Mikerphone Brewing

Mikerphone BrewingMikerphone Brewing
Mikerphone BrewingMikerphone Brewing
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

121 Garlisch Dr
Elk Grove Village, Illinois, 60007-1322
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Notes: The new brewery and taproom opened March 18, 2017.
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TheGent from New Jersey

4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I enjoy the music related vibe as Mikerphone. It’s got more a modern and clean feel to it as compared to some more industrial, rustic or grungy feels that I’ve seen at breweries. The outside patio is a great addition in nice weather and/or for eating from the food truck that was there.

I thought the quality was very good, driven by the IPA and stouts. I did have a fruited kettle sour and a barrel aged barleywine that were not good, but nothing I’d order again.

The service was very good. Friendly and attentive. I was there on a Phase Three bottle release night, so it was very crowded. They allowed people to enter when others exited to keep the inside comfortable and not overcrowded. They did a good job with they.

Pretty good selection, but more focused on stouts, BA, stouts, fruited sours and IPA’s.

Mar 17, 2020
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snaotheus from Washington

4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Nice place. Feels like a small brewery. Beer is good. Theme and decorations are cool, not too overdone. Bar service (at least right now), no taster flight, but six ounce pours are good too.

Dec 01, 2019
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.01/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Mikerphone is a great option if you’re stuck by O’Hare. It’s not really accessible by public transit though. Hidden away in an industrial park where you’d miss it if not for the neon blue sign along the highway proclaiming “BEER HERE ->”. Plenty of street parking on a normal day, Ubers coming and going. I’ve been enjoying their beers for awhile at Beer Temple and O’s Tap, never felt the need to schlep out to Elk Grove Village.

Inside it’s compact, though there are two rooms and a patio. There’s a dedicated line to order at the bar. Neon blue everything, speaker fronts mounted on the wall behind the bar. A couple flatscreens. Fairly simple and business oriented feel.

Service was quick at the bar, there were a couple people pouring and they were efficient. Nobody really stuck around for conversation but it was pretty lively on a weekend.

Selection was pretty good, though leaning heavy on big sweet stouts in the middle of August. To their credit there was a radler and Berliner, neither of which I had to have more of. They have a few good hazy IPA’s, coffee stouts, and overfruited kettle sours. Adjunct everything, nothing says excess like excess, is the motto here.

Overall it’s worth a stop, though i’d skip special release days which sound like a cluster. It’s not big enough to deal with a huge crowd. Drop in if near O’Hare, they’re definitely the best option in the area.

Aug 25, 2019
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PapaGoose03 from Michigan

3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Our group of 4 stopped here to try their beers. The brewery is located in a light-industrial park away from traffic. On-street parking appears to be the only choice. The pub occupies two bays in this building, and each room has a distinctive character to its vibe. Service is from the bar in each room, and both bars seat 8-10 customers. The bartenders answered our questions very well. There is a patio at the front of the building, but no alcoholic beverages are permitted there.

We wanted to try a variety of the beers for proper evaluation, but sampler flights are not offered. Instead we ordered a selection of five beers in 6 oz. glasses. This place is good at brewing sweet beers! If you like that kind of thing, this is your place. There were a few beers more into the standard styles, and we chose a double IPA just to have something more to our tastes. None of us were really into sweet beers, and it was difficult for us to drink much of them. However, we rate our beers to style, so as best as we could since we don't drink many pastry or milkshake beers, we ended up giving all of them either a 3.75 or a 4.0 score.

There is no food available here but they are food friendly. If these types of beers are your thing, then this is the place for you.

Jun 11, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.64/5  rDev -15.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

Wow, a line out the door because they're at capactiy?! I'd tell you not to attend during a release, but there are so many damn releases going on all over the place all the time that there really is no way to keep track of it all anymore without a damn secretary.

Anyway, the wait wasn't too long and there actually were plenty of seats we could squeeze into once we got in, both at the short bars, and the longer picnic-style communal tables. The interior itself is pretty unique, obviously very music-centric, with records on the wall, microphone tap handles, and tributes to classics all around, whether hinted at or explicitly displayed. The bright blue colors make just about everything 'gram worthy, but that's not what you're here for.

They have two bars, one with a slightly larger selection than the other, which mostly serves to keep the beer flowing for all comers when it gets busy, which they do well with on the service side. Variety was mainly pastry stout vs. hazy IPA, with one kettle sour thrown in the mix. Of the relatively small draft list, there were no guest drafts.

Thing is, they are going way too hard in the paint for the pastriarchy. The BA S'more Cowbell we had on draft literally coated the glass in a white oily film and tasted very sweet of melted M&Ms, with no barrel character at all. I think the locals still go apeshit over it for now, mainly because it has traded well in the past, but I don't think they can sustain this. Sure, the Bean Spirit variants have always been a treat, but that's all they are, a treat. You can't drink that stuff often. They seem like they're doing excess for excess sake, and they may have just learned their lesson on that with this past release. Hopefully they dial it back a bit, and focus more on other styles while they're at it.

