Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

Flossmoor Station Restaurant & BreweryFlossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & BreweryFlossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1035 Sterling Ave
Flossmoor, Illinois, 60422
United States

(708) 957-BREW | map

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Reviews: 97 | Ratings: 149
Photo of Prager62
3.08/5  rDev -25.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2.75 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3

It's been more than a few years since I've been here and returned because of a gift certificate I was given a year and a half ago.

Vibe- Still cool because what's not to love about a historic train station and the mystique?

Quality- I ordered a cup of chili that was quite good, but the breakfast burger tasted like a char broiled frozen patty hastily thrown together. The two beers I had were marginal at best.

Service- Inattentive and hurried like they couldn't wait to clock out.

Selection- Full menu with many options and items to choose from.

Food- The quality of the items I had while not terrible weren't worth the money spent. What happened to this place over the years?

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Always busy crowd, beers are varied and tasty, so is food. Staff changes somewhat, as in the Brewers and bartenders. their Bourbon aged beers are worth the wait.
Parking is slightly tricky depend time of day.

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Photo of communionofthesaints
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Pros: Fun pub/brewery environment, you can see the fermenters; the metra is right there.
Good food and good beer.

Cons: Good food and good beer, but not great

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Photo of krl2112
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

First time here. Great selection of food. I got the fried perch and it was just ok. Wife got fish tacos and they were amazing. Best I've ever had!! Beer selection was good but not overly impressed with them. I had the station house with blueberries and it was good. Rail hopper and their brown ale were average. Overall nice place with very friendly staff but brews are just a bit above average and no other guest beers.

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Photo of coffygrinder
4.88/5  rDev +18.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Its a neat place located right off the train tracks. They have free food if you go after work, usally pizza or chips and salsa. The servers are great, they make sure you have a full cup. It is easy to get in, not a long wait. In the summer the tables outside are nice. The beer usally very good, not great. It is a all around soild place.

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Photo of LukeK
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Beer is average. But their food is definitely above average for a brewpub. Great place for a date night that the woman can also enjoy. Just as many beer nerds in there as there are families out for dinner. If you're looking for an overall good night with good food and decent beer, I highly recommend Flossmoor.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

My wife, her friend, and I ventured to Flossmoor Station in late summer 2012 for our first experience. The location is a unique train station style restaurant/brewpub/bar that is massive. I’m assuming they can seat 250+ people at full capacity. We went on a Monday afternoon so it was slower but the service was great. I tried a couple beers there and took one home with me to try. There certainly was a wide and long list of beers to choose from. The food was just as good as the beer, so I will be returning again in the near future!

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Photo of SpasticKoala
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

The bar area is fairly standard. The "regulars" are friendly and willing to chat up new people. The bartender was friendly as well and was willing to make some recommendations. Their beer selection was all Flossmoor Stations (as expected), but I was pretty pleased with what I tried. I tried a couple of their Belgian brews and their Mead barrel aged 15th anniversary triple.

I've had dinner in their restaurant a couple of times. Their food is better than your standard pub food, but nothing shockingly amazing.

Overall, I think they are very well rounded as both a brewery and a restaurant. They're a good place to go if you want a couple local (south Chicago) beers and a decent dinner. In terms of beer quality, though, you might be better off going a couple miles east and heading to Three Floyds.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

My girlfriend and I stopped at Three Floyds so I thought we might as well go the extra 10-15 miles and stop at the home of Wooden Hell!

The first thing I noticed about this place was actually just the area that it was in. Very suburban, quaint little town that just makes you feel at home. The brewery is actually a train station and there's a train continually running behind it. The place was absolutely gorgeous with a warm, friendly vibe.

Quality was really top notch. The beer was representative of all the awards they'd won and the establishment itself just seemed like a very well put together and run place.

Service was good but we just sat at the bar for a couple of drinks so not much else to say here.

Selection was average for a brewpub. They had about 15 of their own offerings with 2-3 guest taps. A bump in the score is deserved though since their brewpub offerings are outstanding.

Flossmoor was a bit more expensive than some of the other places we visited but the town that it was in made me think that you were paying a bit more for the location which was justified.

