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Mickey Finn's BreweryMickey Finn's Brewery

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

345 N Milwaukee Ave.
Libertyville, Illinois, 60048
United States

(847) 362-6688 | map

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Photo of AuntBea
4.56/5  rDev +21%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

New location is very nice but, really loud when there is a big crowd. Quieter for lunch. Good selection of beers. Menu is pretty much the same as it was in the old location.

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Photo of Beric
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Atmosphere: Your standard normal brewpub, but with tons of distracting large-screen TVs spread throughout the entire restaurant. I would prefer that the TVs stay limited to the bar area, but that's just not how they do things. New location is open and airy, but rather loud.

Quality: Good brews and great food. Mickey Finn's brews are nothing that will blow you away and demand worship, but are a great addition to the northern IL microbrew scene. Solid offerings that are tasty, but nothing that will blow you away.

Selection: Always have a handful of home-made microbrews on tap, along with two or three guest taps. Styles vary between the safe (wheat ales and amber ales) to the adventurous (smoked porters).

Food: Average pub food choices. Excellent hamburgers.

Value: Good pricing for both beer and food. Great atmosphere and always busy. They know what they're doing here, but it's a shame they chose not to get in on the craft beer scene (in terms of bottling/canning or offering true growlers) while they had the chance. Mickey Finn's has been a staple in northern IL for years yet it seems they are behind the eight ball in the craft brew scene.

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Photo of kjc51478
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Mickey Finn’s is a pretty standard brew pub restaurant in downtown Libertyville. The atmosphere is nice except on weekends when it can get pretty loud. Food and beer can be hit or miss. I"ve had some good beers and some not-so-good beers here. Food selection can also be an adventure - but the burgers here are usually a safe bet. In an area that doesn’t boast many brew pub options, this is certainly worth a visit. But, it in no way can stack up to the kind of pubs you’d find in Chicago proper.

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Photo of crossovert
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

I went here while getting my car serviced in Libertyville after having a pint at the Firkin.

It is a two part place, a bar/pub area, and a restaurant. I sat at the bar. It has a loud sports bar feel with tons of basketball on the tv.

I tried a sample of 7 beers, with one of them being the nitro version o the other. The beers ran the gamut of horrible (847 Suburban Wheat) to pretty good (Czech Pils).

The food I got was the sausage plate and it was pretty good and hearty.

The bartender was nice.

Overall it is a nice little brewpub not too far from home.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Visited 10/11/2010 on Columbus Day. 9 house taps including both versions (nitro/CO2) of Big Head APA and a couple of casks (Q-Dog and left over Summer Ale).

This place is in another nice looking quiet country side town. The bar is across the street from a park so parking was easy. The restaurant is kind of stretched out into an L shape. It was sort of dark inside and a bit warm but over all nice. Not many people inside at 11 am on a holiday.

I tried the sampler, although I'm still not sure if they normally offer this. The sampler included the regular beers but when I asked to include the nitro Big Head, the seasonal (Oktoberfest), and the 2 casks the bartender happily obliged. After leaving me with my drinks he went to hang out with one of the waitresses. Fine with me as I was only making a quick stop on the way back to Chicago and I was paying cash so I didnt need him around.

The beer wasn't bad with the standout being the 847 APWA and the variations of the Big Head Pale (nitro, CO2, and Q-Dog which is cask Big Head with some extra dry hops).

Not even sure if they offer food but at a friendly neighborhood bar like this I wouldn't mind hanging out a bit.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This little gem in the North suburbs of Chicago (Lake County) offers a wide selection of beers. They have standards available throughout the year, as well as, seasonal offerings. You can purchase growlers.

Small, quaint pub, restaurant feel with a separate bar section, along with live music area upstairs.

The pub fair is very good and after visiting this place many times, have tried many different things on the menu. Mickey Finn's has something for everyone concerning beer (weaker to heavier) and also food.

This is a must for IL and WI residents. Support local beer.

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Photo of vlad1456
4.95/5  rDev +31.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Mickey Finn's is a great place to get a few beers and have a nice meal. They usually have many different varieties on tap, including, amber, hefeweizen, and oatmeal stout. The beers are top notch and the service is every bit as good. There is also a reasonably priced menu, mostly comfort food. This is the place to go to in Libertyville. It is a great place to go with a large group or to take a date to. My personal favorite is the oatmeal stout. I also like the hefeweizen, especially in the summer, great banana and clove flavor.

