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Tin Man Brewing Company

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BEER AVG
3.46/5
Based on:
12 Beers
444 Ratings
Place Score: 81
Ratings: 40
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: n/a
Taps: 5
Bottles: 4
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1430 W Franklin St
Evansville, Indiana, 47710-1030
United States
phone: (812) 618-3227

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @tinmanbrewing

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Reviews by BigBRookie:
Photo of BigBRookie
2.55/5  rDev -25.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.25 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 3.25

Tin Man Brewery could be a great thing for the city of Evansville. But right now I don’t think Evansville is ready for what they are putting out. They did a fantastic job with all the advertising with billboards saying “ordinary beer don’t compute” and “you will become one of us”. The advertising was excellent, the building is amazing and the inside is perfect. The building made is a renovated industrial building down Franklin street in Evansville and they’ve done a great job with a paint job and renovating the inside to give it a classic brewery and old style setup with long tables, and a large gathering room on the second floor.
When Tin Man First opened up I was totally excited about that place I bragged about it to my friends , I retweeted everything they tweeted about, I was sold. I tried all of their beer the first day they opened I got a sampler and even tried a brisket from Gunslinger BBQ which was fantastic. The beer on the other hand was great at first. I tried it several times after that and when I realized they came out with a black ale which was a mistake to begin with it was a batch gone wrong. That batch gone wrong was in my opinion the best beer that they have put out and it was in limited quantities. The Red ale which most of my friends like was flat and not carbonated enough and the same could be said about the rest of their beers as well. The IPA had no hop character whatsoever; the stout had no roast or coffee flavor and was way to watery none of them put off the aroma you would expect from a stout or an IPA.

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Photo of BigJim5021
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

After a shaky first year or so, Tin Man has become a damn fine place to grab a couple tasty beers and a good meal.

Photo of Cris4545
4.18/5  rDev +22.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Tin Man has came a long way! Their beers match up to their awesome marketing. Atmosphere was great will definitely frequent more often.

Photo of Yetiman420
4.4/5  rDev +28.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stop #466 on my world brewery tour.

Sunday evening around 8 after a visit to Carson's. Looking at the older reviews, it appears they had some growing pains early on - especially with the beer. I'm pleased to report I had nothing but a wonderful time on a slow Sunday night in early December.

Could say with confidence that this is one of the five most wonderful interiors I've seen in a brewpub. Refurbished industrial with exposed and painted brick. Just enough of the robot motif going on to make it really cool. When some local Evansville hipsters walked in, I felt like for a moment that I was in Williamsburg Brooklyn. Very well done.

The beers were all solid. I had a flight of the "standards" and then a flight of the higher gravity beers. Not a big fan of the prescribed flights - just charge a premium for any 4 or 5 beers. Flexibility comes at a cost which I'm fine with.

I had the wings which were good.

Ten years ago I would have given my first born to have places like this in places like Evansville.

Photo of jakestuart303
4.5/5  rDev +31.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Great brew in cans for a microbrew

Photo of Cosmic_Chieftain
4/5  rDev +17%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Huge improvement over the last two years. I'm excited for Tin Man in 2015.

Photo of stuckeyj64
4.23/5  rDev +23.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I've been to Tin Man twice now. Both times I have been very impressed with their food. Had the chicken and waffle sandwich the first time and the Cuban sandwich last night. I also think they do a very good job with their beer. I've had the Csar Imperial Stout and the Overlord Imperial IPA. Both excellent. The vibe is a little weird, but the wait staff is very friendly and professional.

Photo of BillRoth
3.91/5  rDev +14.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went after recommendation from Sarah at Airport Lounge. said beer was good, fun place and food was crazy. Worked for me.
Completely agreed. So I guess I'm not going to be in mainstream, where ratings are midlin...

Beer was a combo of the basics done quite nicely (red, pale, nitro stout) with a nice Pilsner and a very good season release Rosen Weiss...then throw in a spot on DIPA (Overlord) and a big, beautiful 12% abv RIS (Csar)... both outstanding. All were very well balanced with a smooth mouth. Just good quality beer.

The food was great. Nice eclectic menu. We shared a couple of salmon corn cakes (yum); she had a great salad and I had a spectacular seasoned and cheesed mushroom soup. Ok...I was hungry...so I also got the orange braised pork belly and fried green tomato sandwich with vinegar red cabbage and pumpkin butter on waffles. It was just outrageous...so many flavors to pair with the beer fleet and the other freestanding big beers.

