Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
Active Beers: 78
Beer Ratings: 43,625
Beer Avg: 4.05
Taps: 20 / Bottles: 20
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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3.58/5 rDev -17.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.75 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75 | $$
Go off hours if possible. The doortrolls don't want to deal with you at all. They'll barely (and begrudgingly) answer questions. The waitresses are really nice and knowledgeable though, if and when you get in. Food's usually damn good, and the beer lives up to FFF's rep. Inside is reminiscent of that stoner guy's room in the frat house, only with a cement floor instead of shag carpet. If you go in not expecting any special treatment, you'll be fine.
06-21-2013 23:52:52 | More by RMelyon
3.58/5 rDev -17.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$
*From my Yelp profile*
It has to be stupid of me to review this based on my very brief visit, but this is what I saw and dealt with when stopping by to pick up a couple bombers of their beer.
First of all, when I first walked in, I was "greeted" by an overweight, roughly six-foot, scruffy bearded guy that seemed to hate his life. His eyes were half closed, he sounded monotone, and he really acted like he didn't want to be there. Hey, it's a brewpub, maybe his ass was trashed. If he was though, why the hell do they let workers drink on the job?
After being told the wait would be about half an hour (I wasn't sure if we were going to eat or not), I walked over and bought a bomber of Arctic Panzer Wolf for $10 at the to-go area. I had planned on getting Apocalypse Cow, but they were out... bleh. When I got back to the front door, the suicidal obese guy was still standing there when a woman came in that surely looked to be in about her mid-twenties. The guy oh-so unemotionally said, "I need to see your I.D. You can't be in here if you aren't 21."
A few things. I'm gonna make an ass out of myself here. Maybe I'm the stupid one.
Why can't a person come here just to eat? Can people under 21 really not come in here, or was the guy just being an asscock?
I also have to wonder why the chick was walking around without an I.D. She seemed to have come alone. The brewery is in the middle of nowhere, basically, so I'm gonna have to guess that she didn't walk from home. I don't know. I'm confused.
I was at Three Floyds for all of about seven minutes, and I got a taste of what to expect the next time I visit and eat... the workers seem to be pretentious hipsters (well, that's a touch redundant) that for some reason hate their job. Ah, incompetence...
I'll update this whenever I go back -- that could be next year, the year after, or the year after.
08-29-2013 00:12:40 | More by Alextricity
3.6/5 rDev -17.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2 | $$$
A--- Great looking outside. Cool Alpha King statue and well thought out outside part of building. Inside is all beer you could dream of. More tap handles and signs that I have seen in a long time. Small is not the word I would use. Tiny is more like it. Maybe 10-15 tables and enough room for 10-15 people at the bar. When I got there there was a line to get in FFF, about 15 people. When I left there were 50 people waiting to get in.
Q-- Clean but a bit disorganized. Air Conditioning is a good concept.
S-- Preface this by saying it was very, very busy but to not have menus ready at opening is poor. Was hard to get a second drink or to get water as bar staff were crushed by 12:30. Felt very rushed at times. Staff was polite though.
S-- Sick good selection. FFF beers and to see expedition stout on tap?? Crazy good selection and stuff not normally seen on tap or in the area is good.
F-- Poor. 4 star chef?? Bland, uninteresting food. Chicken sandwich was not very good at all. Menu was small and really kind of dull to me. Thought 2 brothers and Shorline had far better menus and food options.
V-- Totally different perception on a weekday I would guess. I had to pick a monster day to go. Too small a venue for what they do. A massive upgrade to the pub would be a very good. Felt sorry for the staff. Prices were good but the venue was not. Growler prices are on the steep side and tour was not that great I thought.
07-04-2011 02:38:03 | More by mulder1010
3.63/5 rDev -16.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
If this is an endpoint or destination of a beer pilgrimage the pilgrims may be in for a disappointment, customers are, ironically, not 3 Floyd's priority. It's as if one should feel privileged to be their customer when, in reality, it's their great fortune that people choose to frequent the brewpub. I've seen and heard the staff, without prompting, talk patrons out of ordering whatever they chose, treating them as if they don't know anything for their own good. Moreover, staff have also talked potential seated customers out of waiting in line and to just take some beer home. Even the take home beer is somewhat of hassle, you must pay for new growler, no refills, you can get six packs but, they can't be mixed i.e., only a six pack of Robert the Bruce may be purchased - it's not possible to buy 3 Alpha Kings and 3 of Robert the Bruce.
I've been here few times, it's a convenient little side trip on my way to Chicago from Michigan. The beer, food and atmosphere are great but, from the service standpoint I'm beginning to think its not worth the effort. Fortunately, being from Michigan, I've plenty of brewpub and breweries choices with beer on par, if not better than 3 Floyd's where the customer does matter. Where I can mix take out six packs, get growlers refilled and only have to pay for the beer.
