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Oaken Barrel Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Oaken Barrel Brewing CompanyOaken Barrel Brewing Company
Based on:
14 Beers
562 Hads
Place Score: 82
Reviews: 25
Visits: 43
Avg: 3.43
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

50 North Airport Parkway, Suite L
Greenwood, Indiana, 46143
United States
phone: (317) 887-2287

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Reviews: 25 | Visits: 43
Photo of BeerPredator
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Vibe is like a sports bar meets restaurant meets brewhouse. Food resembles pub fare in price, taste, and selection. Nothing to gush over, but consistently acceptable and it pairs great with most of their beers. Speaking of the beers, I think all the house beers are great examples of their respectable styles and are each extremely approachable for any drinker, be it a beer geek or someone new to craft beer. The service usually takes a while so I recommend sitting at the bar, getting an appetizer and a pint and just watching Sportscenter during lunch when its not crowded.

Local tip: you can have them mix the pale ale with the porter in a pint (sacrilege to some, I know) but its incredible. They call it a "Black and Tan", try it!

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Photo of Johnbat1985
1.45/5  rDev -57.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | food: 1

I went to this new restaurant based on my friend's amazing review. I ordered the beef tips and they were cold. So obviously I gave them another chance. Apparently, they thought they could give me the same beef tips I previously had (without warming them up). I felt the staff was very uncourteous The waitress talked about me behind my back and said some very disingenuous things while I listened. Her name was Dominique I would not recommend her as you waitress.
I also would not recommend this establishment as a place to go due to the poor service and poor Attitude of not only the sever but also the owner who was present And was made aware of my issues with my meal and he had no issues with sending me away unsatisfied

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Photo of inchrisin
4.86/5  rDev +41.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

I live in Southern Indianapolis. This place is Perfect for where I live. It's out of the way if you're coming from the airport or if you live in Indy--but it's worth it. It's hard to find great craft brew and great food in the same restaurant in Indianapolis. This place has BOTH. The annual beers are solid, and the you'll usually find a great seasonal beer. One thing that makes these guys stand out with their beer, and one thing that's really hard to achieve with brewing, is that they nail fruit flavor in their beers. The Raz Wheat is an annual beer, and the Apple Buzz is an autumnal favorite. Both are worth buying a growler of.

The food is diverse and you will usually see the waitstaff busting their butts to get things done. It has a bar atmosphere and can be noisy during peak hours. They have a lot of tvs and you can usually catch the game.

Overall it's a very likable place that stands out from downtown craft brew attractions. Oh, and if you know what Cincinnati-style chili is, they outdo ALL of the Eastern competitors. Their chili spaghs are penultimate!

I really would recommend this place over most anywhere in Indy. My ratings seem high, but I think this place deserves a great rating. Truly worth a visit!

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Photo of glorp719
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

I was stopping for the night in the Indianapolis area enroute to CO. So, being from CO, this place had a high standard to live up to. it didn't disappoint, but it was not extraordinary, however.

The overall impression is 'competent, but unremarkable'. Atmosphere was pleasant enough but not really comfy. Several TV screens with the usual sports showing (why can't they have news or Discovery Channel or something other than sports??? - How many people @ a brewpub REALLY want to look at sports?) Anyway, the service was a bit peremptory - They were moderately busy and probably short a waitress. I ordered the taco salad. It was, like the brewpub, competent, but unremarkable. Plenty of it, though, so not a bad value. The waitress visited to take the initial beer order, then came back for the food order. A second person brought the food, took a second beer order and brought that. Didn't see the waitress again until she asked, in passing, if I wanted another beer then brought the bill. she missed the opportunity to sell me dessert. I told her that I'd have ordered it if she'd asked. Wanted a little time to let the beer settle before driving.

I sampled two beers, their 'Uber Weizen', a seasonal, and their 'Superfly IPA'. The weizen was definitely an American wheat. Good flavors of banana and yeast, with a hint of citrus. Served with a wedge of lemon, in the more proper fashion, rather than the fashionable orange. The name is a bit pretentious: Not a German weizen.

The 'Superfly IPA' was pleasing: weak head, but good deep copper color. Crisp, citrus/piney hoppiness with a strong malt base and clean finish.

