United States > Illinois > Geneva
rickhall28 (304) Parsippany, New Jersey | December 6, 2014
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
This is a great startup brewery only opened 8 months now...although they are already bottling. I found the venue very well designed, originally decorated, and well thought out. The beers though are the star. It is amazing how good these are...but with some conversation and a little luck (was sitting next to one of the owners...Eric)...I found out that one partner had been a regional salesman for Goose Island (Tom)...and the other (Eric) had been a brewer...and interestingly...the brewer who started Goose Islandís barrel aging program. Both left before Budweiser bought out Goose Island. Their expertise showed thru. There were 9 beers the night I was there. The star for me was the Fractal Belgium IPA. Although close behind that were 3 other "very" fine beers...P=2 Belgium Pale Ale, Wet-Hopped P-2 Belgium Pale Ale, and Navette Belgium Black Ale (obviously I like hops!).On the non-hoppy side the Bourbon-Inspired Abbey Ale (at close to 8%) was very nice...as was the sessionable Devoir Saison. The night I was there they had an artist displaying in their barrel room which was open to the public for viewing of the artistís paintings (with some very tasty free appetizers...thanks!). From what I understand they already have 300 customers selling their beer...quite an accomplishment in such a short time. I wish Eric and Tom the best...I am quite sure they will be successful with their present formula. I recommend a visit here...Geneva is a great destination trip...very nice town...some great restaurants (Bien Trucha Mexican restaurant is worth a trip to Geneva on its own merits!)...and there are 3 good beer stops...Penrose, Geneva Ale House (good pub food), and nearby Two Brothers. In my personal opinion...I strongly feel any review of Penrose below an 80 is a great disservice to such an amazing startup (just my opinion of course).
envane (11) Chicago, Illinois | September 27, 2014
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Godawful suburban hipster crowd but their beers make it worth it, unlike Solemn Oaf.
kseecs16 (209) Naperville, Illinois | September 12, 2014
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Nice open tap room with 9 picnic type tables and a bar that seats 10 to 15. Clean, modern space, lots of wood and metal, selling only their own product. Decent priced pints and growlers in an inviting environment. Great taproom. Selection was somewhat limited and the sytes on offer all somewhat similar on my visit in May 2014.
MOlsonNotBeer (30) Illinois | August 24, 2014
56 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 11/20
Just getting started. Out of the beer I really wanted and not a huge fan of Belgians so I was a little disappointed. Solid brew. Just wish there was a little more variety. I will certainly give it another shot in the future. Probably wonít make a trek out to the western boonies just for a visit though.
Awktoberfest (9) Davenport, Iowa | March 29, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Terrific experience. Crowded completely but not so crowded you couldn't find a spot. Industrial park/residential brewery /taproom. A short drive(2min) from downtown geneva. Lots of industrial feeling seating. Very knowledgeable staff. Jeff talked with us about the brewery. Their first beers . Their vision. The yeast. The growlers and it was all very interesting. The brewer is beardless which gives hope to all of us "not able to grow beard-ers". Great experience with reasonably priced beers. Growlers are a $12 fill compared to solemn oath $20+ fills. Also more room to spread out in the taproom compared to sob. Only 4 beers on tap which id of loves to see 4 more but they say demand is greater than expected. It was an awesome first experience. Go there!
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