Tuesday, May 20, 2014

BuckleDown Brewing, Lyons, IL

BuckleDown Brewing

In the Chicago area we have plenty of top-shelf craft beer breweries, so visiting them will be a lot easier than making it out to wineries. Before our family visit to the Two Brothers Brewing Taphouse last month, I had the opportunity to swing by BuckleDown Brewing in Lyons, IL.
"BuckleDown Brewing was founded by friends, Ike Orcutt (Head Brewer) and Sean Mahoney in Lyons, IL; A small, hard-working community just outside of Chicago.

We share a philosophy that two qualities that make great brewers (or great anything for that matter) are creativity and determination. Plus, there's something uniquely gratifying about working hard, working with your hands, and making something you are proud of.

We're putting that philosophy into practice by brewing small-batch craft beer. From hopped up American IPAs to Belgian-Style Ales, we're brewing the kind of beer that we love to drink, and we're looking forward to sharing it with everbody who's willing to join us.

Good to know you.
We're BuckleDown."
BuckleDown Brewing

Not an overly large building, the taproom takes up about half of the space, with the balance being the brewery itself. With plans for expansion and a canning line, I'm not sure where they're going to put everything, but it's not a bad problem to have. The space itself is what I would call industrial chic, with lots of metal, dark colors, and industrial-type lighting (sort of). It's a comfortable place where you can cozy up to the bar or, if with a large group, commandeer one of the tables.

Any questions I had about the quality and taste of their brews was put to rest after tasting through a flight of 4 beers. While I enjoy many styles, I tend to gravitate towards darker beers, like porters and stouts. However, the beer that flat-out blew me away with its flavor and complexity was their Clencher Double IPA (hopped with Simcoe and Centennial hops) - great, great beer. Not that any of their other beers were slouches, the one just stood out for me that day.

BuckleDown Brewing

Negatives? The brewery and taproom are not located in the most scenic of areas, but they're pretty easy to get to, so there's that. Plus, you're their to drink beer, not take in the view, right? My biggest concern (especially if you're not within walking distance) is that the taproom does not serve food. First off, it's pretty easy to drink a bit too much with the higher alcohol content, and second, beer and food are just meant to go together.  I know they have food trucks on occasion, but hopefully they'll get around to serving food full-time one day. Pretty minimal negatives, in my book.

Definitely go visit them.

More information can be found on the BuckleDown website, via Facebook, and Twitter.

BuckleDown is located at 8700 W 47th St. Lyons, IL 60534.

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