don_zouras (19) Hoffman Estates, Illinois | May 14, 2010
54 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 9/20
We wandered into The Assembly on a Saturday afternoon right after leaving Millrose, which is a short distance away. (See my review of Millrose to understand why I was still looking for more beer.)
The atmosphere had "the dank" as my wife likes to call it. This simply means that it is dark. The wood is dark, the walls are dark and all the blinds were mostly closed. In case this sounds negative, let me assure you that we actually like the dank sometimes. What I donít necessarily care for are the zillions of TVís showing sports in every corner. I know I am in the minority on this point, but I felt I needed to mention my opinion anyway.
I ordered the IPA and my wife had a Dark Satin.
Both of the beers were fair. They did not really excite my taste buds, but they were not offensive either. After finishing my IPA, I tried the weizen. It was fairly tasty and I actually enjoyed it more than the IPA, which was not as hoppy as I would have liked.
Although we had eaten lunch earlier, we did order dessert. I had the carrot cake, which came highly recommended. My wife tried the chocolate cake. Both of them were very good. I like to eat sweets with my beer sometimes and perhaps this helped me to enjoy the beer more on this visit.
Overall, I wasnít extremely impressed with The Assembly, but I might stop in again for beer and dessert.