Crown Brewing

Crown BrewingCrown Brewing

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

211 S. East Street
Crown Point, Indiana, 46307
United States

(219) 663-4545 | map

Growlers to-go Monday thru Saturday.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Just off the main town square, large brick building, smaller tap room, slightly cramp. We tired 4 ales, 2 were great, two were decent. Friendly staff, they knew a lot about what was in the beer. Their beers on tap were extensive. I brought home a bomber of their Java White Russian Porter called "The Dude"

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Photo of nateplants
4.7/5  rDev +30.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

My hometown brewery where I've spent countless hours at this place. Food is excellent especially the pizza. Beer is amazing too. Highly recommended, a hidden gem!

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Photo of graham3727
4.14/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

A cool little bar in an old building that has a small bartop with 6-8 seats and 4-5 tables crammed in the main area. A small-ish TV above the bar that shows whatever they want, typically Chicago sports if on. Around the corner in the bar are big windows that show the brewing equipment and another 5 or 6 tables. Attached to the bar is a pizza joint that is much larger and has much more seating and, suprise suprise, all the beers of the brewery are available. They have some beers that are always available, the Crown brown, blue, cream , etc. and they always have a choice of seasonals, and there are some guest bottles and a few wine choices as well. The food menu is pretty diverse, of course the pizza is available and while I havn't tried it personally it always looks and smells very good, thin crust style. There are sandwiches and wraps, some pasta choices, and a many deep fried "bar food" style options to pick at while hanging out. The place on friday and saturday nights is fun and loud, go on a saturday or sunday afternoon if you want to go in and have a more intimate, quiet experience with other beer lovers. They're very good about giving samples of things before making your decision and there is seemingly always a knowledable patron around to chat with as this place has some die hard followers.

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Photo of Can_has_beer
4.53/5  rDev +25.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Cool taproom in the historic district of Crown Point. They had some history on the walls about the brewery when it first opened in 1895. Their selection of beers was awesome and the service was good.

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Photo of DRush11
3.25/5  rDev -10%

It's the best brewery just off the square in crown point,in ..if you don't mind it being connected to a very kid friendly pizza place your in luck ,you've found utopia !! Beers are okish .the industrial and squatch are my favs ,they've been know to have 18th street as a guest beer .so when that happens u should stop ! Pizza next door is vg .

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Photo of kleksbrew7
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3

Over all a nice place to go. Just recently added more taps so there is a nice mix at all times. Beer is spot on good stuff.
The staff is approachable and kindley. I frequent this place often as i live 3 min away. The food could be better but I am pretty sure that they are separate companies and Crown brewing does not have control over the food. The bar is not large but they have a patio that is a decent size in the warm months. Definitely a nice addition to the many breweries in north west indiana.

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Photo of Mothergoose03
4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

My wife and I stopped in here for food and drink when we were traveling through this area. The pub is small but cozy, and is situated in an older building that has a pizza parlor at the front. Free parking is in a lot adjacent to the building. The place is located just at the edge of the downtown area of Crown Point. (Of historical interest, according to our bartender, is an adjacent building which was a jail from which John Dillinger the famous bank robber escaped many years ago.)

We ordered a sampler flight of 4-oz pours to get started, and chose the Dunkel Weizen, Brown Ale, Industrial Porter, Special Forces IPA, Plead the Fifth Anniversary Imperial Red Ale, and Kill 'Em 2x IPA. The first 4 were right to style and very tasty, but we really enjoyed the Impy Red and the 2x IPA. The red was very hoppy (not your typical red), but it worked very well. It's called an 'anniversary' ale, but I hope they keep it as a regular offering. The brewery also has a Bourbon barrel-aging program for some of their beers, and our server offered us tiny samples of the bba Barleywine and a stout with sour cherries. Both were excellent.

The food menu has a nice variety of deli sandwiches, a burger, pizza, pasta dishes and fried chicken. (There may have been more food categories, but that's all I remember.) The fried chicken and a dish of spaghetti and meatballs were ordered, and they were very well done. If we're in the area we'll stop here again.

