Broad Ripple Brew Pub
Active Beers: 48
Beer Ratings: 228
Beer Avg: 3.96
Taps: / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 60 | Reviews: 48 | Display Reviews Only:
4.38/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
05-12-2011 07:57:27 | More by ktrillionaire
3.73/5 rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I'm an out-of-towner but I've visited the Broad Ripple Brew Pub a couple of times during my recent visits to Indianapolis/Broad Ripple.
Reminiscent of a British pub on the inside with a winding covered patio on the exterior. The setting and vibe was laid back and enjoyable. The quality all around was solid. My favorite beer was the cask T.J.'s Best Bitter.
On the whole service was pretty good though a bit sporadic. I'd like to think I'm a low maintenance customer but there were some intervals where I would be looking around for our server to order another drink. On the flip side all of the servers I had were friendly and knowledgeable.
The selection seems standard for a brewpub - nothing extraordinary. There were about 8-9 tap selections, of which 2 were casks. There was a solid bottle selection though I don't recall how many there were - maybe 50 or 60 which was a warm welcome. The bottles were mostly your standard stuff from around the area (Founder's, Upland, Bell's) but I stuck with the Broad Ripple specific brews.
The food was typical pub food - calorie heavy, filling, and delicious. I ordered the cheese crock with bread to share with friends and the lunch order of the fish and chips and I was stuffed by the time I finished. Some friends ordered the chili, pretzel, and scotch egg pizza and they seemed to enjoy it as well...except for maybe the scotch egg pizza but that seems like a hit or miss.
I've enjoyed my several visits here. It's not glamorous but I found it to be a great place to grab some food and beer with friends and to enjoy each other's company.
05-04-2011 03:04:55 | More by CapitalGains
3.75/5 rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
03-14-2011 17:24:04 | More by KYBrewgrass
3.7/5 rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
We were in Indy for a Colts game in December and decided to head out to the Broad Ripple area for beer. Broad Ripple Brew Pub was a surprise since they had 2 cask beers available - always a welcome sight. We tried the ESB on cask which was ok. The place has a cool pub feel to it and it was packed even though it was freezing out that night. If you are from out of town this is a good place to go when you are in Indianapolis. Also try Brugge which is just down the street if you are in the area. You won't be disappointed.
01-03-2011 22:41:38 | More by calibrewfan
4.5/5 rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
07-15-2010 12:43:19 | More by sbeppel
3.84/5 rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Right off the Monon trail, which means it's a great biking destination. We stopped by at around 3 on a spotty Saturday afternoon. It had been raining in fits, but was still pretty warm for very early April. Butler was in the Final Four, which was being played in Indie, and so the whole damn city was like a giant party.
Woody interior, nice porch on the outside. Laid back, kinda like a hunting lodge, or one of those old, shack-like bars you see out the middle of assfart nowhere, up in Iowa and Illinois, the places were bikers stop during poker runs. It was like only very clean and well-kempt, the shackishness is intentional.
Didn't have the food, but the waitress was nice and knew a little bit about each beer. The crowd was white, well-off to affluent, and left of center (this being Broad Ripple and all). Friendly sorts. Say what you may about the white gentrifiers who live in college towns, it's not like they're the types of people who will make you feel unwelcome at a bar.
Beer was solid. 6 regular taps, 2 casks. Nothing off the wall but everything seemed well brewed. We didn't try the food.
04-04-2010 18:50:50 | More by mynie
4.35/5 rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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.
01-20-2010 17:37:19 | More by TheodorHerzl
3.63/5 rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I've only been here once but it left a very good impression on me. The people are nice, the waitstaff is good. The atmosphere is great. The beer is amazing; I had a few and they were not bad as far as price goes ($3.50 - 4.50). I ordered fish'n'chips and they were excellent. Service was a little slow but that's what you expect at a place like this. It's in a nice quiet part of town and is definitely worth stopping in at. My favorite brewpub is Three Floyds in Munster, IN and I would say this is at least 85% of that establishment! For me, that's saying a lot. I will be there again.
01-17-2010 03:49:45 | More by thedrewski86
4.22/5 rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
11-03-2009 14:56:40 | More by Brettster
3.53/5 rDev -12%
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.
04-23-2009 17:13:01 | More by BeerNuggets
Broad Ripple Brew Pub in Indianapolis, IN
90 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.