Taylor Brewing Company

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Brewery, Bar, Eatery

717 East Butterfield Road
Lombard, Illinois, 60148
United States

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sweethome from Illinois

2.83/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This is, sadly, the closest brewpub to my house. First off, don't be fooled - the "other locations" are contract brews. They are your best bet - beers from Capital in Madison and Two Brothers down the road in Warrenville. The house beers are pretty weak.

They also have guest drafts that often have a few interesting brews.

Atmosphere - about like the TGI Fridays next door. At least you can get a decent beer here if you avoid the house beers.

Food - good burgers and other pub food is ok...just ok. The only time we sat at a table here, the service was very bad. The waitress never really spoke to us and disappeared for long stretches. Sit at the bar, order a beer brewer in Madison, have a burger....play some trivia. That is the best way to maimize the experience here.

Jan 14, 2006
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t0rin0 from California

2.85/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Visited 10/5/2010.

The place was quiet and pretty close to empty as it was a Tuesday night. Lots of tables. Lots of parking outside.

Beer was just plain bad, food was what ever. Got a large plate of nachos that were decent and a burger that was pretty good. There was pretty much the standard brewpub food, but the beer... the beer was bordering on terrible for the most part.

The service was decent. The girl was very nice but seemed to forget about us and had to be flagged down to get service.

Nov 08, 2010
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rabbitguy from Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

I was here last month for a beer tasting for a local animal shelter. I read reviwes about the beer and food quality and thought I would go to support the animal shelter and their rescue efforts. The flyer from th eshelter listed snacks and appetizers would be served.

The beer sampler was four beers. I enjoy lagers and tried the Pure Pilsner and enjoyed it . The food was a flash back to the old happy hpur type setting. There were small pices of steak,mini hotdogs,chips.etc. I thought the pilsner was okay and fit the layout of the place.The tasting oppucied about half of the space and the bar and other restaurant space will filled with people.

The large screen televisions with popcorn served at the bar would be fine to watch a sporting event,drink some beer.and munch on a few snacks.

Dec 04, 2009
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Rayek from Colorado

3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

From the outside, Taylor looks like a former chain restaurant. It sits near office buildings along a busy IL thoroughfare. Inside, it has a very stripped down feel. There is a large amount of exposed concrete cinderblock that has simply been painted with earth tones. Seating is made up of wood booths and chairs. The U shaped bar is sunken and located in the middle of the pub.

Food here is pretty standard pub fare. Burgers, sandwiches and Mexican food dot the menu. The stuffed potato skins I ordered were decent, if unexceptional. Service was good. I was there early on a Friday, so there wasn't much of a crowd.

Beer selection is broad. I counted 13 Taylor and 26 guest beers. Many of the guest beers were BMC fare, which was disheartening. The Taylor brews were a mixed bag. The Munich Dark was quite nice, while the Maibock was almost undrinkable.

Overall, I was rather disappointed with Taylor. There are much better choices in the Chicago area than this.

Jul 19, 2009
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DownDaHatch from Illinois

3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

I used to like this place a lot better when it was located in the 5th Avennue station in Naperville, although that was several years ago. The place in Lombard is more of a restaurant than a brewery. Heck, it doesn't even have the ambiance of a Rock Bottom. Now that is going some. It is very bright and their isn't much focus on the bar. I exclusively, eat and drink at the bar, so the tvs were well placed and the bartender was quite knowledgable, but it pretty much ended there. I so much prefer a down-home place such as Old Hat in Lawton, MI (is it still there?). I wouldn't go out of my way, but if your in the area it may be ok to stop at, although there are plenty better eating establishments in the area.

Aug 21, 2008
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pmcadamis from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

This is one of those joints that is more focused on the restaurant aspect of the business than the beer. The restaurant is nice and clean, and exudes a semi-upscale eatery vibe. The bar is a big U shape and has a good selection of guest beers in addition to their own brews.

The staff was friendly, and the bartender was beer-savvy and quite competent. I was there for my bachelor party, and everyone had a great time. There are some big flat screens for catching the game, and the overall vibe is that of a commercial area eatery/bar.

I was less than impressed with their brews, however, and after two pints I switched to trying the guest beers that I've not been able to find in my area.