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Photo of ahommell
4.01/5  rDev +16.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

I grew up less than a half mile from this place and can remember riding my bike to the brewery to get lunch on Saturday afternoons. Once I got old enough to drink, Oaken Barrel was my local brew of choice.

The place itself used to be a lot more hip than it is now. Service is still good for the most part and the prices rarely change. Locals know the little add ons and changes you need to make to sandwiches that are not listed on the menu. For example: often they don't tell you (and it wasn't on the menu last time I looked) but Waffle Fries this place has are awesome and a lot better than the regular ones.

Grab growlers if you can, they are always willing to fill ya up right. One day a week they do a cheaper filling.

Don't be afraid to sit in "the brewhouse" it is a little more cramped, but they usually have the older, more seasoned staff and all of the regulars sit in there or at the bar.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited the Oaken Barrel this past Saturday and had an enjoyable experience. The atomosphere is ok, sort of non-descript. The location is kid of cool...basically the only thing open in this one strip mall area. The quality of the food and beer was quite nice, no complaints. We had the nachos and I had a pasta dish. The beers were all very good. They had six standard beers on tap and two seasonals. The value was reasonable....they even have six-packs of five of their beers available. My favorite was the seasonal american wheat....it was good.

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Photo of theRooster90
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

I visited Oaken Barrel last year with the intention of trying their beers. I was promptly sat down at the bar and decided to order a flight. I was about halfway through my flight when another gentelman at the bar ordered a "Raz-porter". So I watched and found that they mixed the Razwheat with the Snake Pit porter and I immediately mixed the two halves I had left. Pretty outstanding for a mix of beer. I need to go back in to give their beers a proper review, as I only tried the flight one time and it was about a year ago. Overall the bar was pretty typical and I only had leftovers on food. Still, give this place a shot if you're on the south side of Indianapolis.

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Photo of letsgopanthers
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

We stopped by Oaken Barrel for lunch on the way to pick up a friend from the airport who was coming in for a few shows at Deer Creek. The brewpub had a typical feel with plenty of seating, televisions and sports (Colts) memorabilia. There was a "U" shaped bar surrounded by a large selection of pub tables that made up the bar area itself. Behind the closed in bar area were booths lined against the wall for the more dining experience.

Between the three of us we tried two different burgers and quesadillas. All three were perfect lunch entrees accompanied with their wedge style fries. I had the SuperFly IPA which was wonderful enough that I left with a growler. Upon leaving, my friend wearing an IPA festival shirt was stopped by the head brewer in passing and began talking to him. He returned to the table informing us that he had met him and that he was going to give us a free tour. To make a long story short the tour was awesome as he took us in the cooler and taste some new brews. The brewers and crew working at Oaken Barrel are fantastic and I will definitely be making another stop in the next time I'm in Indy.

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Photo of CBlack85
3/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

While in Indy I stumbled onto this place and decided to give it a try.

Typical brewpub feel, the brewing operation was visible through windows. Ample seating with several televisions playing sports stations. Unfortunately we were seated in an area where the brewhouse was not visible.

The food was average, lots of choices, but average at best. The beer menu was decent for a small brewpub, I think there were 5 or 6 beers available. My wife had the sampler, and I had the Indiana Amber. The amber was decent, a little forgetable, but not bad. Among the beers on the sampler was a belgian witbier, an APA, a porter, a rasberry wheat fruit beer, and the amber. The belgian witbier was OK at best, but I would not order it again, and the Rasberry wheat beer was pretty bad. The APA and the porter were decent. Unfortunately, they did not have any guest taps, so if you are less than blown away by thier offerings you are out of luck...

The service was disappointing, our server knew nothing about the beer, and rarely checked on us to see if we needed anything else. I think they need to do a better job at training thier staff on the beers that they offer.

Overall this place was not bad, but it was far from stellar. None of the beers were good enough to draw be back in there for a repeat visit.

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Photo of smanders
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stopped here for lunch while I was visiting Indiana lately. Thought it might be a little slow considering it was a Monday afternoon, but there were a fair number of customers present when I walked in and more arrived as I sat at the bar. All types of individuals were represented at the noontime hour, although the vast majority were business types.

