Well, this is going to be hard to rate this place. Stopped in with deyholla and TheAlum on our way to St. Louis to try some beers and pick up stuff for RateBeer Summer Gathering and they truly rolled out the red carpet for us.
Incredibly friendly people from the service staff to the brewing stuff to the management. They really made us feel at home.
Food was great and was much more than typical pub food. Lots of the dishes are sort of typical pub food (sausages, burgers, etc.) but done in a more upscale fashion. Pretty reasonable prices, too, particularly when you see how much food you get.
Beers are also better than your typical brewpub lineup of pale ale, brown ale, blonde ale, wheat beer, etc. Though, they do have all of those styles as well. Lots of experimental stuff, some higher gravity beers. On the whole, well done.
Highly recommend a stop, even if you’re not going to get the VIP treatment.
in the middle of nowhere Illinois, the last place you would expect to find a gem... new really nice looking building... 13 of their own beers on tap, most of them were great... service was very friendly and knowledgeable of their beers... food was good as well... a must stop if in the area
Im going against the grain on this one. I have been to this place 4-5 times and was disapointed eveyrtime i went. The beer and food is average at best and the contemporary ambiance is terrible. From what i gather, this brewer was the same guy that was brewing at Elmwood brewing in west central IL-maybe why the beer is not so good.
Was visiting the Bloomington/Normal area, so decided to stop in during the mid-afternoon. Already had eaten, but grabbed a few appetizers. Beer was pretty good - the Quad and Tripel were great, and the Baldock IPA was good as well. Food was tasty, and service was adequate for middle of the afternoon. Server was helpful enough to know what kind of Belgian Sour it was, since neither the menu nor the sign near the bar indicated which sour they had on tap at the time.
A nice stop on the trip north towards Wisconsin, this brewpub is one of two Destihl locations that can be visited on the drive down I-74. Located near the main commercial strip in Normal it has a typical American brewpub atmosphere - slightly upscale, a few televisions, and indie music playing in the background.
The beer selection here offers about ten Destihl drafts. Some are year round releases. About three are from experimental releases including the St Dekkera program or the Wild Sour projects. Something is available for people who like all styles, from the simple clean sessionable California Common to a heavy barrel aged barleywine.
It is worth ordering food while here. Prices are reasonable for central Illinois. Upscale brewpub food includes pizzas, sandwiches, burgers, and more. Portions are generous enough to soak up the beer without leaving you feeling stuffed.
A worthwhile destination deserves at least a short break from driving. If you find yourself in the area do not miss one of the finest beer related destinations in Bloomington-Normal.
Was not a giant fan of this place, actually. We drove in off the highway for dinner on our way from Chicago to KS and were immediately disappointed by the appearance. Incredibly corporate looking, anti-septic, and lacking anything approaching "character." The beer and food were okay (with notable exception of the incredible sour ale) and the service was miserable. Would probably go back for a sour beer and then quickly leave...
It’s been awhile since I’ve been to Destihl, but I went rather quickly after they opened. The ambiance was nice, upscale restaurant and not very beer-focused, and I’m not sure the beer drinker is who they appeal to. The service was very good; we had a waiter at our table who was very attentive, moderately knowledgeable about the beers, and got us what we needed. The selection was basically limited to their beers and a few others, which was okay. The food was pretty good, which leads into the value. You need to know going in that this is a moderately expensive upscale type place that will easily charge 20 bucks a steak and 14 bucks for a burger basket... it’s not a pub! The food is still really good, though! Overall, if you’re around the town and want to hit a brewpub, go here, but be prepared to pay for the food you’re getting with their overall average beers.
We stopped for lunch on a Friday afternoon heading to DLD 2014. There was a good crowd, but we were seated pretty quickly. We ordered two samplers and were able to sample about a dozen beers. Food was good as well as the service. Our waiter gave us all dessert beers, very nice. We decided to grab a growler of their Wild Sour Adambier, it was a hit at DLD. Well worth the trip.
Ok, the setting is nothign special as it’s next to a big Target and poorly marked, I drove past it twice with out seeing it. The interior has a simple industrial feel that is also like a maze. The staff I talked to knew their beer. The beers were solid overall with a nice variety. The food I had was plated in a fancy manner and was very tasty. I also enjoyed the eclectic music, These guys are barrel aging lots of stuff, look for them to be contenders at future festivals. I will definitely stop in again if in that part of IL.
Nice upscale style decoration. More of a restaurant feel than brewpub. Five "flagship" beers and five specials on tap when I was there ranging from a Pale Lager to to double IPA and barrel aged beers. I was pleasantly suprised by the variety and quality of the beers. Food was solid, featuring a lot of sandwiches and salads as well as some entrees and a limited brunch menu on the Sunday I was there. Creative ingredients and food offerings. Offering 2 dollar pints never hurts either which they were. They have interesting looking flip top growlers which they charge you 8 bucks for, but I was not complaining as it was only $6-12 to fill it up, with the price increasing for the higher abv or specialty beers. I’d like to go back and try some of their barrel aged beers and get a feel for some of their more experimental beers.