New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
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Active Beers: 39
Beer Ratings: 859
Beer Avg: 3.68
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Reviews by Slatetank:
4.58/5 rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I found this place easily and was able to find a parking spot quickly even though all the spaces were filled (about 3 cars pulled out soon after I entered). Walking in I was immediately impressed by the blackboard and signage displaying graphics w/ very detailed descriptions of each ale that they had on draft. There is a nice wooden bar around the corner behind a tabled seating area and leather couch. They have a nice array of breweriana including Bell's, Stone lighted Arrogant bastard sign and Victory poster in a frame beside a DFH tin. An impressive painting of Lenin covering the wall w/ Mao nearby and Che Gueverra in the red room.
The black/gold color scheme in the Public house appealed to me on an aesthetic level. There is plenty of style appropriate glassware behind the bar including Kwak glasses so you know you'll be served the beer in the proper glass. I enjoyed the tunes and felt relaxed listening to The Allman Brothers, Dylan, Son Volt and other classics played on. They have plenty of musical photos displayed too. Zappa, Cobain, Johnny Cash and Eddie Vedder adorn the walls. I can't say enough about the atmosphere here it really sets them apart. They even have a Jereboam of Oak Aged bastard converted into a lamp in the lounge area. I felt like I belonged in this place the first time there.
The Service was quick and friendly while at the same time low-key, just adding to the feel w/out being overly helpful/annoying. I felt confident ordering knowing the information on what was on the menu was available and the servers had a good general knowledge of beer.
When it comes to selection how can you go wrong here? They have more than 21 countries listed on the menu, countless styles of beer like lambic, mead, cider and many regional beers offered. The house ale is very good and they keep a good amount of flagships as well as seasonals on from what I could tell. They know what the focus is here and even refuse to sell light lager to promote craft beer more. I have to give them a five since they have 15 quality taps including Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence, T'smije, Bigfoot barleywine, Monk's Flemish sour ale, Bluegrass APA, Brooklyn blast as well as wine and other vintage ales represented.
Everything exudes quality here from the set-up which is open and inviting, decor which is perfect for enjoying great beer, and the stuff thay put in the glass and the food which is obviously an aspect they do not neglect. The food is presented well and is very well made. Nice choice of pub grub w/ pizza being the focus here.
The food is very good, not 5 star french dining, mind you, but appropriate and with a nice variety to go w/ the great beer. You can mix and match ingredients and they serve everything at the proper temperature w/ fresh ingredients. Overall I loved this place, I can't wait to get back to New Albanian BC. It made my trip to Fort Knox a little more enjoyable and won't dissapoint anyone who enjoys craft beer, mead cider or it shouldn't at least. Don't miss this place if you are near Louisville or New Albany it is a gem of a brewpub/beerbar. You can get Imperial pints of smoked ale and they have boots on display. Not many places I know of serve the Kwak in the signature glass.
04-14-2008 16:52:25 | More by Slatetank
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New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House in New Albany, IN
92 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.