People's Brewing Company
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Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
3.41/5 rDev -19.4%
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
4.34/5 rDev +2.6%
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
4.68/5 rDev +10.6%
Loved this place! Really great service and a good selection of their beers(12 taps 2 on nitro) made this one of my favorite brewpubs that I have visited in Indiana. The prices are also awesome, pints for 3.50 all the time! Definitely recommend stopping by here if you find yourself in Lafayette.
09-22-2013 05:53:52 | More by MSandahl23
4.28/5 rDev +1.2%
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
4.14/5 rDev -2.1%
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
4.86/5 rDev +14.9%
Great place to drink a beer. Small tasting room with a beautiful bar and a few tables. Behind the bar is a huge window looking at the brewhouse. The staff is very friendly and will answer any question you ask. The bar fills up with great beer conversation and great pints. Be sure though, they do not serve food. Its a microbrewery, not a brew pub. Big brewhouse with free tours upon request. The only problem with their 6 tap bar is there is only 6 taps. They really need more! Great flagship, seasonal, and small batch beer!
10-19-2010 00:21:16 | More by manahansf
People's Brewing Company in Lafayette, IN
93 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.