Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
Active Beers: 99
Beer Ratings: 54,981
Beer Avg: 4.03
Taps: 20 / Bottles: 20
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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Reviews by DocJitsu:
3.8/5 rDev -14.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 1 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
If it was only a brewery, this place would be in the perfect spot--in the back of an industrial park. However, because there is a fun, eccentric, colorful, magical, and intriguing brewpub that hosts one of the largest (maybe the largest--I truly don't know) beerfests in America (Dark Lord Day) every April, one might think it's in an odd place. But, I think the physical location adds to the overall je nais se qua. The food is just ok, but if I were to ask a thousand people why they go to FFF's, none of them would say for the food. Some of the most magical beer on planet earth is born here. It's fantastic to sit at the bar and drink snifters of some of their concoctions. Or take the brewery tour while you enjoy a gratis bottle of Gumball Head. I love seeing that odd diminutive gardener with the long gray braided pony tail walk through the pub in his flop hat and rubber boots. Who is that guy? Certainly not Dr. Floyd. The one responsible for so much joy. Oh yes, my friend. That is him. So what's not to love about such a lovable place. The service! The servers, I'm sure, must not only pass, they must excel--I mean, Magna Cum Laude proportions in the manner that they finish "How To Treat The Customer Like He/She Is Expendable And Meaningless To Me" school. I truly despise the wait staff there. Not
just because they're jerks. Look, if you run across a Copperhead in the woods, you might not like him, but hey, you were in the woods. If, on the other hand, you're strolling along streets of gold and pass through the pearly gates to find that you were to slow in avoiding a striking, venomous viper, well, you might hate that snake quite a bit more. Snakes shouldn't be in heaven. Nor should they be in FFF's. Condescending, nasty, power-hungry devils that they are. My advice to would-be patrons: enjoy your wonderful FFF beer without interacting with the wait staff other than ordering and paying. In my educated opinion, any patron who speaks well of the FFF wait staff or seems to be their apologist is very, very likely a victim of a psychological phenomenon called cognitive dissonance. Research it if you're not familiar and the light will come on. I assure you.
04-14-2012 23:03:58 | More by DocJitsu
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4.39/5 rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$
We arrived about 30 minutes before the brewpub opened to find a large line snaking into the parking lot from the main entrance. This was no special event day, but apparently the place is always packed. Luckily it was a balmy 50 degrees and sunny in small-town Indiana that day, but I wouldn't brave the elements in the middle of winter for it! Squatting beneath the bulbous Munster water tower, the brewery building is essentially a large warehouse with an attached small brewpub. There is a pub entrance and a second, smaller, door for walk in bottle sales. A few minutes before official opening, an employee, using his best carnival barker's voice, explained the rules to those of us in line. He explained the free tour times and allowed us to sign up for them. Interestingly once in the brewpub, if your tour time comes up, they will save your seat for you until you return. A nice perk since tables are hard to come by. I do have to say, that the staff was great and despite being busy they really knew how to deal with crowds.
They offer samplers of their four "regular" beers: Dreadnaught IPA, Alpha King Pale, Mild and Robert The Bruce. All are good beers but RTB is far and away the best--a wonderfully malty and complex Scottish ale. They had an extensive list of other beers, and offered most in full or half pints, though some were only served in 8 oz snifters (mostly double IPAs.) I enjoyed the War Mullet and Permanent Funeral (both DIPAs) very much. Bryan and I were very surprised that in addition to over-the-top hoppy, the brewery had several very restrained examples of classic Continental beer styles like and Oktoberfest (Munsterfest) and Schwarzbier (Das Kleine Schwarz Einhorn). Several of the beers on tap were collaborations with Metal groups, and similarly themed loud Metal music pervaded the pub.
We hit the free tour after our drinking was done. You get what you pay for. The entire tour took place in about 15 feet of warehouse space. Our tour guide was good and knew his stuff, but this was a very fast tour that barely scratched the surface of such an infamous brewery. I did like the artwork on the walls, including some old D&D art from the Dungeon Master's Guide of my youth. Looking at the bourbon barrels filled with future incarnations of rare Three Floyds beer was intriguing.
Addendum: I visited again recently and had a chance to order more food. Holy cow the dry rubbed chicken wings were the best I've had in my life! I'm improving my food score in this review!
07-10-2014 16:25:11 | More by Jackofallbrews
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub in Munster, IN
98 out of 100 based on 682 ratings.