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Broad Ripple Brew Pub

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Broad Ripple Brew PubBroad Ripple Brew Pub
BEER AVG
3.95/5
Based on:
44 Beers
223 Ratings
Place Score: 90
Ratings: 70
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 8.29%
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 NateMac13
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of MSandahl23
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75

The Broad Ripple brewpub is one of my favorite places to go in the area. The food is outstanding, and the services is excellent and friendly(and knowledgeable about their beers) They don't have a huge selection of beers that aren't brewed on site, but I always opt for one of their own beers anyway. Had a delicious black currant sour that they collaborated with Brugge on(Tart Lizzie) today. Highly recommend if you're in the broad ripple area!

Photo of sluggo013
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

We visited this brewpub on a Saturday following an eight hour drive. The parking was horrendous due to some other event in town, but in general this appears to be a popular area and I'd always expect parking to be a bit on the difficult side.

The restaurant was busy but we were promptly seated and had a beer within 3 minutes. Awesome. Tried the kolsch and a lawnmower pale ale. The kolsch wasn't that great and it seemed like the flavor was off, but I am by no means an expert in that style of beer. The pale ale was very good. Lightly hopped and exactly the refreshing beverage that was needed after a long drive and a stressful parking scenario.

Food was excellent. Many vegetarian and heart healthy options. Best spinach melt I've ever had (and the only).

Photo of Penguins66
3.74/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Being an avid biker, I have to say the best part of the Broad Ripple Brewpub is location. The brewpub literally sits a few feet from the Monon bike trail which makes it a great place to stop for a break. My wife & I did just that on a sunny and hot Saturday afternoon. We first thought of cooling off by sitting inside at the bar. Those hopes were dashed after we saw the tiny bar tucked into the corner, which had no more than 8 stools, all of which being occupied. We promptly turned around and went back outside, where we were seated at one of the many tables. As we reclined in the cheap plastic chairs, we continued sweating after a long bike ride but enjoyed the opportunity to people watch. That alone made for an interesting affair as the clientele on this particular afternoon was quite diverse. That included the group of "Real Housewives" in their sun dresses behind us, the possibly inebriated guy behind me who was telling everyone within earshot about how good the Chocolate Milk Stout was (it was pretty good, to be honest), and the bachelorette party assembling outside as we were leaving. We actually felt a little underdressed in our grubby shorts and t-shirts, but I digress.

Service was prompt and we'll forgive our server for being a little gruff as she clearly had her hands full. She seemed a little disappointed when we declined to order food.

We tried 3 different beers and all were good. Our favorite was the Lawn Mower Pale Ale, which lived up to its description as a "thirst quencher." Prices for 1 imperial pint and 1 half-pint apiece were reasonable.

Overall, we did not have a bad experience but there was nothing to get excited about either. There are other brewpubs within walking (or biking) distance that rate better, in our opinion.

Photo of Florida9
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Located in Broad Ripple, a sort of funky independent neighborhood on the North side of Indianapolis, Broad Ripple Brewpub has that neighborhood gathering place feel to it like the pubs of England I imagine this pub is supposed to resemble. The bar itself looks to have been fashioned from an old house, with separate rooms, hallways, a sun room (which was clearly an addition) and a very small curved bar situated in the middle of pub itself. The entire pub is fairly dimly lit with a well worn feeling to it.
Went on a Friday night and there wasn't an empty seat in the house. In fact, it was a very mild March day and the crowd spilled out into the parking lot. The crowd was mostly jovial with a good mix of young professionals, grungy locals, and urban families.
The beer itself was generally of decent quality, with all of the beers leaning towards the British style. Considering this, it shouldn't be overly surprising that the better beers were the British beers, most notably the Porter on cask.
Food was much like the beer, being pretty good, but far from great. Sausages appeared to be sourced locally and both the bangers and bratwurst I tried were of excellent quality. Sides on the other hand were lackluster: fried veggies were limp, greasy, and soggy, while the mashed were both gummy and lumpy.
Prices, on the other hand, were downright cheap with the total bill for 3 meals and 4 beers being a mere $50.
Overall, not a bad place, but unless I lived in Broad Ripple itself, I just couldn't see frequenting here.
Kid friendly. Child menu available.

