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Take a ride to Lil’ Beaver for beer and burgers (and other stuff, too)

Lil’ Beaver, the Bloomington brewery and restaurant, offers a really nice menu of beer and a solid food menu. I was recently there on a Saturday afternoon and had a flight ($10) and some lunch. In addition to the four delicious beers, I also had/shared a burger with onion rings ($11), some fried pickles ($8) and the churro doughnuts ($5). Was I very full and incapacitated the rest of the afternoon? Yes, yes, I was. But it was worth it. The double smash patty burger was perfect, and both the onion rings and fried pickles were well seasoned and crispy. The churro doughnuts were two cake doughnuts with delicious cinnamon and sugar (and a dusting of powdered sugar). 

A flight of four beers at Lil' Beaver Brewery in Bloomington, IL. Two amber colored beers are alternated with two wheat colored beers. Each cup is sitting in a hole in a wood board. Photo by Jessica Hammie. Photo by Jessica Hammie.

I tried a few different beers on tap at the time (check out the tap menu here), which were all excellent, but I especially liked Willy’s Watermelon & Wheat, a perfect summer fruit beer that was not too sweet. 

If you have an afternoon, make the drive to Bloomington to check out Lil’ Beaver. The patio is great, and puppy friendly.

Lil’ Beaver
16 Currency Dr
M-Th 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
F + Sa 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (kitchen closes at 9 p.m.)
Su 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Top image by Jessica Hammie.


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