My first visit was on March 29, 2008 and it was NOT the last! I just wish this place was closer to my house.The Taphouse is tucked away in light industrial neighborhood. The most confusing part is that they do not have a sign on the building and it looks like a warehouse.
So getting to the important point. The beer is excellent! Some of my favorites:
Bitter End American Pale Ale,
Cane & Ebel Red Rye Ale,
Northwind Imperial Stout,
Long Haul Ale
The last two are from the foudre (french oak vat) that Two Brothers obtained last year. These are very unique beers.
The beer is served at a good temperature. It is not too cold like you find at some of the chain brewpubs.
If you like portable, they do have growlers so you can take some of their beer with you.
The Taphouse also stocks a pretty wide selection of bottled craft brews. I prefer my beer from the tap if I can get it, so I have never tried any of their bottles.
The food menu is limited, but it contains the pub grub basics. They have made an effort to serve organic ingredients in several items. You can get an organic beef hamburger! I did and it was very tasty. I also love that they have sweet potato fries. The few things that I have tried have been good, but I tend to think of this place for beer rather than food.
We like to sit at the bar at this place because the rest of restaurant feels a little sterile and industrial. Donít get me wrong, I am not suggesting that it should be filled with neon signs and TV screens, because I hate those places. I just think it needs a little more coziness.
The bartenders at the Taphouse tend to be a little surly. They are helpful, but their personalities are an acquired taste.
Overall, I like the Two Brothers Taphouse. The beer is very good. There is enough rotation to keep me interested in coming back to try new things and even if I donít like the new, the old favorites are there to keep me happy.
I have been to this place several times and I will continue to do so.
Went with a large group a few weeks ago. Nothing on tap that isnít widely available in bottles, which was disappointing. Food was good but restaurant service was unpleasant. Tour was excellent. It was informational and was interesting in that it talked more about intricacies of the process and how Two Brothers operates than "how beer is made". I appreciated that.
Nice selection of their own beers. Not especially found of most of the year round brews (not my preference of styles) but the seasonalís and one offs can be outstanding. Food is good, plentiful and affordable. I make it a point to stop in for a couple and a growler to go every other month or so. Good place to take the family for a meal and a few tasty beers.
Donít let the outside appearance fool you. Awesome place to have local craft brew, eat organic food, and get an up close brewery tour (which includes free beer samples). Try the Domaine DuPage and Northwind Stout. Tap House burger and pulled pork are some favorites food-wise.
Despite some earlier reviews that I read the food was much better than expected and quite reasonably priced. Actually it was quite good food. The strong aroma from the homebrew store wafts into the restaurant a little too strongly. The overall vibe of the place was pretty cool and a decent crowd despite being hard to find. However, this is going to be the tap house of a decent sized craft brewery the tap selection was weak and so I was expecting them to have a least a couple of taps of beers you couldnít easily find on the shelves of liquor stores. Just the regular beers and a couple seasonals, No one offs on tap and no hard to find bottles.
My opinion of Two Brothers has gone up and down a few times over the years. First I tried Cane and Ebel in 2007 or 2008 and I loved it. Then I tried a few more from the bottle and one or two on tap and I didnt care for them. Then I visited the brewery and the beers were better at the source.
The brewery is in an industrial part of town. It was interesting that there seemed to be a city council meeting of some sort going on at the time I was there. Lots of suits discussing zoning and then voting on something. Kind of odd.
Food looked good but I didnt eat, just a flight and then a glass of their IPA and then headed out. Nice place over all but Iím still undecided on the beers.
Two Brothers has as simple of a brewery tour as youíll find. During your stroll through its modern, converted warehouse, youíll see top-of-the-line brewing equipment and get a (pleasant) sense of manifest destiny that Two Brothers will rule the suburban Chicago brewing world. You DEFINITELY want to eat lunch before the tour and specifically say when asking for a table that you want to take the tour. You can then eat lunch, have your table saved for you while taking the tour, and return to your table with your free samples (10 choices were available when we visited) all neatly poured and labeled. Food is consistently good and a notch above typical pub grub. Lunch and a tour are a great way to spend a few hours on a Saturday afternoon.
Place has drawbacks but food is not one of them. Tap house burger rocks, loaded fries, rock, pulled pork, so good. I have never had a bad entree or appetizer there. For brewpub stuff, above average. I agree with other posters, I like two brotherís beer so I donít mind the standards but there is not a lot of "special" beers available usually. Still a fine place to go.