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The Pint

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Reviews: 2
Visits: 5
Avg: 4.39
pDev: n/a
Taps: 15
Bottles: --
Cask: N
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111 S River Rd
West Lafayette, Indiana, 47906-3209
United States
phone: (765) 743-8226 | map

Place added by: arescan on 10-10-2013

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Reviews: 2 | Visits: 5
Reviews by mynie:
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4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Craft beer has recently exploded and gotten hip. That's good for the industry, but not so great for middle-income alcoholics like myself. With hipness there comes gentrification and pretentiousness, a tidal wave of assholes who honestly believe that their preferred means of achieving intoxication makes them superior to others. Much of the new beer scene is deeply unappealing. And so, lately, I've been avoiding it. I'd rather talk about baseball while swilling Coors than listen to some turtleneck-wearing hipster try to explain to me why it is that if you can buy a beer right off the shelf that automatically makes the beer unworthy of his sophisticated pallet.

But here and there, you'll find a pocket of earnestness is even the most pretentious of social scenes. Like The Pint: Lafayette's friendliest and most accessible beer bar.

Which isn't to say the place doesn't take beer seriously. This isn't like Scottie's, where the staff is friendly but not exactly beer-knowledgable. But it's also certainly not like the Black Sparrow, where the bartenders are trashpeople who compensate for their own lack of beer knowledge by viscously savaging anyone who knows less than them. The Pint's friendliness is born of confidence, and that confidence comes both because these guys really, really know their beer, and also because they realize that it's just beer. It's a beverage, not a fashion statement.

They got 17 taps that are all rotated out. The bar is equipped with two very large chalkboard beer menus, which are updated whenever the taps change. The selection runs about 2/3rd in-state, 1/3rd from the rest of US/world. Hoppier and higher-ABV beers are balanced out nicely by a solid selection of sessional beers, and they do a good job of bringing in rarer and one-off releases.

The vibe is excellent. It's close to campus but not an undergrad bar; the crowd is adult and respectful. TVs aplenty, but really not a sports bar. Just a place to come and enjoy good beer.

Zoning laws require them to close at midnight.
It's lit more like a restaurant than a bar. Personally, I got no problem with this, since I've never associated craft beer with dankness. Some people don't like it too much, though.

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4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Awesome rotating taps with the occasions "tap-takeover" events from various brewers offering craft beers that are otherwise hard to come by. Great diversity of selection, especially if one is interested in only sampling 4 oz. snifters of their 14-16 taps. Also known for wine smoothies and beer milkshakes, the only food they offer is $50 ramen noodles or hotdogs (to comply with Indiana laws). They do, however, encourage you to bring food and provide the menus of all restaurants that will deliver.

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Photo of Clumsy
3.64/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of soraman1337
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of vainqueur59
3.53/5  rDev -19.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5

The Pint in West Lafayette, IN
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