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Old 09-13-2010, 11:44 PM   #1
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I visited this brewery this past weekend with my girlfriend and her parents. We ordered two of the sampling lines. They currently have 5 brews available.

1) A basic beer like Miller Lite

2) A basic Wheat beer

3) A banana Clove ale

4) A citrus IPA (galena and cascade hops)

5) An Oatmeal Stout

Currently, in my opinion, this brewery has a lot of room for improvement. The service was terrible and there wasn't much to it. The beers were mediocre also. The only beer that is worthy of a 7 on a scale of 1-10 is the IPA. The others rank below a 5. I would hold off visiting this brewery for a while, unless you like low quality microbrew.

By the way, I love Galena. I am not knocking the town!

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I would suggest visiting Carlyle Brewing Company in Rockford.
You'd love the ambiance and the brew line-up is pretty solid.

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Old 09-14-2010, 12:47 AM   #3
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Carlyle is nice. I've been there once since it is 5 minutes or so from my house. I haven't been able to go back because of their hours conflicting with my work schedule. I love their IPAIPA. Genius.

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I visited this brewery this past weekend with my girlfriend and her parents. We ordered two of the sampling lines. They currently have 5 brews available.

1) A basic beer like Miller Lite

2) A basic Wheat beer

3) A banana Clove ale

4) A citrus IPA (galena and cascade hops)

5) An Oatmeal Stout

Currently, in my opinion, this brewery has a lot of room for improvement. The service was terrible and there wasn't much to it. The beers were mediocre also. The only beer that is worthy of a 7 on a scale of 1-10 is the IPA. The others rank below a 5. I would hold off visiting this brewery for a while, unless you like low quality microbrew.

By the way, I love Galena. I am not knocking the town!
Whats the name of the brewery?
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WOW! I grew up 45 miles from Galena and was just there at the begining of August. Somehow this slipped under my radar and I did not check it out. Guess I was too busy getting to New Glarus and Milwaukee for beer porn.

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Old 09-14-2010, 10:26 PM   #6
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Galena Brewing Co. is the name and their slogan is "Brewing is our middle name"

I'm not saying they show no sign of hope either! As a home brewer I believe it has potential. The nice thing about the brewery is they give you a bit of history about past breweries in Galena and how they vanished.

They can make beer. Alright. They just need more time to come up with better recipes.

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Went to Galena in July and the brewery was not open yet, so they are still getting on their feet. Hope they get better as I am looking forward to going there next year when we go back to Galena.

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I love Galena, been there a few times (did a history and "Field of Dreams" trip) and didnt realize they had a brewery... cool

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When you go try their sampling line. It's reasonably priced for 5 samples. Then again they might have more selections when you guys go there.

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They were probably just starting to figure out their system. Might want to give them another shot in a little while. If they still suck, post it here so we all know what to expect should we be in the area.

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