I liked the décor...though not that different any more...brick walls, exposed/painted ceiling and suspended ductwork. Lots of open air/high ceilings. Friendly but not great service. They have their ways and don't really do anything special for you. Not much on special requests. No real complaints...but not much to praise either. A bit noisy at times...but definitely light and fun atmosphere.

I think there is probably something special here for anybody...in my case a bunch of special things.

If I get back to Evansville...will definitely head right back.

Recommended!

Photo of mttaylor1066
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

I liked this place. I stopped in at lunch with a local. If you're ever in EVV and you're thirsty for a well-made beer... this is the place.

I had their beer sampler. Although nothing stopped the earth form rotating on its axis, they were consistently good across the board.

The decor isn't for me, I think it would be noisy at night with a crowd in there.

Food was just OK.

Photo of stormcloud
2.03/5  rDev -40.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 2.25

It took me less than 30 seconds after I walked through the door to realize I wanted nothing to do with this place. The host and maybe the manager at the host stand were more interested in image than he was taking our money. We were in about 8:00 on a Saturday night and wanted to try their beer in their building. We were told it would be 30 minutes to order beer. The place was 2/3's full and the bar was basically unoccupied. I have never been to a food and drink establishment that did not do everything they could to meet their customers needs and gladly take their money. It was no problem to walk out the door and go to the Gerst House a few blocks down the street where I ordered anything but a Tin Man product. Maybe the comments in other reviews "about second chances" should say something to anyone who is interested in trying this place.
P.S. My son and his friends ate dinner here later in the evening and had a like experience along with what they described as an "inept server."

Photo of jdprmd
4.61/5  rDev +34.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Really enjoyed this place. They have active brewery tours at different parts of the evening and it is something you should check out!!! they have a few things going on there that are very unique and up and coming... Im not going to ruin the surprise because If you are driving through and passing Evansville this is a must stop. Everyone there was very energetic... Try the salmon appetizer its to die for. For my entree it was very filling so as far as entree pricing goes it was less than a steak you get at any other restaurant. I guess they use to have serve yourself bbq and that didn't go over well. They have totally changed things and now have full control over there kitchen. The menu is simple and easy and I dont see anyone having a problem finding something they could enjoy.

Regarding the beer I had some newer beers a bourbon rye beer which was great as well as there imperial ipa. I spoke with several people there and now that they have there session beers going strong they are working on more specialty and seasonal beers so be on the lookout for new beers from these guys and go check the place out!

Photo of sta2ned
4.93/5  rDev +44.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is by far the best beer bar in Evansville and vicinity. Very fresh and tasty beers in a variety of distinctive styles and an awesome inspired food menu. Tin Man has $2 pints on Mondays, lunch specials and other great deals throughout the week. All of their bar and server staff is more than friendly and knowledgeable about the beer and food that they serve. They aim to please. The atmosphere is in my opinion the perfect micro brewery environment, an old boarding house from the 1800's converted into a beautiful bar/restaurant/beer production facility with a modern industrial vibe and plenty of room. They also have outdoor seating to boot. If you are visiting Evansville, IN be sure to stop in you will not want to leave. One of my favorite beers is the Alloy on N2. It's a flavorful American IPA. Tin Man offers up many of their selections with a CO2 - N2 option. Check them out!

Photo of pilzen1
2.08/5  rDev -39.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 1.25 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 3

I gave them a 2nd chance, 4 months after the first visit, hoping for better luck. Slight improvements in that they had some beer with a little flavor (the bourbon barrel'd one had some flavor and hop aroma, but still weak); but the other beers were all weak. None of the beers had head; have they not figured out their carbonation system yet? I only drank one full beer (didn't feel like paying for a 2nd low quality beer, probably the first time in my life I've only ordered one beer at a microbrewery), but between the two beers my wife ordered (sent the pils back for being too fruity) and samples, tried 4 beers. The black lager had some color to it, but no body or hop flavor. The IPA had little hop aroma or flavor. Food was mixed, my wife had a really good soup, my Cuban sandwich had a dry bun and the bbq was dry.

Photo of tdeshaw
1.5/5  rDev -56.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 1.25 | service: 1 | selection: 1.5 | food: 2.5

The atmosphere was alright. The beer was not very good relative to other Indiana breweries. The food was alright, it was decent bbq. The selection was ehh, not very many beers on tap. The service was not good, perhaps some of the worst I've had at any brewery. The redeeming quality is the fact that it is a new place and has potential to get better. If the brewery opened in a town with an established beer culture, they may or may not have already been run out of town haha.

