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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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Reviews: 49 | Visits: 76
Photo of woodychandler
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I arrived here early (read before opening) on Monday, 28 Nov 2005 and was able to badge my way in through a combination of brewspapers, business cards, and LNCBC letterhead. This brings up an important point, since I was acting as Advance Party for a possible bus trip from LNCBC to the IN Microbrewers' Guild Festival next summer. Say tuned!

Curt Dannemann, the manager, was the kind soul who let me in, and I was highly grateful and kept my nonsense to a minimum. John Hill, the owner, was out of town at the time, but my information is to be passed on to him upon his return. The other notable presence was a young man named, "Cupcake", which seems unusual for a guy, but he's an unusual guy, or so I am told.

The site is a former Napa Auto Parts store, but it has a really, rustic, vintage look going on. This is thanks to John having gone on a scavenger hunt at the place's inception. The back bar is a former dresser and mirror, flanked by former bedposts. The working fireplace was purchased through a local salvage company that specializes in fireplaces. The real talking point, however, is the pressed tin ceiling that was rescued over a weekend from a local home that was slated to be razed the following Monday. The skivvies blew early here, lemme tellya. The bar, which is just a small corner affair, was brand new fifteen years ago, but has since taken on a worn, vintage look. I was especially intrigued by the "Mystery Rubbing Hole" to the left of the center jointure on the bar. It gave me a tingly feeling when I rubbed it. I also want to mention that they have six brass taps and two beer engines.

Coming through the front door, you reach the main dining room slightly to the right. In it is a grandfather clock that was donated by a friend of the owner. Above it are a row of vintage drinking mugs. On the left side of the dining room is a series of glass doors that lead onto an area overlooking their porch and North 65th Street.

The mens' and womens' are to the left of the bar area, through a doorway by the fireplace. Beyond that passageway are a couple of English-style dartboards.

The ambiance is great and the beers are tasty. I started with a sampler, but stayed with their IPA. I also had their squash soup, but I had to agree with the majority that the cook had been a bit heavy-handed with the jalapeno peppers. Bet on me coming back.

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Photo of satkoski27
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 4

We've been to this pub a few times and have always enjoyed the beers we sampled as well as the food. (Food is good, not mind-blowing, but very good. Beers are great, best brew pub beer in Indy.) Service has never been great, but not bad until this last time. Server was nonexistent at the table, then tacked on an 18% gratuity for a party of six (including two kids under five). He did not by any means deserve an 18% tip and there was no way to change it. Also the sandwiches are served with chips - the server asks, "Pub chips okay with that?" so we say yes - assuming it's what comes with it. Instead he was talking about an upgrade which was an additional $1.50 charge per person. We thought that was inappropriate. Go for the beer, go for the food, don't go for the service.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Interesting design. The place has lots of nooks, and small areas that are good for conversation. The whole place seems to be divided into smaller rooms. Near the bar behind the glass is the equipment. There is also patio seating on the outside. We came as a large group and were not disappointed. All of the beers we had were quite good. The service was excellent. They had 6 of their beers on draft, and 2 of the on cask. That day, they had a mild and a bitter on cask. All are pretty much English stlye. Typical pub food, but pretty darn good. Sheppard's pie, and fish and chips seemed to be a hit. Nothing was a bigger hit than the scotch eggs. You simply have to try them, and they go perfect with the beer. Overall, this is a must-stop if you are around Indy.

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Photo of blurredline
4.13/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Have been here a few times in the last few months and have not had a bad dining/drinking experience so far. Atmosphere does leave something to be desired, only because each time I've been it's been crowded and on the noisy side. Service has always been alright, even when we've done things like switch our tables without asking our waitress. Perhaps they've changed things a bit since some of the earlier reviewers were there. The non-BRBP beer selection is pretty decent, with appearances by Three Floyds, Red Seal, and other excellent micros. To top it off, they make the best beer of any of the Indy brewpubs. We tried a sampler of 6 and were only disappointed with one, the "Lawnmower pale ale" which, sure enough, would've probably tasted better on a hot day during or after said activity and the ESB was especially delicious. The food isn't at all bad either. They cater to both the typical pub-goer as well as the more discerning diner, both of which suit me just fine.

