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Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Active Beers: 45
Beer Ratings: 1,049
Beer Avg: 3.69
Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1035 Sterling Ave
phone: (708) 957-BREW
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This place put me in mind of Red Star in Greensburg, PA, since both occupy former train stations, with the current station nearby. In fact, that is the most convenient way to visit this place take the local Metra train to their Flossmoor Station, exit the station and walk a half a block to the brewpub. Cool beans!
I ascended a flight of stairs, passed through a short vestibule that contained a glass case used to display logo items for sale, and arrived at the maitre d station to my immediate right. To the right of the entryway was the beginning of the restaurant area, which continued up a short flight of steps into an extensive dining room. To my immediate left was the copper-jacketed brewhouse and beyond that, the bar. To the left of the bar were some booth seats and a couple of high tables and chairs. Continuing left, down a narrow passageway on the left side, were a line of shelves and stools as well as a wood patio, accessible through a doorway. On the right side of this passageway, all of the way aft, were the washrooms. I got seated at the bar and to the immediate right was the kitchen. The back bar was an extensive wood and mirror affair that was very pretty to look at. The brewer and by extension, the brewpub, had lots of medals and plaques on display. There was a working model train layout suspended in the overhead and railroad pictures and memorabilia were displayed throughout the brewpub. As a rail fan, I was very happy just to sit and take it all in and never more than when an actual freight train passed by in the background.
I have to give kudos to my server, Alisa, for bringing me a glass of water to accompany my sampler tray without having to be asked. They served an extensive inventory of ales, form Leftorium, a Flanders-style sour brown, to Avant-Garde, a Biere de Garde, to Hefeweizen to a number of fruit/wheat beers for summer, to the Imperial Dwarf IPA, which was my pick.
09-07-2006 09:11:40 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
We stopped at flossmoor station on 8/6/06 which was a sunday night. The place was pretty empty so we sat at the bar and started with a taster flight. The flight included 10 or 12 tasters for 8.95 which was a great way to start. My favorites included the vishnus vice IPA,the 1906 anniversary ale APA,and the Panama limited Red Ale.(all three are a hop lovers dream!) My girlfriend loved the gandy dancer honey ale and the avant-garde. We started with the beer cheese soup( which was excellent) and later moved on to a full slab of tasty ribs.The bartender(jill) was knowledgeable and very friendly. The manager(bill) was also very helpful and seemed to be an asset to the restaurant. The decor was mostly old train station pictures and medals from beerfests which i enjoyed looking at. Overall we had a very nice time and would reccommend Flossmoor to our friends.
08-15-2006 04:05:19 |
More by pghlee
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
This afternoons excursion lead my bike and I down the tollway a ways to Flossmoor, IL 60422. Home of, you guessed it, Flossmoor Station Brewpub. 1035 Sterling Ave (corner of Flossmoor, imagine that). Appropriately named as it literally sits next to the tracks going through town, as if it was probably once the train station that was used.
I did have a little trouble finding it, not for it being hidden, but for loosely taking shorthand notes of google directions. But the location once on the right path is very easy to find. Head down Flossmoor, and just West of the underpass for the tracks, go North. There is a sizable sign on the corner to guide you as well. Parking is all street or permit parking (for the train station), most with hour to two hour limits during daytime hours. Probably of no concern for your typical night time visits.
Anyways, once inside, I was greeted by two lovely ladies, and I mumbled some sort of question about just picking any seat... So I grabbed a cushioned bench spot on the far wall out of everyones ways where I could enjoy my beers alone with my thoughts, and palm pilot for taking notes :)
I had the Leftorium, and Imperial Dwarf IPA, and a plate of greasy cheese fries. Covered in a 'sauce' of sorts, and not real melted cheese :(
As I sipped away the last half of the Dwarf after eating my fill... I started to take note of my surroundings. A few more patrons started to make their way in. Each one ordering up a house brew and discussing them with others, so one get's the feeling the locals have taken to the place and content with the offerings. I'd like to give it another go and try some more of their wheat malty beers that seem to weigh heavily on the menu.
What did I see around me you ask? Pretty comfy seating along the back wall. I had a birds eye view of two brewers hard at work. Directly in front of me was a table full of hand written notes, glasses half full of tastings from the barrels, and trips in and out of the brew room, which is sided with multipaned wooden doors on my side, and large glass windows towards the entrance, allowing all to view them in action, and busy they were today.
Also featured was a sizable 12-15ft or so L shaped bar along the train-track side wall. Off to the right of the main entrance, a sizable area with tables for casual dining. Also in the main bar area where I was situated, several large plasma tv's, which today were showing the White Sox game (I was in south suburbs near IN after all), a couple more smaller tube tv's, a model train track, sadly not in motion, along the ceiling and all sorts of brewing medals and plaques everywhere. They appear to be very proud of the work they've done and the medals they've received. I'll have to try some other offerings at a later time to see if I agree, but worth the trip.