Worth going to if only to see the neighborhood that its located in. Flossmoor station is a real treat though and a great place to sit down for a pint or two.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

We went on a Monday for a slightly early lunch. They weren't terribly busy, but it filled up pretty quickly. The place seemed nice and the staff seemed friendly. Building and location is interesting.

We ordered two entrees, which were very good. We each had two beers, which were quite tasty. They had no problem giving us samples. I think they had about 16 beers on tap of a pretty wide range of styles. Quality was definitely above what I would consider "standard" for brewpubs.

Overall, I was very happy with our lunch and our visit, and I would definitely go back, even though it was a bit out of our way.

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Photo of Shibbykaiyai
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Nestled in a former train station (and next to an operating Metra line), Flossmoor is a great place to grab a beer and decent food. The Pale Ale, the Pullman Brown, and the Gandy Dancer are all high quality brews and the food is pretty good as well.

One of the nice things about this place is that the main beers really do not change often and they always seem to be available. Some of the other brewpubs that I like to frequent have a tendency for some beers to be unavailable because they ran out, but I have yet to run into this at Flossmoor.

And, if you drink too much, it's right on the Metra line...

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

(Visited 02/2011): Made the nearly two hour drive from the northwest suburbs of Chicago to visit Flossmoor. The brewpub is located on Sterling right next to some train tracks and sits up a short hill of a circle. Parking is fairly abundant on the streets in all directions.

The inside stays with the train theme and offers a view of the brewing equipment right at the entrance. The bar is straight back and there is table seating through the rest of the space. Available beers are posted in the bar area.

As for the beers they have around 12 on tap and they are available in a sampler. Bottled Flossmoor brews are located in a small cooler to go as well, and I assume they can be consumed on premise too.

Service on a moderately busy weekday evening was good. The server had a good grasp of the beers on tap and was attentive throughout my meal.

Flossmoor's food menu is fairly eclectic and they appear to do different "theme" foods. Typical appetizers, soups and sandwiches are augmented with gigantic burritos, fajitas, perch dinners etc. My food was enjoyable.

Overall I am happy to have made the trip here and would visit again if given the chance.

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Photo of Labonix
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is a nice place to have a few beers and some food. The atmosphere here is nice. The bartenders and wait staff are friendly. They have very good beer here. All of their house beers are always on tap. They do a good job of making sure they don't run out of beer unless its a special small batch release. The food here is okay. I actually like the appetizer menu better than the regular food menu. This is a good sized place and I've never had to wait for a seat here. They have reasonable prices as well.

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Photo of Florida9
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

As everyone else has mentioned, FS is essentially the train station for the suburban town of Flossmoor. The brewpub itself is divided into two main areas: a bar and a seating area. Since I was dining with my wife and kid, we sat in the seating area, and I can tell you, you could visit this place, sit in the seating area, and no even know you're in a brewpub. It just feels like your average restaurant which gives FS a bit of a corporate feel to it.
I was surprised to see the number of beers on tap. I was expecting maybe a half dozen, but there were at least 12 if not more. Plus the beers ran the spectrum from easy drinking lagers to hoppier pales and even a fairly ballsy sour apple beer. That said, neither my beer list nor my waitress could accurately represent all of the beers available and I'd recommend that anyone visit go check out the chalk board in the bar as that seemed to be the only place where all of the beers are actually listed.
Waitress was decent. She knew her beers and knew the menu. Handled our table appropriately. She didn't wow me, but she did her job efficiently and effectively.
Food was nothing too exciting, mostly consisting of fairly generic American cuisine. I had a sandwich while the wife had a salad. Both were decent, but really don't deserve much more praise beyond that.
Overall, I just felt like FS has a bit more of a corporate feel than I care for in my drinking establishments. Between the average food and the slightly better than average beers, I thought FS was okay, but wouldn't warrant another visit.

Kid Friendly (Kid menu available) for those of you who care about such things.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I've been thinking about coming here for so long but never got around it. Three Floyds is not too far, Chicago is just down the road... and the beers never looked terribly exciting.

Today I finally did, and hey, what a cool place Flossmoor is! Located at the train station (trains literally fly by the brewpub's window) of this overtly cute, sleepy village, the restaurant is an airy, spacious building with plenty of light and different areas for seating and dining.

I sat at the bar, plugged my laptop and hung out there for a while. There's just a nice, neighborly atmosphere here. No pretension, no rush, no FFF-style darkness or loudness.

