Suarez Family Brewing has become my favorite place to go on my days off. The staff are nice, remember my name even amongst a crowded room. It sounds simple, but this goes a long way. Kate and Adam are always so friendly and accomodating. You can tell these people have a passion for GOOD beer. You can taste it.
Some of my favorite beers they have are the Pilsners (remarkable crisp and refreshing) and the Country Beers. They use ingredients from neigboring communities which speaks to the quality. They also have a smoked lager that is so unique (Stands to Reason). I'd have to say that the thing that sets them apart from a lot of places like them is that they don't have a list stacked with IPAs. They are 8oz. pours, so you can have a few and not be zonked by 7pm. The other big thing is that their beer floats between 4.6% and 5.7% alcohol content, meaning you can actually TASTE the ingredients.
Their beer list is always changing, so if you like something, bring home a bottle. Or get a growler. It's $7 to refill after the first $10 bottle and fill fee.
How could I not mention the baked goods from Tivoli General that they have available each day they're open. I think each day they have fresh pretzels (perfect combo with a Palatine Pils), and fresh loaves of bread. The best though, is on sundays when they have freakin Pimento cheese sandwiches.
I deeply respect their grassroots operation. They seriously could be one of those companies that make 10 different stickers, 15 shirts and trucker hats. But they're all about the beer. I mean, if they had more shirts I would definitely own them. But it's not really important at the end of the day.
The pours are $4, sometimes $5 depending on the beer. Come on. Does that get better? See you this weekend.