One Trick Pony


Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

17845-17851 Chappel Ave
Lansing, Illinois, 60438-4525
United States

(708) 889-6683 | map

Monday: 6pm-11pm
Tuesday-Saturday: 3pm-11pm
Sunday: 2pm-10pm

Added by emerge077 on 07-06-2012

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Reviews by --Dom--:
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4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

The Place-
When someone told me about the brewery in Lansing Illinois I honestly didn't believe them at first. This place is seriously about 2 minutes away from my house and I didn't even know it was there. You'd miss the little sign off the main road to the industrial park if you weren't already looking for it. I must've driven by it dozens of times. Something about the fact that it's tucked away in an industrial park is strangely alluring to me, don't know why but it is.The tasting room is rather small, maybe room for 25 people, with fewer actual seats than that. Which makes me wonder if they're either not so focused on walk-in business, or if they just never thought they'd need a bigger tasting room. I digress. It's cozy, it's friendly, it is not hipster... this I like. No tv's playing 70's cult films, no paintings of half-naked goat women on the walls. No skulls, no death metal, no egocentric doorman. No overworked/underpaid waitstaff. Instead you're greeted by a modest yet tastefully arranged room. Complete with growlers from craft breweries around the country adorning the walls. And a person or two in the window, eager to give you a sample.

The People-
I'll not go into detail about my experiences with staff at other breweries I've visited. I'll just say the folks at one trick pony are friendly, welcoming, and make you feel like they're truly happy you came to try some of their creation. You get a sense talking with them, and standing in this place, that these people take a great deal of pride and joy in what they do. And they seem excited to share it.

The Beer-
I only had time to try one beer my first visit. But all it took was one sip to know whoever makes this beer knows how to craft a masterpiece. Being a fan of belgian style ales, it only took a moment to decide what I wanted to sample. The "Belgian Dark Strong Ale" caught my eye immediately. Full bodied, yet still crisp enough for each drink to finish itself. Full of raisin, banana, fig and a bevy of other flavors. Perfectly balanced, I could go on about this beer for another paragraph, but I am after all, reviewing the place. It was over a month ago I had this beer, and yet it's memory is as fresh in my mind today as it was only minutes after this delightful nectar first danced it's way across my palate. I can but only assume the other offerings are made to the same standard.

The Final Take-
Good beer, good people. The higher end beers... a little pricey around 8 dollars a snifter, but hey I'm sure we've all been around long enough to know you get what you pay for in this world. And if it takes 8 dollars from me to allow you to make such a fine beverage, by all means sir, charge me 8 dollars. There are of course other beers to be had at 5-6 dollars a pint for those who are so inclined. But I didn't come to knock back mugs of lager, I came to sample greatness. And I was not disappointed. In closing, you may very well be a one trick pony, but it is a damn fine trick. Don't you go changin on me.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jangoon24
4.82/5  rDev +18.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of AndyEdgar
4.53/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Zuidman
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of jeffrotell
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Gatorcon
4.08/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

A bit hidden smaller pub, but worth going to. I say a very "Down to Earth" pub with a friendly barkeeper and nice tasty strong ales. I tried 5 tasters and all were consistently good. Nice dog to greet us. I will go again.

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Photo of JonAdams
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Duff27
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of egrace84
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of jaqo4
4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of myuncle
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4

How can ya say enough about a guy just doing his thing. I like the fact that this place is furnished with "Oh look at what I found".

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Photo of TrapJaw77
2.18/5  rDev -46.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 1.5

Never had anything memorable there in a few visits there. I couldn't even recall the names of anything they make, but the dubbel I had was flavorless along with many of the samples I had.

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Photo of southsidejoe8089
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Photo of 30MinutesSouth
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of AngEo
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

The bartender was awesome. When I told him it was my first visit he started pouring me samples of just about everything until I decided what to start with. All the beer was top notch as well.

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Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of SWChi
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of communionofthesaints
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

This is a brewery in progress. I live in Lansing and try to visit every few months. Everytime I go there it seems that they have raised their product (wasn't too impressed early on). While they don't have any real food available, they have plenty of pretzels and great conversation available.
This is a great place to visit and one of the reasons I love the craft beer movement.

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Photo of Irishace9
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of birdsellam
3/5  rDev -26.5%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of thewimperoo
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of emerge077
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

One Trick Pony is truly a hidden gem in the south suburbs.

Really there are few like it, it reminded me of the first time visiting Jolly Pumpkin in Dexter and Dark Horse in Marshall years ago. Effortlessly original and DIY.

Dave was a delight to meet and talk/listen to. This guy had stories for days, and happened to be the co-owner of the brewery. He only works there every day, so you'll likely meet him if you go. Quick with both samples and jokes, this guy was great.

The beer selection was solid too, about 8 house drafts and a couple from Transient.
Everything I tried was good quality. Usually there's a few clunkers at a brewpub, but not here. They fill outside growlers too, unlike FFF nearby.

The vibe was unique and cozy, the walls displayed a collection of old Chicago bottles and newer growlers, framed maps and various posters, breweriana, and ephemera. A rack of books had the latest Mash Tun magazine and a hardcover book about horror movies from 1984. Awesome.

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One Trick Pony in Lansing, IL
4.01 out of 5 based on 369 ratings.
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