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Beer Available At Lunar Brewing Company (arranged by most recent)
Goose Island Shred the Gnar , Grand Teton Pursuit of Hoppiness 96, Founders Dark Penance Imperial Black IPA 98, Moody Tongue Brandied Purple Raspberry Belgian Dubbel , 5 Rabbit / Cigar City El Bizarrůn 88, Upland Coastbuster Imperial IPA 93, Goose Island Sticky Feathers IPA , Smuttynose / Stone Clusterís Last Stand 96, Tucher Dunkles Hefe Weizen 71, NíIce Chouffe 98, Temperance Evenfall 49, Grand Teton Sheep Eater Scotch Ale 97, Three Floyds Yum Yum 95, Samuel Smiths Winter Welcome Ale 71, Urban Legend Step On It, Klaus , Jolly Pumpkin La Parcela No. 1 Pumpkin Ale 97, Lunar Total Eclipse 85, Lunar Darkside Dubbel , Unibroue Quelque Chose 98, Capital Whiskey Barrel Aged Pumpkinataur
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nflmvp (33) Fox Valley, Wisconsin | September 29, 2007
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Visited 9/29/07, after running around to local bottle shops in the area.
Lunar is easy to miss...we drove right past it before realizing it. Came around the block and parked in back. Nice, considering that thereís minimal on street parking.
The place shows itís age but is not run down. A dark atmosphere with a nice selection of homebrewed taps as well as some guest taps, such as Two Brothers, Franziskaner, GI, etc. Also, a nice selection of bottles including a WAY underpriced Mikkeller Beer Geek Breafast. When I saw the price, I asked how they were making any money on it. The bartenderís reply..."weíre not". So I bought two to bring home.
Lunch consisted of Tombstone pizza but the bartender gave us the option of bringing food in from someplace else. It was nice to have the option but we just settled for some pizza.
The jukebox had a wide range of great music, from all different genres. My nephew chose some U2 while I played some Ray Charles. All good stuff on the box.
One of the "regulars", who lived in the neighborhood, had the 411 for us on everything from samplers (which were not technically available, but provided for us, none the less), to food options. They should put her on the payroll.
A nice place to stop and spend an hour or two.
SubstanceT (114) Saint Louis, Missouri | February 11, 2007
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Went here for the Feb 2007 Chicago Area gathering. Nearly missed this place 3 times as I drove by. Its a wharehouse old looking building that is on the North side of the street. Drove by it 3 times before getting in there. Parking lot and street parking easily available. Its your typical corner bar in your typical neighborhood. Dark, woody and very very smoky. One person was smoking in the place and I had the smell on me for a while. There are a couple TVs and a stage in back where it looks like they have music. The house beer is much better than average. Definately check out the Moondance IPA. Wonderful. Had about 6-7 of their own beer on tap and multiple better-than-phenominal guest taps including GOOSE ISLAND IIPA. They also have an extensive bottle selection. My only complaint about this place other than the smoking is that growlers cost on average >$25. Definately worth the trip out here.
gws57 (92) Saint Charles, Illinois | September 27, 2006
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Been there twice, off hours on a weekday. Once during a Sox game, once not. Neither time the bar was crowded. Didnít eat. Service was magnificent both times. This is a beer drinkers bar.
MHED (4) lisle, | August 24, 2006
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Talk about non descript. You should know the address because you will drive right by it. A typical looking corner tavern but clean and a treasure of beers, not just theres. Greeted friendly and helpful. $ of there own beers on tap as well as Maudite and Lindemannís Kriek. The 1960ís style cooler held a myriad of fine brews, from local micros to well aged barleywine. This place hosts bands, regulars and even a cool nfl day as locals will sometime bring in there own buffet, in which they shared with me, a newcomer. The only draw back was it was quite smokey due to ajust a few puffers. Loved the beer, and non typical micro atmosphere, but the cigarette smoke was a turn off.
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 Iíve only gone in on Friday afternoons. But, Iíve been impressed with the simple atmosphere--itís a bar. It doesnít try to be anything else and staff. I can see how smoke is an issue, itís small and can get crowded quickly, but if you can make an afternoon, itís a great time to try what theyíve got. And what theyíve 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 (231) 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. Thatís 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 canít 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 couldnít handle the smoke so I didnít 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 (76) 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
Illinoisí answer to Rowlandís 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 theyíre not afraid to aim and miss, and that alone earns íem 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 doesnít do much good out in Villa Park. Even the proposed county-wide ban doesnít touch Lunar because itís in DuPage county, not Cook.
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