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4.1/5
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2,218 Ratings
Place Score: 97
Ratings: 113
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: n/a
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[ 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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Ratings: 113 | Reviews: 14
Reviews by mynie:
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4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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3.96/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

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4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

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4.19/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Photo of mikedogg195
4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

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3.72/5  rDev -15.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

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4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

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3.9/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of shundahai
4.5/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Ncpogs
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of Metllica97
5/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of fatsamus
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Love these peeps! Best brewery in the midwest. Hands down.

Photo of BeerOps
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of cducap
4.76/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Fun place with many world class beers. Always cool music and nice people to talk to. Great food and a nice atmosphere.

Photo of lucascal7
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of egrace84
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Boomer_Briggs
5/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of misternebbie
4.32/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of enelson
3.96/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Macsimus
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of circuitmonkey
3.81/5  rDev -13.6%
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).

Photo of tim007007
3.83/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

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18th Street Brewery in Gary, IN
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