Was staying with a friend after GTMW and had a few days to spend in the city so I went north and hit up this place and Bad Apple. The tap list was pretty good here featuring a lot of locally made beers but also some more regionally distributed stuff like Bells. I ordered a couple of local beers that I hadnít tried before and talked to the bartender about the new places opening up. Ambiance was nice but it was also not all that exciting. If I had some business here I might stop in more often but I donít see this as a regular destination for me.
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
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.
cratez (256) Toronto, Ontario | August 15, 2011| Updated February 10, 2014
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.
Promises to be an awesome place. can tell place is run by beer geeks. surly darkness and DLD golden ticket prints in the bathroom. Nice hard wood floors and brick building. Swung by for dinner and drinks around 5pm on saturday, may 1st. A couple days after the place opened. Decent crowd, but no wait for a table. quick service. Good variety of beers avaialble from chicago, other us micro breweries, belgium, germany, etc. Had no trouble finding something to i wanted to drink. Their menu is still a work in progress and had a french influence. girlfriend got the duck duck mac and i got the swine swoon or something. also split an order of frites. food was out to our table in no time. everything was quite tasty. frites could have been slightly crunchier. sourdough bread on the swine swoon sandwich had soggy spots. chalk it up to growing pains. no big deal. everything tasted great. beer was excellent compliment. reasonable prices. definitely looking forward to coming back here in the future. food beer combo was enjoyable flavor explosion. check it out!
Dark old building has a nice feel. Decent beer list, but didnít see anywhere near 100 bottles, maybe I wasnít given that list. OK service if youíre from Chicago, unfortunately Iím not. Menu was the typical pub grub.
The next big thing in Chicago? I think so. They just opened on 4/29/10, so it is a bit rough at the edges. But that doesnít mean a damn thing. They are pouring all the right stuff, local and from afar. The food is fantastic and the bottle list will be ridiculous. The barstaff could use a little education, but at least the buyer is top notch. Canít wait to keep going back. Also, epic whiskey/scotch list as well, over a hundred strong... Prices are damn good as well.
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.
I like this place. Old fashioned bar feel to it. Iíve never seen this many scotch bottles in one place. Everything is done in dark wood.. Feels warm and homey... Anyway.. On to the beer. A very nice selection of taps.. Lots of quality. Huge bottle list and they have a rare list as well. Service was prompt and friendly.
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