Photo of Hefty_Boss
1.79/5  rDev -47.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 1 | service: 2.5 | selection: 1

Standard beer prices, but the beer was absolutely awful. Our waiter said that he didn't drink beer and preferred wine, but I now wonder if he was subtly urging us not to order drinks.

We ordered one of each beer. The Red Ale was drinkable but really nothing special, the black ale, pilsner, IPA, and porter were watery and tasteless.

Photo of sairvin
3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

Just changed their food menu and haven't tried it but its an overall great place. They are sticking with session beers right now which is smart for a town with limited beer knowledge. Maybe we will see a hop bomb or a milk stout soon. I'm glad they are here in Evansville. Let's see more breweries.

Photo of steinhammer
3.25/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

For months I waited patiently for this place to open, following the progress of their construction and preperation.
Then the day came, they were open! I expected great things. I had to worked the first few days of opening, opting to wait a few days anyway to clear out the initial crowd and allow for first day bugs to get worked out.
Upon entering I was impressed with the remodel of the old building, it was modern and spacious. Then things fell apart. I noticed they were out of the porter already and several menu items. I was a little disappointed by the order at the counter method and even more disappointed by the staff who knew nothing about the beer when asked. The order-taker went so far as to say, "I don't really know anything about the beer. I just work for the food part." This was a proble
I was not so upset about the beer though. I thought the Rivet Red and the Alllow were both good beers, not the waterey mess other reviewers make them out to be. I even went back a few weeks later to try them again and sample the Black Ale, which has been my favorite so far. The beers are not the intense slap you in the face craft brews some would prefer, but I don't think they need to be either.
I thought the menu had a suffiecient amount to choose from. The food was good and the service was very prompt. I would go there again. I just wish that the staff knew somethng about the beer they served and the company as a whole would be a little more prepared . They have yet to distribute their product to local retailers. Apparently they are months behind schedule after talking to employees at the WInetree and Liquor Locker.

Photo of Shatrat
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I think this brewery is off to a strong start. Their initial offering was aimed at inoffensive beers that wouldn't scare off the general populace, and they are starting to add in stronger and more flavorful beers as they go. The Bourbon Barrel Rye Porter is as good as anything I've tasted. The BBQ on the premises is also really impressive.

Photo of Gooddays2
4.62/5  rDev +35.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I wouldn't drink a Coors light if it were the last beer on earth, but do consider Blue moon to be a very drinkable , readily available beer, so classify me as you wish.
Did I love all of Tin man's beer offerings? No, but I don't love everything Bells puts out either.
The Alloy is a very drinkable IPA-Period! If you want a hops explosion in your mouth like a SN Torpedo or a hop slam this is not the IPA for you. If you want a smooth, slightly hoppy beer with a pleasant finish that doesn't give you heart burn for 3 days, this beer is right up your alley- this beer strikes me as a perfect "dinner" beer, an excellent compliment to the meal, but not overpowering.
The pilsner is also very drinkable with a slightly sweet finish- very refreshing, a beer I look forward to enjoying on a balmy summer's afternoon after working in the yard all day. The key is the drinkability- a very smooth finish.
The stout was a bit much for my taste but I'm not much of a Guinness fan either-just not what I prefer. Same for the porter, I'll let others discuss.
Bottom line, Tin man has a wonderful selection of beer offerings that will satisfy most paletes. I look forward to to trying the seasonal offerings that I hear are coming soon.
I'm ecstatic that Tin man is here in Evansville and look forward to sharing in their growth and expansion as they evolve going forward.
Cheers!

Photo of DreadPirateRoberts
2.35/5  rDev -31.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 1 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 3.5

First, I must say I love what they have done with the building. It looks amazing inside and out.

I am left wondering what they are thinking with the beer. Overall, the beers were thin, had no aroma and were very under carbonated. The pilsner had no head, was flat and had a strange fruity taste. Almost like a really weird wine (comment from my wife). The red ale was drinkable, but I would compare it to something like Killian's. The lack of aroma with the IPA was the most shocking and any bitterness was gone before the glass hit the table. The stout was closer to tasting like nothing than tasting like any beer I have every tried. There was little to no body or roast character. The black ale was probably the most enjoyable, but needs correct carbonation and saying it is the most enjoyable is not high praise considering how poorly every other beer was executed. I certainly won't return to just get an undercarbed mediocre black ale.