In all, a good dining experience for when you want a nice meal AND good beer. It definitely beats the hell out of Alcatraz, RAM, or Rock Bottom (and even Barley Island). So if you're in the Indianapolis area sometime, definitely give this place a shot.

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Photo of Indybeer
2.8/5  rDev -29.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Stopped in for lunch and a pint after picking up a few supplies at the local home brew supply. Nice pub style building, located on a quiet side street, with alot of... well, if I was back in the seventies I would call them... head shops! Anyways back to the pub.There is not much parking available, in the lot of on the street. Inside from what I got to see as I was ushered to what I would call a converted porch away from the main room, had a nice look to it. From what others have posted, it seemed like the service was hit or miss. Well that day it was miss. After setting with our menus for almost a half hour, someone finially decided to see if we would like a drink or food. We each ordered a wheat beer and a burger, and sat for another half hour till they brought us our burgers AND beers. Needless to say we didn't try ordering a second because we didn't have that much time available. Food was plentiful and very good, and the wheat beer was delicious. However they need to do something about their service.I just don't understand how they can let this go on.

So if you want good food and beer, but want lousy service stop on by!

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Broad Ripple is tucked back into an area with some ecclectic shops, I am not sure you would even see it from the main road unless you were looking for it. The have a small lot that I don't imagine gets to overflowing status that often.

The inside is very cozy and intimate. It is kind of dark with lots of seating and the bar tucked into the back corner of the room. The ceilings are really ornate and give away the age of the building. They also have some interesting breweriana around.

The beer selection is not too bad, they have around 8 brews at a time, with a seasonal or two. The only downside is that they don't really seem to try for much uniqueness in their selection other than a Barley Wine. The rest is the typical Light-Stout you see at countless brewpubs. However the brews they do produce are all above average.

Contrary to some complaints, I found the service here to be just fine. Granted we were there for a late lunch so they were not busy, but the waitress went as far as to draw circles on a piece of legal paper with the names of each corresponding beer so I would not get confused. Bless her heart.

The food here is good too. They have lots of pub grub and interesting appetizers like Scotch Eggs. We had the nachos and they were more than enough for 2 and tasted excellent.

All in all this was a great find and I am happy we visited. It is only a short distance from downtown Indy and I would recommend a stop if you find yourself in the area.

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

Best IPA in the country. I drive hundreds of miles out of my way just to inhale those hops. Great pub food. Try the scotch eggs. They're the best I've had in the US. The scottish ale is also very good (when in season). If you like berets, clove cigarettes and smokey establishments (okay, you can sit outside if you don't like smokey establishments) - this is the place!

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Photo of zerk
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Located in Broad Ripple... Indianapolis' best area for dining and nightlife, Broad Ripple Brew Pub is an outstanding place to hang out for dinner and a beer or three. They have outdoor seating available in the summer, and inside, the atmosphere is dark and cozy. Service was good on the occasions I've been there, and the food is excellent. I recommend the Beer-Cheese dip as an appetizer.

The beer is quite good, with the ESB being the top of the list... according to the menu, the ESB won a gold medal at the 1991 Great American Beer Festival. They also have a fairly large list of beers (I counted something like 50) in bottles, including Bells, Oaken Barrel, and Upland. If you're looking for a good brewpub in Indy, I don't think you'll find a better one than Broad Ripple.

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

This has been one of my favorites as of late. The beer selection is one of the best in Indy as far as micros are concerned. They have a selection of about 5 or 6 of their own brews on tap with a menu of about 50 additional bottled beers. I've found their in-house beers to leave a little to be desired, but they're certainly better than average. Do try the IPA, however. It's nice and hoppy. The food complements the beer fairly well. This is definitely a cool place to hang out and grab a brew and some food. The porter would work well with the scotch eggs...

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Broad Ripple Brew Pub in Indianapolis, IN
89 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.