As soon as I walked into Lunar I loved the place. So many brewpubs seem stamped out of the same corporate mold but Lunar has some character. Its an old, dark, long bar room with the original fixtures intact and lots of old Christmas ornaments (mostly moon and stars) hanging around. Nothing fancy but very comfortable.
My opinion even went up a notch when I noticed a Stone Beer (Third Stone) on the list, something Id never seen made in any microbrewery. Before the advent of copper boiling vessels some breweries used heated stones to boil the brew in wooden kettles. Sugars caramelized around the hot stone which was then used to prime the secondary fermentation. With my first sip, my opinion went down a notch. It had a smoky, burnt taste that didnt thrill me. Another notch down when the brewer told me there were no stones involved, the malts were simply pre-scorched before brewing. Still another notch down upon sampling the Moonbeam Steam beer (drinkable but thin). We moved on to the Red Moon Rye-sin and Blackstar Stout and things didnt improve much. My friend neatly summed it up: "These are all just odd." Nothing was downright terrible but there wasnt a beer I could work up much enthusiasm for. Most were a bit light-bodied, harbored some off flavor, or both. Believe me, I really wanted to like them. I also tried the Kosmic Kolsch and Yellow Moon Rice-in, both light brews without much to like or dislike. Perhaps the most successful were the 2 Belgian style beers, Darkside Dubbel and Neil Armstrong Ale, hefty 8% brew.
Even though I didnt find the house beers to my taste I still like the place and would stop by again if Im ever in the vicinity. They have several guest beers on tap and a nice selection of bottled beers. If I lived close by Id likely be a frequent customer.
Lunar Brewing Company
54 E St Charles Rd
VIlla Park IL