Three Floyd's brew pub busy?

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by mnb, Aug 9, 2012.

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  1. dgugliuzza

    dgugliuzza Initiate (0) Nov 11, 2009 Illinois
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    What about for lunch? Im assuming it's the same madness. Also, is it quick to go there on Saturday just to buy beer?
  2. BrewmasterNate

    BrewmasterNate Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2010 Illinois

    They now have a carryout room on the lefthand side of the brewery for people there to get cases and bombers. Unless they are releasing anything crazy, you'll spend more time trying to park than you will in line.
  3. dgugliuzza

    dgugliuzza Initiate (0) Nov 11, 2009 Illinois
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    can you get glassware and shirts in the carry out line?
  4. BrewmasterNate

    BrewmasterNate Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2010 Illinois

    I've never tried, I'd give the brewery a call and ask. If this was any other brewery I'd assume yes, but with FFF, who knows.
  5. apocalypsezombie

    apocalypsezombie Initiate (0) May 12, 2012

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  6. ravot

    ravot Devotee (426) Mar 20, 2012 Illinois
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    like zombie said, yes.

    i was just there last night. got there around 7. grabbed some food, service was great as well as the beer (picked up a couple of risgoops). On the way out, went to the carry out line and grabbed my booze, 2 teku glasses and a pint glass (new color, teal) probably my favorite next to the orange.

    everyone says, including me, to go on a weekday for the least amount of time but you're set to go on saturday. get there early and be prepared to wait.

    Mordor asked about the tables and seating...hmm. from yesterdays memory, 4 or 5 tallboy tables, seats2 or 3 comfortably, the bar has , say 10 to 12 seats (probably a handful more) 4 more tables for 4 people, maybe 5 on a couple.
    the other room which i barely peeked at has about 8 more times of 4 people? maybe 60 seats? never been when it's busy, do they allow people to idle by the bar standing room style? or is admittance strictly seating?
  7. dvelcich

    dvelcich Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2008 Illinois

    I'm not sure they'll let a group of five sit together. I know before the remodel, they would only sit a group of four.

    And definitely make sure everyone is there at the same time. They won't even let you put your name on the list until your whole party is there.
  8. mdomask

    mdomask Aspirant (274) May 27, 2012 Illinois
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    How big was your group? This is only going to be for three people...

    An email to them wouldn't be a bad idea, though.
  9. Rempo

    Rempo Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2010 Indiana

    Even if one person is at the store picking up these?
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  10. birchholz

    birchholz Aspirant (227) Jul 21, 2010 Illinois

    There were around 6-8 of us. This was back in the fall of 2010, though, and things might have changed. It's definitely worth looking into.
  11. ravot

    ravot Devotee (426) Mar 20, 2012 Illinois
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    i saw a fairly large group yesterday, 5 people or 6. there were 2 tables put together, not sure at the request of the party or predesigned on fff's end. Don't take my word for it though. just call now and ask about party sizes and multiple tables.
  12. DrAwkward82

    DrAwkward82 Initiate (55) Apr 16, 2005 California

    Another recommendation: Call ahead of time just to verify that they'll be open. I've trekked out on two separate occasions and found them to be closed unannounced for private events. No indication or notice on their website, facebook or twitter, all of which I made a special point of checking, just a sign at the front door. Kind of a drag when I was visiting from Los Angeles.
  13. evilc

    evilc Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2012 California

    Holy crap - you didn't go JUST for FFF did you?
  14. DrAwkward82

    DrAwkward82 Initiate (55) Apr 16, 2005 California

    Ha, thankfully no. Both times I was there as part of a larger Chicago beer trip. But as IL BAs know, the drive from Chicago to Munster can be a daunting trek, and sitting in traffic on the Dan Ryan Expwy can be a soul-sucking experience (especially when returning from a futile FFF run).
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  15. jeebus23

    jeebus23 Initiate (133) Mar 19, 2010 Illinois

    I have never had a problem with that. Pretty much every time we go, a couple of friends join us later. It's usually after we eat and are in hour 2.5 of our 4 hour visit if that makes a difference. And honestly, it's bad form to occupy a table and sip a beer for 30 minutes before the rest of your party gets there no matter where you're at.

    But yes, Saturday at 7 would be a bad time to go. Hell, Saturday at noon can be a bad time to go. I was there last Saturday at about 9 and had to wait 10 minutes or so. It's hit or miss really, but I agree with the others that say go during the week.
  16. Jparkanzky

    Jparkanzky Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2011 Ohio

    1st, I'm no huge fan of Three Floyd's, and I dislike more of their stuff than I like. With that disclaimer, I thought the staff was great, despite the fact that my only experience there was the anny party which was a madhouse, so if they were ever to have a reason to be chippy, that'd be it!

