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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: 89
Ratings: 70
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.98
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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Photo of woodychandler
4.3/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of Dogbrick
4.1/5  rDev +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.

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of spointon
4/5  rDev +0.5%

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 blitheringidiot
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

*Drink the half pints if you go*

While driving to find Broad Ripple, guess what? I found it. It's easy to find directly at the corner of N. College and 65th. Broad Ripple is an inviting looking joint with an outdoor area when the weather is warm, under an awning. Too bad that when I went tonight, it was c-c-c-old! Don't plan on parking in the lot. It holds like 6 cars. Park on the street or around the block and hoof it.

Once you make your way inside, the interior is basically a psuedo English style motif with painted tin ceiling, benches against the walls and many small tables that can be quickly configured to meet the crowd. Their bar is small. Too small, especially since you only have two choices: Sit and order food or hang at the bar and drink. I opted to chill t a duece table and review beers. The menu has a good spread with pizza, starters like Scotch eggs, soup, nachos and even biggie dinners. This place has a ton of rooms that are all spaced out with indoor paned windows dividing the rooms. Since the place was decorated for Christmas with an English pub vibe, I hit the jackpot. It just felt warm! Digging the Pub Ploughman's Platter of fruit, cheese, pita, veggies and sauce. Perfet for beer for $9.

Beers on tap were ESB, IPA, Lawn, 15th Anniversary (cask), stout and scotch(cask.) Alos winter bottles were Shipyard, Delirium, Corsendonk, Summit, Great Divide, Founders, Pyramid and Bells.

My choice was the 15th Anniversary(cherry tea) ESB (ginger tea) and IPA (apricot tea.) The beers are weak. But, if you go, get the half pints. $2.50. The waitstaff was friendly and attentive.

Could you bring your Mother here? Yes. It is a serious restaurant. With a brewpub. Tasty brew, but a little diluted. The people pack this joint. Worth a shot, but if you don't go, you'll survive.

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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 KarlHungus
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of MSandahl23
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75

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!

Photo of Bierguy5
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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 birdsellam
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A: I like the vibe of this British style pub. Very warm and inviting and relaxing atmosphere.

Ser: For the most part, the service is just fine. The waitress knew the beers rather well but was a tad behind on picking up orders. It was not bas service by any means though as the server was quite pleasant.

Sel: They have their 6 brews on tap as well as 2 others on cask. As a big fan of cask beer, I was excited to have two selections to taste. On tap they had a couple pale ales, a couple IPA's, a steam beer, and a stout. On cask was a tasty bitter and a really tasty wee heavy. Both brews on task were quite deliscious and I will be reviewing them soon. In addition, they have a number of bottles, which I did not go for.

Food: A wide variety on the menu. I went with the bangers and mash which was tasty and complimented by the E.S.B.

O: I really enjoy going to this place. I like the vibe and the brews are decent. I would recommend if you are in Broad Ripple area.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of leftmindedrighty
4.3/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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?

Photo of mcallister
3.98/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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 :-)

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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 mattcrill
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 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.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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Broad Ripple Brew Pub in Indianapolis, IN
89 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.