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 it’s a nice environment to spend an extended weekend lunch.
Place seems to want to be a yuppie cigar bar that just happens to brew beer. And with that kind of palate-killing atmosphere, it’s no wonder they also have a full line of BMC available. A change of brewmasters still hasn’t 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 I’ve found. I’ve been to places that had worse beer, but I would prefer them to this place.
Arnie (17) Chicagoland, IL, Illinois | July 26, 2005
Like everyone else, I’ve noticed Harrison’s "personality crisis." It’s somewhere between a Fridays and something trying to be more upscale. But, I’ve never been diappointed when I’m in there, and the Black Diamond Stout is a personal fav. Of course, it’s been...jese, three years? Guess I’ll have to make an excuse to go back.
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, I’ll bite. Hmmm all the waitresses and most of the patrons are hot young women, that’s cool...except they all seem to have fake tans and breasts and sound like they’re 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....
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 Harrison’s 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 Harrison’s time and again over the last few years, I’ve 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 you’re waiting in line for Batman the Ride.
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 I’m only twenty minutes away, I missed it.