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Broad Ripple Brew Pub

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Broad Ripple Brew PubBroad Ripple Brew Pub
Based on:
49 Beers
245 Hads
Place Score: 89
Reviews: 49
Visits: 76
Avg: 3.97
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

840 E 65th St
Indianapolis, Indiana, 46220
United States
phone: (317) 253-2739

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Photo of CapitalGains
3.73/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I'm an out-of-towner but I've visited the Broad Ripple Brew Pub a couple of times during my recent visits to Indianapolis/Broad Ripple.

Reminiscent of a British pub on the inside with a winding covered patio on the exterior. The setting and vibe was laid back and enjoyable. The quality all around was solid. My favorite beer was the cask T.J.'s Best Bitter.

On the whole service was pretty good though a bit sporadic. I'd like to think I'm a low maintenance customer but there were some intervals where I would be looking around for our server to order another drink. On the flip side all of the servers I had were friendly and knowledgeable.

The selection seems standard for a brewpub - nothing extraordinary. There were about 8-9 tap selections, of which 2 were casks. There was a solid bottle selection though I don't recall how many there were - maybe 50 or 60 which was a warm welcome. The bottles were mostly your standard stuff from around the area (Founder's, Upland, Bell's) but I stuck with the Broad Ripple specific brews.

The food was typical pub food - calorie heavy, filling, and delicious. I ordered the cheese crock with bread to share with friends and the lunch order of the fish and chips and I was stuffed by the time I finished. Some friends ordered the chili, pretzel, and scotch egg pizza and they seemed to enjoy it as well...except for maybe the scotch egg pizza but that seems like a hit or miss.

I've enjoyed my several visits here. It's not glamorous but I found it to be a great place to grab some food and beer with friends and to enjoy each other's company.

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Photo of KYBrewgrass
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped by while in town back in the summer of 2010 with some friends for lunch and beer. I was excited to try this place as I had just previously discovered that it was the oldest brewpub (and highly touted) in the state of Indiana.

It was a hot, hot day that we were there but we were surprisingly comfortable out on the porch. It's a cool looking older building with lots of wood. The crowd was really laid-back and it seemed like a hangout spot for locals. I could see the appeal.

I was disappointed that the day we were there they had run out of the brown ale (my favorite style), but I found some nice replacements. The Lawn Mower Pale Ale was solid and especially drinkable for a summer afternoon. I also had an IPA and it was good, too.

The food was good but not outstanding. I had fish and chips. Typical good 'ol fried filets. The beer cheese appetizer was more impressive. Very tasty. Even on a hot day!

All in all, this place was worth the trip. I'd go back if I were in town to try the brown ale and some different food.

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Photo of calibrewfan
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

We were in Indy for a Colts game in December and decided to head out to the Broad Ripple area for beer. Broad Ripple Brew Pub was a surprise since they had 2 cask beers available - always a welcome sight. We tried the ESB on cask which was ok. The place has a cool pub feel to it and it was packed even though it was freezing out that night. If you are from out of town this is a good place to go when you are in Indianapolis. Also try Brugge which is just down the street if you are in the area. You won't be disappointed.

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Photo of sbeppel
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

On a recent visit to Indy from Philadelphia,my wife and I discovered the Broad Ripple section of Indianapolis.What a cool fun part of town. it reminded me alot of Philly's Manyunk neighborhood.Alot of places to eat,drink and shop. We stopped in to the Broad Ripple Brewing Company for a brew. The place was real nice.Casual pub atmosphere.Real comfy. I had a nice IPA.The beer was a nice golden color. Hoppy,but maybe not as Hoppy as i would have liked. Very enjoyable though.Would love to go back again sometime.

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Photo of mynie
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Right off the Monon trail, which means it's a great biking destination. We stopped by at around 3 on a spotty Saturday afternoon. It had been raining in fits, but was still pretty warm for very early April. Butler was in the Final Four, which was being played in Indie, and so the whole damn city was like a giant party.

Woody interior, nice porch on the outside. Laid back, kinda like a hunting lodge, or one of those old, shack-like bars you see out the middle of assfart nowhere, up in Iowa and Illinois, the places were bikers stop during poker runs. It was like only very clean and well-kempt, the shackishness is intentional.