May 22, 2019
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HeartPAC from Illinois

4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Very cool place. Very friendly, engaging staff. Had a great conversation with the girl pouring the beer, she was very knowledgeable about the history of the brewery and the beers. Will definitely be going back!

Mar 30, 2019
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

A very cool place. It is small and little parking tucked into a small industry park. Phenomenal beer with great variety. Cool music on the hard rock end. A must see.

Feb 22, 2019
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soze47 from Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -17.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4

Long story short, really liked the beer when I stopped on a recent Saturday around noon. The space is good for what it is, but feels a bit too sterile for me. Didn’t have a level of comfort or coziness that I look for in a tap room. The worst thing was the staff interactions. This younger woman and taller guy spect about 45 minutes talking to each other and could barely be bothered to interact with customers unless they were getting more beer. An older guy next to me mentioned that he was picking up hints of cinnamon on his pour - the staff simply said “there is no cinnamon in that beer” and then went back to taking about jam bands with the lady. They got talking about a beer that I really liked and I tried to jump into the conversation (they were literally two feet from me so I wasn’t trying to butt in), and they gave the general “oh that’s great” and went about their conversation.

Overall, I hate when younger brewers get to think they are the privilege wish grantors and don’t think about being hospitable to people that want to give them money. The only reason I’m not grading even harsher is that thy were prompt.

Dec 23, 2018
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ChicagoJ from Illinois

4.59/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

9/15/18 (Elk Grove Village): First trip to Mikerphone, highly recommended beers from brother and friends. It's a hike from the city, but worth the trip. Small seating area, nice clean facility. Bar seats for several, and a few long tables. Nice speakers on the wall pumping in very good music. Nice crowd on this Saturday afternoon, many coming in for pick bottles and place full for the most part during my entire stay. Twelve draft pours of various styles. Excellent bartenders who really love beer, like discussing their beers and others, and awesome comp samples of special ad hoc blends such cinnamon toast crunch infused Imperial Bean Spirit.

I had three excellent beers and brought several more bottles to go. Was able drink two Super Bean Spirit pours, great introduction to the brewery. Well worth the trip out to the burbs, went back a week later and look forward to future trips!

Oct 03, 2018
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

There's something different about this place! I love the music vibe. Always a good selection of beer for whatever you may be craving. Beer quality is always good. One of the better tap rooms I've been to.

Sep 01, 2018
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Oconomowocian from Wisconsin

4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

When I think of Elk Grove I think airport business park. That is where these guys are right by the Haas showroom. So not a great location, but a cool place nonetheless. Solid beers, they get pretty off the wall with different styles and wide variety. Really creative and good service too. Good togo options when I was there.

Jul 01, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

this place is awesome, but unless you are staying out by the airport, its a mission from downtown chicago, like, practically not there at all, but worth the trip arguably. their space is okay, old amps and speakers and stuff all stacked up on the walls behind the bar, music themed and cool to look at, but office park vibe aside from that, long tables in rows like a dining hall, sort of blue and white walls and light, unremarkable aside from the equipment behind the bar, but its all about the beers in here, some of the best i have had in the area for sure, and incredible diversity on their beer menu. it was absolute packed on a weeknight too, a sign of their beers really catching on with the locals. they had more than ten beers on, including some really ambitious stuff, a double ipa with tea stood out to me, as did the imperial smells like bean spirit, a big stout with coffee and maple syrup. i also dug a blueberry and maple berliner, but i could have stayed and tried them all, their list covered a ton of ground and all of it was adventurous and awesome! the three i had were seriously next level, and it makes me like these guys even more. for how busy it was the service was okay, i wasnt made to feel at home, but the beers did that not the people. i dont know how much distribution their is of mikerphone beers, but if this is the only place you can drink them, its well worth making the trip and checking them out, as good as advertised and then some as far as the liquid goes!

Jun 04, 2018
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swenny916 from Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Small taproom in an industrial neighborhood. Not a ton of room, but a handful of tables setup German share style and a couple tv's. Beers are very good, so definitely worth a visit.

Mar 19, 2018
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AuntBea from Illinois

4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Went on a Saturday afternoon. We had to wait outside because it was so crowded. Nice selection of beers. We sat at the bar and our waitress couldn't have been nicer. She was very helpful with our selection and questions. Can't wait to go back and try some more of their beers.

