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BEER AVG
4.08/5
Based on:
80 Beers
299 Reviews
Place Score: 91
Reviews: 16
Visits: 141
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

5725 Miller Ave
Gary, Indiana, 46403-2871
United States
phone: (219) 939-8802

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @18thstreetbrew

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Reviews: 16 | Visits: 141
Photo of TrapJaw77
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3 | food: 4.25

Been here a few different times. Lots of seating, esp. when the patio's open. Typically just a few beer (six maybe?) on tap, so selection's limited, but beers are generally good to outstanding. Food menu is small and varies, but eaten here twice and it's solid food. One of my favorite places to go...if only it was closer to home.

A few things available to go, including 32 and 64 growlers. Not everything available in growlers (one to two offerings).

Local art displayed on walls gives it a nice local feel. (511 characters)

Photo of JArt
4.73/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

My husband and I stop at 18th Street Brewery at couple times a year on our way to Chicago. It is definitely worth the detour. The beer is fantastic, and the staff is great. (172 characters)

Photo of Jaycase
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Big fan of the 18th Street taproom. Low key, unpretentious & casual. Assuming there is no big bottle release there is plenty of room for seating. Draft prices are reasonable and imo their beer on draft is so much better than what I've had in bottles thus far. There is a bottle shop for to go beers but again I prefer sticking to draft. Food options are slightly limited but I'm happy with a nice grilled cheese sandwich. Parking is fine, again assuming there is not a big bottle release occurring the same day. Staff is friendly but they do seem to get overwhelmed (understandably) on days when the crowds are there. But they do the best they can under the circumstances. (680 characters)

Photo of tjk135
4/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3

I love the place and the quality of the beer is top notch. However, they only had 3 of their beers on tap. I could not find a tap list on line and would hesitate to make the trek without knowing whats available. (213 characters)

Photo of craft_shannie
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

for the person unfamiliar with gary, indiana - you may want to read tripadvisor reviews about gary for a few laughs AFTER visiting. good lord, reading some of those cautionary tales, made me wonder how we escaped with our lives. we stopped by one era,y afternoon for a few beers & to go bottles on our way to grand rapids. space is....small, but comfortable. beers are solid. sour note stuff is stellar. the road out of gary very interesting as it was littered with strip clubs, all in varying degrees of decay. seems that 18th street is changing gary for the better, bit by bit. (584 characters)

Photo of NickyPogs
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

The building itself is a little odd and very unassuming for a brewery, especially one that putting out so many great beers like they are. The parking situation isn't ideal because they don't have a lot themselves, but it's worth the hassle for the beer. And if you have an opportunity to chat with Drew, I highly recommend it. Very cool guy with some great ideas about beer.

The building itself doesn't really sell me, but stop in for a beer and some food and you won't be disappointed. (487 characters)

Photo of circuitmonkey
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

This place is a dive with a lot of character... I like it.

The beer that's on tap is great... but you'll be lucky to try more than 4 of their brews at a time, they just go through it so quick... but there are usually one or two guest taps. I'd obviously like to see a bigger tap list, but the beer is good enough it wont stop me from going back.

Food is good, but simple. I recommend the mother cluker or the cuban, but the menu was different both times I was there, and it will likely be different when you go. You order at a counter, and if it isn't crowded they'll bring you your food... if it's a sh*t show of a release... you need to keep an eye on the time and head back to the counter to get your food.

This place isn't perfect, but that's why I like it... oozing character... and as far as Gary goes, it really isnt in a bad part of town (But don't be surprised if you drive right past it your first time). (918 characters)

Photo of TheGaucho
4.07/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Came for a Saturday morning release. Friendly folks everywhere and the staff moved the line through quick.
You must try Bitches Bank and Cone Crusher. (150 characters)

Photo of Chris-1911
3.69/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25

Never mind my not so great review, if you're in the area you should still go to this place if only for the beer, which is crazy good. Service was pretty bad, though the bartender was nice. Don't know about the food because they closed the kitchen early so the cook could drink at the bar (which sucked because I was starving), but the bartender was kind enough to eat a sandwich in front of me that looked pretty good. The vibe is about what you'd expect from the locale. The beer selection is very very limited, but what is there is worth going for. I would drink that beer in a barn or under a tree at a roadside stand. (625 characters)

Photo of indianabeerman
3/5  rDev -27%

Nice tap selection with some very interesting beers.No atmosphere to speak of. Definitely worth stopping by for the beer. Did not try the food but it looked amazing (164 characters)

Photo of SimonesRules
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Big, big, big fan of this place. I'm originally from a few miles from here but live in Chicago now. Used to take 80/94 home when I visit my family and stop at 3 Floyds for a beer on the way. Those days are over. Now I take the skyway and stop at 18th. Still love 3 Floyds but wanna stop in for a beer or two without waiting an hour to get a seat. If Drew keeps doing what he's doing, I'm afraid I'll have the same prob at 18th in the next year.

