New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
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Reviews by Slatetank:
4.58/5 rDev +9.8%
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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4.3/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
08-18-2014 18:59:48 | More by Buschyfor3
New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House in New Albany, IN
92 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.