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Two Brothers Brewing Company
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Active Beers: 53
Beer Ratings: 9,526
Beer Avg: 3.71
Taps: 10 / Bottles: 50
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
30W315 Calumet Ave.
phone: (630) 393-4800
Two Brothers is a full production brewery.
The building houses the Tap House, Brewery, and Brewer's Coop homebrew shop.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 42 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Came back to Two Bros. with my wife on a busy Friday night. Sat at the bar, service dropped and was hard to get a water refill. Girls are damn hot, though.
Had a pizza with goat cheese and bacon, incredibly delicious! Beer selection was even worse than last time- no Cain&Ebel. And of course no Hop Juice, no Heavier Handed, no Northwind. Boring.
Three beers and a pizza set us back $32 plus tip. Not so cheap.
So I found out that my relative lives a ten-minute from Two Brothers. Not only that but she went there herself the other night with a date she had! Would you take a date to a semi-obscure brewery in an industrial park in the suburbs?
Yes, it is hard to find. Even with directions and stuff, it is just out in Nowhere, USA (despite being close to an interstate highway). Plus there was a lot of construction around the industrial park where the brewery is. But once you're there it's all good, a spacious tap room that feels more like a chain restaurant with a rather large seating area and a nice bar with some high-top tables.
A little sterile and bland, plus the AC was down, but alright. Then comes the beer selection. Meh... 7 taps + 2 guests (Metropolitan Brewing and Finch's). Nothing exciting. This is the stuff you can get at any other bar around the US: Cain&Ebel, Domaine DuPage... you name it, you know it. I got their Resistance IPA (which I had never tried) and it was solid OK.
Too bad they don't do half-pints or tastings or stuff like that. What's a good taproom without your classic beer paddle? Then my relative said she got a five-beer tasting when she was there. WTF?
I enjoyed the food, a house-ground bratwurst with onions and mustard that was sooo delicious and filling (although the bun was a little stale). Great salty fries too.
Service was fast and efficient, sweet girl. Funny how the place went from packed-for-lunch to almost-empty in a matter of minutes.
Would I go back? Sure, when I'm staying nearby at my relative's house. Otherwise, I think I'll pass.
09-10-2011 05:12:08 |
More by DoubleSimcoe
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
This review is going to stick to the quality of the experience of the brew pub food and atmosphere and the brewery tour.
A place thats a little hard to find but just follow the directions on their website and you'll find it easily. Hard to find the actual entrance though. A pretty nice brewpub, wharehous feel. The food was really good, recommend most things there.
The beer selection on taps sucks as its just their year round beers, which suck, and only 2 seasonals of their. If you are a prebub have some unique stuff brothers.
Bottle selection is varied and nice.
The tour is pretty good, its free takes about 45 minutes and you get 3 free samples at the end. The problem is its heavy on backstory of the brothers, which was mildly fascinating and short on actual brewing.
The brewery is really nice, you can tell these guys have some money.
Its worth a Saturday afternoon trip to eat lunch then go on the tour. Do not go to drink good beer as there is very little of that there, and its lack the creativity of one offs and special brews that most brew pubs have.
08-07-2010 21:33:16 |
More by jrallen34
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I had recently had a few of the Two Brothers' beers, and when I heard about the brewpub I figured I had to check it out. My wife and I went on a Saturday evening, and the place was definitely busy, the parking lot was full. Despite this, we were seated immediately, which was a plus.
The atmosphere was laid back, which was nice, but the place could use a little facelift as there isn't much character to the layout or decor (minor gripe in my opinion). They definitely should keep the "hidden" entrance with just a sheet of paper telling you its the brewpub, I got a kick out of that.
The food was great, my wife had a bowl of their creamy mushroom soup which was absolutely outstanding, and I had a solid Cuban Sandwich with sweet potato fries.
The beer was as solid as the food. Their Cane and Ebel is my top favorite rye beer, and the Resistance IPA had a great subtlety and balance to it. The Heavy Handed Willamete is also tasty, but Resistance won out IMHO (disclaimer: I look for balance over hopbomb with IPAs). The selection could be a bit more varied, as I felt there were too few house beers available (a bit made up for with a lot of reasonably priced out of house options in bottles).
The only downside to our experience was our server. I could tell from around me that the other servers weren't as bad, but this guy was terrible. He barely ever came over, was not helpful with the menu at all, and didn't seem very knowledgable about their beers. I would have had another beer for sure if he had come over whenever I had finished one, but there were a couple times where we had empty beer and water glasses for at least ten minutes. I'm a former server, so I know what is and isn't in the control of the server, and I can tell you all issues we had were totally in his control, as the place was packed but thumbs up on having a lot of servers to keep them from getting overwhelmed.
All in all, we'll totally come back for the beer and food, and just hope we get a competent server next time. Goose Island will still be my homebase brewpub, but Two Brothers is still recommended.
