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Lafayette Brewing Co.

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Lafayette Brewing Co.Lafayette Brewing Co.
BA SCORE
86
very good

49 Ratings
Ratings: 49
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 17.55%
Active Beers: 28
Beer Ratings: 156
Beer Avg: 3.65
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask:
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Photo of BriaCloette
5/5  rDev +33%

Everything you need in a brewery. Excellent selection of beers, none of which I've ever been disappointed by. Delicious food that doesn't cost too much. The bar has great atmosphere. This place has become the gold-standard for me - hence the 5.

BriaCloette, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of tharper178
5/5  rDev +33%

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.

tharper178, May 21, 2008
Photo of Drwpiersonindy
4.72/5  rDev +25.5%

Drwpiersonindy, Oct 21, 2014
Photo of ElizabethCraig
4.53/5  rDev +20.5%

I started going to Lafayette Brewing Co before we started home brewing and before we started our appreciation for craft beer.

Through the years we've changed in our food tastes (from fish and chips to their lighter dinner salads/entrees) and our beer tastes (from "grab us something" to "Any cask conditioned beers today?"). We've watched the kitchen staff change, and the people working on brewing their beer change.

I've brought the kitchen staff loads of candy on Halloween. I've bonded with waitstaff about things as diverse as online games, big weird dogs and dealing with other customers. I've seen the same core waitstaff there for years, which is exceptional in such a fluid industry.

So, where I'm going with this is that, I can't be neutral about LBC. Though our experiences and memories associated with a place always color our reviews, I'm REALLY not neutral in this case.

The beer is good to very good - I prefer maltier beers generally and theirs don't disappoint. The opening of People's Brewing Company in town really upped their beer selections, I think they're branching out and their recent beers (Oatis Brown, the Bumpyface agave beer) have been excellent.

The food perception depends on what you like and how you like to eat. I avoid a lot of wheat, and fat/fried things - so there's not always a lot here for me. That being said, I always find something that I want, and always enjoy it muchly. =) Their smoked meats are exceptionally good, as are almost all of their soups. Two things that are so easy to mess up.

On Thursdays they sometimes have their upstairs open and have their pizza. Their pizza is *quite* good. If you happen to arrive when there is a show upstairs, generally it's an interesting band that offers something different. Go see them. =)

If you are looking for good, and very well respected beers along with good food and some interesting conversation, head to Lafayette Brewing Company.

ElizabethCraig, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of trytoketchup
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

trytoketchup, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of beveritt
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%

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!

beveritt, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of bozodogbreath
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%

Stopped in at the LBC for lunch with my wife and son right after noon on a Sunday. One of my son's professors talks up the fish and chips so we thought we would give them a try. The dining area was wide open when we arrived but began to fill as we were nearing the end of our lunch.

They were playing Led Zepplin I when we arrived and Bruce Cockburn's Stealing Fire when we left. Gotta love some classic rock with lunch!

I was impressed with our waiter's understanding of the available beers on tap. It was obvious he had an understanding of hops and malts.

We thoroughly enjoyed the fish and chips with waffle fries and cole slaw. I also enjoyed a pint of their Scotish Ale.

We will certainly make our way back to the LBC in the coming months.

bozodogbreath, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of TheBierBand
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%

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!

TheBierBand, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of jpthemer91
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%

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!

jpthemer91, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of monkeytoe
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

monkeytoe, May 10, 2006
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%

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!

orbitalr0x, Aug 31, 2007
Photo of Jason417
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%

This is a casual, laid back brew pub, with no pretense or airs. All are welcome, all feel welcome. There is a large bar area with good seating and wide open views of the bar and the large screen TVs. The restaurant seating is spacious and can accommodate parties from 2 to 50. There is a good view of the brewing kettles and collegiate/olde tyme decor on the walls.

The food is simply prepared but excellent in both quality and value. Wednesdays are typically discount pint night, and nightly specials keep most menu items under $10. There is a good selection of food to choose from, from typical Irish pub fare to more cross-cultural items. The kitchen usually has fresh fish specials, as well as creative meals only available once a week.

You simply must have the onion rings. The largest, best battered rings I have ever personally witnessed. One basket will feed two easily, three comfortably, four if two are dieting. At last glance, the menu item was $4.50.