Looked over the menu and knew there was some thought put into making it. There's a little something for everyone here. Daily specials - Ribs to fish, sandwiches (to include tuna steak and wraps), and a wide variety of entrees; steak, pasta, pizza, shrimp etouffee and chili. Plenty of choices!

The beer, even better than the food. I'd recommend the sampler to enjoy the wide selection on tap, but I'd always come back to the Superfly IPA. With carryout available, even on Sundays, this place would be a staple for me if I lived in the area.

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Photo of beerhobo22
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

First stop on my northern Indiana beer run. Stopped in for lunch and beer. Mentioned that I was a homebrewer and from out-of-state and was treated very well. Met the head brewer Mark Havens. Showed me around the brewery and talked beer. Met the assistant brewer Andrew Castner, who was busy cleaning up from the brew day. Great guys and terrific hosts.
Sat at the bar and ordered the beer sampler and the pork tenderloin sandwich. The menu had a good selection from traditional pub fare to some really interesting items. The lunch crowd started rolling in and once I received my sandwich I knew why. The food was really good! Talked to the manager and he mentioned that they had a really loyal, local, crowd. The beers were good, but were obviously tailored to the local clientele. The porter was the best beer I tasted; it was really good. The hoppy beers were too astringent, but that could have something to do with the local water (area is known for hard water). Overall, a really good place to visit. If you have the opportunity, definitely give it a try.

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Photo of JamesS
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Visited Oaken Barrel on April 6th, 2009.

Nice place, it has the usual brewpub atmosphere, with brewing equipment visible and beer paraphanalia around the premises. Everything was clean and nice, but nothing really stuck out as amazing or interesting.

The food and beer were both good. The buffalo chicken sandwich was excellent (even though I would've liked it hotter), the fries were awesome, and I really enjoyed the Superfly IPA and the Uber Weise.

The menu was decent, some nice choices, if not tons of them. Having the beer on the menu was a plus and helped out.

The service was all right. My server was friendly, but spent more time talking to a few customers than helping everyone out. If there hadn't been another server bringing out food when it was ready, this score would've dropped. The hostess was polite.

I'm not sure if I'll ever go out of my way to come here again (especially since I can get most of their brews in bottles), but it's definitely good enough to go to if I happen to be in Greenwood.

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Photo of Hoppy2Bhere
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I have been stopping by the Oaken barrel for about as long as it has existed and have always valued it as a great place to get a great meal, a couple pints of good beer and a growler to go. However, I have never reviewed what is one of the better brewpubs in Indy.

I stopped by for lunch today and had a wonderful experience all the way around. The waiter was asking for our drink orders before we even had our coats off and quickly brought 2 pints of their Superfly IPA, which is quickly becoming a favorite IPA of mine. It is only available on tap (wish they would bottle it!) and is very underrated in my opinion.

Ordered the special--a HUGE grouper sandwich that I could only get half way through--and their delicious black bean soup. With a growler of the IPA to go, we were completely satisfied with a great lunch stop.

I have to hand it to the Oaken Barrel...they are consistently turning out great beers and awesome food in a friendly environment. My only wish is they would bring back their Double IPA, which I only had the opportunity to enjoy one time.

Keep up the good work! I'll be back next time I am on the southside of Indy.

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Photo of jtothamo
2.7/5  rDev -21.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

While visiting some friends in the area, we headed to the Oaken Barrel on a Friday night for dinner and drinks. I always get really excited to visit a brew pub or a bar that locals really talk up. So, I had high expectations for what I was about to experience.

When we arrived, the place was packed. I thought this was a good sign. But, maybed I was getting too excited too quickly.

I sampled several beers (the Indiana Amber, Porter, Razz-Wheat, and a couple of others that didn't leave enough of an impression to recall).

The amber was okay. The porter left something to be desired. And, the razz-wheat made me wish I had ordered something else.

For dinner, I had the fish sandwich which was just "okay" (espcially for the price). Just cheap white fish drenched in greasy batter with a typical tarter sauce (I was hoping a place like this would kick it up a knotch with some capers or a jalapeno sauce).

