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Lafayette Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Lafayette Brewing Co.Lafayette Brewing Co.
Based on:
35 Beers
171 Hads
Place Score: 86
Reviews: 38
Visits: 53
Avg: 3.75
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

622 Main Street
Lafayette, Indiana, 47901
United States
phone: (765) 742-2591

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Reviews: 38 | Visits: 53
Photo of tharper178
5/5  rDev +33.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I'm a Purdue graduate. Whenever I visit, I come to LBC for their Piper's Pride Scotch Ale with a side of Scotch Eggs. The beers are terrific. I recommend getting a beer sampler before you commit to a pint.

This place is near and dear to my heart especially when I reminisce of the times I came here for Dollar Pint Night with my college friends. It used to be Wednesday nights; I'm not sure if they still run the promotion.

To me, LBC is a piece of PUrdue/Lafayette history on the same level as Harry's Chocolate Shop.

I only wish I could buy a fresh growler of LBC beer where I live in Florida.

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Photo of engisch
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I was really looking forward to stepping into this place and Chumley's as they were the only bars that seemed to be worth visiting in the area after speaking to some students from Purdue. After walking into several places, LBC and Chumley's were the only worth while stops that we visited.

As we were walking in, we did not feel very welcomed as the staff seemed to be irritated that we had such a large group. Being that I was looking forward to this visit and being the driver for dinner earlier, I was probably the only one to not have several drinks before arriving. That being said, they refused to serve us until everyone sat, which was poor being that we basically had a separate room and were not bothering anyone. The reason was that they wanted assigned seats that they could keep everyones tab straight because they assumed most of the group was going to be bad at splitting the bill. We caused much confusion as we were basically here for conversation and beer, so we constantly were changing seats around the table.

There beer was good, although I feel that they probably were hit hard by the hops shortage, as most of the beers tasted like they has very similar American hops. There sampler allowed many of us to get a sample of most of there beers, which then allowed us to have a few pints of our favorites.

For food, pretty much all I had was fries with cheese and bacon (no it's not on the menu, but they made them) They actually melted real cheese on them, and they came out very tastey as a snack with my beers.

Aside from the staff seeming a little upset with the large group and not hidding that very well, I would have to say this would be a place that is definately worth visiting if in town. I would recommend not taking a group larger than 6-8 (we had about 12-15 on a weeknight), to avoid the staff from feeling overwelmed and grumpy. The food seems like this would be a great place to have dinner with some friends. Goto LBC for dinner and goto Chumley's for socializing after dinner.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Me and a pal stopped in here Friday, the day before Dark Lord Day, to have lunch and buy a few growlers for the tasting tables.

There are a few seating areas, the one to the right has a big screen TV so we sat at the bar in that area. The length of the bar top is covered with a layer of hand-tooled copper, very classy.

The menu is printed on newsprint. The brewmaster's special, a dry irish stout I think, was tempting, but I was there to check out the Tippecanoe and the Eighty-Five. I ordered a Tip and a pulled pork sandwich with kettle chips.

It was a slow Friday mid-afternoon, less than ten people in there, so the barkeep was more available than he might otherwise be during the legit lunch period. No matter, we chatted a bit, he was a good guy. I asked for a sample of 85 (so named for it's IBU rating) and promptly received one. I also received a one dollar and change addition to the bill for the request. I imagine Indiana law states no free samples 'cause Rock Bottom in Cincinnati pours 'em for free. Heckuva good sample though.

I saw the brewmaster come out from behind the bar, I recognized him from the web site and shoulda said something but didn't. Next time I'll speak up and let the guy know he brews some kick ass brews.

The food arrived promptly, and was devoured in haste, it was good eats. Though I would have loved to stay and sample a few more pints worth of brew, we had to be on the road in good shape, so we got Tippecanoe and Oatmeal Stout growlers to go. An ideal place to divert to if you're heading to the Chicago area anywhere southeast of Indy. It's only a 15 minute diversion from the Cincinnati-Chicago route, very doable.

