Oaken Barrel Brewing Company
Active Beers: 13
Beer Ratings: 458
Beer Avg: 3.64
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 28 | Reviews: 23 | Show All Ratings:
4.86/5 rDev +33.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $$
I live in Southern Indianapolis. This place is Perfect for where I live. It's out of the way if you're coming from the airport or if you live in Indy--but it's worth it. It's hard to find great craft brew and great food in the same restaurant in Indianapolis. This place has BOTH. The annual beers are solid, and the you'll usually find a great seasonal beer. One thing that makes these guys stand out with their beer, and one thing that's really hard to achieve with brewing, is that they nail fruit flavor in their beers. The Raz Wheat is an annual beer, and the Apple Buzz is an autumnal favorite. Both are worth buying a growler of.
The food is diverse and you will usually see the waitstaff busting their butts to get things done. It has a bar atmosphere and can be noisy during peak hours. They have a lot of tvs and you can usually catch the game.
Overall it's a very likable place that stands out from downtown craft brew attractions. Oh, and if you know what Cincinnati-style chili is, they outdo ALL of the Eastern competitors. Their chili spaghs are penultimate!
I really would recommend this place over most anywhere in Indy. My ratings seem high, but I think this place deserves a great rating. Truly worth a visit!
02-24-2014 08:21:49 | More by inchrisin
3.1/5 rDev -14.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
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.
07-03-2013 01:49:11 | More by glorp719
3.94/5 rDev +8.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5 | $$
I grew up less than a half mile from this place and can remember riding my bike to the brewery to get lunch on Saturday afternoons. Once I got old enough to drink, Oaken Barrel was my local brew of choice.
The place itself used to be a lot more hip than it is now. Service is still good for the most part and the prices rarely change. Locals know the little add ons and changes you need to make to sandwiches that are not listed on the menu. For example: often they don't tell you (and it wasn't on the menu last time I looked) but Waffle Fries this place has are awesome and a lot better than the regular ones.
Grab growlers if you can, they are always willing to fill ya up right. One day a week they do a cheaper filling.
Don't be afraid to sit in "the brewhouse" it is a little more cramped, but they usually have the older, more seasoned staff and all of the regulars sit in there or at the bar.
07-02-2013 22:55:01 | More by ahommell
3.95/5 rDev +8.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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.
05-29-2012 01:55:40 | More by WoodBrew
3.78/5 rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
I visited Oaken Barrel last year with the intention of trying their beers. I was promptly sat down at the bar and decided to order a flight. I was about halfway through my flight when another gentelman at the bar ordered a "Raz-porter". So I watched and found that they mixed the Razwheat with the Snake Pit porter and I immediately mixed the two halves I had left. Pretty outstanding for a mix of beer. I need to go back in to give their beers a proper review, as I only tried the flight one time and it was about a year ago. Overall the bar was pretty typical and I only had leftovers on food. Still, give this place a shot if you're on the south side of Indianapolis.
08-26-2011 03:39:04 | More by theRooster90
3.88/5 rDev +6.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
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.
12-16-2010 10:14:53 | More by letsgopanthers
3/5 rDev -17.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
While in Indy I stumbled onto this place and decided to give it a try.
Typical brewpub feel, the brewing operation was visible through windows. Ample seating with several televisions playing sports stations. Unfortunately we were seated in an area where the brewhouse was not visible.
The food was average, lots of choices, but average at best. The beer menu was decent for a small brewpub, I think there were 5 or 6 beers available. My wife had the sampler, and I had the Indiana Amber. The amber was decent, a little forgetable, but not bad. Among the beers on the sampler was a belgian witbier, an APA, a porter, a rasberry wheat fruit beer, and the amber. The belgian witbier was OK at best, but I would not order it again, and the Rasberry wheat beer was pretty bad. The APA and the porter were decent. Unfortunately, they did not have any guest taps, so if you are less than blown away by thier offerings you are out of luck...
The service was disappointing, our server knew nothing about the beer, and rarely checked on us to see if we needed anything else. I think they need to do a better job at training thier staff on the beers that they offer.
Overall this place was not bad, but it was far from stellar. None of the beers were good enough to draw be back in there for a repeat visit.
08-11-2010 14:05:35 | More by CBlack85
3.83/5 rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
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.
02-09-2010 21:42:43 | More by smanders
3.7/5 rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
First stop on my northern Indiana beer run. Stopped in for lunch and beer. Mentioned that I was a homebrewer and from out-of-state and was treated very well. Met the head brewer Mark Havens. Showed me around the brewery and talked beer. Met the assistant brewer Andrew Castner, who was busy cleaning up from the brew day. Great guys and terrific hosts.
Sat at the bar and ordered the beer sampler and the pork tenderloin sandwich. The menu had a good selection from traditional pub fare to some really interesting items. The lunch crowd started rolling in and once I received my sandwich I knew why. The food was really good! Talked to the manager and he mentioned that they had a really loyal, local, crowd. The beers were good, but were obviously tailored to the local clientele. The porter was the best beer I tasted; it was really good. The hoppy beers were too astringent, but that could have something to do with the local water (area is known for hard water). Overall, a really good place to visit. If you have the opportunity, definitely give it a try.
06-14-2009 19:01:21 | More by beerhobo22
3.58/5 rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
04-07-2009 15:14:32 | More by JamesS
Oaken Barrel Brewing Company in Greenwood, IN
85 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.