Didn't have the food, but the waitress was nice and knew a little bit about each beer. The crowd was white, well-off to affluent, and left of center (this being Broad Ripple and all). Friendly sorts. Say what you may about the white gentrifiers who live in college towns, it's not like they're the types of people who will make you feel unwelcome at a bar.

Beer was solid. 6 regular taps, 2 casks. Nothing off the wall but everything seemed well brewed. We didn't try the food.

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I am a big fan of the BRBP. I have been going there for years and will continue to go there for years to come.

I like the laid back atmosphere of the place, the leisurely appreciation of time that staff has, and the beer is pretty damn good as well. They always have two things on cask and 4 to 6 house beers on top of that. If you they have the Monon cask porter make sure to order a glass of that.

The menu is pub fare, but it is really well done and has many options for vegetarians (my wife is a vegetarian) but they also have scotch egg pizza for us carnivores, and you can't go wrong with that.

My only complaint with BRBP is that I am now older and I don't like going there on a Friday or Saturday night because it gets very crowded with the younger college crowd. They take away from my beer drinking relaxing atmosphere, but that is because I am getting old and cranky. This is still a for sure can't miss in town.

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Photo of thedrewski86
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I've only been here once but it left a very good impression on me. The people are nice, the waitstaff is good. The atmosphere is great. The beer is amazing; I had a few and they were not bad as far as price goes ($3.50 - 4.50). I ordered fish'n'chips and they were excellent. Service was a little slow but that's what you expect at a place like this. It's in a nice quiet part of town and is definitely worth stopping in at. My favorite brewpub is Three Floyds in Munster, IN and I would say this is at least 85% of that establishment! For me, that's saying a lot. I will be there again.

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Photo of Brettster
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The interior gives a very old time pub feel. There is some outdoor seeting and standing room. On the weekends the standing room comes in handy when you have to grab a beer and wait for a seat.

Some areas inside have a strange musty smell, but easy to deal with. The food is very reasonably priced and pretty tasty. My wife is not a vegan but orders from that menu because it is very tasty.

A good beer selection but most importantly, they brew their own. The brewed beer is usually excellent.

Definitely worth stopping by for at least a pint if you are in the area.

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Photo of BeerNuggets
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4


Wife and I stopped by on our way through Indy.

When we arrived at the bar, we felt pretty invisible. No one greeted us and we were sitting at the bar. 3 people walked by without even a glimpse.

Finally (about 8 minutes later), we were greeted by a nice bartender. She promptly served us and was very efficient. She even offered us a copy of some crossword puzzles to do at the bar. What a great idea.

It is a very homey place with a fireplace and detailed ceiling. Their is even a separate room for steel tip darts and the patios are split with one side being smoking and one side non-smoking.

The area around the bar is artsy and another brewpub is only 1/4 mile away. They seem to offer a Vegan menu and are focusing on becoming a "green" brewpub.

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Photo of speedracer
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My favorite place to go to in Indianapolis for a pint. Pub is just off of the "bar district", a little tough to find if you're visiting but well worth it. Great local, non-chain brewery.

Interior has a great pub feel to it. Dark wood and there is a series of small rooms to give it more of a private setting. Place can be tough to get a seat outside in the summer time.

Menu is unique- scotch eggs, mussels, garden sloppy joe, sheppard's pie, etc, etc. Staff is great and makes sure you're not running low.

Oh yeah, beer... selection is great, and they are constantly rotating. Their ESB and Lawnmower Pale Ale are staples and both great. Good selection of bottled national microbrews as well.

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Photo of baos
3.93/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I used to go here quite often long before I knew about beer advocate. I've probably had all the brews they have or ever had there but I never took notes maybe just a couple here and there and they are all lost. this place is really fun although it gets a bit crowded on Friday and Saturday nights. Its a nice relaxing place in the early evenings and the food is pretty good as well. Although I don't miss Broad Ripple people that much, but I do miss its places I wish this brew pub was next door to me..

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Photo of smanders
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

BRBP is a comfortable, clean pub that attempts to bring new flavors to its patrons (remember we are in Indiana). It was the only brewpub I knew of in the state for quite some time and the experience shows with the selections that are frequently available.

