Broad Ripple Brew Pub
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4.3/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
12-03-2005 01:43:35 | More by woodychandler
4.1/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
01-16-2004 20:45:58 | More by Dogbrick
3.8/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
08-25-2007 01:23:05 | More by rhoadsrage
3.93/5 rDev -2%
*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.
12-23-2005 05:07:05 | More by blitheringidiot
3.84/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
04-04-2010 18:50:50 | More by mynie
3.68/5 rDev -8.2%
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."
10-09-2007 13:16:29 | More by JamesS
4.33/5 rDev +8%
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.
07-29-2005 02:23:59 | More by Bierguy5
Broad Ripple Brew Pub in Indianapolis, IN
90 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.