ELMHURST – With about 500 beers to choose from, including 50 on tap, Elmhurst's new Beerhead Bar and Eatery literally has a beer for every taste.
While Beerhead doesn’t brew its own beer, it serves only craft beers, so guests won’t find common macrobrews on the menu. Microbrews from almost every state and from many countries around the world are represented, as is every style of beer, from lighter lagers and pilsners to heavy stouts and IPAs, and even nitro beers and sour beers.
“Our selection of beer definitely stands out,” General Manager Matt Krause said. “We have Mikerphone beer on draft, which is brewed in Elk Grove Village, as well as beer from Two Brothers in Aurora and Noon Whistle, which is a Lombard beer. Most of our draft beers are local.”
The beer menu can sometimes be overwhelming to some, but Krause said the staff is very knowledgeable and will offer suggestions, including wine or spirits from the full bar.
“We send our staff to a beer school that’s run through the company because we want to make sure they can give recommendations to people who aren’t sure about what to get,” he said. “We take a lot of pride in taking care of our guests. They’re not just customers. We have a beer for everyone, and not a lot of places can say that.”
Craft beers and microbrews are exploding in popularity across the country, and Krause thinks it’s because people are looking to try new things.
“We’re something new and something people have been waiting for,” he said. “There isn’t the same beer selection at other establishments, and our big thing is the number of beers we offer. People have been very impressed so far.”
In addition to the beer selection, Beerhead specializes in artisan pizza, like the European, topped with pears and bleu cheese, and the Farmers Market, with kale pesto sauce, cheese and vegetables. Pizzas also can be customized with the “build your own” option.
Guests also will see the Barbarian on the menu, which is a large pretzel with cheese that serves four people, as well as other appetizers and sandwiches.
The restaurant opened June 19 at the corner of York Street and First Avenue, which had been under development for several years. John Quigley, president and CEO of the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said he’s happy to see a new business open in the heart of downtown Elmhurst.
“They’ve built both an attractive interior and exterior that will welcome customers, and the proximity to the train station will bring in new customers from out of town,” he said. “[Beerhead] is building on the craft beer phenomenon that’s happening in downtown Elmhurst. It’s been drawing great crowds in the early going.”
Krause said Beerhead is family-friendly and described the atmosphere as “welcoming and positive.” Guests also can enjoy live acoustic music from local musicians on Friday and Saturday nights.
If you go
What: Beerhead Bar and Eatery
Where: 100 N. York St., Elmhurst
Hours: 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday