Location: Geneva, IL
Last visited: October 2022
Located in a retail mall, Art History’s taproom is both comfortable and spacious. The brewing tanks and canning line are in full view when sitting at the bar. The work of local artists is on display all over the taproom. Patio seating is also available. Our bartender was very knowledgeable. There were 12 beers on tap when we visited.
Good Morning Munich Helles (4.25) – Clean, crisp lager. Slight hint of hop bitterness in aftertaste. Highly drinkable.
Gravitace Czech Pilsner (4.50) – Complex blend of flavors. Excellent balance of malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Saaz hops come out front and center.
Bauhaus German Pilsner (4.50) – Medium-bodied lager. Solid dose of hop bitterness. Excellent example of traditional style.
Artoberfest Festbier (3.50) – Light amber Märzen. Malty sweetness evident, but needs far more to be a great Märzen. Appropriate hop bitterness.
Butterfly Questions No Questions Asked Belgian Saison (4.25) – Light, refreshing ale. Clove character hits the bullseye. Low level of hop bitterness, as appropriate.
Dithering Bitter English Bitter (4.50) – Big and malty amber ale. Sweetness is a prevalent characteristic. Well balanced with hop bitterness.
Art History Major New England IPA (4.00) – Hazy, straw-colored IPA. Hop character present in bouquet. Bitterness seems higher than 35 IBU. Solid example of style.
Wenceslas Dark Lager (4.75) – Big, malty, amber lager. Properly balanced between malt sweetness and hop bitterness. The perfect beer for putting your feet up and slurping.
Butterfly Questions Cerise (4.00) – Presence of cherries is a welcome and subtle adjunct. Well balanced between sweetness and tartness. Low level of bitterness, as appropriate.
Varitace Czech Dark Lager (4.75) – Big, roasted flavors upfront. Smooth and easy to drink. Chocolate and coffee notes dominant in flavor profile.
Fastenbier (4.50) – A more balanced version of the Rauchbier style. Traditional smoky character present in first sip and bouquet. Smoky aspects, however, not at all overpowering. Medium-bodied ale with appropriate hop bitterness. Easy to drink.
West End English Bitter (3.75) – Easy drinking English ale. Dry hopped, so bitterness level is not over the top. An extra dose of darker malt would improve this beer.
Levitace Czech Style Lager (4.25) – Somewhat lighter bodied pilsner. Aggressively hopped, as expected for this style. Bitterness pleasantly lingers in aftertaste. Crisp and bold.
Modernist Märzen (4.50) – Medium-bodied amber lager. Hint of hop bitterness, as appropriate. Significant notes of caramel, which makes this beer super.
Verlaine Belgian Pale Ale (4.25) – Easy drinking ale, as advertised. Presence of caramel malt imparts a welcome sweetness. Fruity and clove aspects provide nice balance.
Catch the Sun Hefeweizen (4.50) – Hazy, straw colored Hefeweizen. Banana and clove flavors are prominent. Smooth, easy to drink.
Cathedral California Common (4.50) – Medium-bodied amber beer. Roasted malts evident and defining. Good balance between hop bitterness and malt sweetness. Fine example of style.
Geneva’s Finest Saison (4.50) – Amber ale, medium body and hazy appearance. Initial impression is full of malty goodness, along with an explosion of spices. Decent level of hop bitterness.
Coffee and snacks are available.