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Photo of IrishHockey
4.68/5  rDev +29.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

So I stopped in for a few pints and some pizza for my birthday dinner with my family. I really enjoyed this place. The Taco Pizza, Irish Nachos, were the standout of the food. Of the beer I had the bourbon barrel milk chocolate stout (served in a snifter $9), their Industrial Porter (pint $5), Winter Warlock (9oz $3), Pumpkin ale (pint $5), Crown Blue (9oz $3), Special Forces IPA (9oz $3), Crown Light (tasted out of a flight), and Crown Brown (also tasted out of a flight). That was pretty much every beer on tap. Of the beer, the only ones I did not care for we're the Crown Blue, and Crown Light. I'd buy all the other again.

The place is small and cozy. Very family friendly. Food was very good and service was excellent. I love this place, highly recommend it, and will be going back!


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Photo of BigDog0996
4.6/5  rDev +27.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I live in Crown Point and enjoy a trip to "The Crown" at least once a week.

I've been a craft beer fan for 20 years and have tasted my share of good craft beers (and lousy craft beers)from all over the country. Crown Brewing ranks towards the top of my list.

This place had a bit of a rough start until their current brewmaster came on board. There are generally at least 6-8 beers available and they have begun offering "guest taps" from other local breweries. The food is Carriage Court Pizza, which has been a Crown Point establishment for over 30 years. If you like pizza, you'll like the food. If you are looking for something off the wall (like some brew pubs), you may be disappointed in the food offerings.

If you have not been there in the past year and a half, give it a try!

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Photo of TedZlives
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

The size of the place is tiny, but could be described as quaint. Nice window view of the brewing operation. Visited for lunch on a Thursday. I chose the buffet, some decent pizza and sausage. The service was fast, friendly and informtive. Chose a pint of Alkoholika and a pint of Java Porter. The Alkohlika was a good dopplebock, decent balance of malt with fruit finish. The alcohol may have showed just a bit. The Java Porter was excellent! Great coffee roast flavor mixed with some sweet choolate notes. Did I mention it was 1/2 price pints on Thursdays? I'll be back.

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Photo of MikeS84
4.58/5  rDev +26.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I'm originally from Crown Point, and live out on the east coast now. This place is exactly what a brewery in CP should be. Crown Brewing doesn't try to be something it isn't--and instead focuses on good service and getting people educated about, and enjoying, good beer. I am a big fan of their IPA, and some of their seasonals are great. I particularly love the Winter Warlock around the holidays. They're not trying too hard, which I really appreciate. Crown is down to earth, comfortable, and accessible. Definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of mynie
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Cute joint. I'm honestly surprised to see that it has over a dozen reviews, since it's not close to very much, exists off the beaten beer trail, and it's really small and inconspicuous.

It's about 5 minutes off of 65. There's various hop vines growing outside, replete with little placards telling the names of each hop variety and giving a brief description of its characteristics. I took this to be a very good sign--like, hey, this must really be a beer-lover's brewpub, if they're actually taking the time to try and educate their clientele. At the very least, it's a sign at they're not the kind of brew-from-kit place, where everything aside from the IPA is described as being "kinda like Guinness" and, really, the beer was just a restaurant owner's gimmicky afterthought. At the very best, this could be some kind of hidden beer gem, overshadowed by FFF and Flossmoor.

Turns out it was somewhere in between. There were 6 styles on tap and 3 of them catered to the non-BA crowd, including a light, a golden, and blueberry beer. "Gotta have something for the ladies," the bartender said. And while I agree--and while I'd never dismiss those beers--such a selection establishes this place as more of a restaurant and less of a beer destination.

But, really, not bad. It's in an old building, and the decor of the bar area is more like an apartment than a normal bar--it's like you're in the livingroom of someone who makes 100k/year: Track lighting, expensive, clean gimcracks, and comfortable furniture. There's some John Dillinger memorabilia on the wall, which serves as a cute and decisively bourgeois attempt at edginess.