12-10-2010 18:49:50 |
More by MowryJC
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
This place was not easy to spot, no sign in front, just a white warehouse. On closer inspection there IS a small sign on a door, 11x7 inch, saying only "tap room". I figured it must be a new location but on the tour I heard they've been here 4 years. Not sure why no sign, but the place got crowded while we were there so I guess they don't need to care.
Seating for 80+ in tables & booths, maybe another 12 along the bar. It's a converted gymnastics warehouse, and it has that feel to it in the taproom. It's not a bad layout at all, it just feels like this building is having a second life is all. The food selection was good, we had pizza and burgers. Everything was pretty good.
The draft selection was the standard line-up of Two Brothers beers, those that are easily found in 4-packs and 6-packs. Apparently they sometimes have seasonals and one-offs but unfortunately not while I was there. Tours on Saturdays, but they're not really worthwhile (except for 3 free drink tickets at the end). You basically stand in one place while they describe the brewing process, then you go see the bottling line.
I'm a fan of several Two Brothers beers so this was a worthwhile stop. But I probably wouldn't go too far out of my way, given that the Chicago metropolitan area has other great beer stops.
08-07-2011 22:16:03 |
More by TurdFurgison
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I have been here twice, both times specifically for the brewery tour. First time was just me and my boyfriend, and this time we brought my parents. The first time was over the summer and apparently the brew tour was not as popular. Today we arrived and the place was packed. The first tour had just finished and the bar was swamped to fill the samples. We stood by the bar and were completely ignored. Fortunately we put our name in for a table. We were seated 15 minutes before the tour, so no time for food. The waitress still tried to serve us, and it took some explanation for her to understand that we were waiting for the tour, since there was no time for food. The tour was pretty great, definitely wouldn't recommend going more than once though. Nothing new discussed and kinda boring. It was great the first time around though. The food is pretty good, I had an amazing Reuben. Their tap house burger has jalapeno inside it and it had a great kick to it. Our waitress was excellent once we got back from the brew tour; she put in our food order right away. But the bar staff literally never exchanged a word with me other than telling me how much my growler cost. Bar staff could use some lessons on service. Their beer is reasonably priced, $4-6. Definitely a great place otherwise!
01-31-2010 03:04:02 |
More by Bellabananas
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4 | $$
Very good place to eat and hangout at. Its a very well hidden spot in the middle of an industrial park, almost reminds me of a speakeasy. Pretty compact, could maybe seat 100 at most. Great food, friendly atmosphere and good selection of beers. The dining room has windows that allow you to look directly into the brewing facility. Definitely worth checking out.
07-10-2013 06:39:01 |
More by IPAdams
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 2.75 | $$
Visited August 31, 6:00-7:30pm
Following our flight from PDX to ORD a couple hours earlier, we checked into our nearby Naperville hotel and then found Two Brothers with relative ease (what did we do in the days before Google Maps and iPhones?). As many others have mentioned, the taproom has little "curb appeal"; from the outside it's a bland precast concrete/industrial park building with a single door and no signage. We passed through a small gift shop into a main dining room and were seated in a both along the wall adjacent to a fairly busy bar area. Some posters and other brewery-specific schwag on red-orange and yellow-green walls, black exposed structure above and beige concrete below. Few windows (and small ones at that) and some rather harsh lighting - feels like a bit like a bunker. Background music was a blend of mostly 80s pop/rock: The Cars, Billy Idol, aha, etc.
I've had several beers from Two Brothers before, both from my bygone trading days and a brief business trip to the area last summer. My wife and I picked several samples from the beer list: Domaine Du Page, Ebel's Weiss, Prairie Path, Atom Smasher, Resistance DIPA and Heavy Handed. Favorites from the list were Atom Smasher (a hearty but too drinkable Oktoberfest) and Ebel's Weiss (among the better Germanic weissbiers either of us have tried). I also liked Resistance's subtle oak-aging. Besides the 10-12 house beers, the reverse side of the menu offered about 30 mostly regional "guest" bottles and a dozen "imports from afar". Tasters ranged from $1.25 to $3, pints $5-6.
Service was pretty good, although a little hurried and only adequately friendly. Beers and food did arrive quickly, however, and I liked the small laminated cards that were laid out for each beer sampler we chose - very helpful. On the wall above our heads were framed certificates for all the Cicerone-certified servers, so beer knowledge was high here... even though we didn't test our server much.
I'd read reviews on both BA and yelp regarding the food and I must concur with those rating it as 'average' (at best). We ordered an appetizer of thickly sliced and battered fried pickles ($8) that was served with a saucerful of ranch dressing ($8), a bowlful of bland macaroni & cheese with a smattering of sliced ham ($9) and a Cuban sandwich ($11) with some miserable sweet potato fries (my hungry wife only ate half the sandwich and barely touched the fries). Good thing the beers are of much better quality...
