Often you can always find something neat and rare on tap and a good selection of bottled beer as well. If you get there early, it is a great place for beer. I’m a smoker and even I find the smoke haze too much when it is packed. I need to visit during the weekday sometime.
A no-brainer if you’re in Chicago. On top of their game everytime, go during the week for the best service and time. Amazing taps, amazing bottles, amazing. Only thing I didn’t like was the number of people drinking crappy beer, overheard some guy drinking High Life say, "yeah, it took me a long time to decide what to get." At least she was drinking Saison DuPont. Like I said, go during the week, better ambience, less smoke. Also go when it’s nice out, as they open up the big window in front.
I will say they have a good selection, and for how busy it was they served me awefully damn fast. The good ends there though. The place is filled with smoke. As another ratebeerian said, "It’s tough to taste beer with the entire Chicago Smoking Team practicing there regularly. Just not worth it to enjoy good beer with 100 chain-smokers." Additionally EVERY beer I had was OVERLY sweet to the point where BMC would have been better. St. Bernardus 12, Blackout Stout, Alpha King, SN Bigfoot all SWEET. What about the hops in Alpha King and Bigfoot you may ask yourself. Well they were blanketed with liquid sugar. This place was AWEFUL!
This place is pretty damn awesome. I went at about 11:15 pm on a Saturday night. Really small place. I had to stand for a half hour until some people left, but then we all got to sit at the bar. The selection of draft beer was incredible. I had St Bernardus 12, Batch 6000, I2PA, and Delirium Tremens and that was just what I could handle, I wanted so many other beers. If you are in Chicago, go to this bar. My only complaint is that they don’t pour pints very full, they leave a lot of head, and you probably only get about 12 ounces of drinkable beer. Oh well. Go to this bar.
ALWAYS worth a stop. Easy to get to with reasonably plentiful parking (even though we’re supposed to take public transit). Mostly beer geeks from out of town and locals, both geek and normal. You can find a good conversation usually too. Bartenders are the best: knowledgable and very friendly. Beer is in great shape all the time and served through immaculately clean lines. Go during the week or afternoons on the weekend. This is a destination.
Having only been there once I liked what I saw and tasted. Kind of a kitchy place, small, but a lot of taps of non-macro stuff.
Negative: as Jimmy Stewart would say " it is a genuine pain in the ass to get too". Hoyne street is one-way in some places and gets cut off in others. A nice stop if in the downtown area.
An awesome place. It was a tad smoky when I was there on on a Thurs. night, but they don’t allow cigars, so it could have always been worse. Awesome selection of beers: they had tons of seasonals on tap, and each one we got came in it’s proper glass (with the actual brewer AND beer name on the glass). Crowded, but well worth it for the excellent selection.
On weekend nights can be pretty crazy, i.e. very crowded, smoky and loud. However, has one of the best selections of any beer bar in the Midwest, including a nice lineup of American craft beers on draught and a vintage bottle list which is typically quite impressive. A true must-visit if in town.
heemer77 (227) Urbandale, Iowa | November 23, 2004| Updated August 22, 2008
I have been back several times and enjoyed my self on each trip. Finally made it on a Sunday afternoon and had a blast. Previous rating follows. with Frank. I was a little put off as this was late on a Saturday night and it was crowded with loud music. However, the beer selection is fantastic. Bell’s Kalamazoo was on the engine and a little old. Also, many Belgians on tap. Frank says the time to go is Sunday or a weekday afternoon.
Scene description: "somewhat of an upper class style bar." Are you kidding? It looks like an absolute dive. Wonderful selection, although it would take way too long to tear through it all. To be fair, the selection isn’t much more than what you can find in several bottle shops. If you’re looking for a bar to get things you can’t find elsewhere, this will only have a few. But it’s still quite a nice selection.