All the beers came in 3 sizes, including a 9 oz, which was great for reviewing purposes. At first I thought that was meant to appeal to tickers such as myself, but no--no, not at all. This is a restaurant, serving a wide variety of people (some of whom probably don't care for beer), and so they just happen to have a wide variety of sizes.

The bartender was friendly, the brewmaster as accessible, and the bar itself is attached to a pizza place. The beer itself was decidedly okay. Combine all that with the location and relaxed vibe and you get a place that's very much a neighborhood bar/restaurant, despite its middlebrow pretensions.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Stopped in here after work on 24 May 2011, about 2030 hours (thanks for waiting around for me Phil). The brewpub is an old converted industrial type building. Not clear what it used to be but there is a large smokestack about 10' dia at the base and maybe 40' tall on the right side of the entryway from the parking lot.

The interior is typical pubby converted older building, exposed brick, concrete floors, etc. A large chandelier made from empty bottles and sheet metal hung from the ceiling. The bar is to the right as you enter from the parking lot. A restaurant is to the left. The exact relationship is not clear, but you can order food from the restaurant at the bar and beer from the bar at the restaurant.

We sat at the bar. It was kind of slow so we had a lot of time to talk with the bartender. The Chicago-Miami game was on the TV. 7 or 8 beers on tap, no guest taps. Some bottles are available to go. Several growlers were filled while we were there.

I ordered the sampler and we split a pizza from next door. The pizza was Fred's Favorite, it was decent but had a bit too much topping for me. Also had the Fade to Black and Crown Blue. Fade to Black was the best of the beers I tried.

Our bartender Darin treated us right.

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Photo of EseLocoSS
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2

First of all, let me say that if you decide to go here within the next week or so, you HAVE to get the Black IIPA called Fade To Black! Best beer from Crown I've had. Too bad the brewmaster recently left and took the recipe with him.

Living right behind three floyds is nice but dealing with the crowds is not always ideal. A short drive away is Crown Brewery. It is a very small place to visit in the winter time as seating is very limited inside. In summer they have a patio available to sit outside. The beer is not the best compared to Three Floyds and Flossmor being a short drive away but it is good enough for a few beers if you don't want to deal with the crowds of floyds. The service has been excellent every time I have gone. Being on the smaller side, the atmosphere is not the best but if you are sitting at the few chairs at the bar, you can usually get into some good conversations with the other beer geeks.

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Photo of southsider
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

My spouse and I have been visiting brewpubs for a few years now and enjoy going to Crown Brewery on a weekly basis because:

A It's 10 minutes from our home.

B Growler refills are 8 bucks on Fridays.

C You don't smell like an ashtray when you leave.

D Brewmaster Steve makes kickass beers.

E You don't have to wait in line all day to get a nice bourbon barrel aged russian imperial stout.

F The folks that drink there are friendly and the people that work there are even friendlier.

G Public Enemy #1 broke out of the jail next door

H If I want to enjoy a fine cigar with my dopplebock theres a nice patio area to sit in.

I Pints are half price on Thirsty Thursdays.

j The brewery supports the local homebrewing club IBRU-Illiana Beer Rackers Union.

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Photo of mrandypandy
1.95/5  rDev -46%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 1 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 1.5

I don't normally do beerfly reviews, but I had to for this one.

Crown Brewing is a strange combo of a brewery (with an itty bitty bar and tasting room) attached to a sub-par restaurant (pizza place). I don't know if the two are owned by the same people, or just intertwined, but I will consider them a brew pub collectively. Regardless, Crown falls short EVERYWHERE. Well, almost. The service was actually pretty good (prompt, polite, got my food/beer orders correct) but the food and beer left much to be desired. For food my pretzel appetizer was bland and probably frozen, and the stromboli was nothing more than a french-bread pizza rip-off. On top of that, the beers were all-around AWFUL. Tragically awful. Of the six sampler beers I found ZERO that were good. Zero. Not a single one I would seek out and order again
If you are in the area, don't go. Suck it up and drive somewhere else. Somewhere good. Go to FFF in Munster or Oaken Barrel in Indy. I don't care how far it is, it will be worth it...

