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Barley Island Brewing Company

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Barley Island Brewing CompanyBarley Island Brewing Company
BA SCORE
84
good

23 Ratings
Ratings: 23
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 17.42%
Active Beers: 26
Beer Ratings: 757
Beer Avg: 3.74
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

639 Conner St (Hwy 32)
Noblesville, Indiana, 46060
United States
phone: (317) 770-5280

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Photo of LivMomma
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

I want to love Barley Island. Years ago, I did. But now..... I'll just say that one should not have stomach issues after a few pints of their beer. I thought it was the food there making my husband and I react so poorly after leaving Barley (the food has rapidly declined in quality; I tell people I like to just not eat there at all), but turns out it could be the beer either instead or as well. I've only had it on tap at the brewery but every time, it makes me ill. I've spoken to others who have had the same issue as well. I drink craft beer all the time and this is the only brewery that has this adverse affect on me.

LivMomma, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of rabbitguy
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

rabbitguy, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of ronn
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

ronn, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of Kyrojack
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Kyrojack, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +12.4%

freewill35, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of NooseJustice
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

NooseJustice, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of MSandahl23
4/5  rDev +12.4%

MSandahl23, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of neckbracesub
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%

I've always been a fan of some of Barley Island's original brews, and have been stopping by from time to time for the better part of the last 10 years.

They keep a solid staff on hand, especially Michael, who has been the bartender there since I first visited and continues to provide outstanding service to this day.

My wife had never been, so I took her out for a couple of beers and burgers last weekend and we had a very good experience. The food was cooked perfectly to suit our picky-ness, the service was terrific, and the beer was fresh and as tasty as ever.

BI's food has went through all sorts of ups and downs over the last few years, as I've had a few hits and misses, but it seems like they are at a very good point now and I hope they keep it up.

One of the first bars I ever attended and one I will always go back to!

neckbracesub, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of HosP
3.63/5  rDev +2%

Met up with a fellow BA to swap a couple beers and have a few drinks.

The dining area was dead, although it was a Monday evening. Bar was a regular bar, nothing out of the ordinary with some locals in there.

The beer selection was ok. They had their regular year round beers, which are ok. There was one special one off beer on tap which was the highlight of the beer night.

One bar tender who did a great job keeping up and offering samples of anything we needed. Did a good job for the amount of people that were there.

Not many beers to choose from. Just their average beers and one special beer. So nothing to get to excited about.

The food was good. Had a pulled pork bbq sandwich which was good. Probably better than most of the beer selection they had.

Overall it is an ok place to go. Pretty quiet all around. Nothing great, probably won't go back unless someone really wanted to go.

HosP, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of lbaker
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%

I'm not sure what Barley Island these people (see below) have been to, but I'm quite possible it's the Barely There Island. When I first moved to Noblesville I was pumped to see a brewery so close. I love Upland and the ability to grab growlers and the fact that Sunday carryout was going to be the norm come July 4th I thought I would head on down to sample it all out. We have ate there once, and all my other experiences have been going to the bar for growlers on just about every night of the week, with that said...lets go.

Anyone love Sunny in Philadelphia? Well you will love it here! ( IF YOU WORK THERE ) Ever notice how people just mosey on back behind the bar to serve themselves because the gang is out fighting crime and finding babies in the dumpster? Well this is the norm, at least from what I've experienced. Many times when I've approached the bar the bartender looks confused, today I ordered a growler of their wheat and hefewiezen and he looked at me like I was speaking German. Finally another employee came from the back to help. (Did I mention a fellow bar fly had to yell for the first set of helpful hands in the first place?)

I just don't get this place. I always think about what kind of following Barley's could have with the proper management and marketing team. What's the point of having great beer if you can barely serve it in an atmosphere that screams Paddy's Pub? The best way to explain Barley's is to explain your psychotic ex-girlfriend. You are well aware of just how crazy she is...but you keep going back because she's so damn good. You know the fall-out but you just don't care.

In this case, I know what to expect when I go to Barley's. Awful service...but damn good beer.

lbaker, Jul 18, 2010
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Barley Island Brewing Company in Noblesville, IN
84 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.