The BBQ was pretty good, but a little overpriced. It is once again not enough for me to return. I can't really speak to their service model as I did not care to order any more beer. The waitress did remove out plates quickly. Wow, I'm really stretching to say something positive.

I am thrown back by their attempt at "education" of Evansville. They use the term session beers to describe their offerings. I suggest they read http://beeradvocate.com/articles/653 Nowhere does the definition of session beer mean tasteless and watery. Like mentioned in other reviews, I also really dislike their employees carpeting Untappd with undeserved positive reviews, although I guess this is how social media advertising works.

Even though I had previously sampled their beers at local events and my expectations were low when I visited, I was still bummed when I left. I was really hoping that they would improve before opening.

I really want them to succeed and contribute to the Evansville craft brew scene, but unfortunately it is going to take more than a cool building, nicely designed logos and okay BBQ.

I'll try again in 6 months or so and see if changes were made. I really hope they listen to the folks that will keep them in business and work on their offerings. If not, those customers will head to Turoni's or the other brewery that is opening soon when they wish to support local beer.

Photo of Chaney
2.43/5  rDev -28.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 1 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

PREFACE: IF THINGS CHANGE HERE WITHIN THE NEXT YEAR OR TWO, I WILL HAVE NO PROBLEM WHATSOEVER CHANGING MY REVIEW.

In early 2012, I heard about this place through research and word of mouth from family, friends, and Facebook. How exciting to have a craft brewery in my own childhood hometown! I followed them feverishly, and drove by the place every day when I came to the area to visit back in August of 2012. So cool!

Fast forward to the present. Sure, I had heard some blurbs about "beer snobs" being unhappy with the quality of the beer, but I certainly know lots of "snobs" in my hobby and just dismissed the claims as mere arrogant rantings of a couple of craft beer spoilers.

Atmosphere: My wife and I arrived at a beautiful, modern, highly innovative environment on an icy cold weekday afternoon. We were both in awe of the cool robot in the foyer, the cleanliness of every inch of the building, and the table layout. Did I mention the cool swag?

Service: Our bartender waited on us very attentively, seemed to be proud of the place, and to be a part of such a noble venture. Also, our food came out in a timely manner and the attitude by the server(s) seemed great.

Food: My wife had some qualms with the amount of gristle on her pulled pork, but she's not a big BBQ fan to begin with, so I took that with a grain of salt. As for me, I enjoyed my pulled pork sandwich with slaw. Sufficient and reasonably priced.

Selection: When we were there, they had a pilsener, IPA, Black Ale, and Irish Stout. Additionally, they had nitro pours of a couple of these. They were out of the porter and Irish red. I've heard stories on both of these, especially the porter.

Beer: Seriously, I honestly couldn't believe it... some of the most gnarly, flavorless, sorry excuse for beer I've ever tasted. The IPA had no hop character whatsoever, the stout had no roast or coffee flavor, and was watery to the 10th power. Also, my wife keep referring to the pilsener as a "mead." After going through the sampler platter, we both decided to give the full glass thing a try. She ordered the pilsener and I got the IPA. Neither of us finished, we settled up, then drove to Turoni's.

I honestly couldn't get my experience off my mind all day, so I took advantage of my confused state during my beer shopping stint (I love bringing Indiana goodies back to Washington DC with me, especially FFF, Upland, and New Albanian!) Every store I went into (Frontier, Winetree, University, Turoni's, and many others) I asked about "Tin Man." The responses ranged from, "They're working the bugs out" to "Not sure what they're thinking." Needless to say, I've learned a lot about "Tin Man" in the past couple of days.

One thing I've learn is that they have a lot of disdain for us craft beer celebrators. So much so that they (the head brewer[s]) actually go out of their way to address us as "snobs."

What the public needs to know is that they're not actually serving craft beer. A couple of peeps I spoke with in the past couple of days told me that the test batches of their beers were very good. Why not start there? Supposedly, their philosophy is to dial everything way down and serve them a version of the macro muck that they have already tried before. That's not the way you do it. People who hate IPAs will always hate them. People who hate hefeweizens will always hate them. Why not just give show your A-game and let the chips fall where they may? Many more people than you think know craft beer. Don't play dumb with them.

