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18th Street Brewery

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BEER AVG
4.08/5
Based on:
80 Beers
309 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
Reviews by mynie:
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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)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Suds_With_Buds
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of themaj
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of jschott75
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of coz
3.78/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

Photo of Ryannel24
4.79/5  rDev +16.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of cristhre3floyd
4.93/5  rDev +20%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Duff27
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

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 kkdowning
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of HLD1970
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

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 kdg119
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Great food, great atmosphere and GREAT beer!!! (46 characters)

Photo of BecauseWhalezbro
3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of greenspointexas
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Bwagner1122
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Jae61
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Beerman219
5/5  rDev +21.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of dwagner003
4.52/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of mvdillman
4.61/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Photo of scottedwin
4.95/5  rDev +20.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of daniels79
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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 Dicers
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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