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Photo of TheBierBand
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Went to Lafayette Brewing Co. while in Lafayette on business. This place is VERY GOOD. Our party of 5 arrived at about 10PM on a Wednesday evening. The place had a decent crowd for a weeknight. This is a wide open place... pretty big. It's in a historic building. PThe decor was lots of wood paneling and the had thousands of different beer coasters lining the walls. The parking lot was right across the street (VERY convenient!).

I had three different beers and an appetizer.... all were excellent and reasonably priced. Otheres in my party also enjoyed the food and beer selection and commented on how reasonable the prices were.

Service was top notch! Our waitress was Jenny. She was very attentive and personable. And she enlisted the help of others to make sure that our glasses were never empty and that we were never in need of anything.

Selection of beers was 10 available on tap and the food selection for 10PM on a weeknight was phenomenal.

I had the Scotch Eggs, a traditional Scottish pub appetizer (hard boiled eggs coated with ground pork sausage then breaded and deep fried and searved with a dipping sauce).... They were GREAT. My other colleagues had chicken wings and Reuben Sandwiches.... they all commented on how great they were.

Overall: a great place to go for some good beer and food...RECOMMENDED!

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Photo of toolbrew
4/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I have visited the LBC several times and typically make sure I remember my growler to have it refilled. Lots of space in the downstairs and upstairs, although I believe the upstairs only opens later in the day. The ceilings downstairs must be about 18'. Lots of space to sit - tables, bar.

The food is better than your typical pub fare. I get the reuben when I go in.

As for beer, I stick with '85'. It's called this because it has 85 IBUs, and I believe it lives up to its name. I have my growler filled with this when I go. Also the Tippecanoe Common is a good APA, and their East Side Bitter is good as well.

I've tried about every beer of theirs that I can get my hands on but I stick with the above three. I wish they would bottle.

Upstairs is nice as there are games to play and another bar. If there is live music, this is where it would be. Last I heard 'Drinking Liberally' holds their meetings here.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We stopped here for dinner last Friday on our way to our weekend campsite. It's a pretty big place, which is good because it was fairly busy. Got a table immediately, near the bar and were given our menus, which are made up to look like newspapers, "advertising" their beers and food. Waiter arrived quickly and took drink orders and we got some Oatmeal Stout, which was served around RT and muct have been on Firkin or something because it was only shallowly carbonated (but tasty). I also had a Barleywine later in the evening which was very good and another person in our party had the IPA on cask and that was good too. For food, we got a veggie and cheese platter and scotch eggs to start and then each of us got a different burger for a meal. All the food was good, except for the pub chips that came with everything and were overly crispy and not particularly flavorful. Overall, a nice place with a large selection of beer on tap. they offer growlers of everything and sixers of the regulars.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped by here recently on a 600 mile round trip journey that took me down to New Albany, IN and back in the course of one day! This was the first stop on that journey and quite a nice one at that. My trusty GPS got me to this downtown Lafayette brewpub and the big green awning made it easy to spot from the road. Upon entering you can see this is a fairly large place with lots of restaurant seating with both booths and tables. Follow through to the right and you'll find the bar where I took my spot at.

The bar is very cool with a copper top to it that looks like it's been there quite some time but adds a great charm. There's about 8 hanging signs with each different brew above the bar, from a common to a oatmeal stout to a pale ale and most everything in between. They also have a cask offering that was an IPA when I was there. It was tasty and served at the perfect temperature. The best part was the vintage barleywine that was only $2.50 a half pint at the time and very tasty.

Me and Dave split a veggie and cheese platter that was very substantial and only cost a mere $5.00. It made a great start to the day and got some food in me to soak up the rest of the days drinking. Overall, this was a really enjoyable place and I would definetly stop by again if I find myself in the area. Our bartenders never let our glass of water or beer go empty for more than a few seconds. Great service overall. Check the Common and the Oatmeal Stout that are in six packs to go now as well!

