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New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House

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Place Score: 94
Ratings: 33
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.25
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

3312 Plaza Dr
New Albany, Indiana, 47150
United States
phone: (812) 949-2804

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As of January 3, 2011, the NABC Pizzeria & Public House is a smoke-free facility.
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Ratings: 33 | Reviews: 13
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4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

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4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of PrimalOne
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

$6 growler Wednesdays for select house beers and great pizza for the price.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Had been meaning to stop by the place for some time but it's a bit of a haul and I finally found the excuse to stop in with some friends. This review is only for the pizzeria side of the operation.

The place was crowded and with all the hard surfaces it was quite loud although not unbearable. The service was quite excellent and our server was quite knowledgeable about all the available beers. When my wife asked for one that currently wasn't available (B-15) she quickly recommended the Dark Mild which turned out to be an excellent alternative. What was really nice was that they have 10 ounce servings that allowed us all to have a couple different types. When I saw the prices I quickly understood why the place gets packed. I've paid more for a lousy AAL at other places than I did for high quality craft at this place. I didn't count but the number of available draft selections was pretty high including several guest taps.

As for the food, I would rate the place as an above average pizzeria. The small pepperoni pizza and sausage calzone my wife had were both very good and again the prices were very reasonable. A rather substantial calzone, a 13 inch pizza and 4 10 ounce drafts came to well under 30 bucks. I looked around at what people around me were getting and everything looked pretty good to me including some type of very deep dish pizza called "The Refrigerator" that I will certainly look into in the future.

I'm not sure you'd want to take young children here since there isn't much for them to do but if you do the food should easily satisfy them.

While it was quite busy during lunchtime on a Saturday, I suspect it really gets going weekend nights and considering the value I have no trouble seeing why. One thing that I found interesting is that they are a "Lite Free" zone (it says so on the menu!). Why you'd go to a place like this and order a light beer is beyond me anyway.

They didn't have that many 22's available but I picked up an Elector, Hoptimus and Hoosier Daddy for further research at home.

Overall this is a great place that is easy to find, has plenty of parking and decent food and beer. I certainly plan a return the next time by travels take me to the New Albany, IN area.

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of unimatrix1
4.74/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Buschyfor3
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Updated review, as per visit in June 2014 (old review from 2009 listed under Rich O's Public House, prior to Rich O's Public House/Sportstime Pizza undergoing a re-branding as NABC).

Still the famous "Rich O's" and Sportstime Pizza to me, on first glance it does not appear to have changed much, at least with regards to the exterior/interior of the pizzeria. Building looks the same; parking lot always full; inside is just as packed, all the same. Where substantive changes have occurred, however, lies in the menu and the beer list.

First - the beer: While the draft board still features a very healthy number of rotating seasonals, one-offs and NABC's very own (the website lists anywhere between 25-40 draft selections in total), the once-expansive bottle list has been paired down quite considerably. The website indicates that there are over 250 bottles on the list, but on my last visit that was hardly the case - the bottle list provided at our booth had less than half that amount. Whether that is a result of internal cost-cutting, issues with distribution and availability, or patrons eschewing the bottle list in-favor of the rotating tap list, I know not the answer. What I do know is that what was once a bottle list that was a sight to behold with its expansive repertoire of Belgian selections and vintage offerings has lost some of its luster. That being said, you CAN still find some special bottles on the list, as well as a handful of beers that aren't distributed across the river in KY (after all, they still have that glorious Yeti) but the bottle list just isn't what it used to be.