IPAs, ESBs, seasonals; beer fans will find something to whet their appetite here. And that's a great thing, considering the food is quite good. Case in point - Scotch Eggs! What better appetizer whilst enjoying a pint than an order of eggs? None!

You're a cask ale man, you say? BRBP has at least one at all times. I'd get a Braunschweiger BLT to go with it if I were you. Enjoy!

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Photo of schoolcb
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Was in Indy for vacation and stopped by for lunch during the week. We entered and the sign said seat yourself so we did. 5 minutes later and we noticed the wait staff were attentive to the patio but had not stopped in our room (See the other reviews about the layout of this place). So, we moved to the patio. I don't mean to sound judgemental (I will anyway) but the staff looked like they were part of a prison-release work-program. Our waiter was nice enough but very slow. We weren't in a hurry so it worked out ok. I had the 7-beer sampler (Their pils was out), and the smoked turkey salad, with mango. Beer was great, food was good, price was reasonable. I would recommend you stop by, just don't do so if you are in a hurry.

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Photo of leftmindedrighty
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

This was my last stop on my tour of Indianapolis. And it sure didn't disappoint.

Upon walking here from Brugge Brasserie, I noticed scores of people hanging outside drinking. I thought I would walk into a mad house of people at the bar, but it was only me and a couple of others. Thankfully, everyone wanted to drink outside, which gave me ample room to spread out at the bar.

I ordered up a flight of all the beers they had on tap. 6 beers plus 2 casks were pouring that night. This place has a nice English Pub feel, with brewerania all around. I had their Lawnmower Pale Ale, IPA, ESB, Mild, and Pils. All were quality and fresh.

The service here was also way above par. The bartender was extremely nice and personable. And him and I talked beer most of the time I was there

Overall, great brew pub. Great beer, good people, and a nice atmosphere. What more could you want?

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Photo of parrothead2004
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

From February 2008.

This was a great find on a recommendation I received during the tour of another brewpub. I only had 4 days in Indy for a work trip, but was able to visit this location twice in that time. The atmosphere was heavy wood, english pub style, and a little dated, but during the summer they open up the windows and have sidewalk cafe atmosphere. The vegetarian food was excellent; we had the Vegan Shepherd Pie, and baked falafel sandwich.

On the beer side, we had several pints of the 2006 Ankle Biter Barley Wine, which was well aged, malty buterscotch nose, a warm alcohol feel, and clean floral hop finish that went down much too easy. Also had The Monon Porter, which was not as interesting as the Ankle Biter, but was a good beer in its own.

Service was slowish, but fit the casual mood of the place. Also, it seemed like the more beer I drank, the better the service became. Not sure what that means ;)

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Photo of mattcrill
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped in here that Saturday after Thanksgiving and this place was booming. Sat at the bar and got taken care of by a fine young lady named Danni. She was hung over from the night before but wasn't shy about it and still gave me good service. I had already eaten so I didn't order food. Looked like standard pub food (which is a-ok by me). They had two cask beers and I sampled the porter. Delicious. Also had their Serenity Now! IPA which is an award winner. I understand why. That stuff is off the hook! I wouldn't sell growlers of it either...I'd keep it all to myself. Anyway, I will definitely be back. Good atmosphere, great beers, great people. It's worth making the trip to Broadripple (which is a cool little town anyway) if you are in the area.

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Photo of JamesS
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Standard brewpub atmosphere, minus any real decorating, but it was clean and neat. I was sat right away and my server was quite prompt at geting my order in. Although he was not as informative about their beers as I would have liked, he did give a little detail for them. The scotch eggs were excellent and the beer was very, very good. I was quite impressed with the menu selections, particulary the beer varieties. Well not as large as a beer menu could be, they had several state brewed beers that was excellent. While the ladies next to me complained about the slowness of service, I had an excellent time. I will come back again next time I'm in town.

Edit: service has gotten much better and it also feels more "homey."

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Headed here after stopping at Brugge on a recent trip across Indiana. Nice exterior with an easy to read sign and some nice outdoor seating. Upon entering you get the feeling that this place has been here awhile. Dark wood throughout and nice lighting make for a welcoming atmosphere. The original stamped ceiling tiles are cool, very ornate and show the history of the building. Walk through the dining area and peer through the glass at the brewing area. Then off to the left for a seat at the small, cozy bar. Nice! Check the growlers lining the top.