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Photo of BertSugar
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

An long time anchor for downtown Lafayette revitalization (as many brewpubs are), LBC is a large storefront with ample bar and restauraunt seating. It's easily accessible from any direction when you're in the area. A nice long bar makes it inviting to sit there, as do the friendly bartenders. I can usually only stop by during the day, so I'm not sure how full of Purdue students it gets in the evening.

The selection does not rotate that much, but the usuals are still pretty good. Middle of the road Scottish; a now expectedly hoppy Common Ale in the aggressive Amercican style; a puckeringly bitter "85" (not much body and I'm not sure what it's supposed to be), and some other pale styles for beginners. When I was there, they were serving a rather subdued and tonally flat IPA and a barley wine from cask.

The food is generally on the very good end of expected pub fare. Try a wrap, a burger, or a buffalo burger ( a nice lean and flavorful treat). The vingary-sweet pulled pork is served on a cool cornbready-type thing. Very good and not expensive at all.

I always like coming in here for some of the better beers you'll find in central Indiana and some nice folks. It's worth a stop if you have business at Purdue or are on a beer expedition in Lafayette.

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Photo of a10t2
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

LBC is one of the better places in Lafayette to have a beer. At any given time there are about eight of their brews on tap, including one served cask-conditioned (frequently an IPA). Pretty unusual for a bar in my experience, they serve the beers at a reasonable temperature (e.g. above 32°F). The service is always good, and if you can find a seat at the bar you may very well be able to start up a conversation about beer with the bartender and/or your neighbors. My only real complaint is that the selection doesn't very often rotate away from the "safe" offerings. They are all quality brews, but I'd like to see a brewery offer a few more temporary selections.

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Photo of orsulacp
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I stopped in here on a recent business trip. There is alot of open space, plenty of tables and a decent sized bar, there is an upstairs game room too. I sat at the bar and had the cask IPA, the best beer I tried, and a burger. I also got to try the common beer, good smell, ok taste, the scotch ale, not much going on with that one, and the barley wine. The burger was very good and it was cooked exactly right, so no complaints there. The service was good at the bar and the menu had the typical pub fare. The bill for 4 beers and the burger was ~20. Absolutely worth the stop if you are near Lafayette.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Made the point of stopping here on a recent roadtrip. What a pleasant surprise. It's a very nice brewery near the Purdue campus.
Nice atmosphere inside the brewery. We sat at the bar and had a couple of pints. On Wednesdays they have very good drink specials, $2.50/pint. Both the service and selection were very good. We parked directly in front of the building on the street, but I didn't see any adjacent parking lots.
The beers here are very good. I had their Oatmeal Stout and their IPA. Both were very solid.
If this place were closer to my home I would frequent it very often. If passing through the area it is a must stop.

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Photo of jpthemer91
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I visited the Lafeyette Brewing Company with my dad and brother one Monday afternoon this last summer and was pleasantly suprised. Being from the Chicago area and used to a large number of good brew pubs and restaurants. The atmosphere brought me back to my college days being that Lafayettte is a college town but was surprised because it is no where near Purdue campus. The beer was very good we had serveral samplers being there was three of us.
The have a wonderful selection and the bartender was very knoledgeable about all of them.
If you ever have a chance to visit get the Scotch Eggs with onre of there stout selections.
Overall this was a very good experience with good beer, service and food. Hard to beat!

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Photo of beveritt
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped by the Lafayette Brewing Company to share a pint with some friends from work. The bar area is a little eclectic in its mix of breweriana, chile lights, and gargoyles; but it is comfortable. I like the long copper bar.

The selection if brews is nice for a small brewpub. At any given time they have 10 or so beers on tap. Today they had 2 cask conditioned ales. Not bad for a little Indiana town.

The service is always great. I have been there several times and everyone has been friendly and helpful. Today was kind of slow, so we got a little more facetime with the bar-tender, and she knew her stuff when it came to beer. A lot of brewpubs/beer-bars I have been in the staff knows little to nothing about what they have.

