Active Beers: 28
Beer Ratings: 175
Beer Avg: 3.79
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 19 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by mynie:
3.64/5 rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $
Cute joint. I'm honestly surprised to see that it has over a dozen reviews, since it's not close to very much, exists off the beaten beer trail, and it's really small and inconspicuous.
It's about 5 minutes off of 65. There's various hop vines growing outside, replete with little placards telling the names of each hop variety and giving a brief description of its characteristics. I took this to be a very good sign--like, hey, this must really be a beer-lover's brewpub, if they're actually taking the time to try and educate their clientele. At the very least, it's a sign at they're not the kind of brew-from-kit place, where everything aside from the IPA is described as being "kinda like Guinness" and, really, the beer was just a restaurant owner's gimmicky afterthought. At the very best, this could be some kind of hidden beer gem, overshadowed by FFF and Flossmoor.
Turns out it was somewhere in between. There were 6 styles on tap and 3 of them catered to the non-BA crowd, including a light, a golden, and blueberry beer. "Gotta have something for the ladies," the bartender said. And while I agree--and while I'd never dismiss those beers--such a selection establishes this place as more of a restaurant and less of a beer destination.
But, really, not bad. It's in an old building, and the decor of the bar area is more like an apartment than a normal bar--it's like you're in the livingroom of someone who makes 100k/year: Track lighting, expensive, clean gimcracks, and comfortable furniture. There's some John Dillinger memorabilia on the wall, which serves as a cute and decisively bourgeois attempt at edginess.
All the beers came in 3 sizes, including a 9 oz, which was great for reviewing purposes. At first I thought that was meant to appeal to tickers such as myself, but no--no, not at all. This is a restaurant, serving a wide variety of people (some of whom probably don't care for beer), and so they just happen to have a wide variety of sizes.
The bartender was friendly, the brewmaster as accessible, and the bar itself is attached to a pizza place. The beer itself was decidedly okay. Combine all that with the location and relaxed vibe and you get a place that's very much a neighborhood bar/restaurant, despite its middlebrow pretensions.
07-31-2011 00:26:40 | More by mynie
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4.28/5 rDev +18.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
My wife and I stopped in here for food and drink when we were traveling through this area. The pub is small but cozy, and is situated in an older building that has a pizza parlor at the front. Free parking is in a lot adjacent to the building. The place is located just at the edge of the downtown area of Crown Point. (Of historical interest, according to our bartender, is an adjacent building which was a jail from which John Dillinger the famous bank robber escaped many years ago.)
We ordered a sampler flight of 4-oz pours to get started, and chose the Dunkel Weizen, Brown Ale, Industrial Porter, Special Forces IPA, Plead the Fifth Anniversary Imperial Red Ale, and Kill 'Em 2x IPA. The first 4 were right to style and very tasty, but we really enjoyed the Impy Red and the 2x IPA. The red was very hoppy (not your typical red), but it worked very well. It's called an 'anniversary' ale, but I hope they keep it as a regular offering. The brewery also has a Bourbon barrel-aging program for some of their beers, and our server offered us tiny samples of the bba Barleywine and a stout with sour cherries. Both were excellent.
The food menu has a nice variety of deli sandwiches, a burger, pizza, pasta dishes and fried chicken. (There may have been more food categories, but that's all I remember.) The fried chicken and a dish of spaghetti and meatballs were ordered, and they were very well done. If we're in the area we'll stop here again.
06-26-2013 16:09:13 | More by Mothergoose03
4.68/5 rDev +29.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
So I stopped in for a few pints and some pizza for my birthday dinner with my family. I really enjoyed this place. The Taco Pizza, Irish Nachos, were the standout of the food. Of the beer I had the bourbon barrel milk chocolate stout (served in a snifter $9), their Industrial Porter (pint $5), Winter Warlock (9oz $3), Pumpkin ale (pint $5), Crown Blue (9oz $3), Special Forces IPA (9oz $3), Crown Light (tasted out of a flight), and Crown Brown (also tasted out of a flight). That was pretty much every beer on tap. Of the beer, the only ones I did not care for we're the Crown Blue, and Crown Light. I'd buy all the other again.
The place is small and cozy. Very family friendly. Food was very good and service was excellent. I love this place, highly recommend it, and will be going back!
12-24-2012 02:23:49 | More by IrishHockey
4.6/5 rDev +27.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
I live in Crown Point and enjoy a trip to "The Crown" at least once a week.
I've been a craft beer fan for 20 years and have tasted my share of good craft beers (and lousy craft beers)from all over the country. Crown Brewing ranks towards the top of my list.
This place had a bit of a rough start until their current brewmaster came on board. There are generally at least 6-8 beers available and they have begun offering "guest taps" from other local breweries. The food is Carriage Court Pizza, which has been a Crown Point establishment for over 30 years. If you like pizza, you'll like the food. If you are looking for something off the wall (like some brew pubs), you may be disappointed in the food offerings.
If you have not been there in the past year and a half, give it a try!
07-26-2012 00:25:36 | More by BigDog0996
Crown Brewing in Crown Point, IN
84 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.