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Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works
Active Beers: 75
Beer Ratings: 468
Beer Avg: 3.75
Taps: 17 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
318 S Towanda Ave
phone: (309) 862-2337
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-02-2007)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 24 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $
Being a locavore when it comes to beer, I felt it incumbent upon me to visit this place when visiting with student interns this past summer. I just stopped by for a quick one so cannot offer a full review, so take it for what it is worth. The place is very contemporary in style and maybe would not be out of place in say Portland or other points west. As it is, it sits in a large car park behind Hobby Lobby.
Unfortunately, I rolled the dice on a tripel, at least that is what the board said. Regrettably, it was perhaps the worst beer I have ever paid serious money for. What can I say? It was just dreadful: more like an alcoholic Mountain Dew than anything. On that basis I would not recommend trying any of the others.
Beyond the establishments that understand what constitutes good beer, there is a population of places flogging the "craft beer" image ineptly. It does the business no good to have swill portrayed as good beer. This seems to be the case here unfortunately.
11-03-2009 04:41:07 |
More by AylwinForbes
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
On Adult Swim they got this great, super-literate, hyper-weird show called Frankenhole. Every episode, Dr. Frankenstein brings back to life some deceased celebrity, and then there ensues a whole mess of jokes concerning that celebrity's personality and/or proclivities.
One episode, an adult-aged Blanket Jackson revives his father, Michael. Blanket works an office job but tries very hard to be a hip dude: he's got a ponytail, a neck tat, a pet ferret, and then another pet ferret who has a neck tat. He works all week trading stocks but he works for the weekend, brah, because come Friday night it's time for Long Island Ice Teas at the club.
Michael is appalled. He tried so hard to fuck the kid up and yet here he is, completely and revoltingly normal. Even worse, he tries *so hard* to be edgy and weird even though there's not a single solitary bit of him that's anywhere near either. Like, being normal is bad enough, but at least have the decency to embrace to your normality instead of buying into some pathetic Brand-C attempt at strangeness. You're Coke. Maybe, on a good day, you're Pepsi. But, shit, pretending to be Royal Crown don't make you any cooler.
And this description pretty much sums up the Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works: it tries very hard for edge, and the effect is equal parts annoying and sad.
The place is meticulously decorated and very, very clean. The decor is dark with gold hues, like something you'd see at a mall store, and the wait staff all wear black. Large TVs sit behind the bar playing inoffense sports and news chatter, and the bar itself is made of what feels like slate--cold, fleshless. The beers ranged from okay to awful, and the waitstaff is made to memorize a line or two about each of them. But, overall, the meticulousness makes things a bit soulless and dead.
11-25-2012 17:24:12 |
More by mynie
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 2 | $$$
Stopped in on a recent road trip on a Sunday afternoon around 2:00 for a late lunch and tasting with my wife. We are both architects and were impressed with the overall design.
Food wise I didn't think you got nearly enough for the cost. I am a rather small guy and my wife is extremely small and we were both still hungry after their lunch combination. We both had their Cheddar and Ale soup which was quite good. My wife had their spinach salad and I had their Turkey and Tomato sandwich both were okay. We had to order a couple deserts that had great presentation just not flavor. My wife ordered the Apple Fritter and the fried apple slices they serve with it tasted like french fries. I am assuming they fry them in the same deep fat fryer. I ordered the S'mores and all of my Marshmallows came out burnt.
Beer wise my wife tried their Raspberry Berliner Weisse which has a very strong raspberry flavor to it which she enjoyed as a light afternoon fruity beer. I tried all that they had on tap since I was there. Overall the beers were just decent with no real stand out brew in my mind.
The beers on their Flagship Flight that left the biggest impression was their Jivaro Oatmeal Espresso Stout and it wasn't a good impression. There was way to much espresso flavoring combined with the roasted barley that just left a bad after taste in my mouth and stouts and porters are my favorite style.
The Weissenheimer Hefeweizen had to be the best to style beer on the Flagship Flight.
As a homebrewer I was very disappointed in the Rivale homebrew competition beer. I was told by our waiter that the recipe was changed considerably from the original that the homebrewer provided which is unfortunate and why I won't even bother critiquing it.
The Bourbon Barrel Aged Dopplebock Reserve was probably the best beer of the day. It had a good overall malt aroma /flavor and a slight caramel aroma consistent with style guidelines. The bourbon flavor came through nicely as well as the oak.
Overall my thoughts are it was worth trying once, but only once. I have been brewing for about 9 years now and an active member of a homebrew club as well as attempting BJCP exam in the next few months so I feel I know what I am talking about for the most part. Take my advise as you see fit though.
11-24-2008 20:24:42 |
More by JohnnyBe
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$
Destihl was our destination, but it really isn't someplace I'll be rushing back to.
I can't really explain why. The food was good and the beer was tasty, but by the third pint, I was actually getting a bit bored with how "special" everything was.
We steered clear of the regular lager (as our waiter described it being like Bud). We tried a couple of the special reserve beers and some of the hefe beers. Good beers, but none of them were anything I could drink more than one of. Our pizza as delicious, but even that left us hungry for more.
We were there between the lunch and dinner crowd but the service was a bit slow sometimes. I blame the management for putting so much on the bartender to do.
Overall, I would go back again, especially for a pint or two, but I don't think it is exactly anything to rave about.
