Black Swan Brewpub
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.
Active Beers: 28
Beer Ratings: 86
Beer Avg: 3.82
Taps: 14 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ElizabethCraig:
4.7/5 rDev +20.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
The Black Swan Brewpub is a relatively new Indiana establishment serving craft taps and now their own beers.
When you enter the lobby is dark wood, casual but slightly upscale-feeling. The bar is ahead to the right with a family-friendly dining area farther down. Both times my husband and I visited, we sat directly at the bar.
Black Swan has quite a few taps, "16 taps and no crap" and they mean it. When we went Amazon Princess from People's Brewing Company was on tap, along with a few different beers from Bloomington Brewing Co, 4 of Black Swan's own beers and a Bourbon Barrel aged Ale (mmm, exceptional!)
The service was exceptional. The bartender offered and had no problem giving us tastes of the beer to let us make our final-beer-decisions =) A lot of places do this, but sometimes make you feel a little *too* indecisive, but this bartender was made of patience. When he bartender stepped away from the bar to do prep for the shift end, he apologized to us and let us know each time how long he'd be gone and asked if we needed anything before he left.
The manager remembered us from last time and knew we wanted to meet DJ, the owner. When he was finished he came over to talk with us. I tried to not go all fangirl on him and instead eat the appetizers and stay very cool, and I probably failed. =) I have endless admiration for anyone brewing good craft beer, and while he was very humble about his first attempts, they are very enjoyable and good beers. I squee'd about the conversation on Facebook after he left the bar, naturally... =)
Another brewpub component has to be the food, right? This is a mix between brewpub and gastropub food. The appetizers we've had both times have been eyes-roll-in-the-back-of-my-head worthy. The fried pickles have a very very crisp and light corn-meal based breading, the brewpub tots have a lovely tomatillo sauce with them and the stuffed red peppers with goat cheese and chorizo are excellent.
While I have the prices as 'a bit pricey' this is due to their food being a little more upscale. I didn't find the price/value ratio at all off kilter.
Oh the beer? =) Ah yes! =) We had Black Swan's ESB, Robust Porter and Double Pale Ale. All were very good beers - I had to end the meal with a nod to our home town peeps People's Brewing Co and their Amazon Princess.
We live in Lafayette, but will continue to travel here for their mix of gastropub/brewpub food and their beers. =)
07-28-2011 10:55:33 | More by ElizabethCraig
More User Reviews:
3.65/5 rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 2.75 | $$$
A - The atmosphere is a mixed bag. The space is in a strip mall, and the place does some work to carry the visitor out of that vibe. Unfortunately, the efforts are not complete. The main dining area is ultimately a little spare. The bar is more intimate, and I enjoy that space much more.
Q - For the beer, I thought the quality was sometimes quite good, but uneven. The Tettnanger IPA was a very good version of the style. The special Pulla Chile Porter was too much pepper and not enough beer and the Imperial Blueberry Stout was the opposite, I couldn't pick up the blueberry in it at all. The delicious Maple Oat Ale, surprisingly drinkable despite its hammering maple flavor, is the main reason that I'm likely to drop by in the future. I brought a growler home.
Ser. - A bit slow, but friendly and helpful during our afternoon lunch visit. When I came back to the bar, it was still relaxed, but I found the staff more attentive. I'd recommend spending your time in the bar, if you have a choice.
Sel. - Limited, but of its own brews, a wide range of styles are available.
F - Disappointing. Fries with truffle oil and Parmesan and the beer cheese were reasonably good. The torta, which generally spells a flavor burst when I've ordered one elsewhere, was shockingly bland and dry. The chicken strips on the entree salad had the same orange breading as the standard GFS, low grade, store-bought option.
P - The beer is reasonably priced. I've got no question that I'd pay again for the beers, particularly the Maple Oat Ale, the Scottish and the Tettnanger IPA, but I'll skip the food. My wife, who had the salad, will skip this destination completely.
11-24-2013 17:12:34 | More by Tsar_Riga
2.89/5 rDev -25.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I was here in April 2011 when they first opened (see my original review), and came back again to see what beers they were brewing and had on tap. We came in early afternoon on a Friday and there were only two guys sitting at the bar. One of them was so loud and obnoxious we elected to sit just outside the bar. Waitress was very knowledgeable of the beers and was friendly and attentive. Let me say this: I can brew better beers at home. None of them were bad, but none of them were good. There is no reason to come back. The porter had too much roast. The old ale was way too fruity. The Irish Ale was the only well balanced beer for style, but still not good enough to make me want to come back. Bummer =/
08-31-2013 14:31:08 | More by schoolcb
Black Swan Brewpub in Plainfield, IN
88 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.