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Beer Available At Fountainhead (arranged by most recent)
Brewery Vivant Big Red Coq 89, Lost Abbey Devotion 94, Greenbush Loudmouth Soup , Stone Bourbon Barrel Old Guardian Barley Wine 99, Porterhouse Plain Porter Zymatore (Belgian Owl w/ Wine Lees) , Southern Tier Eurotrash Pilz 48, Firestone Walker Pale 31 92, Stone 16th Anniversary IPA with Green Tea Leaves 91, Half Acre Barrel Aged Baumť 59, Metropolitan Holiday Spiced Dynamo , Three Floyds Creepy Raider 73, Two Brothers Oh Brother! Tripel Ale 83, New Belgium Lips of Faith - Biere de Garde 87, Brewery Vivant Escoffier 92, SKA Autumnal Mole Stout 76, Dogfish Head Theobroma 87, Lagunitas Olde GnarlyWine 99, Pauwel Kwak 95, Jolly Pumpkin La Parcela No. 1 Pumpkin Ale 97, Uinta Hop Notch IPA 97
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fluffheady (46) Chicago, Illinois | April 9, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
A really cool place that is finding its way. The beer list and events are INSANE. It is an instant establishment. Sometimes it feels like the place is trying a little too hard. The food used to be below average, but there is a new well known chef that just took over and I am reserving judgement. I really like the chef and his old deli, so I will be going in the next couple weeks to re-evaluate. I have had a lot of awkward service moments here. The weirdest one, and the one that pisses me off the most, was when a person in our party asked for "a beer similar to the one I just had" (it was a $7 draft). The server said "ok I have one for you!". She came back and *surprise!!!!* it was a 750mL $30 bottle of beer. Come ON. Unacceptable. This happened a while ago but I know the server is still around. Anyways. The patio upstairs is BEAUTIFUL. PLEASE come here if youíre on beer tour in Chicago. Itís worth it, and you can go to Bad Apple and Half Acre and make an afternoon/evening out of it.
dinkle50 (54) Chicago, Illinois | May 27, 2012
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 17/20
One of the best bars in Chicago. A ton of bottles and tap selections, as well as cask options too. Bartenders are knowledgable. Food is great too. The only downside is that some of the stranger bottles, they never seem to have in stock. Why they donít take them off the menu is surprising.
KickInChalice (20) Chicago, Illinois | February 17, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
When it first opened, Fountainhead quickly jumped up to the top spot on my list of beer destinations in the city. Great food, a creative and ever-changing beer list, good beer prices, quiet atmosphere, and I even became friends with some of the servers. Some of the events that they hosted were inventive and interesting, providing yet another reason to come in.
Lately, though, most of what I liked about it has fallen off. The word has gotten out about Fountainhead, and now even during the week it can be a struggle to get a table. This, of course, is not something they should look to change, as the goal of the business is to be as popular and make as much money as possible. From my perspective, though, I liked having a quiet retreat with a stellar beer list, and the quiet retreat part of that went away.
The real difference has been with the beer list, events, and pricing. While they seemed to get beers no one else was getting for a time, the other top notch beer bars in Chicago have caught up. At the same time, Fountainhead has slowly raised their prices from "wow, thatís a pretty good price" level to "hmm, all these beers seem like they are $1 more than they should be" level.
They also have not really changed their menu in a while, and it seems like they are turning over kitchen and waitstaff frequently. With the different changes that, from my perspective, all seem to be for the negative, Fountainhead just doesnít have the draw it used to.
Newk (32) , | January 15, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
There is a very laid back feel to fountainhead. It may have been influenced by it being mid-day on a sunday, but thatís just how it was. There was a modernish feel to it, but it was far from sparse while also having the more comforting feel to it.