03-27-2010 02:34:37 |
More by nightcrawler
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
After attending a graduation at ISU stopped in with a group of people for an early dinner. I actually had never heard of the place but it turned out to be a good find.
There was a pretty good selection of beers that had some standard flagship beers and a good selection of special and rotating beers. I didn't get the exact number but the selection was about 0-15 beers to choose from in a wide range of prices.
The food was good but pricier then it should have been. From what I saw it all looked pretty good, the pizzas and burgers especially. The atmosphere was nice and a nice place to chill and have a few drinks. I unfortunately didn't get to try as many beers as I would have liked but I took home a growler of the Redbird Ale and it is pretty good.
This is a place worth trying once and I would like to go back and try some more of the beers but it would not be a regular place for me.
05-10-2009 01:13:20 |
More by ruckus232
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I visited the Bloomington/Normal location of Destihl while traveling through on a business trip.
As suburban chain-like establishments go, the place is pretty tastefully decorated and has a nice feel. The beer list was pretty extensive considering it is a brewpub with a very tiny brewhouse (visible through the windows in the bar area).
The beers ranged from pretty great to fairly terrible. I had a sour Belgian that was really a nice beer. Then I had a taste of the saison and it was a cloudy, weird tasting mess. Next I tried the IPA and it tasted like a weak IPA with coriander and orange peel in it. Thinking it was maybe a witbier poured by accident the bartender assured me that the brewer "just does that sometimes" with regard to the brewing spices. Lastly I tried the imperial pilsner which was decent, so I decided to bring home a growler. The beer in the growler when I got home was the saison I thought was shitty, so I guess they have issues on many levels...
On the bright side, the food was absolutely killer. My fish tacos were very tasty and I would get them again in a heartbeat.
This place has a lot of potential but they need to get the brewing operation squared away or they will not stay long on the radar of serious beer folks.
08-16-2010 21:46:56 |
More by spointon
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75 | $$
I occasionally stop into DeStihl whenever I am heading south.
It's a pretty nice place, an excellent place considering the local alternatives.
It's a nice, clean, modern feel, and it seems to attract a fairly broad audience.
The food is always pretty good. Not great, but definitely good.
The biers are why I stop. I discovered this place at a Chicago Ale Fest a few years back. Their biers are all quality. I don't think I've had an "grand slams" from them, but I've never had a dud, either. They ALWAYS have SOMETHING on cask, too, which is really cool. In fact, they have a visible wall of casks on one side of the building.
The selection of brews is also quite nice. You can expect a good dozen or so brews to be on tap whenever you go in. There's a GREAT range, too! They have something for everyone.
Prices aren't too bad (but I'm from Northern Illinois), but I'm not sure how it compares locally. Pints are $5-6 ($6 for the cask), which is average.
Overall, I like the place. I still like to stop here whenever I get the chance. I definitely don't think I'll be driving HOURS away to go here specifically, though.
07-05-2013 14:22:26 |
More by TheSSG
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Today was opening day, so I wasn't really expecting much out ot the service. However, there were nearly as many staff persons as customers at 2:00. Had a late lunch of the wood fired pizza while Mrs. Kdog had a portabello and brie sandwich with corn chowder. All were pretty good, above average fare compared to other brewpubs I'd been to. Had seven beers on tap ranging from a standard lager to a rye ale. Went with the IPA and the Rye. I'll definitely go back, especially since it is just off the bike trail in Normal and less than 10 minutes from my house. Didn't notice many bugs to work out, but I imagine it will be even better in a couple of weeks, especially when they bring in live music.
11-23-2007 22:45:05 |
More by kdog630
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
So this is located on the perimeter of a shopping mall in Normal, IL and not a very attractive shopping mall, either. It looks like a typical chain brewpub which it is not. But the decor borders on industrial, hip and upscale. Not impressive but not offensive, either. The place was pretty empty for 1pm on a hot Saturday in July. I sampled 5 beers while there and they were all tasty. Sometimes the "session" ale at a brewpub is a little weak but I found their Belgian Pale Ale very good. They had a nice barleywine, sour and an IPA on cask. The service was okay. The waitress wasn't sure of everything they had available. The food was good especially the appetizers. The cheese curds and fried asparagus were excellent. The prices are good, too. The offer sample sizes, 10oz sizes and pints on the beer. I was pleasantly surprised by this place. It makes a nice halfway point between Columbia, MO and Chicago.
07-13-2011 16:48:35 |
More by zeff80
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
cool place. nice architecture. they have a few televisions, but i am not looking for that. i am here for the beer. have been twice- the first saturday with my wife and son and last night- but add my sis and bro-in-law and my p's. our "christmas dinner". i have had the jivaro oatmeal espresso stout, the redbird ale, and the baldock IPA. those beers are good. service is ok. accommodating staff. nice menu. i have had two of the pizzas. the brewmaster was great. the chicken and apple sausage was a little dry due to not having any sauce and goat cheese. i knew that when ordering. overall it was good. i am a goat cheese fan. other than a pork chop needing a little extra time on the grill, everyone else enjoyed there food. the kids menu is ok. the usual suspects are there. good dishes tend to be a little on the pricey side. good place to get a steak, but do not expect to get a burger or other "bar" food. go get some eats and take home a growler today.
12-25-2007 02:52:20 |
More by ajmoody76
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