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emerge077 (103) RIP Johnnies, Chicago, Illinois | December 17, 2008| Updated April 29, 2010
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
Gave Moonshine one more chance, and stopped in on a pub crawl recently. First thing I noticed were all the new names on the beer list, and a good variety of styles. There were 6 house taps: IPA (great), Smoked Porter (good), Dark Mild (good), Pale (mediocre), Irish Dry Stout (decent), Scotch Ale (ok). So the selection and quality have improved. During the day the crowd was relaxed, and they had all the windows open which was nice. They have a new chef iíve heard good things about too. Worth a try if youíre in the area, but still not a destination in my opinion.
December 17, 2008
After hearing that they were officially brewing their own beers after more than 4 years of promises, I paid Moonshine a visit. The place still feels like a restaurant nightclub hybrid, with the same trendy crowd. Lofty ceiling, pseudo bootlegger theme, serving drinks in mason jars and prohibition murals. Nolan the bartender knew about their beers, and offered samples. Sadly the Sin City Stout was the only decent one. The others were variations on pale ales that seemed dumbed down for the masses. Guest taps were 2/3 macro, the exception being Matilda and Fat Tire. They have added specialty burgers to their menu, ala Kumas, and the cheddar bacon burger was very tasty, but not cheap at $11. Avoid this place and check out other beer friendly spots nearby, like Jerrys, Piece, or Small Bar.
17thfloor (18) Chicago, Illinois | February 13, 2008
50 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
Pricey, even when itís supposedly half off. Very decent thin crust pizza and blue moon pitchers specials on wednesday.
DrnkMcDermott (87) Downers Grove, Illinois | January 29, 2008
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Who thinks the City of Chicago needs more brewpubs? (Yeah!)
Who thinks they need to all be in Wicker Park? (Ennnh)
Well, itís good to see one of many planned brewpubs finally get off the ground in this city. This place underscores the strenous process needed to be allowed to make beer: they opened as a BYOB, finally got to serve alcohol, went through the lengthy process of building their own brewing works, and are just now serving the results. One of the three beer towers at the main bar has been cleared of guest taps and now just has the two beers, with more to come. Their beers turned out pretty nicely for the first time. Yes, joke is that most drinks are served in Mason jars, and guest taps are pretty much the basic for an upscale tavern: Stella, check, Fat Tire, checkÖ but they also had Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout on tap! Owners are from New Mexico, and so offer green chiles wherever possible. Worked just fine on the cup of chili I had with their new beers. May have been an old garage building, or maybe garage doors were installed to open out to the patio seating.
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