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New Warrenville brewery and tap house pour it on with food and drink
By Greg Walker | Contributing writer

Jon Herrera pours a cold one at Two Brothers Tap House, the pub portion of owners Jim and Jason Ebel's microbrewery in Warrenville.

 

Ed Lee | Staff Photographer

Some of the different brews available at the Two Brothers Brewery and Tap House.

 

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Gabe Nanni leads a group during Two Brothers Brewery's weekly tour in Warrenville. The brewery recently expanded the tour to meet demand.

 

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Published: 3/14/200 12:13 AM

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Two Brothers has been brewing beer in Warrenville for more than 10 years. To address their growing fan base, Jim and Jason Ebel recently moved into a new Warrenville brewery, and, with their newfound and larger digs, have opened a tap house for beer lovers and bar goers alike.

Motif

Two Brothers is not the easiest place to find. The bar/brewery is located in the northwest corner of an industrial area off of Butterfield Road. The building, which used to be a large gymnastics gym, is quite unassuming. The bar is located in the front of the building, with the huge brewery behind it, seen visibly through a window in the bar. The tap house isn't large, but it can accommodate a dining section.

The soft lighting hangs from a dark exposed ceiling. The forest-green walls are covered with artwork and two flat-screen televisions. Almost hiding in the back corner is a Bags videogame and three darts machines. The clean bathrooms are tucked away in a room all by themselves.

Crowd

Two Brothers attracts quite the diverse crowd. Though it's fair enough to say the tap house typically draws beer enthusiasts and self-proclaimed beer connoisseurs, lots of families frequent the pub during the dinner-time hours. The family contingent tends to thin out into the 21-plus crowd later in the evening.

Service

Great service. The employees here seem quite passionate about their beer -- and their food. They're more than willing to discuss beer choices, be it one of Two Brothers' own, or one of the featured bottles from other breweries. The service is fast and friendly, with no complaints to speak of.

Liquid consumption

A great selection of Two Brothers beer is on tap, including Prairie Path Ale, Domain DuPage amber ale and Ebel's Weiss. Also, be sure to check out their seasonal brews such as Cane and Ebel red rye ale, Northwind Imperial Stout and Two Brothers' anniversary beer, a white brew called Monarch.

For those who just can not get enough, you can purchase growlers (half-gallon jugs) for $3.50 and fill them with your choice of Two Brothers beer for between $8.99 and $12.99, depending on the beer.

The bar also features a rotating cast of breweries as guest taps. Oh, and be sure to check out their extensive bottle list of various other beers.

If beer isn't your thing, the tap house offers a full-bar selection, albeit with more limited liquor and wine choices.

Food

Two Brothers boasts a great food menu that they've already expanded since opening. Among the selections are wings, organic burgers, pulled pork sandwiches, pizza and salads, plus a kids menu and dessert. Note to beer lovers: One of the featured desserts is an ice cream float done up with their brew Northwind Imperial Stout.

Parking

The lot was at first difficult to maneuver on a snowy night, but is now quite manageable with many spots to choose from.

Overall

Two Brothers' newly opened tap house has made the Ebels' delicious beer even more accessible to the public. The beer is great, the food is tasty and the staff is friendly. Places like Two Brothers Tap House can be few and far between, so we are extremely lucky to have it in our backyard.

Two Brothers Tap House

30W315 Calumet Ave., Warrenville

(630) 393-BEER

twobrotherstaphouse.com

Closed on Monday: 11 am. to 3 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday for carryout lunch, 3 to 10 p.m. for full dinner service; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday for carryout lunch, 3 to 11 p.m. full dinner service;

brewery tour at 1 p.m. Saturday, noon to 3 p.m. full lunch service; 3 to 10 p.m. full dinner service; noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, full lunch service, 3 to 8 p.m. full dinner service