Back to good ol Tinley Park for an afternoon of work. My schedule broke so the ticker in me decided to head over here to tick some beers. I should have paid more attention to the reviews... Looks like a piece of trash chain restaurant from the outside. Semi nice in the inside but totally chain feel, especially the menu... I ordered a 8 drink sampler. 7 out of the 8 were utter garbage; the bourbon barrel aged stout was one of the worst beers Iíve ever had. The pale ale was decent...The food menu was typical generic crap, very hard time trying to pick anything out, went with a servers recommendation and it wasnít as terrible as I thought it would be... The one redeeming quality was the server was nice. She basically said the beer and food sucked, so I canít fault her, I could have left.
AVOID, even hardcore tickers should think this over several times.
msante79 (342) Mount Prospect, Illinois | July 12, 2008| Updated September 7, 2008
Have been going here for over 10 years. My parents love this place for some reason. Food is poorly done and service can be down right awful some time. Beer is below average and has not improved. Iíll give them kudos for doing craft beer for so long. I must say their growlers are bad ass thou.
Damn, the south/west Chicago suburbs are in dire need of a brewpub. What, you call this place a brewpub? Looks like a Ruby Tuesday or something, one of those stand-alone blocky brick buildings in the middle of a huge mall parking lot. OK, Iíll bite. Hmmm all the waitresses and most of the patrons are hot young women, thatís cool...except they all seem to have fake tans and breasts and sound like theyíre on helium. Oh, the beer? Eight samples, cheap, reasonably sized...and not one that I would try again. Two fruit beers usually is a dead giveawy. Another proof that suburban Chicagoland is a beer wasteland....
Cornfield (143) Oak Forest, Illinois | October 25, 2004| Updated October 29, 2004
Gotta agree with the others. The beers are mediocre at best and none of the servers know a thing about them. The food is pretty sad, too. On the other hand, they did have a Davy Jones (yes, the Monkee) book signing this past Saturday. Somehow, even though Iím only twenty minutes away, I missed it.
Nice building, lots of food options that were pretty tasty, and eight beers on tap when we went. Although most of the beers are pretty sub-par, the prices for both beer and food are good, and itís a nice environment to spend an extended weekend lunch.
I enjoy Harrisons atmosphere which is half sports bar/cigar bar and half simulated-upscale dining. Their food menu is moderately priced, and I recently enjoyed a decent cut of Prime Rib.
Our server was knowledgable about Harrisonís beers, steering my wife away from their regular wheats towards their seasonal Hefe, which, while not the best-ever tasted, was still rather refreshing.
After visiting Harrisonís time and again over the last few years, Iíve come to realize that nobody involved really cares about the beer. All it will take is an inexpensive sampler flight to figure that out, but you can also tell in their lack of rotation and insistince in keeping macro brews on hand. Plus (whether or not it was by their own accord) something got them removed from the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild and that seems like a bad sign.
Those big brewkettles seem almost like a novelty... like the faux props of Gotham when youíre waiting in line for Batman the Ride.
gws57 (92) Saint Charles, Illinois | June 5, 2007| Updated June 8, 2008
Went there at open and stayed through lunch on a Tuesday. Why is everyone ragging on this place? Ambience is nice and classy, upscale, but not uptight. Service was outstanding, bartender was extremely friendly and personable. Got to meet the braumeister too, who is very proud, rightly so, of his stout and IPA. Great beer selection, I had 11 on draught. Standard pub fare but big portions. Some of the beers were not outstanding, but I would definately be back. Re-visited 12/07 : Am I missing something? This place is great. The beers have character, and are not formulaic like Rock Bottom across the way. I really donít understand why people would recommend a corporate shill over this place, anyway. Re-visited 6/08: I still donít understand why people hate this place so much. Iím no regular, but Iíve been three times and every time the service was knowledgable, prompt and friendly, the food was delicious and plentiful, and the beers were respectable if not really creative. Why does everyone fawn over Rock Bottom for the exact same thing when the underrated little guy is just down the street? Oh well, suit yourselves. More beer for me, I guess.
Place seems to want to be a yuppie cigar bar that just happens to brew beer. And with that kind of palate-killing atmosphere, itís no wonder they also have a full line of BMC available. A change of brewmasters still hasnít improved the mostly mediocre selection. Prices are at least reasonable, and the sandwiches are pretty good. But still, one of the most beer-unfriendly brewpubs Iíve found. Iíve been to places that had worse beer, but I would prefer them to this place.
iíve been stopping here to fill a growler, whenever i am in the neighborhood (usually before i stop at rock bottom orland park). dustin, the bartender offers friendly service and beer conversation. havenít had any food yet.