Bloomington Brewing Company

Bloomington Brewing CompanyBloomington Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1795 E. 10th St.
Bloomington, Indiana, 47408-3975
United States

(812) 339-2256 | map

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Photo of leantom
3.55/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Not a bad spot to dine on some grub. Here goes:

A: In a dark plaza; not much lighting. The inside on this place resembles the outside, which is unfortunate. Very dark - cast of characters are somewhat quirky but by no means shady.

Q: Sat at the bar - which was OK. Still kind of dingy, although the tap lines looked nice.

S: Good. Nice and friendly bartender. Recommended some good beers.

S: Good selection of beers - Rooftop IPA was great.

F: Run-of-the-mill bar grub. Had the quesadillas.

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Photo of saraanitra
4.88/5  rDev +26.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Great food, beer and service. Make sure you try the Roofop IPA and Ruby Bloom Amber. I also tried Java Porter and Biere de Mars - both were outstanding.

As for food: The pizza was outstanding, and the Strom - aka calzones - were huge. The Chicken Caesar and Turkey Tortilla Salad both pleased my party. I ate the Red Chile Chicken with fries. Amazing!

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Photo of robboyd
4/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I think of Lennie's as a restaurant that happens to brew beer. Their food is outstanding and their beer is generally good, not great, as well. There is typically something that pairs well with any one of their fabulous dishes. Another highlight is that they'll fill any container that has a measurement on it, from a ball jar to a milk jug.

I highly recommend brunch on Sunday, it's no buffet but they have the best chicken and waffles I've ever had. Writing this review makes me want to head there tomorrow morning.

I've had mixed experiences in service. I typically eat in the main dining room where service is fine most of the time but I have had a poor experience as well. The servers in the pub are typically knowledgeable and also extremely friendly.

The only drawback to eating there is that it's right on IU's campus, which makes it less enjoyable for some 30 somethings during the school year.

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Photo of eyeenjoybeer
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

I have been visiting BBC for 12 years. This is the first place that I tried cask ale, and I have been a lover ever since. I also remember enjoying their Vision Weiss and others in the past. Currently, their beers don't stack up to what they once were. The complexity of the entire line up has lost something. Perhaps some new blood is needed in the brewery section.

All of that said, I am happy that these guys are around and that they are producing for the local scene. Their food menu offers a variety of fun, Italian-inspired selections. I have rarely not completely enjoyed meals there. The best beer that I have had in the last couple of years is their Double-Hopped Ale, which is really a kinda hoppy APA.

I wish this place would spice it up in the brewery department, as I can't help but cheer their efforts. Sadly, though, I don't stop by very often for that reason.

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Photo of tykees88
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Bloomington Brewing Co. is located right in the heart of Btown. The crowd was a bit older/more of a uppity type crowd. I was in town before a game and just didn't like the vibe I got in there. The food looked great, but it was pretty darn expensive for Bloomington.

The beers... well they were alright, I got the highest IBU's they had. double hopped pale and the stone stout. dhp was not that great and stout was actually pretty good. My buddy got an amber and an esb which was more like a bud light.

I wouldn't go back. The service was good. and the pints were cheap. But hey now I've tried it at least.

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Photo of emerge077
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Made a quick Sunday afternoon stop here to try their lineup of beers. Overall the quality was good, not great. The stout was very good though. 2 cask offerings, which was nice to see.

Went in the main entrance, and was initially stumped that there was no bar, just tables, and it felt like a small-town diner. Walked to the other room, and found the small bar in the back, with the brewing equipment visible through a window behind it. Atmosphere was more on the restaurant side of things, wood paneling, carpet, wallpaper, etc. In the bar room there was a colorful grouping of local artist's work on one wall.

There was a long row of taps, at least 12, but they were only pouring 6-8 of their beers, listed on a chalkboard. The stout was the highlight, and Quarrymen was a serviceable pale ale. Java Porter sounded good in theory, but was a little too thin and acidic.

Service at the bar was great, Sally was the bartender and answered all my pestering beer questions about the local scene. They send kegs to a few of the bars in town, but that's it for distribution.

Overall a good local beer place, not my first choice, but a good one.

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Photo of hoosier222002
4.4/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in on a Saturday evening and sat as the bar. Bartender was extremely friendly and knew his beer. They had regular taps, nitro taps, and a couple of casks. I was able to enjoy a Pale Ale, the Ruby on cask, and a stout on nitro. All were very good. I would highly recommend the nitro taps.

The crowd was a little light on this evening due to the football playoffs and the fact that they did not have tvs.

We ordered a pizza for dinner. It was good as well.

Nice solid choice for some good beer and food. The selection of beer was what you would expect and worth the visit.