Would I go back? Probably not. There are much better dining and drinking locations in the greater Indianapolis area.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.3/5  rDev -32.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 1.5

Before I was really into beer, I lived a few miles down the road from this place and ate here 1 or 2 times a number of years ago. I decided to re-visit the place during a recent trip to Indiana. My wife reminded me that the food was lousy when we last went there, and she was right.

Decor is that of the cheesy place next to the airport. You know, the one with the plane sticking out of the building? Service was slow. I was alone and sitting at the bar, and it was still slow. Organizationally, something was off. The one bartender had to continually pour drinks for waitstaff (at the expense of those at the bar) or disappear into the back for long periods. Beers were a little on the boring side. I had the SuperFly IPA, which was the most extreme at 5.8% ABV and a professed 100+ IBUs (although it didn't seem that bitter). My wife has a long memory - but the food is still lousy.

Not really worth a stop. If you're in Indy, go to Brugges Brasseries or Rathskeller instead.

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Photo of mcnut
4.58/5  rDev +33.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This is a very cool place to eat. I've gone in for lunch and Dinner, and their food menu is excellent. The waitstaff is friendly and helpful. I highly reccomend the chocolate layer cake with a porter to finish the night. The brewery is viewable from the bar area on the other side of glass windows, which not only adds visual atmosphere, but there are times when you can smell the wort mashing throughout the pub. The beer selection is pretty good from the in-house brewery, from American Amber to Porter to IPA and more.

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Photo of schoolcb
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Visiting family and I'd had the beer before so we headed over to check it out. Place was fairly busy on a Tuesday night, so we let them seat us in the bar. They had one server for the bar and the room off to the side so the service was slow. She was as attentive as she could be given the number of tables she had to cover. I had the 5-beer sampler, but they were out of the Porter (which you can also get poured through nitro - but not tonight grrr), so replaced it with a seasonal, there Uber German Wheat (see my reviews). Food was decent. I don't know that I'll ever go back, but if you are nearby I would say it is worth a stop.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

I visited The Oaken Barrel over the holidays with soon-to-be family. The location in southern part of Indianapolis was relatively easy to find. It helped to look for a Cessna airplane that crashed into a strip mall. Although the OB wasn’t associated with the plane, it made it easy to find.

Once inside, the building has a decent sized bar and ample seating. In the bar you have visuals of the mash tun, lautering and fermentation tanks. The restaurant was geared towards more of a family restaurant style. Ample tv’s and plentiful posters of their different beers.

Sampled the sampler. A good selection consisting of a Pale Ale, Amber, a Raspberry Wheat, a Belgium White, a English Brown, and a Porter and a IPA (seasonal). The beers were pretty good. I wasn’t expecting much I liked what I tried. The Pale and IPA were pretty hoppy that were really good, but I didn’t like the razwheat. The fam liked the Blue Moon-esk Belgium white. So pretty good selection for a brewpub.

The staff was typical for a family restaurant. Mostly college kids. We didn’t sit at the bar as maybe the bartender would know more, but we weren’t picky so they were above average.

The food was good. Sorry to reference it again but it was mostly like a family restaurant. Burgers/sandwiches, pasta, salads. Same you would find at a Chilies and about the same grade. The price was good and relatively the same as well. Although nice to note that they did have a pint night at $2 for the Belgium Whites.

Overall, I think it was a good time and better then expected. If in Indy again (which is likely) then this would be a great place to go, family and all.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I was directed to the Oaken Barrel by some Indiana BAs. They said it was only a couple minutes off I-65, and was a worth while stop. I'de like to thank them, as this was a nice place.

Now on to the the review. The atmosphere was kind of sports bar like, which isn't what I prefer in a brewpub. Except for the fish tank in an oaken barrel in the entrance, the decor was kind of cheesy. There were too many pictures of people holding beer with shit eating grins on there faces. The service was fairly slow. Although I don't see why as business was also slow, and our waitress only had two or three tables. The selection was pretty good. Seven beers on tap ranging from pale and amber ales to baltic porter. I had the Snake Pit Porter and the Superfly IPA, both of which were fantastic. I also got a growler of the Uber Weizen, which turned out to be horrid. It was a rotational offering though, and the porter and IPA I believe are mainstays. I am more inclined to review the breweries quality from its main beers, than from a rotational offering that might have turned out poorly. The food was really good. Excellent pub fair, at reasonable prices. If I ever find myself in the Indy area again I would most certainly stop by this place once more.

