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DrnkMcDermott (87) Downers Grove, Illinois | April 18, 2007| Updated June 23, 2008
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Made a quick detour on my way from my companyís annual talk, and to drop off a National Homebrew Competition entry. Nice big, airy space yes, itís an old railroad roundhouse, right off the Metra and Amtrak stations (so you could have a beery train ride between here and Flossmoor Station. 5-beer sampler was reasonably priced, and did NOT include the Payton Lite, thank you. Brews seem to be making progress, what with their blond chocolate ale and hemp ale. Worth a full-fledged visit.
shigadeyo (58) Harrison, Ohio | January 7, 2007
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Americaís Brewpub is located inside Walter Paytonís Roundhouse. This is quite a place. There is a restuarant, brewery, coffee bar, cigar bar, cognac bar, comedy club, and dance club all packed inside a rebuilt roundhouse. It seems to be a happening place! I didnít have any food while I was there (only beer and one of their sodas), but it looked pretty good from what I saw although I think it was somewhat pricey. The place was nicely decorated and I would have given the ambiance a 5 had it not been for the horrible piano player we had to sit near! The service is average+ and they had a good selection of beers. When I was there they had their "Why Dont We Get Drunk And Brew..." Scotch Ale, Pumpkin Ale, Hannaís Cherry Imperial Stout, Payton Pilsener, Honey Wheat Ale, Aurora Amber Ale, Dirty Summer Blonde Chocolate Beer, Sweetness Stout and one or two others that I did not get a chance to sample. The chocolate beer was quite interesting (itís blonde in color!), but the Scotch Ale was by far the best and one of my favorites. Itís worth stopping in just to try it!
kseecs16 (201) Naperville, Illinois | August 14, 2006
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
A pretty awesome place. A cool old building with great ambience, and some outdoor seating available. Went for dinner. A nice sampler, that our bartender allowed us to swap out a selection on. Food is very good with a tendency towards higher priced items for dinner, that are worth it, but still a few economical options. The lunch menu looked great as well. All of their beers were pretty tasty, but nothing really amazing. They lacked any really big beers while I was there. This is a very active lively place and with the live music in the courtyard,and adjoining cognac bar as well as comedy club offers a lot of fun opportunties.
gws57 (92) Saint Charles, Illinois | May 26, 2006
70 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
The ambience saves this place. The beers are great, but expensive. Service is nothing terribly special, and the food is better than pub fare but pretentious.
JMerritt (71) Macomb, Illinois | December 31, 2005
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Wow, this was a great place. My wife and I visited as our first stop on our 3-pub mini-tour for lunch a few days after Christmas. It wasnít very busy. I was able to get a five 5 oz. sampler for only $6 - what a steal! My only complaint was that I couldnít choose the 5 beers in the sampler (but since all were new to me, I didnít mind too much). Their food was quite amazing as well - I had a wood-stove baked portabella mushroom pizza, and my wife got a panini sandwich with artichoke hearts and mozarella ... simply delicious. Lunch prices were very reasonable ... we both ate for under $20 total. I will definitely visit again; this is much closer to my parentís house than I realized.
Woodpecker (3) Warrenville, Illinois | November 2, 2005
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
A very nice place, albeit a little noisy at times. The biggest draw, IMHO, are the many excellent beers brewed by Mike. A great place to go for a noontime lunch. Being a beer AND railroad buff, Iím impressed with the building and the history behind it. They did a great job of renovation. I was there in 1976 when the Freedom Train visited Aurora and the pre-restored roundhouse was falling apart. Itís great they saved this piece of history. Between the most excellent beers, the historic building and good food, itís now a regular for myself and a group of friends fondly dubbed ďThe_Cartel.Ē
StewardofGondor (122) Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin | September 6, 2005| Updated September 26, 2005
60 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
Nice, spacious atmosphere. Nine beers tapped on my visit - most werenít very good, but at least they had a wide span of options. The pulled pork sandwich was fíin delicious. Judging from my lunch, my wifeís and comments I heard from other tables, a lot of their food selections are spicy. I like that. Good experience all around.
SkyinBrian (7) Saint Louis, Missouri | August 5, 2005
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
wonderful restaurant. rennovated train station turned into steakhouse/brewpub. excellent food, although moderate to expensive prices. definately worth a visit. beers are hit or miss, but for the most part good with the occasional being excellent. of their regular selections i liked the amber and sweetness stout. if you can get it their hemp ale is really good and their seasonals are usually up to par. last stop on the bnsf metra toward aurora
frankenkitty (94) Oak Lawn, Illinois | June 7, 2005
62 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Rustic charm abounds with refurbished wood and stone, leather pub chairs, a massive tapestry and chandelier, stone fireplaces and high, beamed ceilings. Interesting layout which seems to go on and on to accomodate a huge crowd. Our server started out rather attentive... then seemed in a bit of a hurry to get us out of there, which was strange being that it was a slow Monday night.
The menu was quite diverse although prices ranged on the high side. After an interesting appetizer of tortillas with Chihuaua cheese and chorizo (which was spicy and flavorful although a bit greasy), I enjoyed New Orleans Jambalya with Andouille sausage and jalapeno shrimp wrapped in proscuitto. My guests were pleased with petite-cut fillet with bearnaise and pan-seared tilapia with chipotle butter on spring vegetables.
The craft beer menu included 5 regulars & 2 seasonals which were well-made and diverse. It was a shame that they needed to "dumb-down" the menu to include a Corona clone as a "special" and automatically served their Hefe with a lemon wedge. However, their Oatmeal Cream Stout was a real treat (despite their references to Guinness similarities).
Overall, a little pricey & out of the way but a very nice experience. Proximity to Chicagoís Premium Outlet Mall in Aurora made it a no-brainer.
Cornfield (143) Oak Forest, Illinois | January 22, 2005| Updated September 25, 2006
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
The neat thing about this place is that the brewery is out in the open and the aromas permeate the entire building, an old restored railroad roundhouse. The joint has music on a regular basis. For football fans, thereís a Walter Payton museum. Thereís steaks, chops, fish, pasta, et cetera, for those of you who like to eat. And for me, who likes to drink, thereís some surprizingly good beers. The brewmeisterís a good. friendly guy. I recommend the amber, now brewed to come across almost like an IPA. Good barley wine, scotch ale, other brews, and a couple bottles of piss-waters for the idiots in the crowd. Iíd stop back when in the area again.
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