The fish and chips are equally impressive. Shepherd's Pie is well done, as well as the buffalo burgers, wraps, and soups.

I recommend sitting in the window, better for people watching.

Jason417, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of mynie
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%

If you haven't read my review of the Black Sparrow (which you probably haven't, since it's not up yet), you'd know about my ambivalence towards boozeries that make me in any way self-conscious. Even if they make me positively self-conscious, like "hey I sure am a swell kinda guy," that still involves comparing myself to others, judging my worth as a human being against other people. That makes me feel dirty. And it can be very easily turned around, too. Especially in a place as baldly image conscious as the Sparrow. Right now I might be okay, but what if looking like a libertarian or having a rat tail becomes the next big thing and I'm left behind? What then, huh? So... so many worries. Enough to drive a man to booze.

Usually I prefer a proud lack of metacognizance and all the complications it entails. A place that genuinely does not give a fuck about it's image. And I don't mean they meticulously mess up their hair in a certain way to exude a sense of not caring, or that they're so self-certain and proud of these days of wine and daterape that they never think to care. I'm talking about a place that's maybe been a little insecure in the past but whatever, man. You get over that kind of stuff. Just come on in and drink.

The vibe is wonderful. It's reminiscent of Town Hall in Minneapolis, it's so happily laid back. They don't bounce up and down and give you a hug when you come in, but come on you know you're better than that. Places that treat you like that are welcoming in the same way that strippers are into you. This place is more like a cute, cool girl you sometimes hang out with. She might not flirt with you at first but she's always nice and, well, if she ever *does* seem interested you'll know it's genuine.

The beer is rock solid. Nothing's blown me away but sometimes not getting blown is just...that's a horrible metaphor. I do wish something here was exceptional. But, really, I've had nearly everything on tap and not a one of them has had a single off node and that's rare for a brewpub. British styles are subdued.

Service is friendly and prompt. The food is maybe a little above average for a brewpub. Happy to say they have a full vegetarian section.

mynie, Aug 12, 2009
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

brewdlyhooked13, Apr 28, 2008
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Went here for dinner on a Friday night. Food selection was ok, a lot in the line of what I like to call traditional Indiana food. Burgers, chicken, BBQ pork, and the usual line up of salads and sandwiches. Fish and chips and some more pub-type food was there too.

Beer selection wasn't huge, but the quality of my brew was good. I only had a pint of their Black Angus Oatmeal Stout. Pretty darn good.

Beer prices were ok, but the food prices were pretty good. Growler $4, fill $9, with specials on different days of the week for fills also. They offer a 1-liter growler also, which I had never seen before.

Overall, I'm going back and recommending this to friends. It's a good place to just go and relax without needing to get dressed up, but still can count as a nice meal too.

boilermakerbrew, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

FtownThrowDown, Dec 29, 2006
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Dief88, Jul 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

rxthree, Feb 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

I stopped by the LBC on a Colts Game Sunday for lunch and was pleased to find the place pretty quiet so I grabbed a seat at the fair sized copper topped bar. Being a bit off my usual beer sampling game for lack of my usual compardre I failed to do a sample flight before jumping into lunch, but was quite pleased with the bartender's suggestion of the "Eighty-Five" - so named for it's tasty 85 IBUs. The fish and chips platter (the meal that I usually fall back on when comparing pub grub) was excellent and substantial.

The LBC was a very pleasant surprise with a comfortable laid back atmosphere. If the LBC had been around while I was at Purdue I could have skipped a few trips to the campus meat market bars.

My only complaint is in the selection catagory. I am a strong advocate of drinking the house brews, but for a place to become a favorite for me it needs to have some depth. I love to walk into a brewpub and see a strong selection of "guest beers." It is a sign that the proprietor appreciates good beer and even better, thinks that their product can stand up to a little competition and it usually does.

treepaul, Sep 15, 2010
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

toolbrew, Mar 06, 2008
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Phoneguy, May 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

soper2000, Mar 02, 2004
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3.85/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

orsulacp, Jan 12, 2007
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3.8/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

BertSugar, Mar 10, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

BeerLover99, Mar 13, 2014
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Lafayette Brewing Co. in Lafayette, IN
86 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.