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Broad Ripple Brew Pub

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Broad Ripple Brew PubBroad Ripple Brew Pub
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

66 Ratings
Ratings: 66
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4
pDev: 7.75%
Active Beers: 51
Beer Ratings: 236
Beer Avg: 3.96
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 sbeppel
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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.

sbeppel, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of target88
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

target88, Dec 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Calavera1, Feb 20, 2014
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 parrothead2004
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%

From February 2008.

This was a great find on a recommendation I received during the tour of another brewpub. I only had 4 days in Indy for a work trip, but was able to visit this location twice in that time. The atmosphere was heavy wood, english pub style, and a little dated, but during the summer they open up the windows and have sidewalk cafe atmosphere. The vegetarian food was excellent; we had the Vegan Shepherd Pie, and baked falafel sandwich.

On the beer side, we had several pints of the 2006 Ankle Biter Barley Wine, which was well aged, malty buterscotch nose, a warm alcohol feel, and clean floral hop finish that went down much too easy. Also had The Monon Porter, which was not as interesting as the Ankle Biter, but was a good beer in its own.

Service was slowish, but fit the casual mood of the place. Also, it seemed like the more beer I drank, the better the service became. Not sure what that means ;)

parrothead2004, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

ktrillionaire, May 12, 2011
Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

TheodorHerzl, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of Dutchman
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%

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!

Dutchman, Sep 26, 2003
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 jhp40219
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%

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!

jhp40219, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of Bierguy5
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

Bierguy5, Jul 29, 2005
Photo of leftmindedrighty
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%

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?

leftmindedrighty, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of woodychandler
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

woodychandler, Dec 03, 2005
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
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

indy351, Jul 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

NooseJustice, Dec 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

DGSchmitt, May 05, 2014
Photo of MSandahl23
4.24/5  rDev +6%

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!

MSandahl23, Aug 24, 2013
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
Photo of Brettster
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

Brettster, Nov 03, 2009
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4.2/5  rDev +5%

Philvillani, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of BlackAngus
4.2/5  rDev +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.

BlackAngus, Jul 17, 2006
Photo of mattcrill
4.16/5  rDev +4%

Stopped in here that Saturday after Thanksgiving and this place was booming. Sat at the bar and got taken care of by a fine young lady named Danni. She was hung over from the night before but wasn't shy about it and still gave me good service. I had already eaten so I didn't order food. Looked like standard pub food (which is a-ok by me). They had two cask beers and I sampled the porter. Delicious. Also had their Serenity Now! IPA which is an award winner. I understand why. That stuff is off the hook! I wouldn't sell growlers of it either...I'd keep it all to myself. Anyway, I will definitely be back. Good atmosphere, great beers, great people. It's worth making the trip to Broadripple (which is a cool little town anyway) if you are in the area.

mattcrill, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of blurredline
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

blurredline, Mar 26, 2005
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Broad Ripple Brew Pub in Indianapolis, IN
90 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.