I did not know what to expect upon entering the establishment but the aesthetic was both unexpected and appealing. We were seated in a dining area away from the bar in a separate room that was not quite as nice but was still a great place to have a bite to eat and a few beers. It was early in the afternoon and we were on our way to a White Sox game--the last baseball stadium of our road trip. The thing that surprised us most was the number of kids eating there after school. I'm used to seeing kids at breweries and brewpubs being toted along with their parents but this was the first time that it was a slew of unattended teens and tweens enjoying a post-school snack. Definitely gave the place a more homely, local vibe to it rendering it more restaurant than brewpub.
The food we ordered was really good but the beer absolutely blew it out of the water. We had already been to a number of really great places so far on the trip so the bar was set pretty high; Flossmoor's lineup of stellar brews managed to raise it even higher. Out of the eleven beers that I sampled, I gave only one B-, two Bs, and two B+s; everything else was an A or A+ save for a lone A-. I'm happy to encounter one A beer at a given location but I came away with six A- or better. You can't ask for more than that!
The selection was fairly varied but not remarkably exotic. Most of the brews would appeal to the average palette ranging from the ubiquitous American Blonde Ale, American Pale Wheat Ale, and American Amber / Red Ale along with the requisite Fruit Beer and hoppier brews. I found most of these to be serviceable but not transcendent; only the Panama Limited Red Ale really struck me as being spectacular. It was honey sweet in its malt profile without becoming cloying and it was deceptively smooth.
The beers that truly wowed me included their FSBC IPA, Iron Horse Stout, and Saison and Garfunkel Farmhouse Ale. Each was solid respective to its style and should easily be considered as examples of well-made IPAs, stouts, and saisons. The two best beers that I had though were the Dean's Beans Coffee Stout and the Pullman Brown Ale--quite possibly the best brown ale I've ever had. The Coffee Stout was ideal: smooth, cool, rich coffee blanketed within the rich, creamy decadence of a drinkable, low-abv stout. The Pullman embodied everything that a brown ale should be: sweet, malty, nutty, light toffee characteristics. It's one of those beers that calls for multiple rounds--something I do not say lightly as I often tire quickly of the same beer or style during a given drinking session.
Any place that offers eleven beers none of which was below average is a home run in my book. The locale is interesting and a great place to eat and knock back some beers either at a table with your family or the bar with your buddies. The beers are all top notch and are worth exploring throughout the year--something that I wish I was able to do more readily. Based on these factors and the fact that one of their brews still remains exemplar of its style, I give the Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery a grade of A and highly, highly recommend checking it out.
|Beer Name||Beer Type||City||State||Country||ABV||BA Grade||My Grade|
|Zephyr Golden Ale||American Blonde Ale||Flossmoor||Illinois||United States||B-||B|
|Station Master Wheat Ale||American Pale Wheat Ale||Flossmoor||Illinois||United States||4.60%||B-||B|
|Gandy Dancer Honey Ale||American Pale Ale||Flossmoor||Illinois||United States||5.80%||B+||B+|
|Roundhouse Raspberry Wheat Ale||Fruit / Vegetable Beer||Flossmoor||Illinois||United States||4.50%||C+||B-|
|Panama Limited Red Ale||American Amber / Red Ale||Flossmoor||Illinois||United States||B+||A|
|Pullman Brown Ale||American Brown Ale||Flossmoor||Illinois||United States||6.00%||A-||A+|
|FSBC IPA||American India Pale Ale||Flossmoor||Illinois||United States||7.50%||A|
|Iron Horse Stout||American Stout||Flossmoor||Illinois||United States||5.00%||B||A|
|Saison and Garfunkel||Saison / Farmhouse Ale||Flossmoor||Illinois||United States||8.50%||A-||A-|
|Stammitsch Altbier||Altbier||Flossmoor||Illinois||United States||5.00%||B+|
|Dean's Beans Coffee Stout||American Stout||Flossmoor||Illinois||United States||5.30%||B||A|
For more information about Flossmoor Station please visit their official website here.