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Taps: 12 / Bottles: 156
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
319 W State St
phone: (630) 262-3877
(Place added by: thewimperoo on 12-11-2009)
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| Reviews: 14 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
From notes during a February 16th, 2011 visit
This is always a favorite stop when visiting my college buddy who lives nearby. It’s a great location! Located in historic downtown Geneva in an old building that once used to be a theater. Walking in you’ll see 3-4 bar-height tables to your right and about 10 or so normal-height tables to your left. In the middle of the place is an “L”-shaped bar with a couple of flat screen TV’s on the wall. There is always a great line-up of brews at this place. 12 Craft beers on tap, 112 of bottles of various Craft brews and 2 Craft brews offered in cans. This is always changing so if you want to see the most current list of brews see the website for an updated list. Prices are reasonable, as low as $5 for some Tap & Bottle offerings and high as $20; however, you should see most in the $5 to $10 range. On this visit I had Tyranena’s “Shaggin’ in the Wood” on tap!
The food here is also quite delicious! Prices are reasonable as well. Basically you are going to spend around $7 to $10 for a huge burger, sandwich, or Panini. Like I said the food here is very delicious! For this visit I had the Blacken Turkey Panini which is by far my favorite sandwich there. Price is $7.95.
Well, if you are in the area and looking for a nice place to enjoy a nice craft beer and maybe have something to eat Geneva’s Ale House is the place to go!
04-26-2011 17:54:58 |
More by Dhren1979
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Located in historic downtown Geneva, IL underneath the old Geneva Theater marquee.
Atmosphere: Excellent environment consisting of friendly people and relaxed ambiance. Friday and Saturday dinner sees an increased pace, but this doesn't detract from the overall experience. Several TVs are scattered thought the bar area and the staff controlled music selection is a mix of classic rock and blues.
Quality: Outstanding. Traditional glassware and pours, although this can be confusing for some who are always expecting a MGD draft experience. Owner knows his stuff and is always willing to discuss craft brews with interested patrons.
Service: Staff is well trained and friendly. They are always willing to answer any questions about the beers and offer 'tasters' of draft beer you might be on the fence about.
Selection: 12 taps all of domestic and international craft brews, with another 100+ on bottles/cans. More traditional mass market beers (Miller Lite, Corona, Coors etc) are also available, making it a place you can take anyone, even if they aren't interested in the craft brews. Although, the staff will try and convert them!
Food: Burgers and sandwiches are amazing. Signature 'Ale House Burger' comes with a friend egg, bacon, grilled onions, and sharp cheddar. Simply amazing. All burgers are served on pretzel rolls, which compliment the beers nicely.
Value: For the same prices you pay at other local establishments you get a better selection of beer and some of the best pub food around. When it comes to getting your money's worth, it's hard to come up with anywhere else to go in the Fox Valley area.
04-18-2010 18:43:41 |
More by mmckee82
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Finally got a chance to stop by on my way home from work. I had been meaning to get here for months now.
12 craft taps. Tons of bottles. Some tap prices were very good, some seemed a little high. Settled on a pint of Racer 5 for $5. No complaints here. Grabbed the pulled pork and homemade chips. Sandwich was good (I am a sucker for the pretzel roll) and they put a ton of chips on the plate. More than I expected for $8.95.
Overall, I will definitely be back in the near future. I'll definitely consider coming here more over the Bavarian Lodge. The number of taps may not be as good, but I didn't get the holier than thou attitude I sometimes experience at the Lodge.
04-20-2011 01:07:20 |
More by spankdog42
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I love going out to Geneva. It is a peaceful relaxing area, where one can go on bike rides, relax in the park, and hit up the downtown. I go there often, and literally every time I do I hit up Geneva Ale House. The atmosphere is normally either quiet (on the weekdays) or pretty bustling during the weekend. The clientele are not "beer" people, but regular patrons who may or may not be looking to get a pint.
The quality of the establishment is on par with what you would expect, and the service has always been very good. They often have at least one fun special thing on the tap list, and overall have a solid, albeit smaller tap lineup.
The food here (well, what I've had) is phenomenal. I highly recommend the Chipotle BBQ Chicken breast. I get it almost every time I go and it hasn't gotten old.
I will say, my biggest gripe with this establishment is that they overcharge what THEY think are "rarer" beers on tap. It is absurd. For example, they are charging $12 for a 12oz pour of the Dogfish Head Sierra Nevada Rhizing Bines IPA. This beer can be purchased anywhere around the area, is NOT that expensive, and is frankly, not that good. This bugs me mostly because it makes it seem to me they are trying to make a quick buck off of what they think is a limited beer. Don't do that Ale House - it makes you look cheap and that you don't care about your regulars/clientele. If you want to charge a bit extra, increase the price a reasonable amount. Don't charge a dollar an ounce for a mediocre, sub-par, not rare beer.
04-19-2013 18:00:05 |
More by SpdKilz
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5 | $$
Was pleasantly surprised by this tiny little bar in downtown Geneva. Their beer selection was great and had really good breweries like Sierra Nevada and Three Floyds. I tried their Sierra Nevada Bigfoot and was taken back by it. I had been looking for it at several other placed and was so glad I had finally found it.
The Ale house burger was very good and the homemade chips we delicious. I don't usually like chips but was very happy with how this place turned out.
06-02-2013 02:58:02 |
More by ethanmc12
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Located on the main drag in touristy Geneva, this "Ale House" is not associated with the chain of Ale Houses that I'm more familiar with. Small, quaint, and friendly, the beer here is much more impressive than I was expecting. The limited number of taps focus on American IPAs , but there is a little diversity in the mix (recent taps included FFF APW, FW union jack, Bengali Tiger, and Rasputin)
Highlights include GF Linch Pin, Frangelic brown and love child2
Friendly and attentive service with a respectable amount of beer knowledge.
Good bar food. Again, better than expected: Fresh house made fries and chips. Decent salads and sandwiches.
07-13-2012 23:26:17 |
More by Florida9
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Hometown spot that I too often forget about. I've always enjoyed it every time I go. It's in a renovated movie theater under the marquee in downtown Geneva.
It's a family friendly place if you go early. It's always nice to be able to take the family out to dinner and be able to get some great beers.
The food is good. The Cajun Rigatoni is my favorite and it's pretty much become my default dish as it pairs well with the nice selection of IPA's they usually have on tap.
FFF Dreadnaught, Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster, Two Bros Hop Juice and Founders Centennial is the current IPA tap list.
Good food, good beer, worth a visit.
07-16-2011 04:21:48 |
More by ssimpson89
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
The Geneva Ale House offers a pretty decent selection as well as a great menu of food items. The atmosphere is a bit too classy for me and had brightly lit lights inside which i am usually opposed to. I prefer dimly lit spots personally. The service is pretty quick and friendly and the quality of everything is on the high side of the spectrum. The price is a little high too but you get what you pay for.
When I had recently visited, the Ale House had many great brews on draft. These included HopSlam (@ a generous price of $6 a pint), Firestone Walker Double Jack, Founders Double Trouble, Left Hand Imperial Stout and Smuttynose Brown.
02-11-2011 18:20:04 |
More by ChugginOil
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 |
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