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Photo of cpz28
2.1/5  rDev -41.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 1 | food: 1

Ever since Jim Cibak left, Crown's beer has been mediocre at best. The bar is too intimate; it's never crowded, and you might as well invite anyone else in there to join your conversation, because they can hear it! The IPA is amateur, off-balance, unpleasantly sharply bitter with an odd cooked flavor that exists in all of their beers. The brown has too much roasted character and generally sucks. I used to think Lady in Red (American red ale) was good, but I was just thirsty the first time I had it because further evaluation groups it with the rest of the "blah" beer they make. Cibak's hefeweizen blows the current brewer's out of the water (his is crystal-clear and bland). Ok, I'll just stop; you get the point.
The food isn't very good either, not pricey, but you get what you pay for! It could be so much better; it is so befitting to have a brewery in a historic building in Crown Point. I live in CP, so it disheartens me to forsake this place, but I'd much rather drive thirty minutes to 3 Floyds. Floyds has better beer and better food, albeit worse service. If you must go, go on Thursdays; it's half price beer night, again, at least you'll be paying about what their beer is worth (maybe a little more).

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Photo of BertSugar
2.2/5  rDev -39.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 1.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 1.5 | food: 3.5

A quick re-review: Since the original brewer left, this place has gone down substantially. It's clear that it's not intended to be a beer destination, but just a little bar that has some beers on that they make. I had a "bock" that gave me a headache half-way through. I'm not sure how such a tiny place can devote space to guess is they didn't. I also had a pale that was replete with extract sweetness. I do not have the courage to try a blueberry weiss given my previous experiences. Very disappointing from the optimism at start up. The bartenders are friendly and will pour you samples though.

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Photo of ManofMead
2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

Stopped here recently for my birthday with wife and inlaws. Stopped on a saturday afternoon. Place wasnt crowded nor did Ifigure it would be. Ive been wanting to stop since last fall as I have a camper about 20 minutes from here. I also wanted to stop since I was familiar with Jim Cibak from his Weinkellar days who has since left. Anyway they are hooked up with a pizza place and food is good. The bar is small and service was avg. I tried all of their 5 offerings and wasnt too impressed. The Crown Town Brown Ale was by far the best and I tried to really like them but didnt. Nothing special, hopefully will improve...I wont give up on them though and will visit again.

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Photo of spointon
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3

My wife and I stopped in today for a couple pints and to check up on the NCAA games.

This place is conveniently located just off the town square in Crown Point, IN. The parking was plentiful and close by. The decor and "vibe" of the place was pretty cool, but there was nobody in there! I guess Sunday evening isn't there most popular time.

They only had three beers on tap - an amber, a blonde ale, and an Irish stout. I had a sample of each, and ended up getting the stout. My wife got the amber ale and we shared. The stout was decent but a bit too astringent. Actually, all three of their beers were weirdly dry and astringent in the mouth. I don't think there were any infection problems present, it just seemed that the beers were ho-hum.

The bartender / asst. brewer was friendly and talked with us for a while. Its hard to get bad service when you are the only two people in the bar though!

Overall, the beer was ok, and I hope it will get better as they are in business a while longer. The bartender told me they have plans to amp up more beers soon. He also said their current equipment could handle 16 different beers on tap eventually. We shall wait and see!

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Photo of jrome
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 3

Live in the area, I am glad that CP has a brewery. But I think they desperately need a bigger selection. They have a bigger selection of wine than beer and they call their self a brewery? They have two beers on tap of their own. I would rate the beer as a B. Now, I know they have limited space as far as coolers go. But I think they should at least have a guest beer or two in bottles. Overall I would not make a special trip to visit this place. If you are in the area check it out. The price for a brew is reasonable.

