Elmwood Brewing Company

Brewery, Bar, Eatery

118 E. Main St
Elmwood, Illinois, 61529
United States

// CLOSED //

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sweethome from Illinois

1.83/5  rDev -21.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2

I made the drive out from Peoria while down there for work - don't even think about it if you are in Peoria.

The bar room was nice enough - right on the square in this nice little town. I had already had dinner so didn't try the food. The bar was full so I sat at a table. waited five minutes to get a waitress to come over - she was talking to folks drinking macro beers - then went to the bar to order. I did a sampler...oh my...bad beer. Bock - ok at best; wheat - pretty darn bad; stout - mediocre; amber - bad. The last was scotch ale..actually was ok. Nothing stood out, two of five were downright bad beer.

Some of the best brewpubs I've found have been off the beaten path (witness: Selinsgrove in PA), but this place is far from being BA worthy.

Jan 13, 2006
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mportsch from Illinois

2.83/5  rDev +21.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

8/13/07 Update: Elmwood Brewing Company is now under new ownership - the husband and wife team that own the Palm Cafe in Canton, which consistently gets high marks. Here's the review of the re-opened restaurant from the Peoria Journal Star:
The article states that the large vats have been removed and will be replaced by smaller vats in the coming months, with brewing beginning in the fall. In the meantime they are serving other breweries' beers, but I'm not sure what that entails. I'll post a review here once I manage to get out there.

Visited Elmwood Brewing Company earlier this evening with four other people for dinner and beer. It is located on the town square of tiny Elmwood, about 30 minutes west of Peoria. My first impression as I walked in was that the place felt very comfortable, with lots of wide open space. To the right was the bar, and the rest of the space contained tables for diners. The decor was simple but warm. We were seated quickly and looked at the beer menus on the table. Here's the beer styles I can recall being available:
Pale Ale
Amber Ale
Nut Brown Ale
Dunkel Weizen
Vienna Lager
Dopple Bock

As we sat down, the waitress brought chips and salsa (very tasty) and took our drink order. I started with the Dopple Bock, which was very good - balanced and malty. As I sipped we ordered our food - the menu consisted of mostly typical bar food, but with a few pricier items. They had roast duck, top sirloin, and Atlantic salmon available($15-16), but we all went with cheaper options (sandwiches, burgers, pasta). The food was above average pub grub - I got a burger with fries and was very satisfied. Everyone else in my party seemed to enjoy their meals as well.
For my second beer I went with the Dunkel Weizen, which was great. It had some sweetness to it, but with a good amount of roasted malt flavor to balance it out. My friend commented that every beer here seemed to be very balanced and easy to drink - nothing really overpowers in any of these brews. This might be a disappointment for true hopheads, but we really enjoyed everything we tried. Prices were very reasonable at $3 a pint for most beers, and you can eat fairly cheap also. For the five of us, the bill came to $66, plus a $12 tip. Note that only three of us were drinking, but that's still a pretty good bargain for great food and good beer. I can truly recommend Elmwood Brewing Company to anyone in the area. Wish it was in Peoria!

12/20/05 Update: I've since been back to Elmwood Brewing, and I was much less impressed with the beer quality this time around. The Barleywine was great, but it was the only above-average brew they had. It seems they are really catering to the masses and are more focused on being a restaurant. This isn't all bad, since the food is great and cheap (now more of a cajun style cuisine), but don't go in expecting great beer.

6/15/06 Update: I've heard that Elmwood Brewing is now CLOSED. Despite it being one of the few brewpubs in the area, this doesn't really upset me - the beer quality seemed to really deteriorate as the focus moved more towards being a restaurant. I'll post again if I hear that it has reopened.

May 20, 2005
Elmwood Brewing Company in Elmwood, IL
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