On our weekend jaunt to Chicago to visit friends, we went to the Onion Pub in Barrington, IL outside of Chicago. I had their Paddy Pale Ale, CentenniAle Blond, and tasted the wife’s Hefty Weisse. I picked up a 4-pk of Hop Slayer DIPA in cans and had one of those last night.
My favorite was the Paddy Pale, it had a generous American citrus hop flavor and aroma and was an easy drinking beer as far as ABV and limited sweetness. The Hop Slayer DIPA was more of a meal, and while it might have been higher IBU it was more than balanced by body, sweetness and ABV. The CentenniAle was very mild, I love Centennial hops but this wasn’t a hop showcase and I was a little dissappointed. Should’ve read the description more closely. The Hefty Weiss was skewed to the clove, with little banana and a hint of bubblegum. Its color was a deep gold and I was expecting a little caramel but there was none to be found, maybe it would have come out as it warmed but I wasn’t allowed repeated sips by the wife. All in all a nice weizen, she enjoyed it and she’s a weizen expert now.
I had mussels, the wife had a very generous jagerschnitzel plate. Appetizers, food were all first rate and the service was spot on even late on a busy Saturday night.
Anyone else have a review of this brewery/pub?