Prices are reasonable. My cask-conditioned strong ale was $4 and change. My friend picked up a 64 oz growler of Oatmeal Stout for $12.

All in all, a nice place to visit. No smoking until 9PM, so you can actually taste your beer and food. Family friendly during the day/evening, haven't been there at night.

Edit: Sept 30, 2006. Actually ate soem of the food today at LBC. It was very good. The menu is above and beyond what I would call "pub fare" with some very fine entrees. Usually you find a brewpub that does one thing well or both mediocre. LBC does the food and the beer right!

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Photo of monkeytoe
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The main dining room of the Lafayette Brewing Co. has a nice, clubby, tavern feel with lots of dark wood. You can look in on the brewing gear as you sit down to lunch and a pint. (I haven't been to the second floor, yet. I will update when I do.)

All of the beers that I have enjoyed at LBC have been at least good and some have been excellent. Since I normally walk to the brewpub, I always forget to make notes on the brews. I will remedy this on future visits.

Service has ranged from excellent to average, averaging out to consistently good with the occasional peak and valley.

There are always more beers available than I can conceivably have since I normally have to head back to work after I leave.

The food is normally top-notch: fresh, flavorful and a nice variety to choose from.

All in all a nice place that, very nicely, is within walking distance for me. Other than being disappointingly closed on Mondays, the Lafayette Brewing Company is one of my favorite places in Indiana.

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Photo of Indybeer
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

My first trip to LBC was for the recent Winter Warmer, Barleywine and Strong Ale tasting. The main bar reminds me of an old small town tavern. The LBC beer while not overly exciting, does have a Black Angus Oatmeal Stout that I think is outstanding. They also had on a cask conditioned Weeping Hog IPA that was very good.
The upstairs bar has pool tables, which were not being used during the Barleywine and Strong Ale tasting.

A decent place to stop in for a beer or to hear some music on the weekends. Will have to stop in sometime to try the food.

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Photo of soper2000
4/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

As I am glad to have any brewpub in my area, the LBC gets a fairly high score from me. The atmosphere is nice with brewania filling the walls and wood all around. The best time to go would be in the late afternoon hours when there are few people at the bar. When this place gets crowded the service is basically nonexistent. The bartenders tend to be very knowledgeable about the beer they brew(can't say the same for the wait staff). There are generally 4 beers on tap plus 1 cask conditioned beer available at all times. The Oatmeal Stout, 85, and Weeping Hog IPA(on cask) are very solid and respectable beers. If for some reason you had business to do in Lafayette or at Purdue University, I would definately drop by. Growlers are also available.

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Photo of benzol
3.75/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I made quite a few visits here last week while in Lafayette. The beer is quite good. They seem to have some permanent selections along with seasonal offerings, eight in all. If you bring some younger friends with you, they also have a draft root beer. I recommend the Oatmeal Stout. The IPA from the firkin was also quite impressive.
Service was sketchy at times. One night, the bartender was mistakenly charging the cask conditioned price for the beers on tap and forgot to give me change for my first pint. To her defense though, it was rather busy.
The food was above average. I tried the bison burger and the blue buffalo chicken wrap. Both were good, but could have been better.

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Photo of jreitman
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Lafayette brewing is a fairly large sized pub/restaurant in "downtown" Lafayette on Main Street. Walking in reminded me a lot of many other country restaurants and bars but the clientele was more of a surburban crowd hanging out enjoying themselves. The one detractor (which is a biggie from me) is that even though we were in the non-smoking section, cigarette smoke still pervaded everywhere and left us smelling horrible at the end of the night. This is unacceptable to me and severely hurt the otherwise fine atmosphere. Selection of food was good and the beer selection was quite varied despite lacking any big beers. I opted for a guest tap (the Left Hand Milk Stout) which ended up being wretched and then decided to get a sampler of the beers. Overall the experience was a very pleasant one that I would probably repeat, especially if they put in better ventilation to get rid of the smoke.

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Lafayette Brewing Co. in Lafayette, IN
86 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.