Jan 28, 2018
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

While this is located in an industrial park near Schaumburg, the vibe within the taproom is great. Lots of music-related paraphernalia on the walls, signed guitars, amps, and so on. Very cool interior decoration that fits the name and ethos of the founder. The quality of the beers are all great; feel free to look at reviews of Mikerphone beers; for me, my sense is that they link their inner musical creativity to adjuncts and brewing. Quality of the beers are great, even the less sought-after ones, and the variety of stuff on tap, e.g. pilsners, dry hopped hazy IPAs, adjuncted-up-the-wazoo stouts and IPAs, berliner weisses, and so on, is better than most breweries. The nice folks at the bar keep things moving reasonably well, though you can expect a line at any given time. I enjoyed my visit here; and you can also buy glassware and shirts like most other breweries offer. One thing to consider is that Elk Grove Village enforces a 48oz daily limit, so keep that in mind as you order beers. I didn't come close to that, but this isn't the kind of place you go to in order to get wasted.

Sep 12, 2017
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spacecake9 from Illinois

4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Tasting room holds 30-35 people and the line starts before it opens. They control the number of people coming in so the wait for beer is not too bad once you are inside. They usually have a wide selection of beers to choose from, and I believe they have a 48 oz. limit. Pretty basic inside, sit and enjoy your beer and listen to music. For those who just want to buy great beer to go, they have another entrance for beer to go. This is the option I usually choose, and the line moves pretty quickly. But in the end, it all comes down to the beer.

Jul 22, 2017
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larryarms847 from Illinois

3.27/5  rDev -23.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3.75

The vibe is really cool with great aesthetic, music-based decor. The beers are fantastic! The service? Well, on a normal day, the service is average, but during a release day? That's a different story. Mikerphone is awful when it comes to managing bottle releases. Just a few examples of the Imperial Smells Like Vanilla release. 1) advertised months in advanced, people from Texas literally showed up, which completely wipes out any keep it local attitude. 2) no tickets, basically a free for all. 3) Mikerphone set up two lines, one line for bottles only, and the other to access the taproom and ALSO purchase bottles. 4) #3 led to multiple things, first, some people in the bottle line were getting in the taproom line and getting a second allotment with ZERO enforcement from Mikerphone employees (i.e. those people literally walked into the taproom with their allotment in hand. 5) ZERO Mikerphone employees actually outside during the entire 4 hours, people were cutting in line, and not only that, but people literally stood in line for 4 hours, the least Mikerphone employees could do is manage the line and talk with their fans, but instead completely ignored the line until one douche named "Mike" came out and told everyone when the bottles ran out. 6) Allotment was changed from 3 to 2 halfway through the event. 7) Bottles ran out after 4 hours. There were over 1,200 bottles and 400 people in line...at least 100 people left without even a single bottle because of #'s 1-7. Now that I've ranted about their shitty service. I'll finish with the fact that they have a very small selection/variety of options at a time.

Jun 24, 2017
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.89/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

A brewery and taproom located in an industrial park. It is pretty easy to find due to the giant blue and white BEER sign in the front windows. The interior design is music centered and has some nice creative touches. There are eight taps with a constantly rotating list. There are occasionally 750 ml bottles and crowlers to go in a cooler. There is a 48 oz draft limit per customer per day. It is probably a local ordinance, but in the age of Uber, I don't understand why this is necessary. Don't over serve anyone and you shouldn't have any problems. The people who work in the taproom are nice, helpful and deserve a solid service score. However, the policy of making you wait in a line to get into the taproom is a bunch of crap. It's really frustrating standing in a line when there are clearly empty seats inside. They need to find out a better way to accommodate their loyal customers.

Apr 23, 2017
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eppie82 from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

The vibe is all-craft beer all the time. Yes, children are welcome but the place is so popular that it's usually packed with enthusiasts, which isn't a bad thing. It can be a bit difficult to find a seat during busy time (Thursday, Friday or Saturday evening) especially if a limited release beer is coming out and because the capacity is only 45. Most of the time people will have to wait before they can go in.

Quality is very high and don't see much of an improvement that can be made there. The tap handles are all microphones, which is attached to the wall lined with speakers and amps. Plenty of guitars on the walls as well as music themed artwork. And of course because the place is new, everything is in great shape.

Service gets the lowest score not necessarily because the waiters and the staff aren't good (they are great actually), but there is only one point of sale within the pub for drinks and one for bottles to-go. If you are trying to get a drink you may end up getting stuck behind people who want to buy merchandise and try things on, which creates quite a line and a long wait. I imagine this will be improved over time but for now, it is the negative.

Selection of beers is usually about a dozen, which at this point is about as many beers as Mike (the head brewer) has brewed thus far. Things do stay on the available for consumption list for a few weeks so there's no real risk or fear of missing out on a specific beer.

Overall, this is a great place and I enjoy going there every time. I look forward to seeing some of the logistical issues worked out and some more great beers coming out.

Apr 16, 2017
Mikerphone Brewing in Elk Grove Village, IL
Brewery rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 3429 ratings