14 beers on tap, nothing super exciting or boozy but damn good beer! I tried the Rail Hopper IPA, 1/2 Day Hefeweizen, Full Day Hopfenweizen, Kirsc Von Blucher Dunkelweiss, Pits&Pois&Apples Sour, Iron Horse Stout, Station Master Wheat Ale (the only one that disappointed me a bit). All of them were really good (if unexciting), great for a late-summer day in the suburbs. The Hefe is outrageously good- spicy, full of banana flavor and just so thirst-quenching.

Didn't have food, but the menu didn't look too appealing. Basic pub grub, probably just right to go with the beer.

Service was friendly and efficient, beers were fresh, ambience was great. Flossmoor is a lil' out of the way, but I will come back! Great place to spend an hour or a whole day. Oh, price was fine too... two 12-oz brews plus a five-beer sample was $15 plus tip. Not bad!!!

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

been to floosmoor station many times for food and beer events finally getting down to reviewing this place.

really cool brewpub with a restaurant attached. Visually appealing with the train station right next to the building and no big surprise a train theme going on here.

Food has always been a tasty treat and never can remember I time I did not like the dinner or appetizer they sent out to me.

Beer is always high quality. BA hi fi Rye is among the best beer i have tried from this brewery!

A bit pricey for someone who does not live in chicago, but the prices are probably in line with any other place you would go to eat at in chicago.

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Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped in for lunch in the middle of the week. I love the building and the surrounding neighborhood. The restored train station looks great. The beer ranged from solid to really good. I was not wowed by their Zephyr or Station Master. However, they had two great seasonals - a witbier and a sour that tasted outstanding. Plus, their IPA is quite good, too. Food was good. I rarely eat fish but I enjoyed the catfish po'boy and my friend enjoyed his fish & chips. Our wives had salads that they enjoyed. Nice selection of beers about 12 total with about half being seasonal. The service was prompt, friendly and helpful. They even hooked me up with a free sample. All in all, it was a worthwhile stop despite sitting through never ending construction on I-80.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

My one visit here was on Dark Lord Eve, so things were a bit different than I'm sure they usually are.

A: The "Station" part of the name is immediately made clear upon approaching the establishment, as it is clearly a retrofitted train station. This lends an obvious and well-exploited theme to the decor, but has the downside of having regular trains passing by quite loudly. An antique engine out on the patio is a nice touch, but some extra space out there wouldn't have hurt - particularly on such a special night. Overall I really enjoyed the feel of the place, but thought it was poorly laid out to support a capacity crowd.

Q: I tried their Rail Hopper IPA, Saison & Garfunkel, BA 666, Raspberry BA 666, Pomegranate Sour, and a couple others. Everything was truly top-notch, and honestly the array of one-off barrel-aged specialities served outside was nothing short of epic. Fantastic.

Service: Everyone was appropriately friendly and helpful. No complaints, but no particular raves to push the score any higher.

Selection: This is a score that gets a major bump because of the unique circumstances of my visit. If limited to the tap lines at the inside bar, I wouldn't have gone above a 3.5 - pretty standard, kind of boring, and no guest beers. Because of the barrel-aged rarities available outside, though, it was one of the absolute best brewpub selections I've ever had the pleasure of sampling.

Overall this was a great place, and did an awesome job putting on a great, fun, welcoming event. Good show, Flossmoor!

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Got dinner here around 2100 hours on 27 Apr 2011.

I sat at a small table table for two just a U-turn to the right of the front door. Was a bit chilly with a draft from the window but not too bad. Slightly older more professional crowd than the one at FFF the night before. Brick floors. Friendly waitress. No barrel aged anything, weak!

I had the reuben, a pint of the alt (waitress said it was Stamosh(?)), and a 12 oz. pour of the Iron Horse Stout. The reuben was tasty and quite filling, would have been fine to split this with someone.

Got two bottles of Killer Kowalski to go.

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Photo of cadaugherty
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Atmosphere- Kinda kitschy and folksy. Feels like there should be doilies on the tables. Not really my taste but it is clean and uniform.

Quality-The beers are fine. Recently (see last 2-3 months) some of the recipes have changed and I don't really see most of them moving in a direction I love. The BA Collaborative Evil was truly awful.