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Photo of RMC
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Had some friends in town from the Northeast, and we headed over to Finns to sample their beers. These guys know A LOT more about beer than I do, and all 6 of them praised the beers as VERY good. One of them told me how difficult it is to get a decent Kolsch in his area, and that I was lucky to have Finns so close with such a variety of VERY good beers. (The six of them took the train from downtown and exclaimed it was well worth the trip.)The service and selections are great, and the atmosphere is exactly what you'd like for a friendly neighborhood pub. I recommend it highly!

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Photo of Czap
2.81/5  rDev -25.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

I would not recommend this place at all. I have been there a few times, never by choice, always because a friend is having a party there. The beer is just lazy or boring or sometimes just plain offensive. I don't like to complain, but there is no excuse for some of the swill that is being brewed in this place. The service is good and Libertyville is always a fun little town to check out. But please, I urge you, go across the street the The Firkin or The Tavern, spend a few extra bucks, get some great brews and hang out in a more inviting atmosphere.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This is a good place to go for a local brew. Not many places brew there own beer in the northern burbs of Chicago. There's usually at least one beer style to suit everyone in your party. The seasonals are usually some of the best, but I don't know anyone who doesn't like their 847 suburban wheat ale (clone of goose islands 312). My personal favorite was their Märzen Madness which was seasonally available in March. For those who don't understand that you are supposed to get good beer while you're there they have that macrobrews as well. The food is typical bar food, there's a good selection of German style foods, but that is far from the only style available. Reasonably priced on all aspects. Fairly decent atmosphere. Band room upstairs for decent live local music. The staff is knowledgeable about the craft beers they make. Open fairly late on weekends when the restaurant turns to a decent bar scene. I enjoy and frequent this establishment. Greatly recommended.

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Photo of KTCamm
4/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

An overall good find in Libertville, IL. Good atmosphere, including an outdoor beer garden. Long picnic bench tables with outddor heaters for when the weather is too cold for some.

The sampler included 8 or 9 tasting sized samples, more than enough to keep me happy. The waiter knew waht each of beers was and was able to answer some questions on it.

Had a good variey of lunch items, including sandwiches, pizzas, and good appetizers.

Worth a trip, a good find, some quality brews and good food.

Prices were quite reasonable, for both the food and the beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

A quaint little microbrewery in Libertyville. I've been here both in the restaurant portion and in the bar portion, so both will be dealt with in turn. In terms of the restaurant, it is comprised of a small interior space in front of the fermenters and a smaller outdoor bistro (or, rather, beer garden). The food is decent, but I don't think it would stand up on its own without the beer. As for the beer, these guys know what they're doing, with a number of styles available on a seasonally rotating schedule and a constantly changing lineup with new and fun styles. One of my personal favorites is their smoked porter, which complements the barbecued meats nicely. As for the bar area, it's somewhat cramped, taking up a long room in the corner of the restaurant (it's especially cramped on weekend nights). The taps have the usual macros alongside the homemade brews, but the number of taps isn't very high. The music is generic and played rather loudly (now I sound all curmudgeonly). And, if you are so inclined, there is an area upstairs where they have a dancefloor and stage that hosts a number of local bands.
All in all, an enjoyable place with good-enough food and tasty brews.

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Photo of Redrover
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

This has a younger and more boisterous crowd then the nearby Firkin. As you walk in, the bar is in a room on your right and the large dinning area is on the left. The bar room is a bit narrow and get crowded, but it is a fun crowd. The dinning area has lots of large tables; it would be great for groups or families.

There is a bar and music room upstairs. Minor complaint, the white leather bar stools looks like something out of some 1960's James Bond movie. We did see a band while we were there. It was fun and they keep the music at a tolerable level.

Our waitress was friendly and quick however she did not know anything about the beer. I asked her about the rye porter and she said she only drinks lite beer and hates anything dark. However, she is starting to like the wheat. At least our beers came quickly!

Speaking of beers, I enjoyed everything I tried. My personal favorites were the Fifth O'Rye Stout IPA. They have a pretty wide range of styles that they tackle and seem to do seasonals.

I did not try the food this time, but lots of folks go there to eat and I will do lunch or dinner here next time I'm in the neighborhood. This makes a nice one-two stop with the nearby Firkin.

