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Carlyle Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 10
Beer Ratings: 48
Beer Avg: 3.92
Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
215 E State St
phone: (815) 963-2739
(Place added by: Dogbrick)
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| Reviews: 24
vibe: 2 | quality: 1.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2 | $$
We stopped by here because my parents live in Rockford. Boy were we disappointed. Based on the reviews, maybe we just happened by on an off night, despite being a Saturday night. The place just looked completely blah. People were coming in every once in a while, but they all migrated into a back room or something, very few people in the front with the bar. We sampled several different beers and didn't enjoy a single one. My overall impression of their beer is watered down. It was hard to believe that the beers had the ABVs the menu boasted. We didn't try any food and left as soon as we had choked down a beer and some samples. Prices were standard for Rockford, although nice to us since we're from the city. I doubt you could drag me there again.
01-28-2010 00:42:44 |
More by Bellabananas
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$
Not very large but they had good seating for the space they had. There is a front and alley entrance. Reasonably priced. Good Quality beer. Sandwhiches and Pizza are on the menu. I did not notice anyone smoking. Middleclass 30 something crowd. Service a little slow for how busy it was, but one cannot judge from just one waitress. Plenty of schwag to purchase. Growlers available also. Quite a large selection of beers. I had their IPA which they have monikered Humulus Lupulus. Plenty of seasonal beers also. Good atmosphere. I'd definitely go again!
12-28-2006 21:10:22 |
More by TechMyst
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $
I am from Chicago but I visit Rockford frequently as my girlfriend's parents live there. I went downtown to seek out some good beer when I came across Carlyle's. Everything about this place was promising... the only brewery in Rockford, a nice atmosphere, a decent list of 12 beers that include some creative styles. The prices were also reasonable 3.75 for a glass (short of a pint) for most of their beers. The first beer I tried was the Bourbon aged cherry stout. This was served in a "goblet". The goblet looked huge (about 12-14 oz) but the glass was so thick that it only looked large perceptually. My guess is that it held 10 oz max. This beer was a huge disappointment. The appearance is thin and watery which for the style is a no no. The taste... water, bourbon, water. No cherry flavor and no roasted stout flavors. If I tasted this blind, I would have guessed it was AB's winter bourbon cask ale. I also sampled the Scotch ale which had a pleasant aroma and had a nice grain profile. Once again, this fell short on the taste. Very watery. It is as if they brewed all of their beer and then watered them down. Also sampled the vanilla cream ale... same story here. I will no go back here. As tempting and attractive as this place is, the product does not deliver.
07-19-2009 15:50:05 |
More by homebrew311
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
Not expecting alot of greatness in Rockford... I love the town... and Cheap Trick... but being a visitor in that town for over 15 years to see family... I've never had a great brew experience there until recent years.
The Carlyle is good. The food is typical brew pub choices and the beer is OK. A bit flavorless at times... but good enough.
I think they need to embrace the wonderful brew mentality that is just up the road in Wisconsin. More classic retro brewing recipes...and homages.
In Rockford, The Carlyle is a safe bet.
09-24-2008 19:56:37 |
More by Hedeen
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
Pleasant bar atmosphere. A little dark but that just made it relaxing.
Not a lot of beer selection but most major types available. Had there IPA which was OK. Had their Triple which was like sweet liquid bananas, the alcohol was hidden in the sweetness - dangerous. More like a light bodied syrup than a beer.
Service was mixed one bar tender (that took care of me) was friendly and informative. The other looked through me like I wasn't there and spend his time with what seemed like regulars.
Lots of regulars in the place, both at the bar and at tables.
Very limited menu bar food brats etc.
A decent place for a snack and a beer. I like to support local breweries when I visit a town and I will be back if I come to Rockford. Not a great place, but certainly worth a stop.
03-23-2009 18:46:00 |
More by zebulon
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25 | $$
Atmosphere: A very relaxed and easy going atmosphere, even on some nights where it is packed with people. Shuffle board, darts, and billiards are all available to the patrons. A couple different seating areas which easily accommodate a large group or yourself and a date is very nice. No doubt a fun relaxing place to have a few beers.
Quality: The quality of the beer is good but nothing great. All of their beers seem to have the same piny hop character. Not sure what specific hops they are using but it runs throughout their whole line. Its not an offensive flavor but lacks diversity. That being said though, I will no doubt take their brews over all of the usual places to go in Rockford.
Service: No real problems here, but nothing that ever blew me away. There was always a waiter/waitress in close range to get ahold of. Servers were always pleasant, even on busy nights which is always appreciated.
Food: Perfect beer drinking pizza! Very thin crust with many different toppings available. They also have some traditional snacks like salted pretzels which is a favorite of my girlfriend. Definitely have something to tide that appetite during a long evening of drinking.
Overall: A great place to go and I highly recommend it to anyone passing through/in the Rockford area. Good beer and some very solid food. Just switch up those hops every once in a while and we would really be in business!