Anyway, love the beer. I'm a stout/brown ale/malty beer kinda guy and Hunter, its variants, GSAD, Foreman, Devils Conclave, etc are all outstanding. Not a big fan of hoppy beers but respect them when they're well done. Jade, Deal with the Devil, and Sinister are all excellent. Had a few different more experimental styles that I liked as well.

Service has always been excellent. I've heard people complain that bartenders/servers didn't refill beers right away, but it's generally 1 bartender for the entire place. I find that if I slide my empty beer forward, attempt eye contact, and wait patiently, I'm attended to in no time. I want attentive service. I'm sure everyone else does to. If that means I have to wait a few minutes more while the bartender answers another customer's questions, I'm happy to wait.

My only criticism involves the kitchen. It in no way involves the food, because everything I've had there was awesome. My only complaint is consistency in the menu. If you look at the menu online and plan what you're going to eat ahead of time, be prepared to substitute. Often times on weekends they only have one offering (they do offer it in different styles, for example it may be a teriyaki sandwich but they'll offer it in steak, chicken, and vegetarian). However, if love to smash a brewmix cube every time I go. Not much of a complaint as everything I've had has been awesome, but I'd like to know what I'm getting ahead of time. Anyway, I get it. Kitchen is small and it makes sense to limit the menu for weekends/ busy times to make service quicker. (2,027 characters)

Photo of HoosierHopHead
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

First let me say the two beers I tried; Hunter Vanilla Stout and The Imperial Blud Russian Imperial Stout were very good. My beef with this place is value. Seven bucks should get you a full pint of sweet stout and $6 should get you at least a 10 ounce pour of RIS. Instead the $7 Hunter Vanilla was served in 10 ou tulip and the PIS was probably 4 ounces at most. A previous reviewer was right; their 32 ou mini-growlers are about the same as most 64 oureal growlers.
The place is fairly dumpy looking as well; at least they didn't put too much money in sprucing the place up.
I won't go back, not when there are alternative breweries nearby: Hunter's in Chesterton, Devil's Trumpet in Merrillville, Crown in Crown Point, and Bulldog in Whiting. (748 characters)

Photo of PhishNoC
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Small, but not hard to find (a few twists and turns from the interstate). Cool that they have guest taps and guest bottles for sale. Really enjoyed what I tried from 18th Street, but wish they had more on taps of their beer. The server behind the bar was nice. Wish I could have stayed longer. (297 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.48/5  rDev +9%
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. (2,566 characters)

Photo of BertSugar
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

The newest tiny place in the Region, however it won't be tiny for much longer based on what I've seen and tasted. Serving some very characterful beers, mostly hop forward. Big ass double IPAs, lighter saisons, and his flagship Hunter Double Milk Stout ( which is arriving in many different barrel aged and enhanced permutations ). A new food program is on the way which will come in handy, because these are some big beers. I think the ABVs are under advertised maybe.

Located in the Miller section of Gary, very easy to find. Heck, there is a South Shore stop right there too. Miller is sort of artsy-fartsy with all sorts of eccentric folks, making for interesting conversation. Service is great, and the rooms are bright with art and very comfortable. Super conveniently located in the corridor between Chicago and Michigan. Absolutely worth your stop because there is good stuff happening here. (900 characters)

Photo of sudsy2drunk
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

great service... great beer...friendly folks who gather at the water-hole.. my only dispute is that they close on monday's. another fine edition to nwi's craft scene. happy to see something worth while in gary...howlers are available to go...gourmet chef appearances its first come first serve with the eats. collaborations between 18th and ruderhino...and the place isnt even all the way decked out and already looks amazing...cant wait to go back. (449 characters)

18th Street Brewery in Gary, IN
91 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.