Stopped in a week later to pickup a pizza and have a brew. Now they have three beers on tap:) They had a winter warlock, blonde ale and a amber ale. I would rate these beers as a C at best.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

I stopped in for a couple pints today. There wasn't anybody in there really except for an old man bartending and a couple others at the bar which consisted of about 5 seats. The atmosphere was alright, it almost seemed a bit much like a home basement bar though. There were some tables around the place for eating as well. Pretty cool beer bottle chandelier.

They had two beers on tap - Special Force Pale Ale and Kilmister Oatmeal Stout. I had a sample of each, both were good but I decided to go with the Stout. Though served too cold, it was a damn good example of the style. I will have to stop in again when it's likely to be more busy to get a better vibe from the place. Bartender was friendly enough, he was only volunteering and I guess you can't really expect too much when you have three old men together chatting away.

Overall, the beer was good, so that's reason enough to check this place out. Next time I will try the food, it smelled pretty good. Hopefully they will get at least 5 beers on tap at a time in the near future. I liked the ones I tried but I would rather have a better selection to choose from.

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Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped in over the weekend. We sat indoors, which was a pretty small area with several tables, and a window view of the tanks in the back. There was also outdoor patio seating, where they were doing some grilling around lunchtime. Small bar inside with 6-8 seats, several taps, although there was only the Blonde Ale and Oktoberfest on when we visited. Flatscreen above the bar if you want to catch a game. It was cozy in there, with dark magenta walls, framed art, and a creative chandelier comprised of beer bottles. We met the brewer Jim, and even got to sample some of his grandfather's dandelion wine, which was excellent.

The beer was good, it will be nice to stop in again once they are brewing at full capacity. The Blonde Ale was a new dry-hopped batch, and it paired well with the pizza we ordered from next door. A good place for quality beer if you are in the area, make a sweep of Crown, FFF, and Flossmoor.

Note: Jim Cibak has long since moved on, putting time in at Firestone Walker before settling at Revolution Brewing in Chicago.

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Photo of Atron67
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

visiting family in laws in effect, checking out flossmoor, 3 floyds and crown while in the area. definitely a good brewery in the start and i was happy to get a chance to check it out and give a little support.

it was pretty slow while we were there, a solid amount of people out on the patio outside, but not anyone inside. definitely a decent crowd moving through though, so i'm holding out hope here.

the pizza was solid from the adjoining restaurant, and it was unclear if they were the same or separate, but they work together well.

the atmosphere out on the patio was chill and relaxed with good music playing at a quiet enough level to either pay attention or ignore without hindering conversation.

the service was good and enthusiastic, but still had a few clunkiness moments that made me feel they were new, but it was still nothing bad.

overall a great stop, with solid pizza and a solid porter and blonde on tap

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Photo of chrisfoll577
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

I had the pleasure of visiting Crown Brewery on a recent trip to Northwest Indiana that included the mandatory pilgrimage to Three Floyds' up in Munster. I found this little place in BeerFly and thought I'd give it a try. The brewery and bar area is separate but adjacent to the 'Carriage Court Pizzeria'. The bar itself is quite small and cozy with a flat screen television and a side room with a picture window looking out onto the brewhouse. The area feels very new with not much decoration save some old photos of Crown Point as well as paintings by local artists... and you can tell the proprietors are still working out the logistics of running a restaurant. Being a new place, they only had two beers on tap: a light and refreshing Hefeweizen and an aggressively hoppy American Pale Ale. I sat down in the pizzeria and had a sandwich along with a few beers, the service was friendly and attentive if not a little slow. The food is typical mid level pizzeria stuff with nothing special. I had a nice talk with the brewmaster Jim and he seems really enthusiastic about his beers and interested in a this fan of craft beer's input. This establishment shows a lot of promise and with some time, it will be worthy of its fellow brewpubs in the Illiana area.

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Crown Brewing in Crown Point, IN
3.81 out of 5 based on 269 ratings.
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