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Geneva Ale House
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Taps: 12 / Bottles: 156
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
319 W State St
phone: (630) 262-3877
(Place added by: thewimperoo on 12-11-2009)
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| Reviews: 14 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
The Geneva Ale House was a meet-point for DavidEddie and I for our in-person trade. Located under the large marquee, it was a little difficult to find if you didn't know what you were looking for. Thankfully there were parking spots right out front!
I walked in and immediately headed for the bathroom walking through a long, rectangle building painted a burnt auburn red color inside. The deep tone gave it a low-level, moody, chill feeling that was average. Nothing on the walls stood out and the place in general seemed rather small and boring.
After the hitting the bathroom I found Dave sitting at the edge of the bar and I popped a squat next to him. I looked at their great bottle list and saw a bunch of fantastic beers and things I'd love to try but I opted for a tap beer. I asked Dave what he was having and he offered to buy my pint in return for the drive out there. I got what he had, a Bell's draft only offering called Poolside Ale.
Not a bad selection at all, it was pretty good for the small location. The service was good but nothing to speak of either way and I didn't try any food. In the end, it was a good meet point for a brew and a trade but I wouldn't go out of my way to get there. Thanks again for the brew Dave!
08-29-2010 17:09:15 |
More by BeerFMAndy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Located in historic downtown Geneva, IL underneath the old Geneva Theater marquee.
Atmosphere: Excellent environment consisting of friendly people and relaxed ambiance. Friday and Saturday dinner sees an increased pace, but this doesn't detract from the overall experience. Several TVs are scattered thought the bar area and the staff controlled music selection is a mix of classic rock and blues.
Quality: Outstanding. Traditional glassware and pours, although this can be confusing for some who are always expecting a MGD draft experience. Owner knows his stuff and is always willing to discuss craft brews with interested patrons.
Service: Staff is well trained and friendly. They are always willing to answer any questions about the beers and offer 'tasters' of draft beer you might be on the fence about.
Selection: 12 taps all of domestic and international craft brews, with another 100+ on bottles/cans. More traditional mass market beers (Miller Lite, Corona, Coors etc) are also available, making it a place you can take anyone, even if they aren't interested in the craft brews. Although, the staff will try and convert them!
Food: Burgers and sandwiches are amazing. Signature 'Ale House Burger' comes with a friend egg, bacon, grilled onions, and sharp cheddar. Simply amazing. All burgers are served on pretzel rolls, which compliment the beers nicely.
Value: For the same prices you pay at other local establishments you get a better selection of beer and some of the best pub food around. When it comes to getting your money's worth, it's hard to come up with anywhere else to go in the Fox Valley area.
04-18-2010 18:43:41 |
More by mmckee82
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Been here twice now; first time was in December and things were a bit sketchy...service slow, food was good but long wait and waitress didnt know much about beer. Although I enjoyed the beer was a bid disappointed with beer tap selection.
That changed when I was there in mid-Jan. Albiet it was a less crowded night, the beer tap selection included Dreadnaught and Hopslam! Great choices....I was able to talk to the owner and he is very focused on getting quality beer and will use that to drive business. It worked because with those selections, I'll make a special trip. He also had snifters which he didnt have the first time i visited. Seems the place has their heart set on good quality craft beer and I think it will be very successful. Also, he was very open to hear ideas from his patrons.
I'd highly recommend visiting if you're in the area!
01-29-2010 03:15:35 |
More by krtman
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Visited the Geneva Ale House, a new craft beer bar in Downtown Geneva, on 12/11. It opened on 12/9 and is located under the marquee sign on Rt.38.
Atmosphere: Cozy place with a few tv's, quiet music. It's easy to hang out here and have a conversation.
Quality: Beers were all fresh and properly handled. All beer was served in proper glassware.
Service: You can tell that this place has only been open for a couple of days. Knowledge of products, both food and beer, was a bit sketchy. I'm sure as the staff becomes more familiar with the menu this will improve. Don't go in expecting a ton of knowledge on beer from the wait staff at this point.
Selection: 12 beers on tap, all craft. I don't think that there is anything else in Geneva that can say that. There is a good variety of beer styles. 65 bottles in the fridge of all varieties. Hopefully the business will be good enough to keep the turnover high enough.
Food: Mostly what you would expect: burgers, sandwiches, salads and a few other entrees. Homemade chips, fries or sweet potato fries accompany most meals. Food was good.
Value: Most beers on tap were $5 for a pint. Some of the Belgian selections were $6-$7. Bottles were in the $3-$6 range for 12 oz. Food entrees ranged from $8-$15.
Overall it's great to have a place where you know there is going to be a solid selection of craft beer. The business on Friday night was brisk with a lot of people that used to be regulars when the location was Citizen Kane. As they work out the kinks I can only hope that the selection improves and this becomes a real beer destination spot in the western burbs. I expect after they get some more experience under their belt my score for this place will increase as it has a lot of potential.
12-12-2009 16:56:04 |
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