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Broad Ripple Brew Pub

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Broad Ripple Brew PubBroad Ripple Brew Pub

63 Ratings
Ratings: 63
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4
pDev: 8%
Active Beers: 50
Beer Ratings: 232
Beer Avg: 3.97
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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 JamesS
3.68/5  rDev -8%

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."

JamesS, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.08/5  rDev +2%

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 :-)

orbitalr0x, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.8/5  rDev -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.

rhoadsrage, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of 1fastz28
4.28/5  rDev +7%

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.

1fastz28, Aug 04, 2007
Photo of clvand0
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

clvand0, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of jdoolin
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%

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.

jdoolin, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of harkjohnny
4.44/5  rDev +11%

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.

harkjohnny, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of marksto
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

marksto, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of danielocean03
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

danielocean03, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of Generik420
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%

This is the first brewpub I am aware of being in the Indianapolis area. It has been open for over 15 years now and is going strong. The decor is very English in nature and truly does live up to what one would expect in a 'pub'. The layout is split up between 3 main areas, one is the bar area with a room attached to that with 8 or so tables. Another room in the middle with 8-10 tables, and then a long thin room in the front along all the windows with more seating. Lots of old English pub style decoration and woodwork adds to the charm.

The menu is a touch on the eclectic side, which can be off-putting depending on your food preferences. There are quite a few traditional English entrees, such as bangers and mash, fish and chips, etc to be found on the menu, as well as some unusual vegetarian entrees. I personally love that they have a bratwurst and kraut sandwhich, and get that almost exclusively. There are a number of appetizers, and I would have to recommend the crock of beer cheese with fresh bread. All in all, the menu is diverse enough that anyone should be able to find something they like. I rated the selection a 3.5 just because I am somewhat picky about what I will eat, and find this menu somewhat limiting for myself.

The beer menu is outstanding to say the least. They seem to keep roughly 8-10 beers on tap at all times, 2 of those are cask conditioned. The standard draft beers are served in 20oz imperial pints and usually sell for around $4 / pint. The cask pours are in a smaller stemmed glass, but the price is reduced on those. Unfortunately you cannot get a growler of any of the cask condition beers. Speaking of growlers, they run $12 to get one filled, and if you bring back the empty growler, you can get it refilled for $11. Their beer styles tend to stay true to the more English styles, although they almost always have an American style wheat available and their Lawnmower ale, which is similar to an industrial lager. They definitely give you a full measure when you order a beer, the imperial pints are filled right to the top of the glass, and there is very little head present, so you really get your money's worth.

The other thing to mention about the beer menu is the plethora of non-brewpub beer available. They have a fairly extensive list of regional micros available, including entries from 3 Floyd's, Bell's, Sprecher, and then some truly exotic stuff. Some very high end ciders and fruit beers round out the list. So if you are tired of their own beer you can try some great beer from other brewers as well. I like a brewpub that is secure enough with their own product that they don't fear putting a 'rivals' beer on the menu as well.

One of the biggest drawbacks is the location. Broad Ripple is a neat area, but parking can be a real hassle. They have a very small parking lot, with spots for maybe 7 cars. After that, you are parking on the street, and that can get very hit or miss depending on when you visit. Not enough of a reason to go elsewhere though! This is a fantastic place to get a few pints and a good meal with some friends, and still not spend too much money. If you live in Indianapolis or are just visiting, this should not be missed for a great pint of beer and some very good food.

Generik420, Aug 21, 2006
Broad Ripple Brew Pub in Indianapolis, IN
90 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.