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Broad Ripple Brew Pub

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Broad Ripple Brew PubBroad Ripple Brew Pub

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 48
Beer Ratings: 228
Beer Avg: 3.96

Taps: / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

60 Ratings
Ratings: 60
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 7.98%
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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1fastz28

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

08-04-2007 21:59:22 | More by 1fastz28
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clvand0

Kentucky

3.65/5  rDev -9%
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.

07-15-2007 18:24:44 | More by clvand0
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jdoolin

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

07-06-2007 15:00:29 | More by jdoolin
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harkjohnny

Ohio

4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

06-20-2007 03:37:54 | More by harkjohnny
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marksto

Florida

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

11-30-2006 01:06:21 | More by marksto
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danielocean03

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +8%
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.

08-27-2006 20:19:26 | More by danielocean03
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Generik420

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$

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.

08-21-2006 16:20:17 | More by Generik420
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mcallister

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

Went to the Broad Ripple Brew Pub before and after the Indiana Micro-brew festival. The decor and design of this pub is really entrancing. Nice woodwork, with hidden corners here and there and a large seating area spanning the front of the building.

They have 2 beers on cask which the Porter was damn good, and about 5 beers draught. They also have some guest beers in bottles from the likes of Three Floyds, Sprecher, and a few choice others. The beer selection could have been larger but it was sufficient.

I thought the food was really good and they had a large variety of dishes to choose from. I really wish there were a brew pub like this in Dayton. I had the Bison burger whick I must say kicked ass and my lady friend had the Chicken Schnitzel which I found myself stealing bites off of her plate often.

Overall a great little brew pub that I look forward to visiting again in the near future.

07-30-2006 16:24:07 | More by mcallister
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BlackAngus

Indiana

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

This is my default, "go-to" restaurant. I absolutely love this place.

They rotate their beer selection often enough that I can almost always have something new, but keep the "standards" in stock so you can get something you know you'll like. Their beer quality is top-notch, and the selection is varied. They brewed the Poor Richard Ale earlier in the year, and it was one of my favorites.

The food is absolutely incredible. The beer cheese appetizer, the Scotch eggs, the herdsman's chili, and most especially the fish and chips are all worth going even if you don't drink. I've never had their pizza, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was as excellent as the rest of the food.

The service tends to be a tad spotty...sometimes it's average, sometimes it's excellent. It really seems to depend on who you get, and how well staffed they are. But their wait staff all have character, and seem to be well educated in Beer Lore. These are not your typical O'Charlie's/Chili's/Appleby's wait staff drones.

The atmosphere is excellent...the feel of the place is to me what an actual pub in the UK must be like. The music is very eclectic, and played at a level that doesn't disrupt conversation. Children are allowed, but I've only seen any once.

The prices are about average for any good restaurant. If you only have a couple of beers, two people can eat a VERY filling meal here for under $40.

Highly recommended.

07-17-2006 14:43:52 | More by BlackAngus
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AaronHomoya

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$

I recently went for lunch at the Broad Ripple Brewpub for the first time.

I sat for a while before being helped, but they were understaffed and my waiter was friendly and helpful once he got to me. I ordered the sampler and some scotch eggs. The sampler came first - 8 different beers they make. The pale ale and hefe I didn't care for too much, the amber and ESB were pretty good, and the IPA and Kolsch I really liked. Decently hoppy beers, though all a bit light in body for my tastes, I would say. They also had two cask ales - a porter and a brown ale that were both good. The scotch eggs were pretty good, but seemed like they'd be made a while ago to me.

The rest of the menu looked good, and has a lot of variety. Prices are reasonable, probably about $8 or so for most meals and the sampler was only $4-$5 I think. One of the better brewpubs in Indy.

07-15-2006 17:06:39 | More by AaronHomoya
Broad Ripple Brew Pub in Indianapolis, IN
90 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.