Once it was pointed out to me how easy it is to get to Flossmoor Station Brewing (thanks!), I didnt waste too much time. Id sampled their beers at several festivals and had been very impressed.
The building is the old railroad station, nicely remodeled. With lots of wood and brass, it comes a bit close to cookie cutter brewpub décor but I found it completely tolerable, probably in large part because the beer is so good. Theres a lot of railroad memorabilia and even a little train that silently circles the bar room up near the ceiling. Its not a huge place but they make the most of the space. Quite crowded on two different midweek evenings, most people seemed to be eating in the dining room but the bar was crowded too. The brewhouse itself is tiny but again they make the most of it.
Their beers are generally very robust and I found even some of their lighter brews to be very pleasant (not something Id usually say). Pullman Nut Brown Ale is one of their standbys and its very good, even though its not a style I generally favor. Its brewed with toasted oats and molasses and is very smooth with a touch of sweetness. Even if this doesnt sound appealing, Id suggest giving it a try. The real star was the IPA, a great beer. This is among my favorite styles and this was the best version Ive had in a long time, very fresh and hoppy.
I also appreciated their intense, fruity Belgian White, even though I was really not in the mood for it. Not a bad beer at all and fans of Hoegaarden etc should give it a try. Even their usual wheat ale, though very light, was very well made. I also enjoyed a taste of the spicy red.
Unfortunately they were out of stout on both my visits but this is scheduled to return soon (Iron Horse, not Eclipse). Also they should soon have their first Framboise ready, made with whole fruit. If I understood correctly, this is a 10% alcohol brew so it ought to be different than just about anything. I cant wait. When leaving by the side door I noticed an empty Jack Daniels barrel, so you can probably guess whats in store for later this year.
They do a big food business from what I could see. I had a burger that was nothing to write home about. Not terrible, but a couple dollars more in price and a couple notches less in quality than it should have been. Ditto for the reuben. There is a fairly extensive menu of pub food and some fancier stuff. Im sure Ill be back to try their new brews and will likely try some other food (any suggestions?).
Oh, one more thing. The same owners have opened an ice cream parlor next door in an old caboose (at least I think its new, or maybe it had just opened for the year). Didnt have a chance to try it yet.
1035 Sterling Av (steps from the Flossmoor Metra stop)
Mon-Thu 1130am-12am; Fri-Sat 1130am-2am; Sun noon-10pm
Kitchen closes earlier
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