The service was pretty good. There was only 1 bartender and all of the bar stools filled, but it wasnít hard to get a beer at all. The bartender was also on point with the food (which was very good. The beignets were great and the grits were very good as well)
The location is very easy to get to and the neighborhood is excellent.
msante79 (335) Mount Prospect, Illinois | October 24, 2011
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Stopped in for some dinner with my wife. Nice corner bar/restaurant. Lots of wood and nice and relaxed atmosphere. Nice list of taps and seasonal brews. Food was expensive but decent. Monkey bread was good, scallops were good but goat cheese cucumber puree was disappointing. My wife had the korean style chicken sandwich which was forgettable. Not too packed on a Friday night. Nice place that I would go back for drinks, but probably not dinner.
drdisque (28) Illinois | September 26, 2011
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
In an older chicago bar space - bar is somewhat small and some tables are in poor locations that are easily bumped. They have a cool room behind the bar, but Iíve never sat there. Service tends to be good. Usually a wait to get a table on a friday or saturday night and because of the small bar, that isnít much of an alternative. Beer list usually has some good stuff, but again, nothing super-special usually. IMHO tends to be to lean to heavily towards malty beers. Have/had a beer engine but had nothing on it last time I went. Food is good but menu is extremely limited and that limits the placeís repeat value to me. Beer prices are good - one of the few places in the city to offer a craft beer for $5 and generally all drafts are under $10 and poured generously.
cratez (151) Toronto, Ontario | August 15, 2011| Updated September 6, 2011
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
Stopped by with my girlfriend during a recent trip to Chicago.
VIBE: as soon as we pulled up we were intrigued by the beautiful outdoor facade. Interior resembles a comfortable, rustic, and old-fashioned restaurant with a clean and refined edge. A large display of bourbons, Scottish whiskies, and spirits towers over the bar. Patrons are a chatty and diverse bunch and everybody was enjoying themselves on our visit. A really nice, approachable atmosphere.
SERVICE: our server was incredibly friendly. He helped us along with beer and wine recommendations, talked at length about some of the rarer bottles, and poured me a generous shot of Lagavulin when I ordered a 2008 J.W. Lees Harvest Ale that was aged in barrels of that whisky. Very welcoming and attentive service, which we appreciated.
SELECTION: I had a Half Acre Gossamer and Three Floyds Zombie Dust (!!!) on draught and the aforementioned barley wine out of the bottle. My girl enjoyed her pinot grigio and sauvignon blanc. Also noticed Summit EPA on cask, Southampton Cuvee Des Fleurs and Lost Abbey Inferno in bottles, and Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale, La Trappe Witte, Petrus Aged Pale, and Pauwel Kwak
on tap. The beer list seems smaller than the menus at Map Room and Jerryís, but itís still exceptionally well-rounded.
OVERALL: we had a memorable experience here and itíll be a priority destination for us when we come back to the city. The final kicker was the free copies of Draft magazine ($6 value) as we exited the bar. Fountainhead is a quintessential American beer bar, which makes the meaning behind its name (principal source) all the more appropriate. A must-visit in my books.
jrallen34 (271) Chicago, Illinois | July 30, 2011| Updated September 6, 2011
56 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 2/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 10/20
Finally made it to this much hyped place... came in a sleepy Saturday afternoon... ambiance so was OK, nice and clean, but a touch boring... about 20 drafts and probably 100 bottles, most of the stuff was widely available at binnys or other bars, was hoping they actually had some good stuff... they had a special beer section, but Iím not sure if special describes it... solid stuff, just not a destination place by any means, if youíre a 2 min walk, ok, but otherwise go a couple blocks further to half acre and bad apple... food looks ok, lots of things sound good, had the bacon nuts and was so disappointed I didnít get more
maneliquor (50) Perth, Australia | April 27, 2011| Updated January 15, 2012
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Met a fellow there to do a trade on my visit to Chicago. Shared some beers and had some very good stuff. Was pretty cheap and stayed there for ages. Selection is awesome. Went back for their 1st anniversary and had an awesome time. A huge amount of beer was consumed and I still didnít get to try everything I wanted. Even managed to pick up a 2008 KBS. Great place
SamGamgee (182) down the whirlpool, California | January 5, 2011| Updated January 15, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 14/20
Stopped in with drink4satan for their harvest beer festival, which was pretty much just a day of putting a lot of harvest-themed beers on tap, so lots of pumpkin and fresh-hop beers for the most part. I will say though, that they were way to into having four versions of Two brothers heavy handed on draught, which is one of the worst fresh-hop IPAs that Iíve had. Other than that, they had Lambrucha on tap, which was cool. the bottle list was extensive and of high-quality selections, but was expensive as hell and not something that I would touch. Our waitress was polite and knew a bit about beer. The decor is lots of cozy dark wood, but not in the faux Irish fashion. Another place that I would hit if I was in the area but doesnít feel like a destination like like some of the other bars in town.
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