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 | facebook | twitter | food menu | beer menu

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

Mayor: Travlr (6) | 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 Wild Sour Series: Here Gose Nothiní 94, Destihl Saint Dekkera Barrel Reserve Sour: Le Diplomate 95, Destihl Wild Sour Series: Lynnbrook Raspberry Berliner Weisse 97, Destihl Batch 500 - Raspberry & Mexican Chocolate Imperial Stout , Destihl Lawnmower Ale 45, Destihl Normal Blonde Ale 39, Destihl Saint Dekkera Barrel Reserve Sour: Kers Blanc , Destihl Saint Dekkera Barrel Reserve Sour: Pomme 93, Destihl Wild Sour Series: Counter ClockWeisse 94, Destihl Wild Sour Series: Flanders Red 80, Destihl Raspberry Berliner Weisse , Destihl Black Angel Stout 91
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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%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone  (112) Wood River, Illinois | September 15, 2011
Stopped on a Thursday at opening time. It was deserted but was completely full in an hour with profrssionals. This is a very nice place with tasty and creative food. The beer was also fine. My favorite was their sour strawberry raspberry.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83  (239) 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 17/20
csaso  (167) Missouri | August 9, 2011
Very good place with a combination of god beer and good food. About 8-10 types of beer on tap. Overall, very good beer and food. Hit this place everytime I am in Bloomington.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 18/20
bpreo  (50) Eugene, Oregon | June 26, 2011
Iíve visited the Normal location a couple times. The food is terrific, the beers are even better. The selection is always rotating, and the brews are unique. First visited in 2009.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
oldcatcher  (16) Mattoon, Illinois | May 18, 2011
Dropped in on a Saturday afternoon during a rainout of a softball tourney. Decent beer selection, Redbird Ale was very good. Wife had an apricot ale that she said was decent.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 11/20
TheEnemy  (44) Chicago, | March 5, 2010
Located in a poorly marked and difficult to find new-ish big open building on a mall out-lot -- you know, the kind of building and location that typically houses a Chiliís or Crapplebeeís or something of that nature.No matter how you do up the decor in a building like that, whether itís faux-Irish, faux-classic-bar-and-grille, or in this case, faux-contemporary, thereís just no disguising what it is, and any attempt to just comes off as contrived. I wonít deny that itís nice inside but somehow it still feels phony.

Food was OK, a little disappointing given its "casual-upscale" pretension. Beer was slightly better than average, though one was so butterscotchy that I sent it back. Learning from two sources now that the head brewer here used to head up the Elmwood brewery goes a long way toward explaining the average quality of the beers here. Itís no mystery to anyone who tried their beers why Elmwood went out of business; fortunately, the fellow seems to have honed his skills a little bit in the intervening years. Maybe the brewpub format suits him better than bottling.

Service was pretty good -- a little slow to come around sometimes but I never had to endure an unduly long wait. She was very patient about answering my never-ending stream of questions.

I drove about 250 miles round-trip to check this place out, and I wonít be making another 250-mile round trip just on account of this place. If Iím in B-N on other business Iíll hit this place up but otherwise I have little desire to go back. Nor will I eagerly anticipate their arrival in Champaign.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 14/20
Terminus  (343) St. Louis, Missouri | 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
Reddevil  (1) Danville, Illinois | August 27, 2009
A must-stop for one in the area. I canít really add much to what has already been said. Food is very good, service is very good, the prices are a bit steep, however (but worth it in my humble opinion).
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 13/20
drowland  (219) Georgia | August 12, 2009
Itís been awhile since Iíve been to Destihl, but I went rather quickly after they opened. The ambiance was nice, upscale restaurant and not very beer-focused, and Iím not sure the beer drinker is who they appeal to. The service was very good; we had a waiter at our table who was very attentive, moderately knowledgeable about the beers, and got us what we needed. The selection was basically limited to their beers and a few others, which was okay. The food was pretty good, which leads into the value. You need to know going in that this is a moderately expensive upscale type place that will easily charge 20 bucks a steak and 14 bucks for a burger basket... itís not a pub! The food is still really good, though! Overall, if youíre around the town and want to hit a brewpub, go here, but be prepared to pay for the food youíre getting with their overall average beers.
  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.

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