Photo of ahq514
3.54/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Went here on a Sunday night. The place was not too busy as you'd expect for Sunday. Had a great little atmosphere. Reminded me of an old irish pub. Located on a back street, had low lighting and lots of wood.

Sat at the bar, had good service, mostly because there wasn't many other people there. Bartender seemed fairly knowledgeable about the beers they carried there. The quality of the beer was questionable. Tried a couple of them and really only enjoyed Wobbly Bob.

They had about 10 different beers available, two on cask, which seemed awesome, but only one was available. Decent variety of styles represented.

Overall, a decent place to visit, but probably wouldn't go back just because of the beer. Friendly patrons and bartenders.

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A: I like the vibe of this British style pub. Very warm and inviting and relaxing atmosphere.

Ser: For the most part, the service is just fine. The waitress knew the beers rather well but was a tad behind on picking up orders. It was not bas service by any means though as the server was quite pleasant.

Sel: They have their 6 brews on tap as well as 2 others on cask. As a big fan of cask beer, I was excited to have two selections to taste. On tap they had a couple pale ales, a couple IPA's, a steam beer, and a stout. On cask was a tasty bitter and a really tasty wee heavy. Both brews on task were quite deliscious and I will be reviewing them soon. In addition, they have a number of bottles, which I did not go for.

Food: A wide variety on the menu. I went with the bangers and mash which was tasty and complimented by the E.S.B.

O: I really enjoy going to this place. I like the vibe and the brews are decent. I would recommend if you are in Broad Ripple area.

Photo of sweethome
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

As others mentioned, a nice British experience. Rather homey, dark, and comfortable. I stopped by with my son before a Butler basketball game. I trid a couple brews - Indian Brown Ale and IPA. IPA was barely carbonated at all - hits british tradition quite well. Indian brown lacked a hop charachter I would expect.

Great service - everyone friendly and quick service on food and drink.

We ordered some food - my son had their mac and cheese which is Kraft (it says so on the menu, int heir defense). I had a pork belly sandwich which was decent. A thai style sanwich - could have used some thai hot sauce.

A nice place in a great area. Good beers of the british style. Decent pub food. Kid friendly.

Photo of jhp40219
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped by this past Saturday afternoon (7-2-11) on a trip through Indianapolis. Nice, clean place. Pretty cozy with ample outside seating. Our party was seated at a large booth and we were promptly waited on. We ordered the beer cheese and a round of beers, which arrived very quickly. The beer cheese was out of this world! More of a queso style and served with white and multi-grain bread for dipping. I could have eaten this as my meal. Absolutely delicious! I also ordered the Monon Porter, which complimented the beer cheese perfectly. They don't normally carbonate their beers here, so the beer was served slightly chilled and really brought out the chocolate and malt tastes. I ordered the Lawnmower Chicken sandwich and was surprised by how quickly we received our food. The place wasn't packed, but there was a good crowd here. The sandwich was top not h. Our waiter was very friendly and checked on us numerous times. All in all I'd definitely say this is a must visit while in Indy!

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The Broad Ripple Brew Pub is hard to beat, all things considered, when compared to any spot I've been; the totality of the place is awesome. The atmosphere is authentically British, it is a dimly lit, cavernous structure of meandering catacombs lined with bars, barkeeps, and chairs and tables. Growler fills are available from the friendly staff, as are a host of beers of stock styles, and some phenomenal cask conditioned offerings. The house beer is all I have had, save for a delicious Sun King IPA that someone was mistakenly served and was subsequently refused by patron, later re-gifted to me. The food is very good British pub food; authentic, with roughly 50% being traditional Brit pub cuisine, 25% being vegan fare, and 25% being curries. I had a veg shepherd's pie; super delicious. I am quite impressed with this place.

Photo of CapitalGains
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of KYBrewgrass
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of calibrewfan
3.7/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of sbeppel
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of mynie
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of thedrewski86
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of Brettster
4.22/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of BeerNuggets
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

4/19/2009

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.

Photo of speedracer
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of baos
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
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..

Photo of smanders
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
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!

Photo of schoolcb
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of leftmindedrighty
4.3/5  rDev +8%
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?

Broad Ripple Brew Pub in Indianapolis, IN
90 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.