18th Street Brewery
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Active Beers: 32
Beer Ratings: 504
Beer Avg: 4.11
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Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
4.48/5 rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
A few people told me to check this place out, they got awesome brews. A gander at their BA scores seemed to confirm that, but, you know, it's Gary and all. L-let's just wait until they hit that sweet spot where they're distributing to Merrilville but not yet shipping to Binny'ses, so I can buy bombers without having to chat up some mutant clerk.
But then my fiance's folks were like "aww, Gary ain't so bad." They said that Gary was something of a reclamation project, like on the episode of MTV's "True Life" where those black kids from Detroit got grant money to transform abandoned houses into crackpipe museums. Or, you know, hipster shit. Fucking, putting bike lanes on roads, or sitting some colored chalk next to a burnt slab of concrete and letting the local hoodlums express themselves through tagging.
So, fuck it, I'll go. It's basically on the way back home, and it couldn't possibly be as crowded as the Floyds.
And, yes, the place itself is cool. It even lies within something of a little reclamation/hipster enclave. Only that enclave is the size of a very small strip mall. To get through it, one must pass through Gary.
This was 3 PM on a Thursday, but it was fucking HELLA Gary out, let me tell you. There was a dead kitten a block away. Not a cat. A kitten. And they don't believe in sidewalks in Gary, since hoosiers regard any and all infrastructural spending as socialism, so the bums walk down the middle of the street. They slap at your windows. That's scary.
But the place itself is quite nice. My kind of people. Gary people. Ironic I'm such a pussy about things like Gary, I guess, seeing as how I generally enjoy the company of dirtbags. A-and I mean "dirtbags" as a compliment. Sure, I've been to fancy joints: Sound Brewing, Ruth Chris, Au Bon Pain. But I'd take this place's vibe any day of the week.
It's in a somewhat large and windy building. "Windy" as in it winds, not as in there's wind. Kind of a weird architectural setup, and maybe it's not actually that large but it just seems that way since it's mostly empty. The place smells new, like Home Depot. The servers were all pretty, maternal 30-something women with tattoos and when they call you "honey" it doesn't feel trashy or forced.
The beers sparkle. Deal with the Devil is one of the year's best. The smoked wit is likewise fantastic.
My one complaint is that they only sell 32 ounce growlers, and those cost more than most place's 64 ounce growlers. That's cray. Everything else is worth checking out. Just--don't go after dark. The neighborhood gets stabby.
06-04-2014 03:11:59 | More by mynie
18th Street Brewery in Gary, IN
96 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.