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Three Floyd's brew pub busy?

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by mnb, Aug 9, 2012.

  1. How big will your group be, exactly?

    And keep in mind, they're in an industrial park. There's nowhere really to go and wait (aside from your car). I mean, the war memorial is worth checking out, but it might be closed for the evening by the time you get there.
  2. mdomask

    mdomask Savant (370) Illinois May 27, 2012

    Speaking of the tours...

    How early should one get there on a Saturday to actually get into a tour? I have a friend who wants to go on one, and I pretty much have resigned myself to getting there way before noon to guarantee a spot. The question is how early should we get there?
  3. MordorMongo

    MordorMongo Initiate (0) Jul 19, 2009

    I have been there dozens of times, maybe more, serious question here : how many people do you all think they can even seat in there?

    I know each time I have taken people they seem to think it is WAY bigger than it is. Someone asked me how many they can hold and my brain isn't working. Was trying to recall how many tables there are exactly.
  4. Skull40

    Skull40 Savant (260) Indiana Apr 1, 2010

    Just do what I do. Go at 11:30 a.m. on a weekday. I've done this about ten times. It has always been empty enough that I have sat on the same bar stool every time. Easy.
  5. thebigredone

    thebigredone Advocate (645) Wisconsin Dec 19, 2011 Verified

    Our service the one time I was there was excellent. Guess we were lucky.
  6. There is a misconception here between Three Floyds management and service.
    Their service has yet to fail me, whether there for a quick growler or an entire meal and several pints.
    Their management on the other hand can blow me. They are the ones who are creating the types of restrictions that won't let part of your group meet inside, release any info, determine the allocations of beer releases on any given day, and basically do whatever they want because "we're FFF, if you dont like it, leave". The bartenders and wait staff have always been knowledgable and as quick as they can be for such a packed high energy environment. I lost all respect for management with the way the Anniversary party was run and my own witnessing of Nick Floyd's arrogance. As I just entered the chain link fence I watched him barrel past a security guard, working his party, when the guard told him in as polite a way as possible to come get stamped for re-entry. Nick Floyd turned and stated "I own this fuckin place" and had all his shareholders laughing at the security guards expense. I understand you own this place and are proud, but why shame him instead of just responding in a normal manner that you are the owner? He acted like he was Hulk Hogan and everyone should recognize him and bow down to his greatness.
  7. birchholz

    birchholz Savant (300) Illinois Jul 21, 2010

    If you want to do a tour, I would recommend getting a group together and seeing if they can set something up for you. We did this with our tasting group and they showed us around right away on Saturday morning when they opened. When the tour was over they had a table reserved for us in the pub and we had a nice lunch. It worked out great.
  8. evilc

    evilc Initiate (0) California Jan 27, 2012

    Wow, sounds like an awesome guy. Sounds insecure. The shareholders sound like asskissers. HAHhahha Spike YEah SPike Hahehhehe Whats Goign Spike?!!!! *pant* *pant*
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  9. mnb

    mnb Zealot (85) Illinois Dec 19, 2008

    I am only talking about a group of 5. Not a big deal I was assuming. We just plan to play it by ear and see what happens.....
  10. cadizkyguy

    cadizkyguy Savant (345) Kentucky Mar 17, 2008

    You ask if the Three Floyds Brewpub is busy 6 pm on a Saturday... Does a dog have fleas??
  11. What about for lunch? Im assuming it's the same madness. Also, is it quick to go there on Saturday just to buy beer?
  12. They now have a carryout room on the lefthand side of the brewery for people there to get cases and bombers. Unless they are releasing anything crazy, you'll spend more time trying to park than you will in line.
  13. can you get glassware and shirts in the carry out line?
  14. I've never tried, I'd give the brewery a call and ask. If this was any other brewery I'd assume yes, but with FFF, who knows.
  15. apocalypsezombie

    apocalypsezombie Initiate (0) May 12, 2012

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  16. ravot

    ravot Advocate (515) Illinois Mar 20, 2012 Verified

    like zombie said, yes.

    i was just there last night. got there around 7. grabbed some food, service was great as well as the beer (picked up a couple of risgoops). On the way out, went to the carry out line and grabbed my booze, 2 teku glasses and a pint glass (new color, teal) probably my favorite next to the orange.

    everyone says, including me, to go on a weekday for the least amount of time but you're set to go on saturday. get there early and be prepared to wait.

