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Broad Ripple Brew Pub

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Broad Ripple Brew PubBroad Ripple Brew Pub
BEER AVG
3.96/5
Based on:
46 Beers
225 Ratings
Place Score: 90
Ratings: 70
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 8.29%
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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Photo of Indybeer
2.8/5  rDev -29.6%
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!

Photo of jrborchert74
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of birdsellam
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of BeerNuggets
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

4/19/2009

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.

Photo of ahq514
3.54/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Went here on a Sunday night. The place was not too busy as you'd expect for Sunday. Had a great little atmosphere. Reminded me of an old irish pub. Located on a back street, had low lighting and lots of wood.

Sat at the bar, had good service, mostly because there wasn't many other people there. Bartender seemed fairly knowledgeable about the beers they carried there. The quality of the beer was questionable. Tried a couple of them and really only enjoyed Wobbly Bob.

They had about 10 different beers available, two on cask, which seemed awesome, but only one was available. Decent variety of styles represented.

Overall, a decent place to visit, but probably wouldn't go back just because of the beer. Friendly patrons and bartenders.

Photo of smanders
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

BRBP is a comfortable, clean pub that attempts to bring new flavors to its patrons (remember we are in Indiana). It was the only brewpub I knew of in the state for quite some time and the experience shows with the selections that are frequently available.

IPAs, ESBs, seasonals; beer fans will find something to whet their appetite here. And that's a great thing, considering the food is quite good. Case in point - Scotch Eggs! What better appetizer whilst enjoying a pint than an order of eggs? None!

You're a cask ale man, you say? BRBP has at least one at all times. I'd get a Braunschweiger BLT to go with it if I were you. Enjoy!

Photo of schoolcb
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Was in Indy for vacation and stopped by for lunch during the week. We entered and the sign said seat yourself so we did. 5 minutes later and we noticed the wait staff were attentive to the patio but had not stopped in our room (See the other reviews about the layout of this place). So, we moved to the patio. I don't mean to sound judgemental (I will anyway) but the staff looked like they were part of a prison-release work-program. Our waiter was nice enough but very slow. We weren't in a hurry so it worked out ok. I had the 7-beer sampler (Their pils was out), and the smoked turkey salad, with mango. Beer was great, food was good, price was reasonable. I would recommend you stop by, just don't do so if you are in a hurry.

Photo of thedrewski86
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of clvand0
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of Florida9
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Located in Broad Ripple, a sort of funky independent neighborhood on the North side of Indianapolis, Broad Ripple Brewpub has that neighborhood gathering place feel to it like the pubs of England I imagine this pub is supposed to resemble. The bar itself looks to have been fashioned from an old house, with separate rooms, hallways, a sun room (which was clearly an addition) and a very small curved bar situated in the middle of pub itself. The entire pub is fairly dimly lit with a well worn feeling to it.
Went on a Friday night and there wasn't an empty seat in the house. In fact, it was a very mild March day and the crowd spilled out into the parking lot. The crowd was mostly jovial with a good mix of young professionals, grungy locals, and urban families.
The beer itself was generally of decent quality, with all of the beers leaning towards the British style. Considering this, it shouldn't be overly surprising that the better beers were the British beers, most notably the Porter on cask.
Food was much like the beer, being pretty good, but far from great. Sausages appeared to be sourced locally and both the bangers and bratwurst I tried were of excellent quality. Sides on the other hand were lackluster: fried veggies were limp, greasy, and soggy, while the mashed were both gummy and lumpy.
Prices, on the other hand, were downright cheap with the total bill for 3 meals and 4 beers being a mere $50.
Overall, not a bad place, but unless I lived in Broad Ripple itself, I just couldn't see frequenting here.
Kid friendly. Child menu available.

Photo of JamesS
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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."

Photo of calibrewfan
3.7/5  rDev -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.

Photo of sluggo013
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

We visited this brewpub on a Saturday following an eight hour drive. The parking was horrendous due to some other event in town, but in general this appears to be a popular area and I'd always expect parking to be a bit on the difficult side.

The restaurant was busy but we were promptly seated and had a beer within 3 minutes. Awesome. Tried the kolsch and a lawnmower pale ale. The kolsch wasn't that great and it seemed like the flavor was off, but I am by no means an expert in that style of beer. The pale ale was very good. Lightly hopped and exactly the refreshing beverage that was needed after a long drive and a stressful parking scenario.

Food was excellent. Many vegetarian and heart healthy options. Best spinach melt I've ever had (and the only).

Photo of CapitalGains
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of Penguins66
3.74/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Being an avid biker, I have to say the best part of the Broad Ripple Brewpub is location. The brewpub literally sits a few feet from the Monon bike trail which makes it a great place to stop for a break. My wife & I did just that on a sunny and hot Saturday afternoon. We first thought of cooling off by sitting inside at the bar. Those hopes were dashed after we saw the tiny bar tucked into the corner, which had no more than 8 stools, all of which being occupied. We promptly turned around and went back outside, where we were seated at one of the many tables. As we reclined in the cheap plastic chairs, we continued sweating after a long bike ride but enjoyed the opportunity to people watch. That alone made for an interesting affair as the clientele on this particular afternoon was quite diverse. That included the group of "Real Housewives" in their sun dresses behind us, the possibly inebriated guy behind me who was telling everyone within earshot about how good the Chocolate Milk Stout was (it was pretty good, to be honest), and the bachelorette party assembling outside as we were leaving. We actually felt a little underdressed in our grubby shorts and t-shirts, but I digress.

Service was prompt and we'll forgive our server for being a little gruff as she clearly had her hands full. She seemed a little disappointed when we declined to order food.

We tried 3 different beers and all were good. Our favorite was the Lawn Mower Pale Ale, which lived up to its description as a "thirst quencher." Prices for 1 imperial pint and 1 half-pint apiece were reasonable.

Overall, we did not have a bad experience but there was nothing to get excited about either. There are other brewpubs within walking (or biking) distance that rate better, in our opinion.

Photo of NateMac13
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of KYBrewgrass
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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.

Photo of mynie
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of satkoski27
3.9/5  rDev -2%
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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Broad Ripple Brew Pub in Indianapolis, IN
90 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.