04-09-2013 01:25:41 |
More by KFBR392
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
My wife and I dropped by in December 2012 before heading off to see a show at the BMO Harris Center that is located just a block away. Located in the downtown older part of Rockford, this is a fairly decent sized place as there is kind of a hidden part to the building. On a Saturday night this place was hopping. We weren’t offered any kind of seating so we took it as a “seat yourself” kind of place. The food menu is pretty basic brewpub food, just something that pairs well with beer. Staff was nice and the beers were average to above average quality wise. A nice little place I would be interesting in visiting again. However their website could really use some help. No food menu and talk about weird hours opening at 3pm most days. Closed on Sundays? That wouldn’t fly in Wisconsin! More hours and a more appealing lunch/dinner menu would greatly help this place.
12-14-2012 06:14:13 |
More by Lemke10
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in two nights in a row while traveling to this burg. The place obviously has a good set of regulars, which gives it extra points for the neighborhood bar feel. Not crowded when I visited, service was attentive and friendly. Menu is limited. I got a small pizza and it was fine. Not great, but a good deal, tasty, hot, good ingredients.
The beer selection is OK - they had what was important to me, a dry-hopped IPA with a killer nose, good flavor. A fine brew. The American Wheat was awfully close to MGD, althogether lacking in distinction. Coulda-shoulda-woulda tried the stout.
From a seat at the bar, one can see through to the brewing area, and there is serious production going on here. Too bad they don't offer tours more often. This is a solid place, deserving of your visit and patronage, and capable of providing you a brew to remember. Recommended.
11-02-2006 02:21:06 |
More by dickroop
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
Visited on 10/11/2008.
Being the only brewpub in town, we decided to visit while on a camping weekend at Rock Cut State Park.
This place is located near the river in downtown Rockford. Parking was easy to find on a Saturday afternoon, but I could see it being a problem at other times. Upon entering I was immediately liking the ambiance of the place. The brew house is all off to the right and visible through windows and an open (gated)doorway. The main bar room is to the left and is a long skinny room that has the bar situated on the right side and the tables and booths over to the left. Everything is dark stained wood and very comforting in an old, well-used pub sort of way. The beers are clearly listed on a giant chalkboard at the end of the bar along with the relevant ABVs. The beer garden was down a long hallway and out behind the building (in the alley). It was nicely done (stone wall around it with a gate in the corner) but I decided against it because, well, it was in the alley and hot as hell.
I was impressed to find 12 beers on tap at this little place! A nice assortment of brews including some standards as well as a few showing some creativity (i.e. vanilla cream ale). All but 2 of the beers were in the 4.5 to 5.5 ABV range. I had the American Strong Ale, the Festbier, and the Vanilla Cream Ale. All were what I would consider good and drinkable but nothing earth-shattering to note.
Service was friendly (we sat at the bar) and the bartender was willing to comment on some of the beers, pour free samples, and generally shoot the breeze on a slow Saturday.
The prices at this place were in my opinion very good. The day we visited, 10 of the 12 beers were just $3.75 per pint and the other two were $4.00 per pint. Price wise, my only complaint was that the 2 "expensive" beers were each $26 for a growler refill while the other 10 beers were just $9 per growler refill.
Overall, this is a solid good place to find fresh beer in the Rockford area. I will definitely visit again without reservations on my next trip out that way.
10-12-2008 20:59:22 |
More by spointon
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
Stopped in with my wife and four year old daughter for dinner and a sample of their brews on 4/7/10.
First, I love the fact there is no television anywhere. This alone is enough to make me want to give it a 5 all around. Too many bars with too many TVs in this world, dadgummit. Anyway, there's a great large window in front from which to see the cool older buildings across the way, and the Rock River just down the road a piece. Ceiling is high, tables of solid wood, comfortable enough chairs, kind of dark, a handsome bar and brick walls. The brewery itself is visible through a gate and a glass window, and that's a nice touch. The music is present but unobtrusive---we heard Tom Waits, Natalie Merchant, Van Morrison, etc.---and like the clientele, it seemed like a lot of white folks with good taste.
Nothing wrong with that. The food menu is kind of sparse but not bad for pub grub: pizzas, basic sandwiches, etc. No wings or fried stuff. We had a sausage pizza and it was more than adequate. There were at least twelve beers on tap and we sampled eight of the twelve. That is one of the really nice things in terms of the beer: 5oz. samples go for between $1.25 and $2.50. You can choose what you want to try, and there is no set "flight" menu. That is a very nice touch.
We tried the APA, the imperial stout, the stout, the honey ale, the Irish red, the IPA, the English bitter and the double IPA. Each had its strengths, and each was tasty in its way, but there was nothing outstanding, or that will blow your mind. Of them all I thought the APA was the best as it was the most balanced, drinkable and memorable. Growlers cost $5, and the fill prices vary depending upon what style you get.
The service was competent but not aggressive. I wasn't expecting a whole lot, to be honest, but our waiter was nice and kept us in food and drink.
I liked the atmosphere, the food was serviceable and the beer was not bad. We got there at 4:30 on a Wednesday, and people were trickling in throughout the almost two hours we were there, until the place was pretty full by 6:00. I would definitely go back again, considering that this is the only place of its kind for miles and miles around. The best thing about this place is that it is an independent establishment run by someone who obviously has a love for beer and brewing it himself, and I value that commitment, especially in this city. If you're ever in Rockford, this is the place to go.
04-08-2010 02:20:10 |
More by Mandark
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