Lafayette Brewing Co.

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Lafayette Brewing Co.Lafayette Brewing Co.
BEER AVG
3.65/5
Based on:
28 Beers
156 Ratings
Place Score: 86
Ratings: 50
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
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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 GJ40
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I stopped by while traveling to Chicago.

It's in a nice historic area of West Lafayette not far from Purdue University. The interior is fairly traditional pub decor with low light, good space and a comfortable atmosphere.

The beer was decent. I had a pale ale and a scottish ale. Both had a real cask like feel which I like but may not be for everyone. Great 20oz tulip glasses.

The food is good. We had a couple of apps, the pub burger and the brisket sandwich. There were no disappointments. The service was good.

The reviews for LB seem varied. I thought it was pretty good but not remarkable.

Photo of Yetiman420
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I drive by Lafayette, IN on the way form Cincinnati to Chicago and finally worked out a trip were I could stay the night in Lafayette and enjoy Lafayette Brewing.

A brewpub located in a historic building in a historic downtown city center should equal more than this. I was a bit let down with the run down nature of the interior. I guess just a matter of expectations and I prefer this over something in a suburban strip mall.

My visit was around 9:30 pm on a Wednesday. LBC was the heartbeat of downtown Lafayette on this night. Not much else around.

The beer list was uninspiring. I struggled between the wit and the pale and went with the pale. Turned out to be pedestrian with a malt profile that made it hard to distinguish hop character.

I ordered the BLT which was good. The service was also attentive and the floor manager was the hardest working guy in town.

A good place that's worth a visit and worth supporting local, independent brewers.

Photo of FightingEntropy
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

My wife and I hit Lafayette Brewing year or two when we head down for an annual football game at the alma mater. LBC is easy to find in the downtown area, and generally easier to park across the street or farther down on side streets. When we've been there, the place is generally packed in the post football game hubbub and seems to enjoy a good reputation locally. Generally, there's one new beer on tap to try, and the rest stay pretty standard through the year. All of the beers are good to very good, but nothing to really test the beer limits of many geeks. Nice if you're in town, but I wouldn't go too far out of the way for it. We would've skipped it this trip, but Chumley's down the street is a bar only, and our freshmen Boilermaker niece wasn't allowed in, so we headed down to the more family friendly LBC.

Go to beer for the place is the Black Angus Oatmeal Stout, which I like drinking, in part, for the irony that I'm a vegetarian. Of which, the food choices are bad for veggies--two entrees, a salad and a couple of appetizers. No food this trip because of the earlier pizza run to Arnie's, but have eaten at LBC before and not been disappointed. New beer for this trip was an Aussie Red Ale called Bushmen's Bitter. Not bad. Hoppier than I expected, and I assume with Australian hops because of the extreme fruitiness of the nose, but the amber ale was very light and almost watery. Great transition beer since nothing was 'scary' except the hop forward character of the beer.

Good stop, nice place, sure bet if you're visiting Purdue. And, unlike the bar down the street--LBC is smoke free; evidently, not a given in Indiana.

Photo of mynie
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

Photo of aforbes10
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of rxthree
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of beveritt
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
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 orbitalr0x
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
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!

Photo of pwoods
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I've stopped here a few times on the way to DLD. I've enjoyed myself each time but we'll probably be looking for someplace else next time. It'd be a great local place, especially for a casaul lunch or dinner, but if you're just passing through, once you've been there then you've been there... if that makes sense. The atmosphere is nice. Lots of wood and a big bar. They only serve their own beers, which financially makes sense for them, but maybe a couple Indy locals would be nice. They keep 8 or so beers on tap and always a cask. Their 85 is pretty decent and I've had a couple others that were good. Nothing really great, though. Service has always been good and knowledgeable. The food is pretty good, but again, nothing great. I did like the huge pile of fish and chips I had last time. Prices are fine.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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 jreitman
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of Fatehunter
2.68/5  rDev -28.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

I stopped in here for some dinner and drinks. It was a Friday night, but Spring Break had just started so the place was half-full (I assume that's why it was half-full). Six of us went up to the bar, empty save one other person, and waited five minutes for the bartender to ask up what we wanted. We ordered beers and found a table hoping for better service from the server. The server was excellent. That is what saved the "service" rating. She was very familiar with the beers and menu and gave good recommendations.
Between the six of us we ordered the stout, common ale, and porter. Unanimously we all thought the beers did not taste that great. Odd flavors in the porter (though it was served in a snifter) and the stout and common ale tasted watered down and weak.
The food was okay. I had Barvarian Nuggets. Unique and tasty. My friends that had the burgers said they were average.
Prices were normal for the area. The atmosphere was promising but lacked the customers at the time.
I honesty hope to never find myself in West Lafayette again but if I am I'll find somewhere else to get dinner and drinks.

Photo of trytoketchup
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of BeerLover99
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of soper2000
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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 TheBierBand
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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!

Photo of BertSugar
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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 brewdlyhooked13
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of NooseJustice
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of toolbrew
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Lafayette Brewing Company is a cavernous place broken up by a mock wall that separates the bar from the general dining area. Food was decent but nothing unusual or outstanding. Mostly American-style food.Definitely cheerful and very good service from Kait. Biggest disappointment was the second floor where a band or DJ was playing - the bass music was so loud that you could barely hear the piped in music in the bar area. Very distracting. Only two beers available in bombers at the time I was there.

Photo of jamescain
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

The atmosphere varies depending on the night. Some nights they have live shows upstairs and if you happen to be there before the show you are treated to the wonderful melody of sound checks. If it wasn't for that it would probably have been more enjoyable.

The food is decent, better than most places you would find in Lafayette, IN. I had the jerked chicken sandwich which was tasty and my girlfriend had the blue cheese bison burger. Her burger was more so a blue cheese burger than a bison burger.

The service is not the best. The waitress we had honestly was not that knowledgeable about what they served. My girlfriend asked her about how the oatmeal stout was and her answer was "its a dark beer." Thanks.

Their selection was about 6 beers, none of which are really all that outstanding.

It was not that expensive, but for Lafayette, IN it was a little pricy. In my 4 years at Purdue I only went there once.

Photo of orsulacp
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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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4.72/5  rDev +25.5%

Photo of manahansf
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The LBC is a great place to eat. It has great food and is a very open building with view of the brewing equipment from every seat. The bar is also very cozy. However, as a snob, I rarely care about the quality of food and atmosphere even close to the amount I focus on the brew. And this is where the LBC loses my interest. The beers are ok, mostly watery and light with little if any complexity. Also, they should check their draft lines or the sanitization of their brew equipment because every beer has a slight smokey flavor. Actually its not very slight, its like drinking a Rauchbeir. On a positive note their Eighty-Five APA is actually pretty good.

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Lafayette Brewing Co. in Lafayette, IN
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