01-08-2012 18:13:13 | More by gflore34
3.68/5 rDev -15.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I stopped in mid-afternoon on my way to Indianapolis via Chicago.
After a long, winding drive through Munster, and then into its light industrial district, found the one building in the neighborhood that looked like it had any character. Walked in past the doorguy into a moderate sized dining room with a 14 foot bar with tables and couches with coffee tables, a really comfortable-looking place on the inside.
Even though I can't get Three Floyds where I live, I know them by reputation and have really enjoyed the few beers I have managed to get my hands on. The beer here today was no exception. Had a Hyena! (which is a lot more like an American hopped saison than an APA) and Slave Princess (a porter brewed from the 2nd runnings of the 2009 Dark Lord), which were both amazing, the porter in particular with a huge hop punch). In addition to these, they had roughly 6 or 7 more that are brewpub-only releases, so well worth your time to stop by at least for these. Unfortunately, you can only get growlers to go of Alpha King, Pride and Joy, Robert the Bruce, and Gumballhead. Great beers, but because they sell these by the bottle ($34 or $36 for a case), so really only worth your while for a growler if you live in the neighborhood and can refill them regularly. They also had 22's avalable of DFH & FFF's collaboration Popskull Oud Bruin available (cases at $130) and the other fun big stuff.
Anyway, relatively small menu, but it all looked amazing, we sat as close as we could to the kitchen door. The meatloaf sandwich was great, and the perfect mid-afternoon hold over for a couple people on a road trip. Our waiter, while knowledgeable and friendly, was not particularly good at paying attention to his tables, however. We were passed a number of times when we had empty glasses and empty plates, etc., even though he had plenty of time to send text messages in the restroom hallway. It felt like they were overconfident and felt that their beer was good enough that they did not have to give good service.
They had a great selection of guest beers as well, and was pretty happy with my experience. I don't know when the next time is that I'll be in the neighborhood, but next time I stop in, I'm sitting at the bar instead.
05-03-2009 23:22:09 | More by Baconisaveggie
3.7/5 rDev -15.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
Despite living within an hour's drive of the brewery, I recently visited for the first time. The brewpub itself was very small, but it was a great atmosphere. The food was good but not really outstanding--standard brewpub stuff mostly. Our server was great, but service overall was a little slow. That was fine for us, because we were in no hurry to get out of there, but don't expect to be in and out, particularly on a weekend evening. I rated "selection" a bit lower than I might have, because they had no special taps the night we were there. There were tons of guest taps and bottles available, which was awesome, but only the standard 3F offerings were available on tap (Gumballhead, Robert the Bruce, Alpha King, Pride and Joy, and Behemoth). I was really looking forward to Dreadnaught or some special releases on tap, and there were some listed when I checked the tap list prior to going, but nothing was available. Hopefully there will be something a little more exciting next time! Jinx Proof and Popskull were available in 22oz bottles and could be opened onsite. Despite being a little disappointed in the beer selection, I enjoyed the visit and will definitely be going back.
08-04-2009 13:24:05 | More by beersis81
3.7/5 rDev -15.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I've always wanted to visit FFF and was super excited to finally get the chance. On first impression, it was much smaller than I imagined... but still provided quiet the experience.
Atmosphere is a biker bar. The first time I was there for dinner, they had heavy metal music blasting and Death Ride playing on the projector. I'm used to loud bars but the patrons along with the music definitely makes you feel like a bit of an outsider if you're not heavily tattooed, wearing a leather jacket, and from the midwest/northwest part of the country. Again, the place was real cramped too.
Quality was decent. The bar had a bit of a dive feel but it was well set up. Not much to complain about and at least the area made me feel as comfortable as I could be.
Service was decent. A bit of a wait for the check at the end and the food, but given the quality of the food (and beer), it was well worth it.
Selection is average for a brewpub. About 10 of their offerings with 5-6 guest taps. A bump in score because their year-round beers like gumballhead and zombie dust blow away other brewpub's beers.
Food was surprisingly good given the overall atmosphere. I had a soft shell crab appetizer and it was incredible. Don't let the look of the place fool you. FFF puts out food with a quality as good as their beer.
$5 a pint with about $8-$10 appetizers and $10-$15 main courses. Really cheap in my mind given, again, the quality of what you're being served but they seem to be on the expensive side compared to other suburban brewpubs that I've seen.
FFF is the mecca and one of the big reasons I got into craft in the first place so this was a must visit for me. I was a touch disappointed by the place, but the food and drink were top notch. Worth the visit.