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Photo of botham
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Mickey Finn's in Libertyville is a decent stop for beer, though the beers are nothing to make a special trip for. There are some great aspects to the place, like three nitro-taps and two cask ales, as well as a good variety when it comes to atmosphere: outdoor beer garden, dining room seating, and bar area, all separated from one another.

atmosphere is typical of many brewpubs, with dark wood throughout and well restored tin ceilings that has been painted brown. the stained glasswork behind the bar gave the bar area some character, which was hindered a bit by the flat screens placed among the old woodwork.

quality and service were good. friendly service and clean conditions; no complaints here. the overall establishment had good lighting, and the outdor beer garden looked quite inviting.

selection was decent. standard for an above-average brewpub. there were seven taps available, all pretty standard styles. this BA had the Oatmeal Stout (which was really an Irish Dry Stout), and an APA, both on nitro-tap. both were good, but nothing special.

food was available, but not tried. some buffalo wings on the other end of the bar smelled excellent though..

overall, this is a solid stop in the Northern burbs, but nothing to make a special trip for unless there is a special release or event going on. the Firkin is a real interesting beer bar, only a block away, which could serve as a back up plan.

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Photo of emerge077
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Tried the range of beers here, they had eight on today. The best were the Hefe and Smoked Porter. A highlight was the 2 cask ales.

Pub was dark inside with crimson walls, brick on one side with rows of classic framed albums. Several flatscreen tv's lined the wall, with a couple over the bar. There was a fenced in patio that faced a park on the main drag outside. More table seating was in the back. Service was quick and fairly friendly, they informed me that the Amber Ale was available in cans (12 packs to-go only for around $16), with a couple more to follow. Sampler was ok, there were only a couple beers worth writing home about. Hefe was #1, IPA was decent at #2, and Smoked Porter #3. The servers were loudly chatting about dietary supplements and weight loss at the bar...kinda got old after awhile.

The beer list had descriptions and technical info about the house beers which was nice. Growlers were in the $16-18 range, so I took a pass. Worth a look after hitting the Firkin (or before).

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Photo of tmitch75
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

A fine local establishment that welcomes families and has a simple pub feel. Nice long bar area, with a separate dining area and a sweet outdoor beer garden (across the street from the main downtown park).

Service is friendly and prompt. Prices are reasonable.

Food is good with decent pub variety. I especially like the calzone and the sausage platter. Specials are frequently good too.

Beer is solid with good variety and usually a couple cask selections. Rye Stout and Black Magic are among my favorite beers.

A very good neighborhood-type place, which gives me a chance to visit often. I'm a big fan.

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Photo of littleg
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

My wife and I started out our evening here. Nice place, was a little crowded due to a benefit but we were able to get a seat at the bar. I order the cask pale which I swear didn't taste any different than the nitro pale. Decent selection of beers brewed on-site and friendly and knowledgeable staff. They were out of the beer I wanted but was able to try the stout which was good, pretty standard, but a good brew.

I had the fish n' chips and my wife had a burger and the portions were huge and we both left food on the plate. The fish was all you can eat too but one plate was enough for me.

Having been here on more than one occasion, I reccomend stopping by on a Saturday afternoon or getting there earlt in order to get a seat at the bar.

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Photo of larsee01
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Laid-back atmosphere, bordering on upscale. Stop off for a beer after work, to meet friends, or have a party upstairs. We got the party room upstairs for my buddy's "groom shower" before his wedding (not a bachelor party...an anti-bridal shower where he got manly gifts like lawnmowers, etc). Downtown Libertyville is a nice place, and this comes from a formal resident of suburban rival Gurnee.

They make nice beers here. Nothing extremely notable; the wheat beer stands out amongst brews that effectively cover the spectrum.

Polite, capable bartenders and servers.

Good brewpub food, but you wouldn't make it a destination restaurant. Reasonable value.

Live bands upstairs that occasionally are worth checking out.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

While near Chicago on a business trip with my girlfriend this past summer, we thought we'd drive around a bit to find a place to spend a couple evening hours with some drinks and food.