As for the beer, I want to say they had about 8 total, including 2 cask offerings which was always nice to see. I shared the sampler and got a good taste of each of them. The ESB was very tasty as well as the IPA. I also enjoyed the Pilsner and the casks as well. The only one that I really didn't care for was the Wheat. Overall, they had some nice, well brewed beers here and really something for everyone.

I ordered the two alarm tuna, which was a yellowfin tuna fillet along with some cole slaw. It was yummy and nicely spiced, my only real complaint being that the tuna was a bit on the dry side. Otherwise, the cole slaw was tasty and the meal itself quite nice and not very expensive at all. Our bartender was very attentive and answered our questions and chatted with us while we were there.

Overall, I found Broad Ripple to be an enjoyable neighborhood brewpub with some tasty brews to boot. I would stop by here again if I found myself in the area and it's well worth checking out! Oh yeah, there's a really cool darts room too...see if you can find it :-)

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This place is a little unassuming building with lots of tables on the outside. It was a nice night and it was great to eat outside on this quite street. When I went in to find the bathroom it is like a series of small rooms stuck together. I felt like I was walking through several private parties. I did see a room with some nice dartboards and the whole place has dark wood giving it a bit of a pub feel.
They had a good beer list with several of their beers, two on cask, with a good list of local and U.S. craft beers. I really like a good cask beer but these beers didn’t have the depth or slight hazy that I enjoy in a good cask beer. They have imp. pints and ½ pints which is nice if for a good sample of a beer. Their brewed-on-premises beers all seemed to have an English influence but that may just be what was on tap.
The food was very British fare with the appetizer as two scotch eggs. There were good and the best price I have seen on this side of the pond. For the entrée I had shepherd’s pie which I grew fond of in grade school, with the distinct layers of mashed potatoes, ground beef and a random vegetable, topped with gravy. This was much different and perhaps too authentic, I don’t know. There were mashed potatoes in a bowl with a ground beef and mushroom mixture with a tomato sauce. That was pretty good but on top was a slice of tomato with a square of Kraft singles melted on top. It was interesting but not my favorite.
The combination of atmosphere, good beer and comfortable food made this a very nice experience. It is always a good sign when I eat a bit too much, drink a bit too much and laugh a bit too much. That is a good evening.

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

My second time to the brew pub but my first with the ability to correctly report my findings, as the first time i was a little tipsy. I travel to indianapolis a few times a year and my g/f and I went here for our anniversary dinner since she is starting to enjoy good beer too. Its in a really neat area of Indy, tons of shops and piano bars, lots of friendly people and a just an all around cool place. The broad ripple brew pub is nesseled on the outskirts of the main drag and has a nice outdoor section to eat which is were we ate. Usually pretty busy but we were able to sit down right away. They have tons of craft brew from all over the midwest as well as their own brew, only beer that i saw that was a macro was rolling rock.

Food was good, i had Pollock with potatoes and my g/f had pulled pork, prices were very reasonable and the food was good, the beer was also relatively inexpensive and they had a great selection, i had the lawnmower pale ale i believe is what it was called, it was a very tasty, drinkable beer. I can't wait to go back to the brew pub again it is a real treat and a fun place to hang out.

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Photo of clvand0
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

This place is a little bit hard to find, tucked away in the middle of some residential areas. The atmosphere was neat - the place is divided up into several small dining areas with a bar and an outside eating area. They had probably eight or ten beers on draught and plenty of commercial bottles to choose from. The flavors of the beers were great, but they all came out almost completely still (uncarbonated). My saison was flat as well as the red and the ipa that my friends got. Not sure what was up with that. We had some appetizers and food as well. I wasn't impressed with the food. The service was adequate, but they didn't pay us much attention.

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Photo of jdoolin
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

My wife and I stopped here while we were in Indianapolis for the US Grand Prix. It was recommended by BA, shbobdb. Thanks for the tip!

This place was simply fantastic. It has a nice, well lit interior primarily of dark wood. It has a great, comfortable small pub feel.

The menu was the first thing that struck me as amazing. It has a large variety of foods to choose from, which includes an English section, from which I ordered the Shepherd's pie. It was an enormous portion and was it ever delicious! I couldn't even finish it. I wish I had the rest of it now...