05-05-2006 16:27:20 |
More by mochunk
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped by the Flossmoor with fellow BA BigErn, while down at the Dark Lord release party. Located in a cool little neighborhood, next to the train tracks. A bunch of RateBeer guys were there doing some beer reviews. Pretty busy for a Friday night. A good mixed crowd of people. Tried three of their beers, first was there Belgian style beer that was boubon aged. Not bad, very hot, needs some time, a little over the top with the boubon flavor. Next was the Pullman Nut Brown Ale, very tasty and enjoyed with my overstuffed steak burrito. Last was their XIPA, very good and my favorite by far. Had some sort of skunky, pot smell to it, very enjoyable.
Average size place, with cool decor and about eight to ten beers on tap. The best part of my visit, was the tour given by their head brewer, Andrew. A very cool guy, very informative and great brewer. He showed us the brewhouse, where they make the beer and also, took us downstairs to the beer coolers. He also showed what they had aging in casks, for future releases. It was awesome that he took the time to inform us of their brewing process. Food was good and the prices were right. I recommend stopping by if in the area.
04-30-2006 15:52:09 |
More by BigDaddyWil
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
This was a nice location for a BA gathering this past weekend. Upon entering, there is a pretty standard bar in front of you, with a room of brewing equipment to the left, and a smaller seating area off to the left of the bar, with patio space enclosed by a tent next to the room with the brew equipment. I'm not sure if there is another room with more seating off to the right, but I suspect there may have been. We sat in the area to the left of the bar at a series of high top tables. There were somewhere around 10 brews on tap, of which I sampled 4. The XIPA was really great, but the others were not bad by any measure. Our server was very attentive to us, even remembering my name each time I went to the bar to order a new beer, making it easy to enjoy myself and feel relaxed. I didn't have any food, but everything I saw looked really good, especially the philly cheesesteak in a bread bowl like shell that I will eat next time I stop in. Being right next to the trains, it had a modest railroad theme, but really didn't over do things. Pretty much just felt like a regular pub and restaurant, but it really worked for me. We had 5 beers total and it cost 22 bucks, so that is a good value to me. Much less than I expected. I look forward to stopping in again, as I really liked this place.
04-05-2006 01:31:39 |
More by kmpitz2
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Visited Flossmoor Station for the first time at a recent BA gathering. Located in downtown Flossmoor, directly adjacent to the train tracks, making it fun to watch the trains go by out the window. Upon entering there's a nice casual restaurant vibe with the brew room off to the left and a nice size bar straight ahead. Plenty of tables are around which made it easy for our group to gather...always a plus! Big windows let in lots of light...really laid back atmosphere which is always nice.
They had about 10 or so brews on tap, raging from cherry and raspberry wheat brews, to irish dry stouts and just about everything in between. Most of the regular brews I sampled were well made and definetly drinkable, but they didn't particularly grab me. They had 3 or 4 specialty brews, including the X-IPA brewed with 100% amarillo hops that was dynamite, as well as the Brilliant! Stout on nitro tap..smooth, roasty and wonderfully chocolately. Nut brown rocked as well. Our server/bartender was very nice and accomodating to our large group...glasses were always full.
I waited until the end to eat when I got some cheese fries and the veggie platter with breadsticks...both were big portions and good tasty pub food. Just what I want after downing a good number of beers before I make my way home. Beers were around $5 a pint and food was reasonable. No breaking the bank here. The menu has something for everyone and the beer styles are wide ranging enough that anyone could find a beery friend here...something I think is a big plus! An asset to the IL brewing community and a place that everyone should check out. I'll be back, hopefully sooner than later!!
04-04-2006 03:23:28 |
More by orbitalr0x
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $
Very enjoyable experience here. The atmosphere of family dining, with sport bar character around the bar. Not to leave out the very excellent beer selection and quality. Bar tenders most are knowledgeable about the beers and the brewing process, also the brew himself does make an appearance. Tour of the cellar area with the brew was informative to the upcoming of brews that were planned to be on tap. Service varies obviously, mine have been exceptional, no complaints here. Selection of beers is their own, but leaves some for everyone. Light beers like the Gandy Dancer, and the fruit beers. Also with some hearty brews for the people looking for them like Pullman Nut Brown (Award winning), Iron Horse stout. Food is right on food beer pairing, also the menu gives some hints as to what to pair. Did not get the oppurtunity to try them all but paired up well with what I had. Highly recommend if in Chicago area, 50 miles south can get there by the Metra, recommend car though much quicker. Cheers
11-13-2005 22:10:12 |
More by amatuerbeerguy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Visited: 4:30 p.m. on July 20, 2005.
The restaurant is in downtown Flossmoor. Get on I-57 and exit at Vollmer Road. Go east to Kedzie. Turn left. Go north to Flossmoor (the HS is on the NE corner) and turn right. It is a short trip through a residential area. At the stop sign just before the rail road turn left and you'll see Flossmoor Station on the right just below the train station.
