Let me start off by saying I should have listened to everyone and gone to this place a long time ago.
There are two sides to the Bavarian Lodge: the restaurant and the bar. I of course made it to the bar area where there has to be at least 20 tables and a huge bar (maybe 50 feet of bar). The inside is cosy with a faux tin ceiling, narrow aisle, and a feeling that you are no longer in Illinois.
The bar only has a single area to get beer but they do a good job of serving you. They had at least 15 quality beers on tap and have a beer list to rival most. It is a whose who in American craft beer with solid foreigns represented also.
Standing room was all Rich and I could find but quickly started talking with some guys that had room at their table and we sat with them talking about Midwest American craft beer.
Didn't order food but I scoped out the menu. I want to take the family here for dinner sometime but I felt as though it was a bit on the high side (probably the only thing keeping this place from not being rated a 10). Food is authentic German affair.
I would recommend this as a must stop to anyone that wants to have a quality experience in every aspect from a beer bar. Enjoy!
"Well ya see, Norm, it's like this... A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers." - Cliff Clavin, of Cheers