ALWAYS worth a stop. Easy to get to with reasonably plentiful parking (even though weíre supposed to take public transit). Mostly beer geeks from out of town and locals, both geek and normal. You can find a good conversation usually too. Bartenders are the best: knowledgable and very friendly. Beer is in great shape all the time and served through immaculately clean lines. Go during the week or afternoons on the weekend. This is a destination.
Having only been there once I liked what I saw and tasted. Kind of a kitchy place, small, but a lot of taps of non-macro stuff.
Negative: as Jimmy Stewart would say " it is a genuine pain in the ass to get too". Hoyne street is one-way in some places and gets cut off in others. A nice stop if in the downtown area.
An awesome place. It was a tad smoky when I was there on on a Thurs. night, but they donít allow cigars, so it could have always been worse. Awesome selection of beers: they had tons of seasonals on tap, and each one we got came in itís proper glass (with the actual brewer AND beer name on the glass). Crowded, but well worth it for the excellent selection.
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 (226) Urbandale, Iowa | November 23, 2004| Updated August 22, 2008
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.
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.
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.
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.
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