Service- It's always been pretty good. They misplaced my credit card once but found it after a few minutes.

Selection- Pretty standard but somehow I usually feel I only have a few choices.

Food- Meh it's standard pub fare and a bit bland.

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Photo of jale
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped here for the pre-DLD event. This is such a great place to have a beer when the weather is nice. The first time I visited here and the Metra roared by, it scared the shit out of me. That is part of the quaintness of this place. The small town setting of the brewery is wonderful. You are close to such a big city, yet feel as though you are far away until the trains remind you otherwise. The food is always good with a nice selection. The wait staff are very friendly and attentive. I always feel welcome I soon as I arrive. I love history, and the fact that they saved a historic rail station is great. Flossmoor brewery is truly a place to stop for anyone, not just a beergeek like myself.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I got to stop here after visiting Three Floyds on the day before Dark Lord Day.

They were having a pre-Dark Lord Day party of sorts with a selection of their barrel aged beers available in samples outside. There was live music and bratwursts. It was a little funny because the ordinary Friday evening stuff was going on inside the restaurant/bar completely separated from our little beer geekery going on outside.

The inside is very big. Lots of tables in many rooms. The rooms seemed to just keep on going. The decor wasn't as cool as I had hoped from an old train station, but oh well.

The outside patio was pretty awesome though. It was a really chill, relaxing spot, right by an active set of train tracks. We had nice weather and the neighborhood is pretty and upscale.

There were a few guys working the table of firkins. It was pointed out to me that one of them was the head brewer or brewmaster. He seemed very young, and it made me jealous. He was very informative though and seemed to enjoy answering questions for people and telling them what to expect from each beer.

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Photo of IchabodcraneIpa
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Tried their rail hopper IPA a couple weeks ago and decided to head on down to try the food and drink. It's located in a pretty nice old fashioned looking part of flossmoor, and it is in the old train station I believe. You can smell the heavenly aroma of the food here while walking outside which also led me to believe I had come to a great place. Once inside we were seated promptly in the dining area. The atmosphere at the station is very comfortable to me and it instantly became one of my new favorite craft beer destinations. If you are sitting at the bar the metra train tracks are right outside the window, which allows for a nice spectacle as the train goes past from time to time. There is also a little model train in the ceiling rafters above the bar that chugs along on the tracks above. The beer here is very complex to me and each brew that I've tried has had an amazing and complex flavor to it that has made me fall more and more in love with it each time I go. My favorite is the rail hopper, but the panama red limited is also very
good in my opinion. The food here is incredible, and the beer-b-Q sauce is one of the tastiest sauces I have ever tried. The beer battered fries also are fantastic with an excellent crispy shell around each fry that went perfect with my station brew. The daily specials are also pretty diverse offering plenty of different goodness no matter which day of the week you venture out. I my friends will return here often and have already been 3 times the past week.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Made the trek down here to check the place out and pick up a couple bottles of the just-released Killer "Kapowski" Baltic porter. It's housed in an old train station (hence the name), which lends not only a bit of charm but a heap of references from the world of trains for the beers. The place was sorta crowded for the late Saturday afternoon, but I easily found a seat at the bar and was helped by the bartenders. They were all very genial and seemed rather knowledgeable about the beers, which ranged from a light honey-based ale to a couple fruit beers and a bourbon barrel-aged spiced Belgian red. Good times. The quality of the beers varied slightly, but all were pretty solid. Nothing was overtly bad. Even better, the lunch special (chicken enchilada plate) was very, very tasty. Service was attentive, but slightly swamped near the beginning, so I didn't really expect too much from them; things got better later on, anyway, allowing for more contact with the staff. The prices were pretty fair. Overall, I had a great time and look forward to visiting again in the near future.

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Found brewery in a neat location... a sort of old railroad terminal or whatever its called. Inside was nice like a supper club, but unfortunately I didn't have a chance to try their food. I got flight of beers and their IPA was the obvious winner to me, although all their other releases were solid. I did wish though that they might have had some of their rarer stuff on tap, as it seemed it was all just the normal line up which was still good but did not make enough for an "experience". If I was in the area I probably would go here again and it was certainly good enough for a first visit, but I might explore other alternatives before going again.

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Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery in Flossmoor, IL
Brewery rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 1162 ratings