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Rating: 4.00
Location: Wauconda, IL
Founded: 2016
Last visited: November 2016

Small, cozy, taproom with a modern feel. Small bar in the front with cushy sofas off to the side, dark walls, and a lovely view of the lake. The outdoor deck must be popular in the summer.

They had four house beers and eleven guest beers on tap at the time of our visit. There was no room to sit at the bar, so we chose a very comfortable sofa. The friendly bartender immediately came over to greet us with a menu, a bottle of water and two glasses. After bringing our beer flight, he kept checking on us, and even brought a second bottle of water a short time later before we finished the first. This was quite impressive, and service we had not experienced almost anywhere else. We will definitely return.

BEER:
Cocky Woodpecker Citrus IPA (3.75) – Super smooth, slight citrus flavor, not over-hopped, highly drinkable.
Two Ton Hussy Double IPA (3.50) – Excellent balance between malt and hops, not as hoppy as a typical double IPA.
Jimmy the Weasel Belgian Tripel (4.00) – Smooth, sweet, malty; classic tripel.
Saucy Minx Champagne Cider (3.50) – Tart, refreshing, not too sweet.

FOOD:
Limited menu of small plates of locally-sourced produce are prepared daily. They also offer four sandwiches, one cleverly named “The Annoying Vegetarian.”

TAPROOM:
Open Tue-Thur 3pm-11pm, Fri 3pm-12am, Sat 11am-12am, Sun 11am-8pm.

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