As for beers, I started off with their Red Bird Mild. Now, I really like English ales, and within minutes, the Red Bird Mild became an instant favorite. It pains me that I now have to go to Indianapolis to get one of my favorites. I followed that with the cask Best Bitter. WOW, another one knocked out of the park! My wife and I both thoroughly enjoyed pints of this, along with shbobdb, who joined us. I finished with the cask Porter, which I immediately decided was one of my favorite porters, if not overall favorite.

Personally, I think the value is great. It's not exactly cheap, but you get *quality*, as such I think it is very reasonable.

The overall quality of the place and the experience was outstanding. The service was good, the food was great, the beers PHENOMENAL and at the right price.

If I lived in Indianapolis, I'd go to Broad Ripple Brewpub at least once per week.

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Photo of harkjohnny
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

We stopped at BRBP after dinner at Brugge down the street. What a delight this place was! We bellied up to the bar easily in what was a rather crowded restaurant.

The fella pouring beers was REALLY working the taps on this busy saturday night. I chose the best bitter on cask (by recommendation of a local we began chatting with) and wow! was this a great choice! I had two. Another nice local even bought us a round because he wanted to introduce us to the Pale Ale which, days later, I can still recall the fantastic hop aroma!

The atmosphere, mixed clientele of locals and out of towners on this race weekend, and great beers make BRBP a must stop if you are ever in this quaint artsy district.

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Photo of marksto
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Indy's oldest brewpub. When this place opened, brewpubs weren't even legal in Indiana, so the brewery was constructed adjacent to the pub but with no direct doors between the two. The law has changed, but little else has including the classic english pub motif. A stamped copper ceiling, classic dark wood accents, fireplace in the corner (very cozy!) and only one small TV by the short bar.

In keeping with the theme the beers here are almost always ales and are usually in british styles. Their quality is always good, though I detect a house flavor in almost all their brews. Food is also good, try the scotch eggs for an unusual treat - they're delicious and match well with the beers.

Overall a consistently good brewpub, and one as true to its British roots as I've visited.

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Photo of danielocean03
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visited the brew pub for the first time last night with my wife, we arrived about six o'clock and opted to be sat inside. The outside seating area is a large L-shaped covered patio with ample seating. Once inside, there is an olde-world English style pub feel about the place. Metallic-motif ceiling decorations and varnished hardwood details are the most notable interior accents. Windows near the small L-shaped bar showcase the brewing quarters. The bar itself is small, might seat seven or eight patrons give or take. Very cozy and comfortable feel about the whole place, ample interior seating sprawls across the wall as you enter to the right of the bar.

Service was quite helpful and informative in introducing their beer and food selection to my wife and I. Beers available on draught were the Lawnmower Pale Ale, IPA, ESB, Red Bird Mild, Pilsener, and their Wheat beer. They also had their cask ale selections of Monon Porter and Diving Duck Brown served through authentic hand-pulled beer engines. A 22oz. Imperial Pint will run you about $4, I tried the IPA and the Pilsener, my wife tried the Lawnmower Pale and their wheat. I thoroughly enjoyed sampling all four beers, and I was most impressed by their IPA and the Lawnmower.

As far as the food is concerned, great range of different food selections that didn't make ordering easy. The menu ranges from typical English pub fare like fish and chips to thai-influenced pasta dishes to pizza. We started off with the soft pretzel appetizer with the beer cheese crock, which is very good. For entrees, I selected their Peanut Sesame Chicken Pasta, which was absolutely delicious, hot and spicy and a generous portion for $13.75. My wife ordered the Drunken Tortellini, a five-cheese blend tortellini in a homemade vodka sauce which was also very good.

For the four beers and two entrees and an appetizer, the final damages were around $51 minus the tip. Considering the high quality beer and food and given the higher-priced area that Broad Ripple has become I found the brew pub to be a relative value as I have spent similar amounts in the surrounding area for cheaper beers and less enjoyable food.

Overall, I found the Broad Ripple Brew Pub to be a great place to hang out and enjoy some great beers hand crafted in the Indianapolis area with an English pub influenced atmosphere that I already look forward to visiting again. Highly recommend stopping in and checking the place out if you're in the area.

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Broad Ripple Brew Pub in Indianapolis, IN
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