United States > Illinois > Villa Park
Beer Available At Lunar Brewing Company (arranged by most recent)
Smuttynose Barleywine Style Ale 97, Green Flash Double Columbus IPA 97, Murphys Irish Stout 78, Smuttynose Noonan Black IPA 94, Ten Ninety Jaggery Tripel , Bells Le Batteur 84, Flesk North Bound Peddler , The Bruery Sour in the Rye 99, Stochasticity Project Grapefruit Slam IPA 98, Moylans Hopsickle Imperial India Pale Ale 99, Victory Hop Ranch Imperial India Pale Ale 99, Stone Matt’s Burning Rosids Imperial Cherry Wood Smoked Saison 93, North Coast Twentieth Anniversary Ale 95, Lunar/Golden Prairie Ale , SKA / DC Brau / Pietasters Taster’s Choice , Goose Island Leisure Suit , Ballast Point Black Marlin Porter with Chipotle and Cocoa 91, Temperance Freedive IBA , Tallgrass Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat 91, New Belgium Lips of Faith - Avoine Oat IPA 81
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Arnie (17) Chicagoland, IL, Illinois | July 21, 2006
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Okay, so I’ve only gone in on Friday afternoons. But, I’ve been impressed with the simple atmosphere--it’s a bar. It doesn’t try to be anything else and staff. I can see how smoke is an issue, it’s small and can get crowded quickly, but if you can make an afternoon, it’s a great time to try what they’ve got. And what they’ve got has been great. The beers are excellent.
beersoles (8) Illinois | May 12, 2006
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Smoke appears to be a real complaint about this place. I went on a Saturday afternoon and there was no smoke so I suggest if you can make it at that time you should. On with the review. This place was fascinating. Hard to believe that such a selection of fine beer can be made from such a small brewpub. I got the tour and it lasted less than a minute. I told you it was small. All beers sampled were very good. The best was the Scotch Ale served in a 21 oz. thistle glass, it was outstanding. If you get a chance you have to make here.
ElGaucho (222) Minnetonka, Minnesota | March 24, 2006
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
My first impression of this place was SMOKE. That’s my big knock on it. I arrived at around 6pm on a Thursday evening, and the place was covered in a haze of smoke, including a guy smoking a cigar. I can’t wait until Chicago enacts the smoking ban. Dark, dingy bar with 2 TV screens. A good selection of house brews and a quality selection of bottles that includes Alpha King, some DFH, etc. A little spendy. $4 a pint for the house brews? I had the Moondance IPA and it was excellent and worth $4, but I can go to Town Hall in Mnpls and be assured world class beer for $3.50/pint. Bottles were steep at around $4 per as well. I couldn’t handle the smoke so I didn’t stick around for a second beer. I should have asked if they had a sampler, but I forgot. I will be back for sure when and if they enact the smoking ban.
redlem (74) Ohio | February 8, 2006
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Unassuming place, I drove by it once thinking it was just like any other local scrub bar. Totally local feel, no pretenses about being a brewpub except that they make good beer, and they do. Their bitter and IPA are better than the brewers who sell bottles here in IL, IMO. Microwave popcorn was the best selling food. Not that far off the highway and worth a stop.
FrostyFreebs (1) Plainfield, Illinois | February 1, 2006
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
If more brewpubs were like this I think that more people would come over to drinking the local brews instead of the national brands.
my Idea of heaven would be to have a Lunar in every town brewing its own local beer.......oh wait thats Europe
TheEnemy (44) Chicago, | December 14, 2005| Updated March 25, 2006
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 2/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Illinois’ answer to Rowland’s Calumet, this place has far more of a local neighborhood corner bar vibe than a "welcome all comers" brewpub vibe. For all intents and purposes, it is primarily a corner bar that happens to brew its own beers. Said beers are generally decent and unexceptional. They sometimes miss the mark but they are always more bold and flavorful than, say, bland play-it-safe corporate chain brewpub beers. At least they’re not afraid to aim and miss, and that alone earns ’em more respect than the Rock Bottoms of the world. Their guest tap and bottle selections are not huge but they offer some surprising gems like Triple Karmaleit on tap or Beelzebuth in bottles. Food? Forget it. Your choices are a) Tombstone-like frozen pizza, or b) chew your own cud. Major kudos for decent house-brewed beers in an unpretentious corner-bar setting.
A note to ElGaucho, 3 reviews above this one: a smoking ban in Chicago doesn’t do much good out in Villa Park. Even the proposed county-wide ban doesn’t touch Lunar because it’s in DuPage county, not Cook.
frankenkitty (94) Oak Lawn, Illinois | October 28, 2005| Updated November 6, 2005
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
If this was my corner bar I’d be pretty pleased. For a small place, it looked like they could hold a decent crowd. Definitely a hang-out for locals, and as such it wasn’t long before someone lit up a cheap-ass stogie and somebody else started singing loudly off-key. Juke box fought with a CD player, resulting in strange mixes like Johnny Cash over R.E.M.
Regarding their beer, one surprise was that there was no "light" beer on their current lineup... no Pils, no Pale Lager... the lightest beers were an Amber and a Bitter. I, for one, was pleased that tap real estate was saved for beer with more substance.
Rustic, rugged paneling enhanced the warmth of the place and raised, built-in tables had perfect foot ledges. I couldn’t have been more comfortable (except that a big dude who looked like George Clooney in full camo was gesturing in my general direction while conferring with his buddies... but I’d been in worse situations).
All in all, good local flavor with some well-made offerings.
NobleSquirrel (209) Chicago, Illinois | August 19, 2005
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
pretty cool place. Small bar feel. Wouldn’t know it was a micro unless you asked or looked at the tap handles. And, they have a really awesome dog, too! Beer was phenomenal.
hradilv (2) Illinois | August 12, 2005
78 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Unfortunately, I only go there when friends are in town. Great selection - but like Steward’ mentioned, it’s quite smoky.
StewardofGondor (122) Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin | August 8, 2005
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Extremely friendly bar. Bartender was so enthusiastic about their beer and the locals were very welcoming and friendly. A little smoky with not much ventilation, but we were allowed to crack open the back door to let some air in. Most (if not all) of their beers are unfiltered and were beautiful. Their overall line of beers are pretty damn good too. Just a short jog off the freeway where I-290 and 294 meet. Worth visiting at least once.
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