Location: Itasca, IL
Last visited: August 2018
Owners Joe and Lisa Gregor use traditional German brewing methods to craft their wide range of lagers and ales that represent both old and new beer styles of European influence. The Gregors are churning out approachable, award-winning beers and continuing to grow their brewery’s ever-expanding footprint in the region. Joe is a chemical engineer, so he was a natural at brewing beer, as well as setting up the structure of a brewery.
We have visited many times and are always impressed with the quality of the beer. It’s one of our favorites in the Chicago area. They typically have eight beers on tap. The tap room is not fancy, but a functional space in a warehouse. There are four high top bar tables in the front, plus additional tables in the back near the brew tanks, as well as outside.
Czech Style Pilsner (4.75) – Fine balance between solid maltiness and hop bitterness; lingering bitter aftertaste totally appropriate for the style
CTL ALT Bier (5.00) – Big, bold, overflowing with malty goodness; outstanding roasted character; genuine example of style
Itascafest Märzen (4.50) – Sweet and malty Oktoberfest beer; nice balance concerning roasted malts; among the best domestically brewed Märzens
Holy Cow Milk Stout (Nitro) (3.75)– Beautifully malty, lovely coffee and chocolate flavors lurking in the background
Heavenly Helles (4.50) – A cool, crisp version of the classic German style. While not adventurous, the Helles provides a solid example of a well-rounded beer
Continental Lager (4.25) – Amber colored, full-bodied lager with a bold level of hoppiness
Lubelskie Polish Pilsner (3.75) – Medium body, low hop character; crisp flavor, perfect for enjoying on a leisurely Sunday
Head in the Clouds Zwickelbier (4.00) – Traditional German unfiltered light lager; very true to style, mild and smooth
They have snacks for sale. A variety of food trucks visit on weekends.
Mon-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri 4pm-11pm, Sat 12pm-11pm, Sun 12pm-7pm