Saturdays Suds: Pubs near the Park #10 – Big Hurt Brewhouse

12 03 2016

I haven’t done one of these Saturday Suds in quite a while.  But I found a restaurant that fits perfectly into this theme of mine.  Frank Thomas started a brewing operation a few years ago and he opened a related brewpub just a little bit west of Chicago in 2014.  This works out perfectly for me – we moved to the western suburbs last year.

Big Hurt Brewhouse Logo

Establishment:  Big Hurt Brewhouse

Ballpark:  US Cellular in Chicago

Location:  6801 W Cermak Rd, Berwyn, IL 60402 – about 12 miles west of the White Sox home park

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Beers served:  This isn’t just a famous athlete opening a restaurant.  Thomas started a brewing operation first, working with the Wild Onion Brewery to create some beers in his nickname.  Then he opened this restaurant.  There are some national and craft beers, but on tap you can get brews from Big Hurt Brewery.  And the 2 I tried were very good.  I had the BHB Honey Girl, which is a wheat beer that isn’t overly fruity.  I also had the Big Red, which was good as well.  Next time I go, I’ll try something a little more hoppy, but both of those were good beers to start off with and then wash down your meal.

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Menu (if applicable):  We went there with the family – which means me, my wife, a 3 year-old and a 1-year old.  They have a different kind of menu.  It’s set up as a nice sports bar, but it’s not just the food you could get at Buffalo Wild Wings or Miller’s Ale House.  They had some unique stuff.  My wife didn’t stray too far – she got a burger.  But she thought it was really good.  I got a brisket sandwich that had jalapeño and some shredded veggies.  Like I said, kind of different – but really good.

Is it baseball-themed?  Or is it just close to the ballpark?   Obviously it’s geared around Thomas’ name.  There’s plenty of Thomas memorabilia around the restaurant, but it’s not overdone.  The coolest thing for me was that, when we went there on the last Saturday of January, the Big Hurt himself was there, sitting at the bar.  I’ve since read that he does make a fairly regular appearance, but at the time it was really cool.  After we were done eating, he took a picture with me and my son, next to the statue that’s in the front of the building.  Taking that picture was his idea.  I doubt my 3 and a half year-old will remember it, but it sure was a cool memory for me.  He was really friendly – I would say definitely more than the situation required, so the impression I had of him being a “good guy” was confirmed.

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Description:  Thomas opened this brewpub a little less than 2 years ago in Berwyn, IL, which is about 12 miles west of Chicago, just south of Oak Park and I-290.  It’s located in a historic building, the Berwyn Town Bank Building.  This is a refurbished building with a really high ceiling that has a cool ambiance.  There’s a mini-casino with some slots that I did think was a bit weird.  Especially when my 3 year-old kept trying to run in there.  Start ’em young I guess.

The beer selection is anchored by the Big Hurt beers I mentioned, but there are plenty of others.  They serve a lot of things you’d be used to at a sports bar, but also some as well the Chicago sports bar and restaurant serves-up contemporary American comfort food paired with local brews, including Big Hurt signature beers – Hoppy Girl, Honey Girl, Big Red and Hall of Fame Pilsner (HOF).  During the summer, there’s a beer garden – though in late January that’s obviously not open.  They did have a fire pit burning out there, which intrigued my son.

I hope this restaurant has some legs.  We’ll probably go there again, it was good, and it’s not bad from a price standpoint.  I also appreciate that Thomas is doing more than just adding his name to the establishment.

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12 03 2016
Jeff

Very cool, I’ll keep that in mind if I’m ever in the area. Good to hear Frank is as good a dude as he seems. Georgia boy

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