Atom (227) Minneapolis, Minnesota | August 31, 2011
I visited this place when it was Walter Payton’s Roundhouse and was thrilled to hear Two Brothers had purchased the complex. This place is huge! As of right now they are serving food and have TBs on tap with a couple Roundhouse specialties on tap. I can’t wait to come back once this place is really up and running. The bartender said they should be brewing there by February or March.
i have always said that 2-Bros food was better then their beer, still Applies. I am hoping that they use this space to allow experimental beers to be brewed for on site drinking, as right now the only beers available are ones you have had a trillion times already.
Anyway, this building is outstanding, it is really really cool, and if they do a few things differantly, i can see this place being really great. The food is great, the setting is great, prices are reasonable.....just get some beers that are not boring for us to drink. please.
This place is under ne wmanagement - Two Brothers Brewery recently bought it and reopened it last week. The old beers are gone and replaced with Two Brother’s standards. The food menu is a bit small at the moment but they are still in transition. They made a mistake on my wife’s food but quickly fixed it and didn’t charge for her meal, so the customer service is very much in place. Only had one beer - the robust porter. It was actually a bit gentle for a porter, lightly sweet (or maybe just less bitter than most) and very much to my taste, so I’ll be back for that one. Food was good, not great. Ribs were a little tough but the taste was good, the fish tacos seemed a little spartan for $11 but my wife enjoyed the taste, and the big pretzels were very good, if not very traditional. I’ll go again in a few months when they get their sea legs. The place itself is awesome - it’s a unique setting.
(Visited 11/2010): ABC is located in the Walter Payton Roundhouse in Aurora off Broadway, not too far from I-88. They have a fairly large private lot. The brewpub is located inside on the right.
The space is open, with the bar located immediately inside the entrance, and there are brewing tanks right near the entryway. There is table seating throughout the rest of the room. The interior is dark with stone walls and there is a large stone fireplace. Interesting mural too.
ABC has around 7 house beers on tap, including standard offerings like a Pils and Scottish. More unique beers include a blonde chocolate ale and Cherry Imperial Stout. The beers are pretty average overall with the exception being the aforementioned Stout.
Service was decent on a weeknight at the bar. There were a lot of regulars there and I didn’t have any issues getting service.
Food at America’s Brewing is pretty good.
All in all I would visit this spot were I to find myself in Aurora again, but it isn’t a place to which you would drive from Chicago or anything. Decent overall.
Hmmm, somehow overlooked rating this place... The feel of the place is kind of bizarre because it is built in a big roundhouse, which is kind of charming. The brewery set up is pretty cool, big and open. Main issue that they have seems to be with cleanliness. It seems like everyone of their beers has some sort of sanitation defect, generally from the lines for pumping the beer. That being said, the base beers are alright. Service is okay and food is kind of meh. Not really my cup of tea.
Neat building. The service is quite variable and so is the beer. I’ve had some that were great and some with funkiness going on...in a bad way. The Bourbon Barrel beers were both quite good, especially the cherry. I wish there food was more reasonably priced. If it was we would go more often.
First time visiting this place, i’ve 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
It’s a BREWPUB for pete’s 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.
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.
Went many times the last with Hopscotch and enjoyed the beers. Service very friendly and somewhat knowledgeable. Their bottle prices a bit steep compared to Binny’s in Naperville. Cool Payton memorabilia.
I didn’t really get the chance to check out much of the Walter Payton memorabilia, but I enjoyed a sit-down drinking session with Headbanger. The drafts were fairly solid, if not spectacular. Plenty of bottles to purchase... although I recommend buying your four packs at a liquor store (Payton’s charges $25 for a four pack of the BBA Impy Stout compared to $10 at Sam’s). We sat at the bar and service was good. I probably won’t go again, but I’m glad I went. If you’re in Aurora or a huge Payton fan, it’s a must-visit. If you’re in Chicago and not a huge Payton fan, you may want to consider other options within or closer to the city.
Great feel to this joint, always a treat coming here. Service is hit or miss, sometimes great sometimes pretty bad. Beer also varies from very good to ho-hum, but the bigger (aged) stuff is usually really tasty. Black and blue cheesburger, while off the menu, is still available per request and is extremely delcious.