CHICAGO VICINITY, ILLINOIS
Amongst the neuvo contemporary townships springing up west of Chi-town are Schaumburg, South Barrington, and Lake In The Hills, where four mall-oriented brewpubs reside (visited August ’06). Opened in 1998 (the original tavern-styled Elgin pub has operated since ’95), Schaumburg’s capacious freestanding red brick sports bar, PRAIRIE ROCK, has large front deck, second floor deck, and third floor banquet hall.
But just like two of the other Chi-town mall-oriented brewpubs, Prairie Rock closed down its brewing operations before 2008.
Left side bar with widescreen television and rear brew tanks served maize-dried wheat-husked citric-tinged Prairie Light, dry Cascade-hopped floral-piney lemon rind nicety Pale Rider Amber, fig-honeyed quince-peach-pear-ripened Vienna-styled Clocktower Amber Lager, and lilting orange-tart, clove-coriander-spiced, red hot-candied Belgian-Style Wit. Flaked oats, sour coffee bean, dry mocha, and hazelnut imbue Oatmeal Stout while vanilla-butterscotch-fronted honeyed-maple digestif Vanilla Crème Ale tastes like cream soda.