The food: Let's be honest, everyone went to Rich O's because of their beer list, but the Pizzas cooked up by Sportstime Pizza next door were just as fantastic. The good news - the pizzas are still just as fantastic, and the "Refrigerator" is still on the menu (think thin-crust pizza but made in a deep-dish pan so you get a good solid 2 inches of toppings on your pizza!). The bad news, however, is that it seems other areas of the menu were not as fortunate (again, the website would have you believe otherwise, but some of the menu items it lists were not on the menus the waitress handed to us as we were seated). For example, while the breadsticks are still just as doughy and served super fresh along with the house-made beer cheese, but some of the other accouterments and dips that you could order along are no longer available, most noticeably the pesto (which was superb when paired with the beer cheese). It also appeared that some of their sandwiches were not the same as they were in years past - in particular, the chicken salad sandwich did not look anything like the chicken salad that they used to serve a couple of years back. I also want to say they had a chicken parmigiana style hoagie a couple of years ago (I seem to remember a fraternity brother ordering one when we made the journey down from Hanover one night) but that was no where to be seen on the current menu. That being said, the food was still great, but like the bottle list it seemed that things had been paired down some since the last visit.

NABC has changed over the past few years, for better or worse. The biggest change impacting my rating is plainly the reduction in the bottle list - that accounts for the slight drop in my overall rating. One thing that hasn't changed, however, is that it is still a hoppin' place to go for pizza and beer, especially on Friday and Saturday nights, so get there early or expect to have to wait 15-20 minutes for a table. Overall, I still recommend giving this fine establishment a visit, but you'll just have to forgive me if I still call it Rich O's - it will always be Rich O's to me and my friends.

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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1/5  rDev -76.5%

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Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

This joint is in my hometown, and I've been going there even before I could legally drink, so there is a bit of nostalgia in my mind as I write this "review".

Atmosphere- ever since they have banned smoking, it's been a place I'm willing o spend more time in. It's got a communist public house them... It's got a very quasi-Prague atmosphere that is simple and homey.

Quality- I'm putting this with beer selection and overall quality of their food... the food isn't upscale gastropub grub (however that is what they're going or at their second location), and in my opinion their house beer is on the same level as the food. They're not trying to reinvent the wheel with their food, but they can be fairly experimental with their beers.

Service- the same people have been working there for as long as I can remember. They are all quite friendly, knowledgeable, and prompt with thir service. I wish other places had as good of a staff as his place.

Selection- there have been times when I've been in the area and popped in to see if they had anything old on tap only to walk out. That being said, those times are few and far between. They have ome good stuff in bottles, but their taps are what shine brightest. Also, their yearly Gravity Head and Session Head events can last for weeks, and there are always some great cellared beers on tap... For example, had several FFF one-offs and 2006 Bigfoot on tap at he latest Gravity Head.

Food- it's mainly a pizza join... They have 4-5 different kinds of pizza, 4 different pizza sauces to choose from, and lots of options as far as toppings. There beer cheese is simple but it's been hard or me to find a better option.

Value- it's not he cheapest place in the world, but the things on he menu are done right, and generally the beer selection is by far the best this side of Louisville.

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Luckily I live pretty close by and make the short trip every so often.

A- This is a fairly basic, nothing too special pizza pub in the eyes of most people. The place seats about 50 or so and is fairly laid back, everbody there is drinking a good beer. The brewing equipment and fermentation areas are practically in the place and can be seen from the inside.
Q- The place is fairly simple. The quality of the food is good and more then justifies the price and they have nothing but good brews. The people there are nice and usually pretty classy folk.
S- My most recent service was sub par, granted it was friday. We waited about 20 minutes for a table. The waitress what not very attentive and the food was quite slow. However, the other times I have been were totally different. The service was quick, food was quicker and the waiter we usually have is attentive and accommodating.
Se- The place has a great menu, especially if pizza is your thing. Pizza and calzones can be customized to the topping. Beer, however is what they do best and is very impressive for a pizza place. They have about 10 of their own beers on tap as well as about 20 guest taps. Guest taps range from 3 floyds to St.Bernardus to Victory to Delirium.
F- Food here has always been good for me but know your going to a pizza place. The selection is good and you can get your food made your way easily.
V- Cheap! Relevantly speaking. The prices of the beer is cheaper or comparable to any other place I have seen. The food is also priced well. 7$ for a 10 topping calzone cant be beat.

Go there if you can

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