Not a bad place to have a pint if you are shopping in the mega-mall area of Lombard, but it's not worth seeking out, really.

May 13, 2008
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tapman from Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Place looks like a really great Denny's or Ruby Tuesday. Lots of booths and tables, giving it a very restaurant-esque feel to it. At least there is a pretty big bar area, but still...

Food is decent, like a Rock Bottom, good, but not great.

Service is okay, as in I have nothing to complain about from an average point of view. Food came right on time and its not hard to get a beer served, but there isn't a huge knowledge of the beer being served. They hire bar tending chicks and college guys who give fine service, but don't really want to spend five minutes talking to you about the beer, because they aren't too interested. Like I said, not a horrible thing, but it takes away something.

The beer is above mediocre. I much prefer Rock Bottom's selection. This brewpub plays it safe and doesn't have anything too daring or unique. They have a decent porter, and they mix it with their decent raspberry wheat to make a blah 'mayor' (Guiness and Framboise) type brew, though couldn't they just make a real brew with these tastes without mixing? Ah, I must be getting old.

Overall, I expected more when I first went it, and there are some better brewpubs very close by. I mean, you got a Rock Bottom, the Lunar Brewing Co., and Emmett's Ale House all within a quick drive so I would much recommend those. But hey, Taylor Brew Co. is doing their thing and still serving better brew than the majority of bars in the world so keep on trucking.

*Note- Some of their brews come from their sister brewpubs in southern Illinois and Wisconsin, so they are not all made there.

Feb 21, 2008
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beveritt from Ohio

2.64/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5

Stopped by the other night for a few drinks. I was in town for a few nights and this place was right across the street from my hotel.

I have to say, I was seriously disappointed. The atmosphere is bright, boring, and generic. The only redeeming quality is the glass wall that shows of some of the brewery equipment.

I sat at the bar and was surrounded by people smoking and drinking green beer. This doesn't really seem like a desination for good beer. Other than the stuff they brew themselves (which is pretty watered down and flavorless) their entire selection consists of macros.

The service was okay, while here I was served by two separate bartenders. One was okay and the other was rude, short and curt.

Overall, very disappointing. For a local brewery founded by a family, I expected a lot more. I would skip this place and head a few miles south to Emmet's Ale House in Downer's Ridge.

Mar 20, 2007
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jvande7 from California

3.39/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

I have had my eye on this place for quite awhile, finally got a chance to go in for a couple beers yesterday. Bad decision on my part...

This review is only on the beer, I did not stay for food.

The service was great. Fast and polite. The beer was not so great. Tried the IPA, The Rusty Dog Amber, and the new Blueberry Wheat. All had off-flavors or maybe it was just dirty beer lines. In any event, they were bland and underwhelming. Very low carbonation. They did not have any hop aroma or taste. Hopheads have no business in this bar, trust me.

I was very sad the way things turned out because I was hoping for some good beer. At least 1 out of 3. But they did not deliver.

They did have a lot of beer choices (both their own and guest beers) but nothing worth drinking. Bad form.

Aug 13, 2006
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Longstaff from Massachusetts

2.53/5  rDev -16.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 2

Stopped in the midle of the afternoon during a recent business trip to check this place out. Big place with rows of tables/booths and a big square bar sunken in the middle of the room. Had a chain restaurant type feel to it, but was comfortable. Over 10 "house" beers (some brewed at their other locations) but you need two hands to count the golden ales and light lagers. Only tried one beer - the IPA which would have been average had it not been for the weird chlorinated water flavors that overcame any hop flavor. Saw someone order a burger and it was huge - like 3/4 of a pound cooked on the grill in the middle of the bar area. Brewer was there attending to some brewing details, but didn't look like your average brewer - too clean cut. Don't think I will be back.

