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Taps: 20 / Bottles: 40
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 18 | Reviews: 14 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by mynie:
4.2/5 rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This place has been open for two years and is less than a ten minute drive from the Three Floyds, but somehow I've never heard of it, just happened upon it while tooling aimlessly through northwest Indiana.
The outside of the joint is especially nondescript, and I told my friend that there was no way the inside of the place could live up to its name. Most likely it would be one of those semi-beer literate poseur bars that cater to tubby suburban types, the sort of place where officeworkers stop for a couple pints of Harp before having to go home to their cold wives and fat children.
We were wrong. The place was adorable. Very dark, with murals all along the walls, a wonderfully un-hip, blue collar clientele, and live concert blu-rays playing above the bar (some blues, then Cheap Trick doing Sgt Pepper in its entirety). Very friendly and completely unpretentious: exactly what I like in my beer bars.
The selection was great and varied. Some harder to find regionals, some midwest staples, some big, some small, some hoppy, some sessionable. Everything was reasonably priced, too, and tickers will be pleased to know most of the beers were offered in small sizes.
There's not much else to say, because there's not much to this place--and that's the glorious point. This isn't a beer mecca where you have to wait in a line for a half hour to get in (and then pay out the ass once you're there). It's just a nice, dark, relaxed pub where decent people go to drink great beer.
08-05-2012 20:10:50 | More by mynie
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4.28/5 rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
Cool place in an unlikely spot. Really not many places like Beer Geeks outside of 3 Floyds in NWI, in my limited experience. The building is in a strip mall between a couple of aging 70's era storefronts pushing burgers and pizza. Black roof, stucco walls, and black shuttered windows. Inside, the lighting is dim with blacklight accents behind the bar. Creative mural portraits and beer themed art on the walls. Next thing you notice is the row of 20 plus taps behind the bar.
Black swivel chairs, worn brass rail, L shaped bar seats a dozen or so, plus tables and lounge seating in the front. A decent crowd early on a saturday evening, locals and a pair from the Quad Cities chatting at the bar.
Bartender was quick and friendly, talking beer an answering questions easily. He offered half pours of draft beers, and explained some local distribution issues.
Selection was all quality, no filler. Pretty admirable. No macros or a bunch of wheat/amber/blandness, in favor of bold flavors in a variety of styles. Bottle list was short and sweet. Saison Brett, a couple from Moylans, and more. Taps were varied, Boulevard Dry Stout on nitro, Liefmans Oud Bruin, FFF Zombie Dust, Schlafly Porter, Stone Levitation, SN Northern Hemisphere, and others. Overall a great craft-centric variety with something for everyone.
10-23-2011 06:14:29 | More by emerge077
4/5 rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I try to come here once a week since i am within walking distance. Their rotation of beers is always good. They support local breweries as well as international companies. They always have a nice balanced beer menu and you can bring food from the pizza joint / burger shack next door. Vibe is ok, service is good and they offer local bands several times per week. They have had hopslam on cask, kbs and blushing monk also on tap. They typically carry 1-2 three floyds beers. Love the yoda painting "forcing" a beer over.
08-21-2011 00:39:18 | More by rfraga77
4.15/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $
Stopped in here today for the first time. Well today I had to drop someone off at the dentist about 2 blocks away so I figured I would try it while I waited. It was very dark inside and the music selection was pretty good. The lighting while dark was still good enough for me to read a few chapters before getting a call to return to dentist to pick up the person i dropped off. The draft selection was pretty good but, it looked mostly like stuff you can find locally in bottles which was a bit disappointing. The prices though where really excellent. I got a 22z glass of Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse for only $5 which is a very fair price in my opinion. On top of all that the bar tender was very friendly. If you are in the area check it out. Disappointing that they don't have a carry out liscense for growler fills but I will definitely be stopping in there again.
08-08-2011 21:16:46 | More by sportscrazed2
4/5 rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Have been to Beer Geeks twice now, with extremely different results.
My wife and I had heard of the place, with it's murals of "geek icons" such as Yoda and Spock pictured enjoying beers. Sounded like our kind of place!
So, on a road trip, we were nearby and stopped in. It wasn't overly crowded at the time, maybe 5-10 other people. There was a basketball game on the TVs and all the patrons, as well as the bartender at the time (didn't get his name), were paying far, far more attention to that (and yelling loudly about it) than anything at all to do with beer. We enjoyed a couple of beers and left, vowing not to return.
Ever the Charlie-Brown-football people we are, we returned last week. We got there early, and there were no other patrons, and the bartender was a 20-something woman named Megan. She KNOWS HER BEERS and we chatted with her and enjoyed several beers for a couple of hours.
So, if you're mainly about the beer (and at a place named BEER GEEKS.... O_O) - I have to say, go during the day, and chat with Megan. She really does know her beer.
06-27-2011 13:37:35 | More by ModemMisuser
3.93/5 rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in here on 14 Jun 2011. Was a Tuesday, so they had a blues band playing as well as their 'buy two beers and get a plate for the meal' deal, which was a southern style offering of grits, catfish cakes, corn bread and greens (both the band and the food were decent).
Quite dark as you enter, dropped ceiling, bar to the right that seems to have been made of some kind of resin, and the small stage for the band front and center. The impression I get is that of a BMC beer bar circa 1982 with all the cigarette smoke cleared out, new swag on the walls and the BMC taps replaced with micros.
Besides being a little dark for my tastes, the service was a bit slow (we were at a table, not the bar), but otherwise no real complaints. Beer menu was fairly evenly split between locals and European imports. Twenty or so beers on tap. I would definitely go back when in the area.
06-21-2011 01:56:44 | More by htomsirveaux
Beer Geeks in Highland, IN
93 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.