Wonderful food, service and location. I especially liked the quality of their beer, which is so much better ílive and in personí than the bottled versions. It is a must try for those looking for good food to go along with good beer. The Roundhouse has a great history behind it as well. It is very well staffed and you must try it.
Wow, this was a great place. My wife and I visited as our first stop on our 3-pub mini-tour for lunch a few days after Christmas. It wasnít very busy. I was able to get a five 5 oz. sampler for only $6 - what a steal! My only complaint was that I couldnít choose the 5 beers in the sampler (but since all were new to me, I didnít mind too much). Their food was quite amazing as well - I had a wood-stove baked portabella mushroom pizza, and my wife got a panini sandwich with artichoke hearts and mozarella ... simply delicious. Lunch prices were very reasonable ... we both ate for under $20 total. I will definitely visit again; this is much closer to my parentís house than I realized.
A very nice place, albeit a little noisy at times. The biggest draw, IMHO, are the many excellent beers brewed by Mike. A great place to go for a noontime lunch. Being a beer AND railroad buff, Iím impressed with the building and the history behind it. They did a great job of renovation. I was there in 1976 when the Freedom Train visited Aurora and the pre-restored roundhouse was falling apart. Itís great they saved this piece of history. Between the most excellent beers, the historic building and good food, itís now a regular for myself and a group of friends fondly dubbed ďThe_Cartel.Ē
A pretty awesome place. A cool old building with great ambience, and some outdoor seating available. Went for dinner. A nice sampler, that our bartender allowed us to swap out a selection on. Food is very good with a tendency towards higher priced items for dinner, that are worth it, but still a few economical options. The lunch menu looked great as well. All of their beers were pretty tasty, but nothing really amazing. They lacked any really big beers while I was there. This is a very active lively place and with the live music in the courtyard,and adjoining cognac bar as well as comedy club offers a lot of fun opportunties.
I donít understand an ambiance score of less than 5 for Americaís brewpub. Dark, wooden, well worn, cozy. A very cool, unique place. When Mike Rybinski challenges his clientŤle with higher gravity offerings, the beer can be quite good. Stick with the specialties. I should have gotten the name of our waitress fabulous service, great attitude, funny, etc. I regret not taking a walk around the facility as I understand itís quite large. The large parking lot was packed on a Saturday night early and we had to use valet parking for $5. Aurora is a quite a ways out from Chicago. The beer is not worth the trip, but the place itself is and the beer is a bonus.
this place is BIG! i was stunned at how much seating is available. ironically, i did not sample the brew. the food however was quite good. soup was clearly fresh and made in house, plentiful and cheap. club sandwich was more then decent. my fellow diner had a burger he proclaimed was excellent. service was good, prices were pretty fair....i was actually a big shocked at the size of the place and thought that might translate to much more expensive menu items. a number of seasonal brews were tapping as well as the standards. no complaints here.
First time visiting this place, iíve tried a couple of their bottled beers before, but had never been to the brewpub. We stopped in on a snowy Saturday afternoon (in March!?) with orbitalr0x.
The building itself is impressive, and houses multiple venues. A weekend absinthe bar for example, coffee bar, and an outdoor courtyard popular for weddings.
The brewpub bar was up a few stairs to the right of the hostess station. Lots of wood planks and dark colors gave it a northwoods lodge vibe. The rectangular bar was front and center, with table seating along the walls, and upstairs on a second level visible above the bar. Lighting was pretty dark, though it was an overcast day and there was zero natural light coming in. It felt cozy, and if we had more time to kill, probably would have been at the bar for hours.
Selection was ok, the crazy highlight being a "jury-rigged" randalizer on the bar. They were running a dry-hopped amber through 1/2 pound of Centennial hops... it was great! We had a sample of the regular amber next to it and the dry-hopped blew it away. Another specialty was a cherry version of the bourbon imperial stout, that was aged 547 days in oak. Other than that the selection was pretty typical, a stout, pilsner, etc.
Service was friendly and timely, one of the brewers stopped by and explained his randalizer, which was cool. We tried a queso fundido app that came with spicy chorizo, which was good. The crowd seemed to be fairly mixed, many just there for lunch, others drinking green st. pattys bottles of bud light :S
Itís a BREWPUB for peteís sake!
There were still bottles to go in the coolers, though they seem to be dwindling in the market. We saw a couple palllets in the brewing area too, so they still appear to be bottling here.
I really like this place. The beer is generally so-so, but some of their seasonal and experimental beers are really excellent. Service is good, and the courtyard is a fun place to be on a summer evening. The food is a little pricey, yet is pretty good. Worth a visit if youíre in the area!