    Mordor asked about the tables and seating...hmm. from yesterdays memory, 4 or 5 tallboy tables, seats2 or 3 comfortably, the bar has , say 10 to 12 seats (probably a handful more) 4 more tables for 4 people, maybe 5 on a couple.
    the other room which i barely peeked at has about 8 more times of 4 people? maybe 60 seats? never been when it's busy, do they allow people to idle by the bar standing room style? or is admittance strictly seating?
  17. MordorMongo

    MordorMongo Initiate (0) Jul 19, 2009

    Yeah my best guess was 65 people comfortably but I am usually drinking when I am there so wasn't sure how far off I was. Can never remember how many tables are in the side room, knew it wasn't a lot.
  18. dvelcich

    dvelcich Savant (360) Illinois Feb 6, 2008

    I'm not sure they'll let a group of five sit together. I know before the remodel, they would only sit a group of four.

    And definitely make sure everyone is there at the same time. They won't even let you put your name on the list until your whole party is there.
  19. mdomask

    mdomask Savant (370) Illinois May 27, 2012

    How big was your group? This is only going to be for three people...

    An email to them wouldn't be a bad idea, though.
  20. Rempo

    Rempo Advocate (625) Indiana Jan 18, 2010

    Even if one person is at the store picking up these?
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  21. birchholz

    birchholz Savant (300) Illinois Jul 21, 2010

    There were around 6-8 of us. This was back in the fall of 2010, though, and things might have changed. It's definitely worth looking into.
  22. ravot

    ravot Advocate (515) Illinois Mar 20, 2012 Verified

    i saw a fairly large group yesterday, 5 people or 6. there were 2 tables put together, not sure at the request of the party or predesigned on fff's end. Don't take my word for it though. just call now and ask about party sizes and multiple tables.
  23. DrAwkward82

    DrAwkward82 Savant (315) California Apr 16, 2005

    Another recommendation: Call ahead of time just to verify that they'll be open. I've trekked out on two separate occasions and found them to be closed unannounced for private events. No indication or notice on their website, facebook or twitter, all of which I made a special point of checking, just a sign at the front door. Kind of a drag when I was visiting from Los Angeles.
  24. evilc

    evilc Initiate (0) California Jan 27, 2012

    Holy crap - you didn't go JUST for FFF did you?
  25. DrAwkward82

    DrAwkward82 Savant (315) California Apr 16, 2005

    Ha, thankfully no. Both times I was there as part of a larger Chicago beer trip. But as IL BAs know, the drive from Chicago to Munster can be a daunting trek, and sitting in traffic on the Dan Ryan Expwy can be a soul-sucking experience (especially when returning from a futile FFF run).
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  26. jeebus23

    jeebus23 Aficionado (175) Illinois Mar 19, 2010

    I have never had a problem with that. Pretty much every time we go, a couple of friends join us later. It's usually after we eat and are in hour 2.5 of our 4 hour visit if that makes a difference. And honestly, it's bad form to occupy a table and sip a beer for 30 minutes before the rest of your party gets there no matter where you're at.

    But yes, Saturday at 7 would be a bad time to go. Hell, Saturday at noon can be a bad time to go. I was there last Saturday at about 9 and had to wait 10 minutes or so. It's hit or miss really, but I agree with the others that say go during the week.
  27. Jparkanzky

    Jparkanzky Initiate (0) Ohio Apr 5, 2011

    1st, I'm no huge fan of Three Floyd's, and I dislike more of their stuff than I like. With that disclaimer, I thought the staff was great, despite the fact that my only experience there was the anny party which was a madhouse, so if they were ever to have a reason to be chippy, that'd be it!