The atmosphere was somewhat like an ordinary, small craft brewery, and also somewhat like a sports bar. The quality of beer, and food was excellent. We only had one beer apiece, the gudenheit hefeweizen, and a maibock. Both were excellent, the Gudenheit Hefewiezen being so good that I'd almost drive back just to get more! The food, also, was terrific. This was probably the best food I've ever had at a brewery. I had the german sausage platter and a side of artichoke cheese dip with chips. Completely outstanding. They had about 6-8 beers of their own beers available on-tap, and I guess I never bothered to ask about anything different.

While the food and drinks were probably the best I've had in recent memory, the service was absolutely terrible. It wasnt a very busy night, but we spent a good hour and a half waiting to be seated and then waiting for drinks and food. Then after our orders were served, I couldnt flag down the waitress if I had a big red flag and stood on top of our table.

At the end of our evening, we asked for seperate bills (an employer picks up only one of our tabs), and this seemed similar to asking the waitress to part the red sea. After hearing her say 4 or 5 times that she couldnt do it (sounds pretty simple to me), a manager stepped in and did it. The waitress actually came back to tell us if not to ever come back if we wanted to have seperate bills again!?! They told a customer to never come back? For that? Anyways, maybe it was just a bad night, but beware for service problems. All in all, this place has the most kick-ass food, and very good brews. Worth checking out when in the area.

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4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped in on 8/21/07.

Bar and dining area split. Feels a bit like a sports bar, but very comfortable. Lots of dark wood. Good bar seating as well as tables surrounding the bar area.

Quality was fine, no complaints. Food and beer were well made. I wasn't wild about the Scottish Ale, but that was a matter of taste. Abana Amber was quite tasty.

Service was prompt and friendly. Took a moment to check my taste preferences before suggesting a beer. When the waitress got busy, the bartender stepped in to get me another beer and some condiments for my food. What made this impressive is that I was at a table, rather than the bar.

Selection was 7 regular taps, and 2 real ale offerings (a stout and the scottish ale).

Food was very tasty, but nothing fancy. I had the French onion soup and a burger. It was one of the few places I've been that will cook a burger less than medium.

Overall, if you are in the area, it's worth a stop.

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Photo of livin4jc
4.63/5  rDev +22.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I recently went to Mickey Finn's while in the area on business. It was a Tuesday night and the restaurant was not very busy, but did have a number of customers.

I found street side parking on a side street and walked to the restaurant. Their beer menu gave you a lot of information, which can also be found on their website. The waiter knew his beers and was able to tell me a little about their seasonal beers. The food was very good and the prices were very reasonable. The service was excellent. It took less than 15 minutes from the time I ordered until my food was on the table. You didn't feel rushed at all either.

The restaurant was very clean and if you were in the restaurant dining room you could see the brewery.

This brewpub is only a few miles north of Flatlanders in Lincolnshire and, in my opinion, is far better. I will return each time I have to be in the area on business.

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Photo of beveritt
4/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I checked out Mickey Finn's while in North Chicago on business last week. It is located in downtown Libertyville, along with quite a few other bars and restaurants.

When you first walk in, the bar is on the right and the restaurant portion is on the left. Both have brick walls and pressed tin ceilings. The bar is pretty dark and the restaurant is pretty light. I ate in the bar area. Nice big bar, with multiple tap towers. The only drawback to the atmosphere was several big TVs. I don't like TVs in bars, unless they are a no character sports bar.

The beer was excellent and the food was pretty good. They had about 10 beers on draught and two on cask. Samples were available.

Service was good, prompt and friendly. It was a busy night, so there wasn't a lot fo time to talk to anyone. I did spend some time talking to the manager about the place and he was very helpful.

As mentioned earlier, they had a pretty wide selection of their own beers available on druaght and I was impressed with all that I tried. Strangely enough, they also sold domestic bottled beer, something I haven't really seen at many brewpubs. But, if you want to come to Mickey Finn's and order a Coors Light, you can. WTF?

Overall, nice location, nice atmosphere, good beer, average food. I would be a regular if I was a local.

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Photo of Suds
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

I had dinner at this establishment during a recent trip. It’s certainly easy to find, with ample parking in public lots behind the downtown businesses. When entering the place, you immediately notice a bustling tavern area. The atmosphere is fairly dark, with a lot of classy wood, glass, and brass. The dining area is similar, but a bit brighter. Large prints of local brewing history hand on the brick walls. The service was very fast and courteous…Polite, chatty, and full of smiles. They were young girls, however, and didn’t seem to know much about the beer. The brews, though, were fantastic. I had the wee heavy and the stout. Both were outstanding, but the stout was a particular delight. Well made and flawless. The food was simple pub-grub, and more or less forgettable. I’d say that it's worth the stop for the beer, not the food.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

When I walked up to this place I was not sure it was open at 4:45 in the afternoon. The nice beer garden in front is all closed up and the windows are tinted so it gives the illusion of being dark. Inside it was a bar to the left and a restaurant to the left. The bar was nice and long with tables along the windows.

