People's Brewing Company
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Active Beers: 41
Beer Ratings: 437
Beer Avg: 3.73
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Ratings: 22 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
3.41/5 rDev -19.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $
Stop # 229 on my world brewery tour.
Visited around 5:00 on a Thursday after a stop for lunch and beers an hour or so north at Three Floyds (a benchmark brewery).
Off the beaten path in an industrial area. Large garage door and small lot out front. I had concerns about being too crowded at 5 on a Thursday. While quite a few cars outside, it was comfortable inside and I stood at the bar next to an empty seat.
This one is incredibly difficult for me to rate objectively. I love the underdog, non-commercial, start-up, community-focused, roots brewery. People's easily qualifies for all of these.
The bartender was also the assistant to the assistant brewer and gave me all the scoop about equipment and history. The head brewerv came form Lafayette Brewing Company (LBC), they got all of their gear used and patched it together, and they just added a couple of larger fermentation tanks. A great story to listen to as you look at the brewery through the glass behind the bar.
I finally made a visit to LBC earlier this year and was disappointed in their beers. Unfortunately, the beer quality carries over to People's. I had the sampler and the pale and IPA were both cloying and lacked any noticeable hop characteristic. The pilsner was acceptable but lacked lager crispness. It was hard to detect any lemongrass in the lemongrass wheat. This could be good or bad but not so good in my book when your beer has a hard-to-detect ingredient in the name. Mr. Brown was regular and nitro and I doubled down on two sample glasses or regular.
I'm not expert but I was told they use "bricks of dry yeast" straight out of the bag without rehydration. I think this had some impact on overall quality as the beer tasted under attenuated. Mr Brown was passable as it had enough malt to hide behind.
Really pains me to give a low quality score and I'm hopefully the beers will get better as they dial things in and tighten the screws.
09-20-2011 21:52:11 | More by Yetiman420
3.99/5 rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | $
The atmosphere is nice very, relaxed, almost like a coffee shop but for beer. It's a nice hometown feel. The quality of the beer is good and is consistent across most beers they produce. I'd suggest waiting until the evening, the bartenders are more cheerful and the service is great. They always try to have new beers on tap to try along with their flagships. It's an overall great place to spend an hour or two with some friends drinking good beers.
05-22-2013 16:46:01 | More by tdeshaw
4.1/5 rDev -3.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | $
A: This is a small brewery with a taproom for guests to pickup beer to go and/or enjoy a pint. Fair warning the taproom is small and they don't serve food. There's a window to the brewery and the air smells of grain so when drinking that pint you really are getting a good experience.
Q: Great craft beer that's very fresh. I didn't rate this too high only due to having to compare this brewery to others such Three Floyds.
S: Simply put, the people here are great. I drove down from Chicago to attend their First Annual Fall Bash and didn't know what to expect. The beer was great, the people were friendly, and there was an amazing pig roast. Best of all the owners were very down to earth people that you could talk to. There was a no to-go beer policy that day but they bent the rules for me since we drove such a long way to be there.
S: The beer they had was great, but the taproom has limited tappers. I would love to see them come out with limited release beers or expand the selections.
V: Great bang for your buck. Low cost craft beer is finally here!! Don't buy from chains like Granite City, Rock Bottom, or Ram... People's Brewing will undersell them and satisfy the pallet for good craft brew.
03-15-2011 03:59:13 | More by dcsoke
4.14/5 rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
Well there is not much to say since I went when it was in its infancy. They had just finished building their tasting room. Its long and narrow with a bar in the back that seats about 6 maybe. They also have a few tables to they could probably fit 20 in there. While I was there they had 6 beers on tap, but it was a diverse 6 beers, ranging from a hoppy IPA to a malty red ale and a light pilsner to a dark porter. They had a small tour that consisted of the bar tender showing you the small brewery and takes about 3 minutes, unless you ask questions. They will fill growlers at very reasonable prices, sadly I didn't get one before I left. Either way I recommend the trek out to the industrial waste land they reside in to experience them. Their beers are good, the bartenders are knowledgeable and nice. I wish it was there longer before I left, because I would have gone more then once.
07-25-2011 19:30:45 | More by jamescain
4.28/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited on 9/24 before tasting in West Lafayette.
From the outside, People's is a very unassuming. A brick warehouse with the name of the brewery on one door at the top of a small flight of stairs.
Upon entering, the tasting bar is straight ahead at the end of a narrow room. Some high-top tables and chairs are to the left and right, a few flat-screens are hung up high, playing football, etc. The tasting room is somewhat small, but was fortunately not crowded when we visited.
6 or so brews were offered on the day we visited, and one of them was also offered in a nitro version. Moundbuilder, one of their more well-known brews, was unfortunately not available. I tried their pilsner first. I'd say it was middle of the road, coming across as a bit "green". Lagering for a bit longer might improve it. Their brown ale, however, which I tried as a "nitro", was delicious. Deep maltiness, with a touch of mineral, and the nitro definitely contributed to a creamy mouthfeel.
I saw one patron at the bar had ordered a sampler, so this is also an option. I'll definitely be back to try their other offerings down the road. Looking forward to supporting this young Indiana brewery any chance I can get!
09-30-2011 02:50:13 | More by mdvatab
4.34/5 rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $
People's beers may be maddeningly inconsistent, but the taproom is always wonderful!
The brewery itself is located in a weird, sparse area of Lafayette that's like a cross between an industrial park and a retail zone. Like many breweries, it's in a converted warehouse, but unlike many breweries, the people of People's have not tried to excise the warehousiness from their taproom.
This isn't to say that the place seems overly industrial, or that it's uncomfortable. See, the taproom is the nice, comfy part of the warehouse. It's like if someone built a rec room right off of their garage. You can still see and smell the work area, but the relaxation area is homey and cozy.
The bar itself was built with wood scraps donated by local drinkers. It's long and narrow with seating for about 12 people, a small TV, and a free MAME arcade machine.
The decor is woody and mancave-ish. There's lots of posters announcing a local beer events and a wall of Midwestern growlers, but there's nothing edgy or aggressive about the place. Still, it's more harmless than it is bland.
People's ethos is built on friendliness, community, and accessibility ("beer for the people"). They do a damn fine job of reflecting that with their tap room.
06-05-2011 16:54:12 | More by mynie
People's Brewing Company in Lafayette, IN
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