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Taps: 27 / Bottles: 150
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1970 W Montrose Ave
phone: (773) 697-8204
Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 2:00am
Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00am
Sunday Brunch: 10:30am - 2:30pm
Sunday: 2:30pm - 2:00am
(Place added by: emerge077 on 04-29-2010)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Don't be fooled by the name - no Ayn Randiness here.
My first visit was the evening of the Half Acre Imperial Daisy Cutter & (brewery forgotten) Ginger Alt tapping during craft brew week. The crowd was pretty massive, but service remained decent.
The selection on tap was impressive. many non-American offerings, which seems to be relatively novel for your average craft brew bar. I'll take an American IPA or oatmeal stout over any German style, so while novel, the non-American selections don't do too much for me. However, the Belgian taps are a welcome exception to that rule. Cantillon Vigneronne on draft? Yes please.
Follow-up visit on the Friday before Memorial Day kept up the good impressions. About a quarter full at 3:30pm, but by the time we left around 8, there wasn't an empty seat in the joint. Beer menu showed some rotation, food menu mentioned that selection would be increasing as they iron out opening kinks.
Food offerings are to the gourmet side of the spectrum. Quite good, though more veg offerings would be welcome. Lots of talk about the Duck Duck Mac - rauchbier+cheese mac and cheese with duck confit. I've had the grilled brie sandwich and the pork belly with portabello subbed for the pork. Both were good, but not worth seeking out.
Fountainhead focuses on fine beer, wine, and scotch, so this is a great place to go with folks that may not share a love of beer, but have a taste for wine or scotch. Prices seem extremely reasonable, given what others in the market charge for a high quality beer. I really appreciate this neighborhood joint, with neighborhood-joint-type prices. I will, no doubt, be visiting this place on the regular.
06-07-2010 01:07:02 |
More by Katyw02
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Opening night! Finally open after a few months of anticipation.
First impressions were very promising all around. Arrived at 5:30 and hung out at the bar as many more patrons streamed in. Inside there were dark wood floors and a nice dark wood bar in the front room. Table seating between the bar, and booths lined the walls. Exposed brick in places, with red walls in the front, and shades drawn on the many windows that face the Montrose/Damen corner. The room was very comfortable, and it was obvious they paid attention to all the details.
At the bar, two chrome tap towers held 13 taps each, with a free standing Lindemans tap and two beer engines. Tap selection was varied with many import and craft gems. Notably Cantillon Kriek, FFF Topless Wytch, Ommegang BPA, Lagunitas Chicago Fusion, New Holland Envious, and a host of others. Bottle selection was also deep with coverage of many styles. I noticed Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze, a Boon Lambic, also a couple from Jolly Pumpkin. As it was opening night, it was draft only for more expedient service. If you've ever been to the Beer School bar at Sheffields, you know you're in capable hands here (same beer guy, Phil).
Service was great at the bar, even as the place filled up with the opening night crowd. Waters were kept full, and there was a crazy selection of glassware. Prices on everything were quite fair, and refreshing to see when so many other "upscale beer bars" tend to gouge.
Food was good, I had the "swine swoon" a pork shoulder sandwich that was very tasty. Frites were crispy and double fried. Hangar steak and pork belly sandwich at the bar looked great too. Hearty food, though they had salads and a couple veg options.
Overall a great new addition to Ravenswood, i'll be going back many times. The rooftop garden will be the place to be this summer...
6/2010: After returning several times, i've noticed they tend to run out of things on the weekends (draft, cask, popular dishes). Bottle list is in place, organized by style. Service has been great.
04-29-2010 01:44:11 |
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