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.
I grew up in Bloomington/Normal so when I was back in town for a wedding I wanted to finally hit this place up. Neither my parents or my sister thought it was anything special, and I agree. I have been too spoiled by Rock Bottom Chicago. The food although it sounded good...was average at best. All the beer seemed watered down and a little thin to me. I got the rotational sampler and the server couldn’t tell me what any of the beer was. When he did return he pointed at one and said it was like Bud Light and said another was like Bud Light Lime and he still had no idea what the names were. If I was the brewer I would be pissed.
We finally made our way here and while the restaurant has a weird upscale feel to it, it wasn’t really snooty. It is laid out really oddly with an 8-top on a stage. At any rate, being so new/young I didn’t have huge expectations, but they still didn’t live up to what they could be. Hopefully it’ll get better with time.
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.
Being a new spot on the Veterans Parkway mall/shop/restaurant/motel strip that cuts through Bloomington-Normal, this has the shiny clean look of a something-better-than-family restaurant. There’s few food choices for someone (like me) with a restrictive diet, but the Asian Chicken Salad was pretty decent... once I found the few bits of chicken in it. Somewhat pricey. But the beer is what’s most important to me, and this is a place that shows promise. They have thirteen taps, but right now have only seven beers on tap, including a fairly tasty barleywine when I stopped in. This is definitely a place to stop at if you’re in the area. The location was crying out for a brewpub. The alternatives were either the Illinois Brewing company in Bloomington (which you might want to pass on) or a 30-to-45 minute drive to Rhodell’s in Peoria (a must stop).
A really nice place. Apparently, they just opened the place up recently... and I just happened to drive by and see it. Upscale interior. Seven different beers on tap, most of which were pretty good. Food is a little expensive, but better than typical brewpub fare. Service was pretty good, despite how busy the place was. Overall, I was very impressed with the place... especially after just driving up and seeing it!