Half Moon Restaurant & Brewery

Half Moon Restaurant & BreweryHalf Moon Restaurant & Brewery

Type: Brewery, Eatery

4051 S. LaFountain
Kokomo, Indiana, 46902
United States

(765) 455-BREW | map

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2007

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Photo of Durge
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

I visit Kokomo every so often and had talked to a few locals about the place before I visited this week. It seems to have a good reputation for food in it's first month or two of existence but I think this is generally an area (just north of Indy) that is a bit immature in their beer appreciation progress. I arrived to a brand spanking new building, good size stand alone, easy to find right on route 31. Greeted nicely by a young hostess who led me to my desired place at the bar for dinner. I could see right away at 8PM on a Monday night that there were indeed some hard core beer nuts in Kokomo and there was a fun atmosphere with televisions full of sports and intra-bar game players (poker/trivia). It was lievely and it was easy to strike up beer conversations and get recommendations from everyone within earshod. Brian was tending bar and he was just outstanding. Knowledgeable on beer, especially local stuff, friendly and attentive including free samples of any of their 6 brews before buying your pint. Any brew with a little dark to it here is fine, the porter is great. The Pilsner is to avoid (little kids feet was the description derived by the majority that night)! Food selection is pretty decent. I was recommended by everyone to go with the Philly Cheesesteak. While it didn't remind me of Pat's in Philadelphia, it was good. However, my food scoring is colored greatly by the fact that I had some hard chips of foreign matter in my sandwich. Brian reported it to the cook but nothing was said, no free meal or even a free beer. That surpised me but I was having a good time and otherwise the sandwich was very good, so I just let it pass. The atmosphere is simple but kind of classy (as beer drinking goes) without being a typical fern bar or even typical sports bar. I didn't see much of the large dining areas but they seemed to be pleasant, subdued lighting and views of some TV's. Retro decorations done tastefully. I was very comfortable but will have to say that much of this had to do with Brian behind the bar and the great group of regulars that were parading between the bar and the outside smoking areas. Hopefully the foreign matter in my food was a complete fluke cause otherwise I really enjoyed my visit here, tried all the beers (didn't go past the sample of the pilsner), I even joined their mug club! I look forward to my next visit to the Half Moon and suggest you give it a try for lunch or dinner when you get a chance. Tell Brian that the guy from Connecticut says hi!

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Photo of beveritt
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I stopped by Half Moon for lunch and a beer today while in Kokomo for business. I the interior of the restaurant is pretty similar to a lot of restaurants; tinted concrete floors and big open spaces with brick and wood. Lots of knick-knacks hanging on the walls. Most of what I saw was related to brewing or old Kokomo. Too many tv's for my taste.

The place smelled great when I walked in. They have an exposed 7 bbl system and were just finishing up a batch of something. The whole place smelled like malt.

Service was quick, if not exceptional. I was seated and served quickly, but my server wasn't real interactive or firendly. The food was good and the portions very big. I had a wrap and it came out hot and fresh.

Beer selection is pretty limited. Six house brews and then a large selection of BMC beers. I was surprised that a micro brew would offer so much crap beer. I understand having something for everyone, but they beyond the six beers they make, they really didn't offer any craft beers.

All in all, not a bad place. The food is good, the beer is okay. And, it is a local place that just opened. Give them some support and suggestions, they are about all Kokomo has in the way of craft beer.

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Half Moon Restaurant & Brewery in Kokomo, IN
3.81 out of 5 based on 37 ratings.
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