All Aboard for a Beer Trip to the Flossmoor Station, Restaurant & Brewery
Named “Best Small Brewpub” at the 2006 Great American Beer Festival, the Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery in the quaint village of Flossmoor, Illinois, should be on your Roads Trips for Beer itinerary the next time you are in Chicago Southland.
With the brewery, bar, and dining area set in a refurbished Illinois Central 1906 Flossmoor Train Station, Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery has maintained the rail theme. One of the most award-winning craft breweries in the Midwest, Flossmoor is now adjacent to a Metra public transit line and even has its own miniature train circling in the pub area above the bar.
On a first visit to Flossmoor, plan to take a brewery tour with brewmaster Nick Barron (or take the virtual tour online if you’re with the family or just short on time).
The 10-beer sampler is a great way to get a feel for the styles of beer (rumor has it the sampler grows by three or four if you add seasonal brews to the count). Welcoming professional athletes, politicians, and even Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan over the years, Flossmoor holds its regular customers in high regard.
If you make a Road Trip for Beer to Flossmoor Station, don’t forget to eat. Making most of their food in house and from scratch, you’ll enjoy one of the finest pub meals around, from beer cheese soup to the Chicago-style kegger dog, or the “Burrito That Ate Flossmoor.”
You can belly up to the bar or watch scurrying commuters from the comforts of the shaded outside patio.
If you bring your kids, make sure to put in an order for Goober Brau root beer and leave room (and time) to order gelato from the seasonal Caboose Ice Cream Shoppe. Just look for the converted “Old Caboose” rail car and sticky-fingered parents trying to take photos and catch drips.
And, if you’re planning to attend the 2011 Great American Beer Festival, look for the Flossmoor Brew Crew. Flossmoor is bringing eight beers out to Colorado: Pullman Brown Ale, Le Chein Blanc Wit, Rail Hopper IPA, 15th Anniversary 15% Belgian Tripel, Prickly Pear Sour, Hopfenweizen (Hefeweizen style hopped up!), Collaborative Evil 2010 Smoked Porter Barrel Aged, and Intercontinental Pale Lager. A complete offering of Flossmoor Station beer, including seasonal ales, is listed on the main website here.
While you’re online, pop over to the Flossmoor Beer Blog for the lowdown on what’s brewing, brew house events, and drink specials.