Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
52.1%
Liked Their Beers
3.65 w/ 1,582 ratings
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

22221 North Pepper Road
Lake Barrington, Illinois, 60010
United States

(847) 381-7308 | map
onionpub.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
41
Reviews:
452
Ratings:
1,582
Liked:
824
Average:
3.65/5
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
71.4%
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
56
Liked:
40
Avg:
3.87/5
pDev:
10.85%
 
 
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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 27
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3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

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3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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3.77/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.52/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of mbmiche
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Decent food and decent distro brews. Where they really hit it is with their on-tap-at-the-brewery-only-and-we're-not-bottling-it experimental brews. If you missed the BA Drago, that is unfortunate...

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Lots of beer to choose from, however there was no patio. Some people love the German Beer Hall kind of atmosphere, but on a 70 degree day I want to enjoy my beer outside. I enjoyed the beer quite a bit though and they had a ton of variety.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Great building, greater outdoor patio overlooking the 'lake'. Beer pretty good, nothing outstanding, just steady quality, food very good, nice place for dinner, and drinks on the deck.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of USAF77
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

I went to a wedding reception here and had a great time. I was sitting at the bar drinking a diet coke when the smell of the beer just overwhelmed me and I ordered a few Pilsners. Their Pilsner is a really nice one and they allowed me to sample most of the rest of their Beers.

I really like this place. The Beer was fresh and delicious, obviously brewed with care. I wont go into detail about the different brews here but I consider Onion to be well worth the hour drive just to have lunch. Most of all a liquid one. I had a very good time there.

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Photo of emerge077
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Back when Illinois brewpubs were few and far between, new breweries weren't popping up every other week, and The Onion was among the last handful I haven't been to. This was mainly due to it's obscure location in an industrial park (a la FFF) in a suburb I never had a reason to go to. Recently had time to grab lunch here over the weekend, after drinking their beers for a few years now.

Oddly we were the first patrons at 11:40am on a saturday. The expansive parking lot was deserted, leading us to do a drive by on the front door to doublecheck the hours before parking.

The building is nice, definitely has lots of rustic, homey ski-lodge decor, with a fireplace in the bar area and a pair of little corner snugs flanking it on either side. The bar area is to the left past the host station once inside the heavy double doors. There were a dozen staff working, many sitting at one table doing prep work for Easter brunch. The bartender came over and served drinks and got us menus when we asked for them. They had some spring specials, I had the footlong jalapeƱo cheddar brat, and it was good.

Beer selection was decent, seemed like less than a dozen house taps, I had a Beggar's Brown and Drago Imperial Stout. Most of the standard lineup i'd had before. Kainz Brau is a surprisingly solid Pils, Hop Slayer is also good. Doesn't seem to be much variation seasonally, and more of a focus on the commercial canning operation of their regular lineup. The bartender mentioned they do a sign-up brewery tour on the first Saturday of every month. Village Tap and Owen & Engine will still be my go-to's for Wild Onion beers, where they tend to send their rarer one-offs and cask treatments.

Overall good, but probably not a place i'd return to soon. Locals don't seem to have many options though. Solidly just above average sums it up well.

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Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co. in Lake Barrington, IL
Brewery rating: 52.1% out of 100 with 1,582 ratings
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