mrjaxson (46) .08 Junction, Wisconsin | July 22, 2012
- AMBIANCE 4/5
- SERVICE 8/10
- SELECTION 8/15
- FOOD N/A
- VALUE 8/10
- OVERALL 13/20
Visited on a Saturday afternoon and enjoyed a flight of its four current seasonals (none of which are on the current Rate Beer roster): Belgian Blueberry (hardly a hint of fruit), Kansas City Kolsch (light and bitter), Rastafa Rye (big, complex, delightful) and Arbiterís Ale (balanced strong ale). Was charged $4.50 for the four six-ounce glasses--nice price! Very helpful and friendly bartenders. Ten taps of its own brews and a few bottles from other brewers. Reasonable wine menu. Food menu looked like traditional pub grub, but we were just there to drink. Worth stopping in when you need a break from maneuvering through the endless shops of Galena.
emerge077 (130) RIP Johnnies, Chicago, Illinois | August 8, 2011
- AMBIANCE 4/5
- SERVICE 9/10
- SELECTION 11/15
- FOOD 8/10
- VALUE 7/10
- OVERALL 16/20
Stopped in here today after missing the opening by a couple weeks last year... overall first impressions were good.
This was formerly a funeral home? Wow, itís huge. Vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, wood floors and a rustic bar towards the back with the brewing equipment front and center under a skylight. Seating for 15 at the bar, with about 20 or so tables around. Space was set up for a dj, karaoke, and their weekly "brew-olympics" event.
We were just in for lunch, and it was pretty chill, with heavy reggae vibes flowing. Karin was the bartender, and a big reggae fan from San Diego, which was fun to chat about. They recently held an outdoor reggae fest, and brewed a tasty seasonal apricot beer for it, Jah-pricot. Service at the bar was really great in general.
Beer selection seemed to be pretty standard style wise, with one rotating seasonal. They do about 5 flagship beers, and also had Millstream craft sodas on tap. Standouts were the Hefe (far better than the old Sand Creek contract-brew), Annabelleís IPA, and Ulys Dark (Irish Dry Stout). Also good but not too wild were the Farmerís Cream Ale and Minerís Treasure Late Amber. Growler fills were $18 so we passed, no outside glass either. They were actually brewing that day (behind the bar) so that was fun to see.
Food was actually really good, we ordered a few things of the tapas menu, which were easy-to-share small plates, great "beer food". First was a small loaf of beer bread, baked in house using their amber ale, with a side of honey butter. The beef empanada with rosemary and demiglace was very tasty, also the caprese flatbread and mini charcuterie plate. The menu seemed contemporary with a broad range of styles. Even marrow bones, which may be off putting to some, though on the menu at some of the best restaurants in Chicago. Thereís more to Galena than wine and steaks now, the beer revolution has finally arrived...
Great potential with GBC, they put alot of work into the building rehab, and itís a nice space with a broad appeal in this tourist town. Hope they expand the seasonal selection, and do some occasional small-batch stuff, maybe allow their brewer to get more creative. Iíll be stopping in whenever passing through the area.
hombrepalo (148) Chicago, Illinois | July 18, 2011
- AMBIANCE 3/5
- SERVICE 6/10
- SELECTION 4/15
- FOOD 4/10
- VALUE 7/10
- OVERALL 10/20
Stopped by on my day trip woth the wife. A new place that opened up in 2009. Roomy with 5 or so flat screen TVS. Food selection was small, they had like 12 or so tapas and a few sandwiches. They did not have burgers, which is a surprise, first brewery that serves food but no burgers. Food quality was below average. Didnít like that they had papas bravas but were actually wedges with ali oli sauce, where iis the bravas in them. Beer selection was minimal, with only 5 taps that day, they were out of the IPA. No other beers available. Service was ok. Overall, seeing that this is the only brewery within 30 miles and Galena being wine country, I can see why this place doesnít have the amount and quality of some of the other brewerys Iíve been to.