06-19-2012 18:44:51 | More by SpeedwayJim
3.75/5 rDev -14%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped by on my way out of Chicago to check out Three Floyds. As everyone has previously mentioned, this place is in a little unusual location, basically an industrial park. I wonder what made this choose this location? Maybe they were just a brewery before they became a brew pub?
The decor is fine by me, fits the style of 3F labels. Stained concrete floor with bright color walls. Paintings of 3F characters mix with brewery signs from breweries around the world. A good, eclectic mix of music was playing in the background. Unfortunately, there was a really annoying couple a few tables away talking way too loudly; arguing back and forth about who was a bigger dipsh$t. The remaining customers kept turning around in wonderment about the stupid things they were saying.
Service was okay, not as bad as some have said, but not exceptional. I had to hunt down my server to pay the bill, but everything else was fine. There were only three tables in the dining room in use, so I am not sure what the delay was. I think the 3F people might have been avoiding the annoying couple, everytime someone from the brewery came out, they liked to point out how something they were doing could be improved.
The food was good, definitely above average for a brewpub. It is nice to see a brewpub move beyond burgers and fries. I had a sandwich, but a lot of things looked great.
03-03-2007 14:35:01 | More by beveritt
3.75/5 rDev -14%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Updating my review from 2007. My wife and I have been back several times with and without minor children in tow, and have usually been pleased. Yesterday, not so much. Once again there was a wait, standing around the parking lot. they don't have room for patrons to wait for a table inside, but no offer of water or other refreshment to people sitting and standing in the hot sun. A table opens for us, but once our 18-year old daughter is not card-able, we can't have the open table on the bar side, and get routed back to the parking lot. HINT: If you have a minor in your party, let the host/hostess know when you get on the waiting list if they fail to ask you. Once we get a table on the "restaurant side," we're ignored for 10 minutes until I get the attention of the host and ask for service. From that point forward things went OK service-wise. Did not that the menu seems to be slipping toward "better-than-average" pub grub, though the pork and shrimp agnolini was the one standout, and Zombie Dust IPA was good enough to take a growler home. Overall still worthy of a pilgrimage, but there seems to be a bit more laurel-resting going on than before.
Original 2007 post:
Situated in a non-descript industrial park, this looks like a bar on the north side of Chicago that just got it's liquor license and found the furniture at a resale shop and its paint from the mis-mix bin at a local hardware. The place is clean and easy to navigate, if a bit small. I stopped in late on afternoon after an all-day meeting nearby with the intent of getting a couple of dreadnaught bombers. Had a seat at the bar and ordered a pint of pride & joy. There really in nothing quite as good as a fresh hoppy beer tapped at the brewery. Kitchen staff came out with an order of buffalo calamari, but the ones who ordered it already had their order. So the bartender offered the duplicate order to the customer who ordered the first one, then to the rest of the bar "on the house." After a few seconds of silence, I offered my assistance. They had done a really nice job. Hot, and well, hot, and tender, no bicycle inner tube chewiness. More than I'd hoped for. Walked out with a light tab, and two bombers each of dreadnaught and Brian Boru irish red, and a sixer of gumballhead. they had about 20 taps, with, say, a dozen FFF brews and the balance some very well chosen guest beers, and then a good choice of bottled brews to boot. Nice full menu even if I didn't have much of an opportunity to explore it. I'll definitely be back. Don't go in expecting a dark wood and leather kind of joint, and you won't be disappointed.
08-21-2011 22:31:41 | More by MillRat
3.75/5 rDev -14%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
A: Somewhat small pub area. Not much room at the bar, about eight tables in the main room and there is a second room with additional seating right next to it. Cool memorabilia on the walls, projection screen usually showing some avant garde flick, usually metal pumping through the speakers, soccer on the tele. Overall, somewhat quaint but nice and well-maintained.
Q: Beer is of the highest quality and freshness. I have only eaten here a few times, but the food was always good.
S: If you get the one guy, service SUCKS. Dude has a bad attitude and is not friendly. Everyone else is very nice.
F: I have only eaten here a few times, but the food has always been good. A little pricey, and the menu is more upscale American Bistro. The fries and sauces is awesome.
S: Beer only, no liquor or wine. Just about every beer that 3Floyds makes, minus out of season seasonals and the rare stuff, is on tap. You will also find some beers that are only available on tap at the brewery. Usually something on cask. A few guest taps and a small but quality bottle selection. Growler fills (not cask beer), bombers, 6ers, and cases are available for carryout purchase.
V: Beer is priced reasonable. Food is a bit overpriced, imo. Carryout beer is very nicely priced. Overall, I am please with the prices at the brewery.
01-28-2012 12:53:06 | More by tsauce2
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