18th Street Brewery

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BEER AVG
4.09/5
Based on:
57 Beers
1,345 Ratings
Place Score: 97
Ratings: 77
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

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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(Place added by: emerge077 on 03-01-2013)
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Reviews by mynie:
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4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
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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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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3/5  rDev -31.7%

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

Photo of chippo33
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of SimonesRules
5/5  rDev +13.9%

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.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of HoosierHopHead
3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

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.

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4.44/5  rDev +1.1%

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18th Street Brewery in Gary, IN
97 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.