | map

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Added by elginirishpunk on 11-01-2011

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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 12
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4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Cujo65
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of kidzord
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Jonnydrinker
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Penguins66
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

As Tighthead is our hometown brewery, we have visited dozens of times over the years, and thus I feel that I can give a fairly accurate and somewhat objective review:

First, the beer--A good variety of styles at any given time, all solid. Prices are what you'd expect for a craft brewery that still pours actual 16-oz. pints and not the fake 12-oz. "pints" you get at some places. Of their staples, Scarlet Fire and Boxcar Porter stand out as our favorites, especially if the Porter is on cask.

Second, the ambiance--they recently doubled the size of the tasting room which is good because the old space was getting cramped. There is also a smallish patio that looks out at the parking lot and nearby railroad tracks. The crowd varies by time of day and day of week. Children and pets are allowed, at least not usually turned away, but there are no special accommodations for either. We've seen all ages up to and including newborn babies. The crowd gravitates toward douche-y on weekends, but I guess that's to be expected, what with people driving up from the city. (Just look at who is ordering flights and you'll know what I'm talking about.)

Third, food, or should I say NO food--Tighthead does not serve food aside from the stray bag of chips. You can bring in your own or there is a binder of local menus. Occasionally they also have food trucks.

Fourth, service--no real complaints here. Bartenders are typically friendly although they sometimes get bogged down pouring the aforementioned flights and filling growlers. Weekend afternoons typically see a steady stream of people (99% dudes) coming in for growler fills.

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Photo of BrewTheEvolution
4.71/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

My wife and I have visited here twice during our trips to the local area the past two summers. We really enjoy the beer selections and small tasting room. The staff is great and helpful. We really enjoyed the various IPAs and tasting flight. We were introduced to their beer while drinking at Firkin in Libertyville, and made our way over to the brewery after our taste of Irie.

I was fortunate enough to get a glass of the barrel aged Old Kaya Dog and loved it! Tighthead is very underrated, but should be on your radar if you're looking to try good beer.

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Photo of mpgrif2
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of TFB5
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of dexterk1
3.49/5  rDev -16.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Stezz420
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.87/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Nice selection of ales, the lace on all the taster glass were nice.
Bartender Nathan was friendly with good service. Fair sized bar, place is a bit hard to find hiding behind the main street but large parking area. As a Graphic artist I noticed artwork on the five main beers are quite nice.

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Photo of KTCamm
4/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Tucked away in a business park near the Mundelein train station. Pretty simple bar and tap room set up with a small outdoor porch. Very inviting, friendly staff and some board games to pass the time. Nice selection of beers. I got the preset sampler, which was 7 healthy pours of their year rounders. Some special ones on tap plus a barrel ager. Overall a good experience, recommend stopping in.

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Photo of RNMudde
3.33/5  rDev -20%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

This place can be hard to find the first time you go looking for it but is a great place to try some local craft brews. Their Irie IPA is second to none. Chilly Water Ale and their Dopplebock are also top notch. This place can be hopping in the evening so don't be surprised if you find it hard to get a seat.

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Photo of Davit
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of KurtE
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Love their beer, but the tap room needs some work. The owner is super cool, and had some great tips and interesting conversation after a tour.

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Photo of cougardraven
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75

Selection was a little low, but that was admittedly due to the late hour of arrival and the fact that the bottling schedule was not in my favor. Will definitely visit again.

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Photo of chetripley
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Just their own beers in little brewpub you wouldnt know was there. About 12 selections, always good beers on the menu in a variety of styles. Irie is known locally, Boxcar, Chilly Water, Bears Choice is also good. Then they have the heavy hitters Wee Heady and Midnight Shadow worth a try. No food served.

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Photo of 1eyed_jack
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of tommy5
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of AuntBea
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Nice pub with a large selection of their beers. Friendly & helpful staff.

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Photo of rodlavers
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of LegitCraftBeer
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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Tighthead Brewing Company in Mundelein, IL
Brewery rating: 70.5% out of 100 with 888 ratings
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