I so want this place to succeed. It's awesome on so many levels. The only thing lacking is its major commodity... beer. Kinda important, huh? However, I am 100% certain that if the brewer continues to poo-poo the craft beer community while serving his imaginary base, this business will fail.

NOTE: I found it odd that the bartender here was also our bartender during our evening meal at Gerst Haus.
NOTE 2: Worst beer I've sample all year, and I've sampled A LOT!

Photo of jmarsh123
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 3.5

Updated 1/10/14

I'll leave the old review up for posterity's sake until I visit again to re-review, but at least quality of the beer has greatly improved. Once cans popped up in my grocery store, I decided to give Tin Man a second chance and I'm glad I did. Apparently there is a new brewer and they have significantly improved the beer quality. I've had both Alloy and Overlord in cans and enjoyed both. After a rough start, it appears they have righted the ship and I look forward to visiting next time I'm around Evansville.

From 12-23-12
*Located in an old what seems to be industrial building, the decor is pretty cool. Big ceilings with some small tables and one long large table for bigger groups. Menus were lying around and orders were placed at the bar. Separate line for food and beer which was kind of awkward. Service was good, but the ordering process seemed kind of disorganized.

We split some of the sandwiches which had good meat, but the buns were a bit too big and buttery. Nothing on their normal sides menu really seemed appealing, but the side of the day (beans with pork) were good.

The beer on the other hand is quite frankly bad. I got a sampler of 5 beers. $6.50 for 5 5 oz pours. They had their Bohemian lager, red, IPA, stout and a seasonal "black ale". All beers were watery. The only one that had any body at all was the black ale. The lager, red and IPA had little flavor at all and were indistinguishable from each other. The stout had a ton of off flavors and was way way too thin. The only pour I finished was the black ale which wasn't great, but at least drinkable.

Glad to see another new brewery popping up in Evansville. I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and try again sometime after they've had some time to work the kinks out, but my first impression was a huge negative especially after just coming from Turoni's and having some beer with flavor.*

Photo of KeepCalmDrinkBeer
2.65/5  rDev -22.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 2

Tin Man was one of the highly anticipated openings in the Evansvile area. We planned on Going opening night but over 7000 people beat me there. We went on their second day. We planned on meeting 8 others there to eat and try their beer. The only problem is, if you don't show up with your whole party at once your going to be eating a different times. You wait in line and order your food, leaving everyone to eat at different times. Food was GREAT!!! The have Great BBQ. We had roughly 10 people in front of us and it took 10 minutes to get through.
As for the beer. It lacked deapth and flavor. The amber was my favorite but I'm usually an IPA guy but you couldn't taste the the hops. I didn't care for the nitrogen beer but its just not my thing.
I will be going back, the atmosphere is amazing and I can't wait to drink eat and listen to music.
My suggestions would be..
1. Take orders at table. We have already opted out once because its difficult to get everyone there at the same time. Also we were going to order food to go the day we were there but didn't want to wait in line again.
You would also increase revenue because people would drink while waiting.
People would also order more beer if they did not have get up to get it.
2. I think they will get feedback and beer will be fine, I just hope it doesn't take long to do so.
3. More options, most brewery's have more options

Everyone should give it a shot, my taste might just be different than most.

Enjoy

Photo of FlussigkeitMut
2.58/5  rDev -24.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 1 | service: 4 | selection: 1.5 | food: 4.5

Brand new brewery in Evansville, Indiana. Food is great, service is fine, the place looks really nice, and they use proper glassware for each beer.

Being brand new, one shouldn't judge the beer too harshly yet. BUT IT'S SUBPAR. Weak across the board. They had four beers to sample: the Red Ale was drinkable but bland and thin, the IPA had no particular hop character, just an indistinguishable hop bitterness that faded away before you could swallow and was also very thin. The Dry Stout was horrible, there was a faint perception of roastiness but that also was gone before the swallow, leading you to wonder if it ever had any flavor at all. The Pilsner was horrible as well; thin, bland, and without any traditional Pilsner character whatsoever. I also learned that they had chosen to dump their Porter before their opening. Man I'm scared to think what THAT beer tasted like. An additional note is that EVERY beer is also available on a nitro tap. What respectable brewery considers nitro IPA's and Pilsners to be at all desirable???

I will give them some time to work the kinks out before I write them off. I just hope they receive honest feedback.

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Tin Man Brewing Company in Evansville, IN
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