Rating: 4.25
Location: Geneva, IL
Founded: 2014
Last visited: February 2024

Modern, functional space in a converted garage. There’s a long bar in the front with a faux granite top, pendant lights, picnic tables with pipe legs; shuffleboard game. They only accept credit/debit cards, no cash.
The quality of the beer is outstanding. They offer a wide range of beer styles, including oak barrel aging and alternative fermentation. Sixteen beers on tap on our last visit.


Belgian Tripel (4.25) – Full-bodied, full-alcohol; excellent example of the style.

Brewer’s Reserve Caves imperial Stout (5.00) – Black opaque appearance. Aged in bourbon barrels. Alcohol noticeable in bouquet. Complex flavor profile: malty sweetness, chocolate notes. Boozy character is evident, but hardly overpowering.

Devoir Saison (4.00) – Light bodied, fruity, refreshing; makes you want to drink two!

Graham’s Chocolate Porter (4.50) – Dark brown opaque appearance. Malt character dominates, as expected. Chocolate aspect is a well-positioned adjunct here. Roasted malt character front and center. Big, bold mouthfeel. Somewhat dry aftertaste.

Oktofest Märzen (4.50) – Copper, amber appearance. Slightly hazy. Big, malty sweetness is dominant characteristic. Good dose of caramel malt. Bitterness is in the background, but balance is properly achieved. Excellent example of style.

P2 Belgian Pale Ale (4.00) – Medium body, bitter overtones in the finish; tastes more like an IPA than a Belgian.

Pebbles Midwest IPA (3.75) – Medium body; hop bitterness not at all overpowering; aromatic character complex and inviting; well-balanced beer.

Pilsner (4.50) – Crisp, clean, medium-bodied German lager. Impressive level of hop bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste. Terrific example of style.

Proto American Golden Ale (4.00) – Solid, medium-bodied ale; reasonable and balanced hoppiness.

Raspberry Rose Kettle Sour with Raspberries (4.00) – Light-bodied ale with terrific balance between malt sweetness and tartness; great beer for summer drinking on the patio.

Session Sour (3.50) – Grapefruit flavor evident but not overpowering; light bodied and refreshing.

Stainless Series Grissette (3.75) – Super tart Saison; light body, no hop character.

No food served. Food trucks visit on weekends. Check the website for details.

Mon-Thurs 1pm-9pm, Fri 1pm-10pm, Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-6pm. Ten Buck Tours offered on weekends, include full brewery tour (45 minutes), a glass of beer, and beer glass. Check the website for times and to make a reservation.

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