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Beer Available At MT Barrels Restaurant and Brewery (arranged by most recent)
TheGuy (26) Illinois | November 28, 2009
38 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 3/15 FOOD 4/10 VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 10/20
well I am sorry to hear they went out of buisness but I do remeber that emmets is a block away had a much higher quality of beers and if one had to go the right one did they only had four beers on tap and I do remember that thier stout was the only one worh drinking
Narnad (19) Wonder Lake, Illinois | July 22, 2009
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Use to be the more frequented of the two breweries when I lived closer. The food is much more modestly priced than Emmettís and for the most part, just as good of quality. They still carry daily specials that are great. Service is good for the most part but sometimes can be spotty, even on days when not a lot of patrons are present. Beer selection varies quite drastically. It really annoys me when a brewery has almost none of their brews on tap when you visit, this is the whole point to drinking local! The beers they generally offer up are pretty good with a large array of styles they try to do. Recently they added some out of town breweries craft/micro brews that are pretty modestly priced and solid brews for drinking. Their HHH is so hoppiy that your tongue almost wilts under the extreme hoppiness. The cigar room is very nice as there are very few places in Illinois where you can enjoy a cigar indoors anymore. Being on the highest floor really does seclude you from the rest of the building but it is quiet, comfortable and very enjoyable for cigar smoking. There is plenty of space for larger parties or get togethers with friends. The bar is huge and can accommodate quite a few patrons. Overall an enjoyable place and one I always try to frequent over Emmetts when in town.
cgs027 (6) Illinois | October 8, 2008
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
With this and Emmettís being a block apart, it really does make the Dundee area a brewpub-crawler must-stop. This place is definitely a welcome change of pace from some of the more prevalent cavernous brewpubs in Illinois. The building is well over 100 years old, and it shows in the unique architecture. It personally reminds me of some small town brewpub youíd find in Wisconsin more than anything in Illinois. Beerwise, they tend to have between 5 and 8 beers on at any given time. The brewer tends to put his own hoppy spin on a lot of styles: Kolsch, Czech Pils, Porter, you get the idea. Nothing too experimental, just good solid interpretations of the classics, with a definite emphasis on the hop bitterness. Foodwise, they recently changed their menu to feature a greater variety of sandwiches and appetizers. The newly added spinach artichoke dip is killer here. All in all, more than worth a stop if youíre in the area. In fact, Iíve come to prefer it over its neighbor up the street! ($3 pints on Sundays and Mondays)
gws57 (92) Saint Charles, Illinois | January 3, 2008
62 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Came here for lunch on a Thursday after the lunch rush. Very, very similar in layout to the Emmettís just up the street. A bit stark, but familiar, and comfortable. The service was prompt and attentive, considering the lack of patronage. Six pulls today, but they dropped one as we were finishing up so I was glad we got to try it. Food was not magnificent but it wasnít mediocre either, about what Iíd expect. Overall, I donít know if I was as impressed as Cornfield, but it is another welcome addition to the Fox Valley and I will dutifully point people in its direction.
Cornfield (143) Oak Forest, Illinois | October 24, 2007
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
If you like a good brewpub, youíll love the feel of this place when you walk in the door and are greeted by a long bar, cedar paneling brick, tables, the aroma of good food, and fresh beer. The building, owned by brewmaster Frank Simal was built in 1879 and over a two year period was renovated by he and his brother to be a brewpub. Besides the first floor bar area that features a few tables as well, thereís restaurant seating one half level up and more seating on the second floor. Off the half floor is the exit to the outside patio area for warm weather dining and imbibing. The third floor features a cigar shop and loung with a large walk-in humidor and a small patio of its own. All this overlooking the Fox River. The food is good, even for one with a restricted diet. I broke the cholesterol part of the diet and had their sausage platter (for the Oktoberfest season) with three sausages, sauerkraut, and new potatos. Service was great.
As to the beers, they have seven on tap, four being their regulars - an APA, a Czech Pils, an Amber (on cask), and a Hefeweizen. The other brews were a KŲlsch, a Porter, and an Oktoberfest (Festivus). All were good, the Hefe, Pils, and APA especially appealing to me. The APA is one of the best new ones that Iíve had in a long while, comparable with many another placeís IPA for itís hoppiness.
I recommend the place.
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