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Photo of oracle
1.27/5  rDev -63%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1 | selection: 1.5 | food: 1

I had high hopes for this place, if for no other reason than the fact that I like to support breweries in my home state. What a huge let down this turned out to be.

First of all, I can understand the dim lighting to try to create a certain ambiance, but when I can't read the menu without a flashlight, it's too freaking dark. Turn on some lights.

The host stood around ignoring us when we walked in for about 2 full minutes before finally acknowleging the fact that we weren't going to leave and he was going to have to do his job.

The waitress didn't know a damn thing about their beers including what happened to be on tap, she had to go ask, much less what kind of hops were used in the brewing.

Food arrived late, cold and under cooked.

The beer itself was not actually bad, but was nothing special.

Overall, this place was a waste of time and money.

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Photo of soper2000
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

About time for me to finally get a review in. I was first introduced to this place at a BA gathering. Decent decore, but it feels a little TGI Friday's-ish, but make no mistake this place is still worth a visit. An extensive menu backs up about 7-8 selections of brew. The freshness of my Snake Pit porter was impeccable. I would've liked to sample a few other pints but unfortunately I wasn't able to. Service was prompt, if not knowledgeable and food portions were tasty and massive. This was a quite solid brewpub. Not my favorite but it's worth the pain to seek out if you're on the southside of Indy.

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Photo of Indybeer
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Checked this place out for the next BA gathering for Indy. Very interesting setup. They use a seven-barrel system to brew four standard house ales and a steady stream of specialty beers.
You can watch them working in the brewery from the bar. On tap they had their Indiana Amber, a Hoosier style red ale, Razz-Wheat, Gnaw Bone pal ale, Snake Pit porter, as well as a few specials...Superfly IPA, Allabaster a very good white, Belgian Tripel, and a Nitro Porter, which is their Snake Pit on nitro tap. Very good menu that is reasonably priced. Well worth the trip!

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Photo of AeroBrew
4.38/5  rDev +27.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Great place to go eat, and have a great beer from the brewery. Sweet atmosphere with beer paraphanalia all around, and even the dishes have all types of beer bottles running around the rims. Quality of both food and drink is definately above par. Service is really great, fast, efficient, and beautiful waitresses. Selection of drink is plentiful, food is anywhere from a side salad to wonderful BBQ ribs, to the awesome "Heart-Stopper" burger (a delicacy in fact). Food is wonderful, the Reuben is my personal favorite. All in all it is a spectacular place to go.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Heading back to Kentucky from a business trip to Indy, I was just thinking it would be a good time to look for somewhere to eat, when I saw a billboard by the interstate - "Brewpub - exit now" (who says advertising doesn't work?). Certainly a stroke of good fortune. I liked the decor right away - lots of framed prints featuring beer, such as old advertisements, pseudo-advertisements and classic paintings retouched to feature beer (i.e. the Mona Lisa holding beer - so that explains the enigmatic smile). Nice pub grub menu - I had the shepherd's pie, which was very good. I don't know what bottled beers they had available, as I was content to order a couple of the house beers. They had six regulars on tap, and a seasonal white ale. The server assured me the beers were brewed by the brewpub, and not contract brewed. I went with the Gnaw Bone Pale Ale and the Snake Pit Porter - both very nice beers. Next trip to Indy, I plan to make a stop at this place again.

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Photo of Viking
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.5

I was a bit dissapointed in their beer selection. Oaken Barrel bottles 5 different brews, not bad for a small brewer. I was expecting at least double that on tap, but they only had three additional beers available: Stout, Bock, and Hefeweizen. I have no complaints about the beer, I just wish there were more choices! The atmosphere was OK, but seemed more like a standard sports bar than a brewpub. Service is good, even during peak hours.

Overall, it's worth a visit. Good food and good beer are what most concern me when visiting a brewpub.

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Oaken Barrel Brewing Company in Greenwood, IN
82 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.