    Also, I find it near impossible to believe a brew pub such as this wouldn't follow the requirements to maintain their license, and clean their lines regularly. I also find it hard to believe they wouldn't have someone under contract who cleans the entire thing at once.
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  28. kif

    kif Savant (275) Illinois Jan 4, 2012 Verified

    Yeah I have not had a problem with this either. Last time I went we had 3 people, and a 4th joined us an hour after we sat down. She just walked past the line and told the bouncer we had a table inside, and he let her walk right in. This was on a Saturday around 8pm when she joined so there was a pretty decent sized line.
  29. KingBiscuit

    KingBiscuit Advocate (565) Illinois May 30, 2005 Verified

    The place was on fire during a recent visit (as discussed in multiple threads). I refused to exit fearing I would need to get back in line to get back inside. The burns have mostly healed. So worth it.
  30. cadizkyguy

    cadizkyguy Savant (345) Kentucky Mar 17, 2008

    Stopped by FFF last Saturday at 3 pm to buy a case of zombie dust and there were probably five groups of four to six.people each outside waiting on tables. The line to the beer kiosk was four to five deep outside but moved rather quickly. I have nothing bad to say about FFF or Nick Floyd. I have him on my twitter list and we've tweeted a few times. His.business is a resounding success without much advertising.really just word of mouth.he can be a bit arrogant if he continues to make great beer.
  31. Steimie

    Steimie Initiate (0) Michigan Jan 7, 2012

    I swear I saw one of those "Maximum Capacity" signs from the Fire Dept. hung up on one of the walls the last time I was there. Just can't remember the # on there.

    Might be imagining it...
  32. JohnB87

    JohnB87 Savant (360) Michigan Mar 14, 2011

    2+ hour wait all the time? Eff that.
  33. fvernon

    fvernon Savant (380) Wisconsin Mar 1, 2010

    went yesterday (thursday) for lunch at around 1pm and even then it was pretty busy - quick and excellent service, though. i can't even imagine a saturday evening - even down here at Upland you're looking at an hour+ wait on a saturday if you show up after 5, same with portsmouth brewery, deschutes, and most other places i've lived with a good local establishment. it's not just FFF, but the general public really getting behind the local brewery/restaurant scene, especially when the food's good. we're not the only ones into it, so plan accordingly.
  34. Hanzo

    Hanzo Champion (965) Virginia Feb 27, 2012

    6pm on a Saturday? I don't live there and can't tell you, but I can tell you every other good restaurant/brewpub in American will be busy at that time.
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  35. MordorMongo

    MordorMongo Initiate (0) Jul 19, 2009

    'Tis what happens when one of the hottest craft beer establishments on planet Earth only seats 60 or so.
  36. mdomask

    mdomask Savant (370) Illinois May 27, 2012

    A lot of places in Chicago have wait times like that on a Saturday night. Hell, Violet Hour used to have waits like that all the time.
  37. pschul4

    pschul4 Advocate (660) Illinois Jan 7, 2011 Verified

    You're one of us now...

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  38. JohnB87

    JohnB87 Savant (360) Michigan Mar 14, 2011

    I understand waiting if it's a big event, but on a normal basis, there would be no way I'd be spending that much time waiting for stuff, whether it be beer, music, a movie, etc. If Founder's, Short's or Kuhnhenn had a 2 hour wait everyday, I probably would find something else to do. Props to you if you like waiting around though.
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  39. pmoney

    pmoney Advocate (665) Colorado Apr 15, 2011 Verified

    I've been there with a gourp of 7-8 since the remodel. The high tables to your immediate right when you walk in are typically pushed together for a larger group.
  40. mnb

    mnb Zealot (85) Illinois Dec 19, 2008

    So our group ( of only 5 ) did end up going on Sat night.

    We stopped by around 7 pm and were told 45 minutes. So we actually put our name in and headed to check in to our hotel and drop off our car. By the time we were able to catch a cab to get back to the pub it was about 7:45.

    The guy running the door said he had called our name twice. We said sorry and that we were all here now and would not leave again. He was very nice and said no big deal and he would un-scratch our name and call us next. 10 minutes later we were in. There were others still waiting too, but not really that many.

    They put us at a table for 4 with a chair on the end. Worked fine.

    Also the service once inside was excellent. Beer when we needed it and good food when we needed it. No complaints at all.

    Overall we had a great time....
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