They had a sheet on the table with a very nice description of the beers and ABVs, hop descriptions and malt flavors. They had a good selection of beers. They had some nice glassware but most of the beers were in standard American pint glasses. They served the water in old fashion coke glasses. The sampler of 7 beers was 7 bucks which I thought was pretty expensive and it looked like regular size samples so I would just ask for free samples before I ordered a pint. The bartender was happy to give me all the free samples I wanted. They had two beers on nitro and two beers on cask. It was a pretty tasty way to serve an IPA on nitro.

The food was pretty regular pub grub with some fancied up twists. I ordered the giant nachos and my wife ordered a burger. The nachos were very large with meet and cheese and lettuce but no salsa, sour cream or guac. I thought for 10 dollar nachos I would get a bit more. My wife had a burger which had good toppings but the fries were white as the driven snow. There were not browned at all and it was not that busy of a night.

It is a nice place for drinks but I don't think I would go back for food. They did have one beer that was very strong band-aid flavor but the rest were pretty good. The T-shirts that the staff was wearing said" Get Lit at Mics" which I was surprised to see as their slogan. They also had a loud speaker which would periodically cut in to tell people of phone calls and what not which I found to be annoying after a bit.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Let me begin by (mis?)quoting/paraphrasing Captain America (Peter Fonda) to Billy (Dennis Hopper) from Easy Rider – “Man, we went looking for America and it was in front of us the whole time.” I got off of a long METRA train ride and I was walking down Milwaukee Avenue and all I could hear was a brass band in full swing. It turned out that it was the Community Band playing a concert in their Cook Park, free and open to the public. This is America, man! (Aside – say what you will about my radical politics and general outspokenness, I defended this country of ours for a career in the navy and I enjoy being an American drinking American beer!)

You have to think of this place as an inverted-“L” shape, with an open patio along the short end, plus the main entrance was also on that side. As I entered, the long end featured a bar that ran almost the length of the joint along the left side, facing MKE Ave, with the right side and the windows dominated by high tables and chairs. The back bar was a long, elaborate carved wood and mirrored affair.

Fuggall! The music inside was really loud and distracting, especially given the band across the street that I would have preferred to listen to, but patio seating was at a premium. Oh well. The other drawback for me was that there were too many monitors tuned to sports. I have gone off of sports as compared to the die-hard sports junkie that I once was during the 1990’s, especially. The art of human interaction is dying and I was on the road to try and single-handedly revive it.

Headed left from the vestibule/doorway, I encountered the maitre d’ station, followed by a sea of restaurant seating. Headed aft from there, the washrooms were on the right-hand side, followed by the kitchen. Opposite the kitchen was the brewhouse, including the fermenters, in full view behind glass. As I continued aft, there was a flight of stairs leading up to The Amber Room, a non-smoking bar area, complete with leather chairs, a long bar, and an Ultra-Lounge/David Lynch décor and feel. Yow!

Beers: Well, the Imperial Delusion Russian Stout was just too much, even as a sampler. It would be more appropriate in December, but this was July. A hefe was decent, but I deferred to Sopor and threw my vote behind the HefeRyeZen. Sopor, dude, you opened my eyes! I was also interested in “Mr. C.’s Pale Ale” and “Mr. C.’s Nitro Pale Ale.” First off, my late Pops was the original Mr. C. and following his passing and my subsequently becoming a teacher, I am Mr. C. (although my colleague, Dan Cabrol, would disagree).

Finally, I met some great people hanging out at the bar. The wifely half of one couple was a Pittsburgh transplant and immediately picked up on my Pittsburghese accent. After they left, I was beset by a bunch of local college punks who I thought were having me on about my beard and glasses, but it turned out that they were genuinely interested in my mission. They gave me some ideas for other places to visit and one told me for what the word “IOWA” is an acronym. I really should not repeat it.

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Mickey Finn's Brewery in Libertyville, IL
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