DESTIHL Restaurant & Brew Works (Normal) | Normal, Illinois
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DESTIHL Restaurant & Brew Works (Normal)
Good based on 26 ratings
Type: Brewpub (see listing)

318 S. Towanda Avenue
Normal, Illinois United States 61761 [ print map ]
(309) 862 2337

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Hours: Sun 11-9, Mon-Thurs 11-10, Sat 11-11


Mayor: hayduke (3) | Taps: 16-17 | Bottles: 0


DESTIHL Restaurant & Brew Works (Normal)

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Beer Available At DESTIHL Restaurant & Brew Works (Normal) (arranged by most recent)
Destihl Miners Ruin California Common 45, Destihl Ambassador Am-Belgo Double Pale Ale 85, Destihl Wild Sour Series: Lynnbrook Raspberry Berliner Weisse 93, Destihl Black Angel Stout 86, Destihl Tenebrous Black RyePA 77, Destihl Vertex IPA 89, Destihl Nit Wit 36, Destihl Redbird Ale 57, Destihl Saint Dekkera Barrel Reserve Belgian Sour: Framboise 95, Destihl Abbeyís Single 71, Destihl Kolsch , Destihl Triton Barleywine 89, Destihl Intermission Session IPA , Destihl Weissenheimer Hefeweizen 45, Destihl Normal Blonde Ale 35, Destihl Lawnmower Ale 40, Destihl Saint Dekkera Barrel Reserve Belgian Sour: Paw Paw 90, Destihl Wild Sour Series: Adambier 88, Destihl Tripel 44, Destihl Antigluten Double Pale Ale
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26 reviews for DESTIHL Restaurant & Brew Works (Normal)
 Ambiance  72%
 Service  73%
 Selection  71%
 Food  70%
 Value  67%
 Overall  73%
 Rating  80%
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 19/20
brokensail  (900) Orange County, California | July 1, 2014
Well, this is going to be hard to rate this place. Stopped in with deyholla and TheAlum on our way to St. Louis to try some beers and pick up stuff for RateBeer Summer Gathering and they truly rolled out the red carpet for us.

Incredibly friendly people from the service staff to the brewing stuff to the management. They really made us feel at home.

Food was great and was much more than typical pub food. Lots of the dishes are sort of typical pub food (sausages, burgers, etc.) but done in a more upscale fashion. Pretty reasonable prices, too, particularly when you see how much food you get.

Beers are also better than your typical brewpub lineup of pale ale, brown ale, blonde ale, wheat beer, etc. Though, they do have all of those styles as well. Lots of experimental stuff, some higher gravity beers. On the whole, well done.

Highly recommend a stop, even if youíre not going to get the VIP treatment.
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
jrallen34  (444) Chicago, Illinois | October 21, 2011
in the middle of nowhere Illinois, the last place you would expect to find a gem... new really nice looking building... 13 of their own beers on tap, most of them were great... service was very friendly and knowledgeable of their beers... food was good as well... a must stop if in the area
66
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 14/20
Terminus  (333) Las Cruces, New Mexico | March 2, 2010
Im going against the grain on this one. I have been to this place 4-5 times and was disapointed eveyrtime i went. The beer and food is average at best and the contemporary ambiance is terrible. From what i gather, this brewer was the same guy that was brewing at Elmwood brewing in west central IL-maybe why the beer is not so good.
84
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier  (281) Clevelandish, Ohio | August 14, 2014
A nice stop on the trip north towards Wisconsin, this brewpub is one of two Destihl locations that can be visited on the drive down I-74. Located near the main commercial strip in Normal it has a typical American brewpub atmosphere - slightly upscale, a few televisions, and indie music playing in the background.

The beer selection here offers about ten Destihl drafts. Some are year round releases. About three are from experimental releases including the St Dekkera program or the Wild Sour projects. Something is available for people who like all styles, from the simple clean sessionable California Common to a heavy barrel aged barleywine.

It is worth ordering food while here. Prices are reasonable for central Illinois. Upscale brewpub food includes pizzas, sandwiches, burgers, and more. Portions are generous enough to soak up the beer without leaving you feeling stuffed.

A worthwhile destination deserves at least a short break from driving. If you find yourself in the area do not miss one of the finest beer related destinations in Bloomington-Normal.
82
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
heemer77  (212) Urbandale, Iowa | April 19, 2008
Ok, the setting is nothign special as itís next to a big Target and poorly marked, I drove past it twice with out seeing it. The interior has a simple industrial feel that is also like a maze. The staff I talked to knew their beer. The beers were solid overall with a nice variety. The food I had was plated in a fancy manner and was very tasty. I also enjoyed the eclectic music, These guys are barrel aging lots of stuff, look for them to be contenders at future festivals. I will definitely stop in again if in that part of IL.
76
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
kseecs16  (209) Naperville, Illinois | January 26, 2009
Nice upscale style decoration. More of a restaurant feel than brewpub. Five "flagship" beers and five specials on tap when I was there ranging from a Pale Lager to to double IPA and barrel aged beers. I was pleasantly suprised by the variety and quality of the beers. Food was solid, featuring a lot of sandwiches and salads as well as some entrees and a limited brunch menu on the Sunday I was there. Creative ingredients and food offerings. Offering 2 dollar pints never hurts either which they were. They have interesting looking flip top growlers which they charge you 8 bucks for, but I was not complaining as it was only $6-12 to fill it up, with the price increasing for the higher abv or specialty beers. Iíd like to go back and try some of their barrel aged beers and get a feel for some of their more experimental beers.
68
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
NobleSquirrel  (209) Chicago, Illinois | July 3, 2008
We finally made our way here and while the restaurant has a weird upscale feel to it, it wasnít really snooty. It is laid out really oddly with an 8-top on a stage. At any rate, being so new/young I didnít have huge expectations, but they still didnít live up to what they could be. Hopefully itíll get better with time.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
jandd1983  (199) Florissant, Missouri | April 29, 2014
We stopped for lunch on a Friday afternoon heading to DLD 2014. There was a good crowd, but we were seated pretty quickly. We ordered two samplers and were able to sample about a dozen beers. Food was good as well as the service. Our waiter gave us all dessert beers, very nice. We decided to grab a growler of their Wild Sour Adambier, it was a hit at DLD. Well worth the trip.
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
ajm  (192) Los Angeles, California | September 23, 2011
Come here whenever in Blo-No because their beer is well crafted and they always have a variety of styles. Sour Belgian, black IPA, fresh IPA and harvest ales... this is a good spot and the best IL beer establishment outside the Chicagoland.
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83  (186) Fairfax, Virginia | August 11, 2011
Was visiting the Bloomington/Normal area, so decided to stop in during the mid-afternoon. Already had eaten, but grabbed a few appetizers. Beer was pretty good - the Quad and Tripel were great, and the Baldock IPA was good as well. Food was tasty, and service was adequate for middle of the afternoon. Server was helpful enough to know what kind of Belgian Sour it was, since neither the menu nor the sign near the bar indicated which sour they had on tap at the time.

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