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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mikerphonebrewing.com

Notes: The new brewery and taproom opened March 18, 2017.
BEER STATS
Average:
4.05
Beers:
180
Ratings:
2,611
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.29
Ratings:
75
pDev:
7.93%
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4.25 by einman from Minnesota on Nov 02, 2021
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4.01/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4
by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

Nice beer garden in an industrial park, roomy in nice weather, good selections of beers, I gravitated toward the stronger Stouts. Nice staff, dog friendly on outside.

May 28, 2021
 
4.29 by cd34 from Illinois on Apr 28, 2021
 
4.82 by whicho17 from Illinois on Apr 02, 2021
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4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
by DeadWax from Illinois

Pre-COVID Notes:

The Blue Room buildout greatly increased the amount of space and added to the ambiance of the place. Love the consistency of the theme and color scheme. Music is a focus obviously but tends to depend on who is working whether it is too Top 40 vs. deep cuts.

Service is typically strong though some of the servers come off as a little hipster condescending and others show their favoritism for regulars.

Beer is a huge range and you can typically find at least one example of any one of 12 different styles, from lagers to BA stouts and sours.

Post-Covid notes:
Organization of social distancing is poor. There is no logistics to separate to go orders from table seekers. Table setup appears distanced and servers take precautions seriously. No curbside pickup which is quite inconvenient and adds to traffic in the taproom.

Overall, it is a good option when in the area and there isn’t a pandemic going on.

Dec 30, 2020
 
3.31 by Jotunsynth from Illinois on Nov 17, 2020
 
3.76 by AngEo from Texas on Oct 15, 2020
 
4.47 by Jinx989 from Illinois on Jul 11, 2020
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4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
by TheGent from New Jersey

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
 
4.61 by MJSFS from Florida on Feb 21, 2020
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4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25
by snaotheus from Washington

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
 
4.15 by dexterk1 from Illinois on Nov 06, 2019
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4.01/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75
by emerge077 from Illinois

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
 
4.33 by dannycohen62 from Illinois on Jun 27, 2019
 
4.27 by vfgccp from New York on Jun 23, 2019
 
4.26 by chrisjws from California on Jun 20, 2019
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3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25
by PapaGoose03 from Michigan

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

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
 
4.35 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois on May 10, 2019
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4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4
by HeartPAC from Illinois

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
 
4.05 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois on Feb 24, 2019
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4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75
by GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

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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3.55/5  rDev -17.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4
by soze47 from Massachusetts

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
 
4.3 by Muss42 from Michigan on Nov 20, 2018
 
4.32 by ECOBOOSTINST from Iowa on Oct 30, 2018
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4.59/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
by ChicagoJ from Illinois

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
 
4.47 by TheBrewsky from California on Sep 27, 2018
 
4.08 by Dactrius from Wisconsin on Sep 23, 2018
 
4.5 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota on Sep 09, 2018
 
4.19 by ovaltine from Indiana on Sep 02, 2018
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4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25
by barnzy78 from Illinois

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
 
4.03 by jschott75 from Illinois on Aug 03, 2018
 
4.5 by bpfrush from Wisconsin on Jul 31, 2018
 
4.44 by StoutSnob40 from California on Jul 30, 2018
 
3.25 by JuanAlberto from Texas on Jul 05, 2018
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4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75
by Oconomowocian from Wisconsin

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
 
4.86 by aasher from Indiana on Jun 12, 2018
 
4.36 by REVZEB from Illinois on Jun 09, 2018
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4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

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
 
4.84 by Roozer69 from Illinois on May 30, 2018
Mikerphone Brewing in Elk Grove Village, IL
Brewery rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 2611 ratings