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Rating: 4.00
Location: Elk Grove Village, IL
Founded: 2010
Last visited: May 2019

The taproom has expanded to twice the size since we first visited in 2017. It’s very modern and cleverly decorated with music-themed items, amps, guitars, and microphones as tap handles. Note that there is a limit of 60 ounces of draft beer served for onsite consumption per guest, per day.

A bit of history from the brewery’s website: Owner and Head Brewer Mike Pallen has always had two passions in life; music and beer. During Mike’s youth, his father worked at Miller Brewing Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where Mike was exposed to the entire brewing process. Although he grew up around beer most of his life, Mike did not brew his first batch of beer until he was attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For credit in a Botany class, Mike and his roommate brewed an English Brown recipe. After the experience and receiving an A, Mike was hooked. Shortly after moving from Wisconsin to Chicago, Illinois, Mike received a new homebrew kit from his mom, and thus began Mikerphone Brewing.

BEER
Flagpole Citra New England IPA (3.50) – Hazy, full-bodied New England IPA; addition of vanilla smooths out the flavor; medium hop bitterness
Weizen to iLL Hefeweizen (4.00) – Tasty and yeasty weizen; excellent balance from start to finish
On the Road Again Dry Hopped Saison (4.25) – Super fun Saison! Dry hopping is an interesting variant for this style
Cat’s in the Cradle Double Hopped Double IPA (3.50) – Looks like a cloudy mess, but very smooth and balanced
Heavy as a Feather Lactose Pale Ale (4.00) – Smooth and easy pale ale; medium body, low hop bitterness
No Diggity Black IPA (4.25) – Great combo of malt and coffee flavors; definitely an IPA, and with a kick – 4.25

FOOD
Food trucks visit on special occasions. Check the website for details.

TAPROOM
Mon 3-8pm, Tue Closed, Wed-Thu 3-10pm, Fri Noon-10pm, Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-7pm.

Mikerphone Brewing

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