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Lafayette Brewing Co.

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Lafayette Brewing Co.Lafayette Brewing Co.
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28 Beers
158 Ratings
Place Score: 86
Ratings: 51
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: n/a
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Photo of BertSugar
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of a10t2
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of orsulacp
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of jpthemer91
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
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!

Photo of beveritt
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
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!

Photo of monkeytoe
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of Indybeer
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of soper2000
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of benzol
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of jreitman
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Lafayette Brewing Co. in Lafayette, IN
86 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.