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satan165 (102) River Grove, Illinois | January 30, 2010
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
stopped in on a saturday afternoon. sat at the bar and was served by the lovely alexia. was lucky enough to also make acquaintance with brandon (the brewer) and one of the owners whoís name eludes me. All was extremely pleasant. tried 4 beers, 3 of which were a bit of a mess. brandon himself mentioned that hes glad i procrastinated on my trip to HMs; that their initial offerings were much more off the mark. tried the san fran shanghai salad which was not bad. the excellent service from all involved makes up for some other shortcomings and i would indeed return even though their wares are certainly not world class. they can only improve and i look forward to monitoring this progress. look for local meetings of the north side brewers connection who are about to hold their second contest (judged by the regular public/customers) in which they brew a recipe of one of their members on premises. the gay aspect of this bar is far too played up by the media and even the other reviewer below, i promise you you will not be accosted by íthose peopleí during your visit.
jrallen34 (438) Chicago, Illinois | June 22, 2013
52 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 10/20
Solid beers, but nothing crazy, not somewhere that is must stop in Chicago, only regulars should stop by. A bit of weird feel to the place. It seems old and run down, colors and decor are random, the shirts are off putting. Food looked so-so, nothing appealed to me. Not a place Iíd go back to, too many better options.
deyholla (315) Minneapolis, Minnesota | July 3, 2012
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 13/20
Stopped in for dinner and a sampler. A very vibrant space with bright colors and more of a bar area next to the dining room as well as some space for outdoor seating. Service was pretty good but got a bit slow towards the end of the meal. They had 6 beers on tap, two which were seasonals, plus a few guest taps. The burgers were great, but the hummus we ordered had frozen tomatoes... Prices were nice for Chicago.
NobleSquirrel (209) Chicago, Illinois | July 9, 2010
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
They make a good burger. Their beer, not so much. Largely extract based beers that they ship in and ferment on site. Other tap selection are pretty decent and, as I said, the food is pretty solid.
Braudog (752) Glenville, Pennsylvania | May 30, 2010
34 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 3/15 FOOD 3/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 3/20
May 2010 -- Friendly enough place. The place seems to cater to the GLBT crowd, but whatever. The sad part was that the food and the beer. We had an appetizer that was amateur at best. Most disappointing was that all three beers ordered at our table were flat, overly sour, or borderline infected. All had that wicked butterscotchy diacetyl thing going on. (Brewery #514)
emerge077 (129) RIP Johnnies, Chicago, Illinois | December 11, 2009| Updated February 1, 2010
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 4/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Ever since hearing this place opened, and reading about the apparent brewing operation here iíve been curious, but not THAT "curious". Itís an LGBT-friendly sports bar in Andersonville... canít say I would ever go there on purpose.
While in the area shopping, we decided to drop in and try the selection of house beers. Inside, it was a square room with bar to the left, tables center, and booths on the right side. Chalkboards listed their house brews. There was a decent selection of styles on draft, including a golden ale, an amber, hoppy pale (Cascade), christmas ale, and an oatmeal raisin cookie stout. Of these, the stout and pale ale were somewhat decent, and the others needed some work. A ginger mead was also on the board, made in house. There were 5 other taps, including Bourbon County, Matilda, and Miller Lite. 90% of the crowd was drinking Miller bottles... There were some featured local craft staples on the beer list like Alpha KIng, 2 Brothers, and Metropolitan Dynamo. Overall it was really more your average bar selection, with a few decent beers. Apparently they do very small batches, so thereís no beer to go (thought I heard 5 gallons, but that has to be wrong). Strangely the stout was bottled, but again not available to go... why bottle at all? I did see the brewing room enclosed in a small room in the back, it looked like one mash tun and two fermenters. Apparently they hosted a homebrew competition here, and the winner gets to brew on their system. There was also a Samwell show here >_>
During the day the crowd was fairly mixed bunch of neighborhood locals there for a Bears game (8 tvís in here). There was only one server for about 12 tables, so it was a little slow at times, but we had good service and some quick beer info. We only got a couple appetizers, which were pretty standard. The burgers at the adjacent chain restaurant have been featured on Check Please.
Iím still sort of on the fence about this place, for a beer bar itís fairly lacking, especially with better options in the area. Iíd return someday to try different seasonals and see if they have improved, but canít really recommend it as a destination.
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