Church Street Brewing Company

BEER AVG
3.74/5
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

1480 Industrial Dr
Unit C
Itasca, Illinois, 60143-1848
United States

(630) 438-5725 | map
churchstreetbrew.com

Notes:
Tasting Room Hours: Thursday - Friday 4pm to 7pm
Saturday 1pm to 7pm
Sunday 1pm to 4pm

Added by TMoney2591 on 11-14-2012

BEER STATS
Beers:
24
Ratings:
551
Reviews:
104
PLACE STATS
Score:
90
Ratings:
21
Reviews:
9
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
6.85%
 
 
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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of Azpittil57
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Nice but small front bar, lots of big tables back in the warehouse. Visited on a Saturday afternoon, lots of family groups and game players. Friendly staff.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.01/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

It's all about the beer, thank you very much.
Just enough high top tables with stools in the 'main' taproom and several community tables and chairs in the back. Lots of room.
Parking shouldn't be an issue usually, but I can imagine on a busy night for an event, for example, that might be an interesting.
Beer selection leans toward lagers and their Helles is quite refreshing. I also enjoyed the milk stout, Holy Cow.
In addition, they contract brew, and one brewer, Guncraft, just recently released a few brews.
The owner, Lisa, gave s group of us an impromptu tour with great origination stories. Even though she is the 'numbers' part of the organization, I could really see and feel the passion she had for the business. It's nice to see a dream come to fruition, and even after a few years, while recognizing the pitfalls and drudgery, she still enjoys the trip.

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Photo of bwood06
5/5  rDev +22.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Love this little place. Industrial style brewery that has a small tasting room but this is expandable to larger seating for when they do their special dinners. Very personable and nice people that both work there and drink there. Menu is extensive enough to provide a nice selection of different styles to choose from. Excellent quality, especially for the prices.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

The place is tucked away a bit, smaller tap room but knowledgeable manager on duty. They do have lots of selection.
Beers are about the same range in quality; just above the average.

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Photo of rswirsky
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great selection of styles all done very well.

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Photo of TheStepChild
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

European and US inspired offerings. Lagers, IPA's, Bitters, Pilsners with no corn, etc ... There is something for every palette from malty to hop forward.

Sample what's on tap all for $1.

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Photo of CSO
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Photo of BeerHistoryGuy
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Zanderech
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Burgman08
3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of Punisher
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of DrinkingDuck
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of gotek
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of SCZ
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of BrewClint
4.73/5  rDev +15.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Great job at a local Brewery with a tasting room! Awesome service from Aubrey! Knew her brews, very social! Stop by and check this place out. Mind the hours, Only open Thursday/Friday 4p-7p and Saturday 1p-7p.
Be patient when you're trying to find it. The entrance is on the side, as well as parking. They don't sell food there, but there are plenty of places to eat nearby.
Growlers to go! Yum!
Huge fan of their Scottish Ale and their Red Ale.

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Photo of matjack85
4.13/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3

Despite its name, the Church Street Brewing Company is not on Church Street, but on East Industrial Drive. Enter Industrial Drive from Prospect Ave. and take it east almost to the end of the industrial park. The 1480 building will be the second to last building on the south side of the street and houses 3 businesses. The door to the brewery (Unit C) is on the far east side of the building. The parking lot handles about 25 cars, which is plenty since the entire place can only hold about 25 people.

At the present time, the entire operation is run by just 5 people, and upon entering you will be greeted by whoever is there at the time. This is by far one of the friendliest staffs in the craft beer industry. They are happy to tell you about their brewery and offer you free samples of some of their beers. I tried 7 samples myself and then ordered 2 full servings. All their selections were offered for $5 a glass.

There is no food offered here - just beer. The tasting room is small but adequate, featuring a 4 seat bar, a few bistro tables with menus of the day's selections on them, and one short table that can seat 6, 3 on each side. Several growlers sit on shelves behind the bar and you can easily see the brew tanks in the adjoining room. Tours are also given if you're interested in learning about their brewing process. It's not a fancy place, but everyone joins in on beer conversation and I can't imagine anyone not having a good time here.

As for their beers, they've brewed about a dozen so far, but only have 7 or 8 of them on tap in the tasting room. The day I was there they were offering a few lagers, a few darks, two IPA's, and an Irish Red. I tried one of the doppelbocks and the Irish Red - both were delicious. Remember you can always have a free sample first, so I reccomend trying them all.

You can buy growlers for $18 and purchase barrels, half barrels, and quarter barrels right there at the brewery, but sadly they do not offer 6-packs for take home or sell individual bottles. You have to go to area liquor stores to purchase those.

One final note: For now they have limited hours. If you want to plan a visit, they are only open two days a week - Thursday and friday from 4pm - 7pm and that's it.

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Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

This is a really cool, small mom and pop brewery, the beer is prduced by a man who is a chemical engineer by trade and he makes some wonderful German beer selections. Definitely try if you are in the area. They are open Thursday and Friday and chances are, if you go there you'll be able to see the owners or hear the brewery churning out fresh delicious beer in the background

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Photo of dedbeer
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Norseman
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

On the way back to Schaumburg from Naperville, I decided to use the proper expressway exit to finally visit Church Street in person. The place is tucked away in a small industrial park-ish unit, nondescript save for the lettering on the door's window and a small sign outside. Inside it's pretty much your average industrial park garage-like unit with the brewing apparatus to the left, some piles of ingredients in the large back space, and a small bar area in the right corner. A couple locals shared the bar with me, discussing the beer and whatnot with the 'tenders. Speaking of which, the suds-dealers are all great folks, and I even got to speak with one of the owners whilst praising the product. They had their usual suspects on tap, along with a batch of the Red Rye Lager they told me they didn't like, but I thoroughly disagreed. At one point, the small group was asked if we wanted to take a quick tour; we accepted. Good times. There were some free bags of chips available, as well as some local goodies, but I did not partake, my dinner waiting for me at home. Overall, this place may not necessarily be a weekend hangout or anything, but I'd be more than pleased to visit again in the future: good people, good beer, good times.

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Church Street Brewing Company in Itasca, IL
3.74 out of 5 based on 551 ratings.
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