We picked up a couple six-packs on the way out the door (more Ebel's Weiss and Atom Smasher) for a family gathering the following day. Pretty nice visit, but not a place either of us have to return to...
09-09-2013 17:04:25 |
More by msubulldog25
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Two Brothers has always been one of my favorite breweries in the midwest, constantly pumping out awesome brews. Even when I lived in Illinois I never made it out there until recently when I was visiting my girlfriend. It's only a 30 minute-ish drive from her so we went for the free tour on a Saturday afternoon.
It was a bit difficult to find as the large white building had no clear signage and seemed in the midst of neighborhoods. The grain silo on the side of the building gave it away though. Even for a Saturday afternoon the lot was packed. We walked around the building trying to find which door to enter through and proceeded into the Brewers' Coop, a small little homebrew supply shop located in the building. We then entered the tap house and were seated without hesitation even for how busy it appeared.
Our server was nice and constantly checking up on us even thought we didn't order any food. The atmosphere was average in the tap house. Neutral colors were painted on the walls and the ceiling was exposed industrial-like rafters. The only real décor came from giant vinyl prints of Two Brothers beer labels on sheet metal all of which were bolted to the wall.
Then came the tour. It was rich in the history of the two Ebel, (pronounced "able" for those wondering) brothers and the start-up of Two Brothers Brewing Co. From there a little bit of the brewing process was shared but not as much as many other tours I've been on. The part that I found interesting, and also insulting, was when the tour guide began talking about their large oak Fodures from France they have. This wasn't so insulting initially until he asked the tour if anyone had previously had barrel-aged beer. When he asked me what the main flavor profile was and I replied, "bourbon", he proceeded to talk shit about bourbon-barrel aging beer and how it's "not traditional." Sorry, but the second you talk shit about Founders KBS, your appreciation of craft beer plummets in my book.
Following the insulation, we made our way to the bottling and packaging area where I learned something interesting; Two Brothers has their own distribution company next door. It's also always awesome to see pallets of beer ready to go to thirsty people. Overall the tour was mediocre, peppered lightly with comedy, and full of a good history lesson. Oh, you also get to drink on the tour, but it's gotta be a glass of beer purchased before departure. At the finish each tour-goer receives 3 tickets for 3 samples of Two Brothers beer.
Prices for Two Brothers' beer was fair but seemed pretty high for the food, which we didn't try because we ate before we got there. As far as selection went, I was pleasantly surprised at what Two Brothers was on tap. They also had guest taps (I believe - memory is a bit hazy) but I know they had a slew of bottles in a fridge behind the bar. These seemed a little over-priced as well but the selection of different choices was good. I can't say I'd make another trip out there without a specific reason, say, a special beer release, but I can say it was cool while I was there.
08-06-2010 03:26:13 |
More by BeerFMAndy
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I visited the brewery on my birthday, a few weeks ago, with my brother. What could be better?
The brewery itself could be marked with better signage. Really, any signage, as there are currently no signs indicating that, "Yes, you have reached your destination." We just saw several bicycles parked outside, and thought that this must be the place.
Inside, everyone was quite friendly and answered all our questions. We were able to sample a beer while we waited for the brewery tour to begin. The brewery guide knew we wanted to go on the tour and fetched us before he began. Brewery tour is fairly standard, but good amounts of history and reasoning behind the brewery's choices and quirks.
After the tour, you're given a choice to sample three different beers from glasses that hold about four ounces. It's free, so you can't complain.
Atmosphere inside the restaurant was typical of a slightly upscale cafeteria, nothing particularly special, eye-catching, or making me want to stay longer. Hopefully the new brewhouse they just bought will improve on this.
Food was of pretty high quality. I had the bacon-wrapped meatloaf and my brother the fish tacos. Both were very tasty and portion sizes were fairly huge (I took home half).
Selection of beers is: all of their year-round brews, a few seasonals, their root beers, and a few other local Chicagoland brewery offerings. Nothing super-special, but nothing to complain about.
09-08-2011 04:39:13 |
More by falloutsnow
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
My brother knowing that I am a beer freak had planned n taking us here while we visited him and the family in North Aurora Illinos.
I will first start with my only complaint. i wish this place was open later! Its our fault but i think last call was 11 o clock, and we really wanted to stay later because we were having such a nice time.
Kind of a weird location. We took a forrested country road and ended up in an industrial park area. While this was in a warehouse building the brewpub looked nice. I had cane and able, then the bitter end while the others did beer flights. Food sounded good but we had just eaten dinner. Guest beer menu was pretty impressive but i stuck with 2 brothers offerings.
Service was friendly and easy to joke around with.
08-14-2010 07:09:08 |
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