On December 29th 2016 I needed to meet someone for lunch along the I-90 corridor. The Elgin/West Dundee area was a bit further North than I had hoped to go initially but it saved them from going out of their way. To make use of such a drive (I live almost 1.5-2 hours away depending on route and traffic) I scheduled a trip to a car dealer in Naperville and then was on my way to my mini brewery tour of the Fox Valley.
Not to miss a chance to hit some breweries and brewpubs that I don’t normally get to visit I of course scheduled the meeting/lunch at Emmett’s Brewery in West Dundee.
Stop 1: Emmett’s Brewery in West Dundee, Illinois
Emmett’s turned out to be the perfect place to get lunch, a beer sampler and start my mini tour of some Fox Valley breweries! It is located right on the water and in downtown West Dundee. There are a few places to park nearby including a handy lot right in back that had a fair number of spots open. For a full review just pop over to Emmett’s Brewery or take yourself over to 128 West Main Street West Dundee, Illinois 60118.
Stop 2: Penrose Brewing Company in Geneva, Illinois
While there were no brewery tours offered on the day I was at Penrose Brewing, it still made sense for me to finally pop in and try some of their beer. They have plenty of seating, tons of beer options, and lots of board games to keep you busy. Now that I think about it and look back through the photos, they do have 1 TV but only 1. So if watching sports is your goal this may be a bit tough here at times. Do note that they only serve snacks so plan accordingly. The location of 509 Stevens Street, Geneva, IL 60134 is nice and just a few blocks away was Stop 3: Stockholm’s Brewpub and Restaurant.
Stop 3: Stockholm’s in Geneva, Illinois
Located just around the corner from Penrose Brewing is an even older brewpub called Stockholm’s. With a full menu, plenty of their own beer and guest bottles/taps you are sure to find something you like here. I wish I had been hungry at the time or I would have tried some food but the beer I had was pretty good (the bartender also rocked as did the prices for the samplers I had). Stockholm’s restaurant and micro-brewery is perfectly located right at 306 W State Street, Geneva, IL on a nice drag of stores and other places to check out.
So if you are ever in the Fox Valley area of St. Charles, Geneva, Elgin, West Dundee or just nearby feel free to take this mini tour yourself. There are also a number of other places nearby in South Barrington, Aurora, Naperville, and beyond so you can easily extend your own trip.