Lafayette Brewing Co.
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3.5/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
07-02-2012 00:15:03 | More by GJ40
3.55/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
06-24-2010 22:41:22 | More by Yetiman420
3.7/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
10-26-2011 01:58:01 | More by FightingEntropy
4.08/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
08-12-2009 05:19:31 | More by mynie
3.7/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
10-01-2007 13:12:06 | More by aforbes10
4.38/5 rDev +16.2%
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!
08-12-2006 02:18:09 | More by beveritt
4.13/5 rDev +9.5%
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!
08-31-2007 03:19:03 | More by orbitalr0x
3.73/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
05-10-2010 23:31:33 | More by pwoods
4/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
12-29-2006 01:31:13 | More by FtownThrowDown
Lafayette Brewing Co. in Lafayette, IN
86 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.