    Also, I find it near impossible to believe a brew pub such as this wouldn't follow the requirements to maintain their license, and clean their lines regularly. I also find it hard to believe they wouldn't have someone under contract who cleans the entire thing at once.
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  17. kif

    kif Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2012 Illinois
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    Yeah I have not had a problem with this either. Last time I went we had 3 people, and a 4th joined us an hour after we sat down. She just walked past the line and told the bouncer we had a table inside, and he let her walk right in. This was on a Saturday around 8pm when she joined so there was a pretty decent sized line.
  18. KingBiscuit

    KingBiscuit Disciple (380) May 30, 2005 Illinois

    The place was on fire during a recent visit (as discussed in multiple threads). I refused to exit fearing I would need to get back in line to get back inside. The burns have mostly healed. So worth it.
  19. cadizkyguy

    cadizkyguy Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2008 Kentucky

    Stopped by FFF last Saturday at 3 pm to buy a case of zombie dust and there were probably five groups of four to six.people each outside waiting on tables. The line to the beer kiosk was four to five deep outside but moved rather quickly. I have nothing bad to say about FFF or Nick Floyd. I have him on my twitter list and we've tweeted a few times. is a resounding success without much advertising.really just word of mouth.he can be a bit arrogant if he continues to make great beer.
  20. Steimie

    Steimie Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2012 Michigan

    I swear I saw one of those "Maximum Capacity" signs from the Fire Dept. hung up on one of the walls the last time I was there. Just can't remember the # on there.

    Might be imagining it...
  21. JohnB87

    JohnB87 Initiate (108) Mar 14, 2011 Michigan

    2+ hour wait all the time? Eff that.
  22. fvernon

    fvernon Initiate (0) Mar 1, 2010 Wisconsin

    went yesterday (thursday) for lunch at around 1pm and even then it was pretty busy - quick and excellent service, though. i can't even imagine a saturday evening - even down here at Upland you're looking at an hour+ wait on a saturday if you show up after 5, same with portsmouth brewery, deschutes, and most other places i've lived with a good local establishment. it's not just FFF, but the general public really getting behind the local brewery/restaurant scene, especially when the food's good. we're not the only ones into it, so plan accordingly.
  23. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    6pm on a Saturday? I don't live there and can't tell you, but I can tell you every other good restaurant/brewpub in American will be busy at that time.
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  24. mdomask

    mdomask Aspirant (274) May 27, 2012 Illinois
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    A lot of places in Chicago have wait times like that on a Saturday night. Hell, Violet Hour used to have waits like that all the time.
  25. pschul4

    pschul4 Zealot (562) Jan 7, 2011 Illinois
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    You're one of us now...

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  26. JohnB87

    JohnB87 Initiate (108) Mar 14, 2011 Michigan

    I understand waiting if it's a big event, but on a normal basis, there would be no way I'd be spending that much time waiting for stuff, whether it be beer, music, a movie, etc. If Founder's, Short's or Kuhnhenn had a 2 hour wait everyday, I probably would find something else to do. Props to you if you like waiting around though.
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  27. pmoney

    pmoney Crusader (712) Apr 15, 2011 Illinois
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    I've been there with a gourp of 7-8 since the remodel. The high tables to your immediate right when you walk in are typically pushed together for a larger group.
  28. mnb

    mnb Initiate (0) Dec 19, 2008 Illinois

    So our group ( of only 5 ) did end up going on Sat night.

    We stopped by around 7 pm and were told 45 minutes. So we actually put our name in and headed to check in to our hotel and drop off our car. By the time we were able to catch a cab to get back to the pub it was about 7:45.

    The guy running the door said he had called our name twice. We said sorry and that we were all here now and would not leave again. He was very nice and said no big deal and he would un-scratch our name and call us next. 10 minutes later we were in. There were others still waiting too, but not really that many.

    They put us at a table for 4 with a chair on the end. Worked fine.

    Also the service once inside was excellent. Beer when we needed it and good food when we needed it. No complaints at all.

    Overall we had a great time....
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  29. mjohnson17

    mjohnson17 Devotee (443) Apr 29, 2012 Illinois
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    Glad to hear everything worked out.

    Yes there's almost always a wait but it's usually not as bad as people make it out to be, and always worth it. Im not really sure what people expect when they show up to a very popular brewpub on a weekend with groups larger than 4. The place is small, as mentioned 60 people, and most of those seats are for <4.

    So my personal advice to anyone who loathes lines:
    - Show up at off hours (after the lunch crowd, early evening, late at night)
    - Weekdays
    - groups of 4 or less ( never waited more that 10-15 minutes with just 2 people)
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