Welcome to stop #25 on the Brews and Choos project.
Brewery: Lunar Brewing Co., 54 E. St. Charles Rd., Villa Park
Train line: Union Pacific West, Villa Park
Time from Chicago: 36 minutes (Zone D)
Distance from station: 900 m
Sometimes you find good beer in unexpected places. Lunar Brewing in Villa Park appears as any other dive bar off a suburban stroad, but they have brewed their own beer since 1996.
I didn't have a lot of time so I tried only one of the six house beers on draft, the Scottish Ale:
I liked it. It had good malty caramel flavors, with a smooth, sweet finish.
I asked about food and dogs. No to dogs, because the village only allows them outside. They have a BYOF policy but, if you want something cheap and quick, "the best frozen pizzas you can buy," according to a longtime patron who was rolling his own cigarettes with a small rolling machine at one of the tables.
I appreciate a good dive bar, but I'm not sure I'd hike out to Villa Park to visit this one again.
On my way out, I got a good shot of the local Metra station:
Beer garden? No
Dogs OK? No
Televisions? 2, unavoidable
Serves food? BYO, or frozen pizza
Would hang out with a book? Maybe
Would hang out with friends? Maybe
Would go back? No