Oct 26, 2005
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orbitalr0x from Illinois

3.71/5  rDev +22%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I stopped in here awhile back...it's actually a block away from my work. The atmosphere is very restaurant like with a square bar in the middle of the place. They have some brewing equipment in the windows...but I didn't see a full setup anywhere. The overall atmosphere didn't really do much for me. They do have quite an extensive list of brews with some guest taps from Two Brothers as well. I only sampled two of their beers during my visit...one bad, the other (Papa's Porter) quite good. The bartender was very nice and attentive...always asking me if I need anything and answering my growler questions. The selection was nice...especially since this is only brewpub in town. I look forward to going back and trying some more. As for food...I didn't get anything as I think it's way overpriced...I'll stick to drinking beer :-)

Apr 02, 2005
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brewQ from Missouri

3.35/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Well ... this place does try to celebrate beer.
Close to 30 taps but mostly macro. Eight to ten house beers but the best of these are from Capital Brewery in Madison, WI and Two Brothers just across town.

Their own Pale Ale was lackluster ... ala Molson Golden. I did a sampler but found nothing else notable.

On the plus side- good service and food with lots of sports plus online trivia. An interesting amalgam of what is almost a very good beer place merged with a chain restaurant. Actually, a great escape from the megamall across the street. Location, Location, Location.

Jun 18, 2004
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ChiTownBeerMan from Illinois

3/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I started going to this place back when they were located in the 5th Avenue Station in Naperville. Frankly, I wish they never would have moved. I was never a huge fan of their extract beers but liked the atmoshpere and food at the old location. Then they moved. The atmosphere and uniqueness disappeared completely, the food got a little worse (though still pretty good) and the prices went up. $12 for nachos? Gimme a break.

The new building, while impressive from the outside, has all the atmosphere of a junior high school gymnasium. Painted cinderblock walls with an awkward, oversized, sunken bar with a view of the grill and other lonely souls staring back at you from the other side. And don't forget the self-absorbed businessman chomping a cigar, drinking a Lite and yelling into a cellphone. Or the obligatory macro-brew neon around the perimeter of the room. The service is your average faceless corporate experience, and as another reviewer mentioned, few patrons are drinking the house beers. They range from quite bad to quite average... all seem to have an extremely watery quality accentuated by one other overpowering flavor. One of those brewpubs where, when you order a beer, you wonder if they opened a package and stirred some flavoring powder into some club soda. A typical, lifeless, corporate-feeling suburban experience.

May 14, 2004
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BrewAskew from Oklahoma

2.55/5  rDev -16.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 4.5

A good restaurant/bar, an average beer joint and a terrible brewery. It is a bad sign when the customers stay away from the house beers. They were at best bland and boring and at worst off-tasting and all wrong for the style. The porter tasted sour, suggesting an infection. The IPA was either mislabeled or the brewer has no clue. They had a nice display in the front window of their shiny brewhouse. They must be boiling and fermenting extract because they did not have much in the way of mashing or grain handling stuff around. The shallow cylindrical tub resembling a mash/lauter tun did not really look to be functional for that purpose. I think that's where they mix the extract with water.

The good points were it's food, which was delicious and the atmosphere was conducive to watching sports, playing the interactive NTN trivia games with friends, and having a bite and a few pints of Guinness or Hoegaarden with friends.

Apr 24, 2004
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Redrover from Wisconsin

3.08/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

I have been back several times since my original review and unfortunately have seen deterioration in their beer. On three different occasions I have been served house beer that clearly suffered from dirty tap lines. Strangely, their guest taps seem to be in better shape, perhaps the distributors are paying to have their keg lines cleaned while the house lines go uncared for.

Original Review on 2-19-03

This place is right down the street from my office. I wish it was better. The place has a nice decor and is very light and airy. Ample parking on most nights.

The food is decent but not great. I like the burgers, but I think for a lot of their food, they are a little to fond of the deep fryer. This place has lot of big tables, so its good for a group or company outing.

The beer is not bad, but not outstanding either. They seem to very conservative in taste profile and styles. Their ale was the best of the bunch. It seems they don't want to risk offending anyone. Also have a decent selection of other beers on tap.

This is not a bad place, but could be better with an upgrade of their beers. If your going to try Taylor, you may want to consider the Lunar in Villa Park which is only 3 or 4 miles away.

Feb 19, 2003
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mikes2923 from Illinois

3.45/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Here's a good brewpub that doesn't try to be anything too fancy or pretentious. Has almost a sportsbar atmosphere to it with a pretty good selection of beers and food. Their specialty is all of their burgers. The beer was good, the food was good.. all in all no complaints!

Feb 10, 2003
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