Monday brought us to the end of our pilgrimage, with just a stop for breakfast between us and the road back to Chicago. Apparently we used up all of our good mojo the day before with the special pizza and the uber special time at HopCat as we had a tremendously difficult time finding any place open for breakfast. Once found, the food was uninspiring, the wait staff just a step above lousy and so our trip out of town was under a bit of a cloud.
But not all was lost, there was light at the end of the tunnel, namely Lunar Brewing. Located just minutes from the airport in Villa Park, this was a visit I think we’d all been anticipating since we were there two years ago. The grey, starting to mist day was perfect for heading into this small, dark brewpub that makes much better beer than you’d expect. Maybe it was because I’d been so pleasantly surprised by the taste of the fresh Raspberry Ale at Dark Horse and so bowled over by Cerise at Founders, but my favorite there that day was their Raspberry Cream. Cream ales can be hit or miss, as can fruit beers but this one was the perfect combination of the two. Running a close second was their Oatmeal Pale, a hard to describe, light in color beer that walked the tightrope between the smoothness of an oatmeal beer and the hop flavor of a pale. A wonderful finish to a great pilgrimage.