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Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
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Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1035 Sterling Ave
phone: (708) 957-BREW
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Finally made it out to Flossmoor on the way out of Chicago. Next time I may take the Metra, and hang out for awhile.
We arrived on a Friday night, and the place was packed. Luckily there was a ton of seating and we didn't have to wait. The side room we were in wasn't as densely decorated or quaint as the front area when you walk in. There was nice lighting, wooden booths along the wall, and many tables in the center. Historical train line construction photos lined the walls. Sit in the bar area if "beer knowledge" matters to you.
Beer wise, I had a Black Moon Rye-sin, a Zikade Weisse, and a 5-beer sampler. The Panama Limited Red was one of their regular offerings, and jumped out at me as the best candidate to get a growler of. Sadly Rot Geist was no longer on, but i've had plenty of it at the Map Room. Make more guys!
In terms of food, they have an extended menu, some tex-mex, sandwich specialties, and soups/salads. My Ruben "hot tub" bread bowl was tasty, just cut it in half and ate it like a deli sandwich. The gf's California-style veggie burrito was easily 3 lbs. of non-meat and pretty filling. Can't wait to check it out again, and pick up some 22 oz. bottles in the future!
10-22-2007 03:05:13 |
More by emerge077
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
(Visited 02/2011): Made the nearly two hour drive from the northwest suburbs of Chicago to visit Flossmoor. The brewpub is located on Sterling right next to some train tracks and sits up a short hill of a circle. Parking is fairly abundant on the streets in all directions.
The inside stays with the train theme and offers a view of the brewing equipment right at the entrance. The bar is straight back and there is table seating through the rest of the space. Available beers are posted in the bar area.
As for the beers they have around 12 on tap and they are available in a sampler. Bottled Flossmoor brews are located in a small cooler to go as well, and I assume they can be consumed on premise too.
Service on a moderately busy weekday evening was good. The server had a good grasp of the beers on tap and was attentive throughout my meal.
Flossmoor's food menu is fairly eclectic and they appear to do different "theme" foods. Typical appetizers, soups and sandwiches are augmented with gigantic burritos, fajitas, perch dinners etc. My food was enjoyable.
Overall I am happy to have made the trip here and would visit again if given the chance.
10-20-2011 19:29:18 |
More by Dogbrick
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
I've been thinking about coming here for so long but never got around it. Three Floyds is not too far, Chicago is just down the road... and the beers never looked terribly exciting.
Today I finally did, and hey, what a cool place Flossmoor is! Located at the train station (trains literally fly by the brewpub's window) of this overtly cute, sleepy village, the restaurant is an airy, spacious building with plenty of light and different areas for seating and dining.
I sat at the bar, plugged my laptop and hung out there for a while. There's just a nice, neighborly atmosphere here. No pretension, no rush, no FFF-style darkness or loudness.
14 beers on tap, nothing super exciting or boozy but damn good beer! I tried the Rail Hopper IPA, 1/2 Day Hefeweizen, Full Day Hopfenweizen, Kirsc Von Blucher Dunkelweiss, Pits&Pois&Apples Sour, Iron Horse Stout, Station Master Wheat Ale (the only one that disappointed me a bit). All of them were really good (if unexciting), great for a late-summer day in the suburbs. The Hefe is outrageously good- spicy, full of banana flavor and just so thirst-quenching.
Didn't have food, but the menu didn't look too appealing. Basic pub grub, probably just right to go with the beer.
Service was friendly and efficient, beers were fresh, ambience was great. Flossmoor is a lil' out of the way, but I will come back! Great place to spend an hour or a whole day. Oh, price was fine too... two 12-oz brews plus a five-beer sample was $15 plus tip. Not bad!!!
08-31-2011 21:29:59 |
More by DoubleSimcoe
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This building is apparently an old train depot in Flossmoor, located next to the current Metra train stop. It looks beautiful, blending well with the other tudor buildings in Flossmoor. The interior is spacious with several dining rooms and maybe 15-20 seats along the bar. The barroom has several TVs to help the atmosphere even further. The beer selection is as good could be hoped at a brewpub, a little of everything. The beers on tap when I stopped:
Zephyr Golden Ale
Station Master Wheat
Gandy Dancer Honey Rye
Roundhouse Raspberry Wheat
Chessie Cherry Wheat
Panama Limited Red
Pulman Brown Ale
"Rye"m & Reason IPA
White Lady Wit
Milky Way Stout
I tried more than I should have, all were delicious. This is one of the more memorable brewpubs in the USA, well worth the trip from Chicago.
06-25-2009 17:52:09 |
More by TurdFurgison
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
My wife and I made a stop to Flossmoor on the first night of a Chicago visit that included a stop at Three Floyds afterward. We like the fact that it was in an old train station and with a large glass window, you could see the trains roaring by a couple of feet away (you could also fell the ground shake).
We wanted to go to Flossmoor based on tasting their beers at the Great American Beer Festival. At the GABF, they had a Flemish Sour beer and a dark wheet that were both amazing. We were a bit dissapointed when we got to the brewpub that they had three wheats (cherry, beligan, and raspberry) on tap the beginning of December. While the red is an excellent, well-hopped beer, they did not have any bitter, hoppy beers on tap. In any event, the brown, red, and belgian white were all excellent beers. They had a brewmaster selection of either baltic porter or scottish aged in bourbon barrels. I opted for the porter which was very good and may have benefited from a bit of agining and less bourbon. My wife had a rasberry wheat that was a bit heavy on raspberry.
It's also worth mentioning they have Miller Lite on tap and the bartender in front of us was recommending it over their lightest house beer.
12-01-2007 16:09:40 |
More by Yetiman420
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
The family visited Flossmoor Station with in NW Indiana for Dark Lord Day.
Atmosphere: The restaurant is an old train station, complete with beautiful brickword. There is a bar and patio to the back and lft and two dining rooms to the right, upon entering through the main doors.
Quality: It was a Friday night, busy as hell, but the restrooms were clean, our table was spotless and service was prompt.
Service: Our waitress did withhold some crucial information from us at first. Apparently they had several barrel aged beers on tap (bourbon stout, bourbon barleywine and red wine Belgian ale) that she never mentioned. By accident I coaxed the information out of her as she was clearing our plates, very disappointing, as I would have liked to have tried all three (didn't get to the Belgian ale). Water service was fast but, due to the filled-to-capacity restaurant, food was slow in coming out.
Selection: Includes the barrel-aged beers, there were 10 or so available for tasting. I ended up trying the Hoppy Little Gnome, Killer Kowalski and the aforementioned BA Bourbon and BA Barleywine. All were very good.
Food: Food was better than average. Nachos hit the spot and my burger was good. If you are not a beer fan, the food is good enough to earn a visit.
Value was reasonable, about $20 per person for food, appetizers and drink.
05-02-2007 20:02:48 |
More by akorsak
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Found brewery in a neat location... a sort of old railroad terminal or whatever its called. Inside was nice like a supper club, but unfortunately I didn't have a chance to try their food. I got flight of beers and their IPA was the obvious winner to me, although all their other releases were solid. I did wish though that they might have had some of their rarer stuff on tap, as it seemed it was all just the normal line up which was still good but did not make enough for an "experience". If I was in the area I probably would go here again and it was certainly good enough for a first visit, but I might explore other alternatives before going again.
01-13-2011 04:20:20 |
More by MilwaukeeCrusher
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Driving back from Cleveland last Sunday, I wanted to stop at every brewpub possible. There are 3 that I know of on I-90 in Indiana alone, but alas, my girlfriends desire to get home was stronger then my will to buy growlers so I was only given the option to stop at one brewpub between Cleveland and Madison. I chose Flossmoor.
It was an easy drive from the interstate a couple turns and then just follow the train tracks until one finds the Metra station, which by all appearances is the brewpub. I will take the train form the City to visit here in the future.
Flossmoor is housed in a beautiful old train station and as such, the atmosphere is quite pleasant. I took a seat at the medium sized L-shaped bar and took a look at their menu. There were about 8 regular releases on tap and 3 specialties. There were three or four other specialties listed but they were all crossed out. The bartender said I was there on an unlucky day. Two days earlier they had 3 or 4 awesome beers that just flew out of the taps. Two days later they would be tapping several more awesome beers including a rye, (I love ryes so this caused me to curse under my breath).
Still, I managed to try a few beers that I really enjoyed. The Zikada Ale was an uber light hefe with some nice summertime flavors and appropriately named. I contemplated pouring a sip on the floor in memory of the 57,346 cicadas I had killed with my windshield on the 7 mile drive from the highway to the brewpub.
I also tried a hopsmack, which really pleased me but since this was their last big specialty brew, and since it was also almost out, they wouldnt sell me a growler.
The bartender was great though, and just started giving me samples of all their other beers. She was super knowledgeable about their stuff and so friendly. I felt like I knew her. The Replicale Ale, a red that all the Chicago brewpubs are making these days, was nice but I opted for the Nut Brown, a style I once loved but have let slide by the wayside in recent months in favor of larger, more adventurous beers.
I had wanted to order food but ended up in a rush back to Madison, oh well. Ill just have to return. All in all, a nice brewpub with a decently sized and regularly rotating selection of quality, interesting brews.
The growler was exspensive ($17) but otherwise prices were alright.
06-21-2007 16:29:50 |
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