Oaken Barrel Brewing Company

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Oaken Barrel Brewing CompanyOaken Barrel Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.78/5
Based on:
14 Beers
274 Reviews
Place Score: 83
Reviews: 24
Visits: 42
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
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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: 24 | Visits: 42
Reviews by BeerBelcher:
Photo of BeerBelcher
2.3/5  rDev -34.5%
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. (979 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of JDoHo
3.61/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.25

Photo of jbizzle0v0
3.65/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.25

Photo of TargaFlorio
3.99/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Boomer4ES
3.94/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of macaw87
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Photo of aklude
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of Kyrojack
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of indianabeerman
4/5  rDev +14%

great food . nice beer garden some good beers (45 characters)

Photo of gentryka
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of DoctorEvil65
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%

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4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Trudogg
5/5  rDev +42.5%

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4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Johnbat1985
1.45/5  rDev -58.7%
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 (725 characters)

Photo of robwestcott
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of inchrisin
4.86/5  rDev +38.5%
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! (1,232 characters)

Photo of MSandahl23
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of WoodburyMN
4/5  rDev +14%

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4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of glorp719
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
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. (1,626 characters)

Photo of ahommell
4.01/5  rDev +14.2%
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. (906 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (547 characters)

Photo of theRooster90
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (670 characters)

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Oaken Barrel Brewing Company in Greenwood, IN
83 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.