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Indra (77) Overland Park, Kansas | December 17, 2004
82 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
On weekend nights can be pretty crazy, i.e. very crowded, smoky and loud. However, has one of the best selections of any beer bar in the Midwest, including a nice lineup of American craft beers on draught and a vintage bottle list which is typically quite impressive. A true must-visit if in town.
heemer77 (219) Urbandale, Iowa | November 23, 2004| Updated August 22, 2008
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
I have been back several times and enjoyed my self on each trip. Finally made it on a Sunday afternoon and had a blast. Previous rating follows. with Frank. I was a little put off as this was late on a Saturday night and it was crowded with loud music. However, the beer selection is fantastic. Bellís Kalamazoo was on the engine and a little old. Also, many Belgians on tap. Frank says the time to go is Sunday or a weekday afternoon.
badgerben (97) Blaine, Minnesota | November 3, 2004
80 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Scene description: "somewhat of an upper class style bar." Are you kidding? It looks like an absolute dive. Wonderful selection, although it would take way too long to tear through it all. To be fair, the selection isnít much more than what you can find in several bottle shops. If youíre looking for a bar to get things you canít find elsewhere, this will only have a few. But itís still quite a nice selection.
Jokes (15) Chicago, Illinois | June 28, 2004
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
A great Chicago beer bar with a great selection of both draught and bottled beers. Gets really crowded and smoky on weekends, but you can usually find a place to stand. One of the best places to find local micros on tap like Flossmoor Station or Rock Bottom Warrenville. Certainly worth visiting whenever in Chicago.
ElGaucho (243) Minnetonka, Minnesota | June 28, 2004
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
MRomero548, how can you say &quo;great selection&quo; and put them down for a 5 out of 15? Ditto mungrag, who forgot to select ratings from the pull downs. This place is 2nd to none from a beer perspective. You can get Westy 12 and 8 here as well as an incredible tap selection. Itís not the quanitity of taps thatís so impressive, but the quality. Three Floyds Alpha King Pale Ale, Dogfish Head 90 minute IPA and Anchor Liberty were all on during a recent visit, among many other impressive brews. Loses a point for ambiance. Why does a place like this need a pool table? It just takes up valuable seating space. The joint definitely needs more seating; some nice comforable couches would add a nice touch. Doesnít look like much from the outside either.
Gargantua (2) Madison, Wisconsin | April 27, 2004
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
I agree with the essential rating, this is one of my favorite beer bars. Service is excellent, the staff is knowledgable and friendly, with a great beer selection. A must-stop in the Chicago area.
ClarkVV (101) Allston, Massachusetts | March 22, 2004
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
Oh man was this place sweet. No swill to be found here. Awesome selection of strong beers and good belgians on tap. The West coast profile was a bit lacking though. Still, ambiance and value were great and everything tasted wonderful on tap. Met a nice guy there who was in BJCP and had a good time drinkin with him
Frank (73) Chicago, Illinois | March 7, 2004| Updated February 8, 2010
84 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
This is quickly becoming my favorite beer bar in Chicago. Though, around here it can be kinda hard to chose. Great selection on tap. Great bottles. Great specials. The atmosphere on weekdays and Sundays is great. On weekends, every now in then it turns into an overcrowded sports bar but even then the staff will be patient and helpful. They are, every last one of them, knowledgeable beer geeks and they never get snobbish as they do at some other bars in town.
mungrag (3) Mt. Prospect, Illinois | February 21, 2004| Updated September 4, 2004
84 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 2/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
One of the best beer palaces in the gosh darn state. I especially like the Mendocino California beers available in bottles - Red Tail Ale and Eye of the Hawk.
fly (231) austin, Tejas, Texas | January 13, 2004
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed the selection. Agree that it's a bit cramped and can be smoky. I was lucky to be by one open window. That was both good and made for a funny story as the wind picked up sending crap flying across the bar until it started raining and then it was hilarious. Had some mighty good beer there.
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