I was fortunate enough to park on the street directly in front of the entrance. There are a lot of steps (maybe 8 or 9) so if you have difficulty you don't want to go in this door. There is another door which opens to the commuter lot on the north side of the building that is almost flush with the lot. I am not sure if you can park here. The building is beautiful. It is like you are coming right out of the 1920's. The walls are white and have black and white pictures of period locomotives on the wall. The main dining room is up a step to the right of the main entrance and is reasonably sized, but not by any means large. The bar is moderatly sized and has a few tables in it. It is alongside the tracks opposite the entrance. To the left of the entrance are the brew kettles. I was suprised on how small the restaurant was considering the pictures I had seen of the building.
I had the ribs. They were smaller than I was used to, but they were very good nonetheless. They had a wonderful barbecue sauce and had a smoked and grilled flavor to them. Their fries were firm and had a punch of flavor and their steamed vegetables were seasoned quite well. I had their cheese beer soup which was to die for!
The brewmaster Matt Van Wyk is very dedicated to his work and works very hard at producing a quality product. It was a delight to see that he is now at Flossmoor Station as when I had encountered him it was at Taylor Brewing in Lombard, where he apprenticed...
Overall the service was very good and fast. We were out within an hour! And the waitress anticiapted all our needs, though I did have to ask for extra napkins to go with the ribs!
Their menu is on the website. Beer is very good and about $4 a pint. The food prices range from about $8-15 for a dinner. For my party of three with the beers we left with about a $78.00 tab - we did drink a lot though.
07-26-2005 01:33:06 |
More by livin4jc
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
It was blustery and shitty rainy this morning, although we really didn't know it 'til we got outside, and by that time it was too late to deal. We didn't have much time and had to wander about for a bit, trying to sort out how to get down to the train station. We could see it, we just couldn't get to it. Stairways led to locked door dead ends, walkways led you to overpasses with no access to below, and it was beginning to look like we were going to have do the leap from the bridge onto the top of a passing train when I spotted the stairwell that tucked us down into the station a few minutes before the train to Flossmoor rolled in...
Stepping off the train some time later, you find yourself looking at the train station building, or so you think. It's actually been converted into a brewpub. Down the stairs, under the tracks, up the walkway, brewpub. And Cretemixer.
The building is a cool old train station with high ceilings of slat wood, zig zag brick floor, white stucco walls with brick lowers, and a dark green trim to the doors and windows. The 12 seat "L" shaped bar holds 3 towers and has a mirrored back large dark wood unit behind it, an adjacent bar counter, a 1/2 dozen bar tables in a nook nearby, and a handful of booths and tables to the front and along the windows. The bar is decorated with train signals and pieces, and shelves holding glassware and booze. The room has TV's in the corners, sunken spot lighting and drop lamps over the bar, World Beer Cup & GABF metals displayed, a 3 car train on a track running silently overhead on a track that runs the room, and old turn of the century black and white photos of a flooded town with a locomotive deep in the water, train stations, horse drawn carts and so on.
To the left of the bar, there's a seating area with 8 bar tables below a large arch window looking out over the train platform. To the front of this area is a small room with fermenters and beyond that is an exterior patio with about 9 tables and a roll down plastic wall.
The main dining room is on the far side of the bar with about a dozen and a half booths & tables, and it looks like they've just built an extension beyond that which will either serve as a banquet room or just additional seating.
Yes, I took in the 10 beer sampler. Why do you ask? 7 house regulars (Golden, Wheat, Honey Ale, Red Ale, Brown Ale, Raspberry & Cherry Wheats) and 3 seasonals (Saison, Strong Ale, & IPA). The Station Master Wheat Ale was okay, filtered, sweet and lightly hoppy, the Chessie Cherry Wheat Ale was sweet and tart and certainly better than the Roundhouse Raspberry Wheat Ale, which was just okay, the Panama Limited Red Ale was malty and very nice, and the Pullman Brown Ale was very malty, oaty and had a great molasses flavor. As to the seasonals, the Hop Smack had a pleasant hoppy bitterness, a good beer, the St. Nicholas Strong Ale was deep and crazy strong, and the St. Arnie Saison was well "Bretty", and really good. Actually, all the beers were really good once you got past the lighter ones (the Red, the Brown, the seasonals, hell yeah). Caught an excellent pre-3 Floyds lunch here. The chicken vegetable soup and (was supposed to be steak but showed up as chicken) burrito were both excellent and service was very good as well.
An excellent brewpub. Makes me wish I commuted somewhere regularly from here.
05-19-2005 03:57:17 |
More by slander
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Flossmoor Station is easily accessable from the Chicago to University Park Metra line. The Metra practically stops inside the building. Flossmoor is also a short skip over from Three Floyds in Indiana.
The atmosphere is nice. There is a good sized L shaped bar, with quite a few draft selections. They had 12 or so beers on tap when I visited. Flossmoor's seasonal chalkboard was not very large, so it looks like they only have 3 or so special beers on at any time, and the rest are standards.
Our service at the bar was good. We got our beers quickly even though the bar was almost full. The bartender had no trouble talking about the beers, and she didn't mind spending a bit more time helping someone with questions.
The selection was good. I don't think anyone will have a hard time finding a beer that they would enjoy here.
We only had a couple of appetizers, but they were tasty and reasonably priced.
05-03-2005 13:04:37 |
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