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Photo of antzman
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 2

We drove right past this place looking for Bloomington Brewing Company. We saw the larger sign for Lennie's and then barely saw the small neon sign in the window for the brewing side of the business as we went past. A quick U turn later, and there we were. It sits in a small strip mall with several other businesses. The inside is a lot of wood paneling, with nice decor. A nice clean place. We were seated immediately, which surprised me on a Saturday night. The smell of the pizza when we walked in the door made my decision on what to order right away. We split a Spinach and Artichoke Torte appetizer which was different from any other spinach and artichoke dish I had ever had. Very tasty though. They had run out of my first choice of their Java Porter by the time we got there so we ordered their pale ale, which was not impressive at all. Very bland, with little hop flavor. We ordered a Margharita pizza for our main meal. The pizza was bland, with tasteless cheese, very little basil and a hint of garlic.

Overall, I was not impressed with the food or the beer that we tried. It was a nice enough place, the service was prompt and attentive, but the beer reminded me more of a tourist area microbrewery. I have heard good things about them in the past and will try them again the next time I'm in Bloomington to see if the experience is better.

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Photo of mightyjoemoon
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Lennie's is bloomington's finest brew pub and an overall excellent establisment with a few minor and over-lookable flaws. As a regular for 6 plus years I'm hopelessly partisan when it comes to this place but among bloomington's beer geeks it has a good reputation. On the downside its in a strip mall slightly out of the way but once you get inside it will win you over with its cozy atmosphere.

Their standard beers are excellent with a catch... Of late they've been struggling to keep much variety available but for the purposes of this review I'll cover their maximum spread. Their Quarrymen Pale is a great example of the style, surprisingly hoppy and packing a good punch. You can drink this one all night long and I on occasion will. As an added bonus they nearly always have it available on nitro tap which makes for a very smooth pour like boddington's but with flavor and freshness. Their Big Stone stout is one of my favorite (non double/export/super) stouts. Its very robust with deeply roasted malts, excellent head retention, and a strong finish. It also packs a solid abv (around 6% i believe) but hides it well. The CO2 is smooth but if you can get it on nitro its like velvet. The other two standards are the Ruby Bloom amber ale and Free Stone blonde. The Ruby is decently drinkable but often strikes me as a bit thin and tea-like. The Blonde I never drink... Its brewed for macro lovers.

The seasonals can be a bit hit or miss. The Java Porter is really great featuring strong coffee notes on the nose and a rich maltiness. Its pretty dark for a porter and is an excellent complement to the stout in the winter months. The B town Brown is a bit sweet for my tastes but quite drinkable and smooth. It could benefit from a stronger hop backbone to balance the malts. Their Weiss is not recommendable either suffering from a lack of body and poor head retention. They occasionally brew a pretty solid IPA but the current batch is very weak.

I've saved the best for last with their Hand pull selections. Consider yourself lucky if they're available since they haven't been on tap for a few months (although I'm assured they will return) but when they are they are not to be missed. Most commonly a special pale is available which recently featured their propietary hops. This ale really packs a hop punch while being as smooth as silk with extraordinary head retention. The Stout and Java Porter have also been offered on hand pull. Both of these batches exentuate the smoothness while ironing out some of the rougher edges.

The service at Lennies (and I'm pub side patron exclusively) is truly tremendous. The staff isn't just friendly; if you're a regular here you're likely to make some lasting friendships with the bar tenders and waitresses. They'll quickly learn your name, your drink preferences, and they really take care of you. Theres a real sense of community here.

The food is better than you would expect from a brew pub featuring excellent gourmet pizzas, great sandwiches, daily special flat breads, and a variety of interesting appetizers. Their salads are huge, fresh, and award winning. It can be a bit pricey but I marked them as inexpensive due to the very modest beer prices with tuesday and sunday offering 2$ pints and 8$ pitchers respectively.

Summing up: go to this pub. If you're passing through you'll have a fun night and if you live in Bloomington you're likely to become part of the family.

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Photo of indiana24
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Great place that deserves automatic respect for being the first of the two brewery pubs in Bloomington. I tried the beer sampler and here's how I rank them:

1. Big Stone Stout (rich and tasty - can't go wrong)
2. Ruby Bloom Amber (solid amber but nothing amazing)
3. Quarrymen Pale Ale (good pale, but there are better)
4. Vision Weiss (summer seasonal, pretty weak)
5. FreeStone Blonde (almost undrinkable, don't try it)

Oh, I almost forgot, I also had the Cascade Hops cask ale which was fantastic. If they have that on tap, go for it.

While I came primarily for the beer, I was almost more impressed with the food. Takes traditional pub grub to a new level. Homemade, fresh ingredients made my and my girlfriend's sandwiches very delicious.

Service was quality - friendly, but professional.

If you're looking for a casual place for some good food and beer, this is one of Bloomington's best choices.

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Photo of bigkingken
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

As a Bloomington resident for a few years, I give Lennie's the nod over Upland. The building is nothing to look at on the outside, but they do what they can with the space provided on the inside. Not a bad place to take a date for decent dinner.

The beers are excellent. The Big Stone Stout served on nitro is one of my favorites of all time. The Quarryman Pale Ale is also very, very good. The Ruby Bloom is a sweet amber ale with notes of butter and caramel, and rounds out my top three. All of the other brews I could take or leave.

The food is a little expensive, but worth it. Probably the second best pizza in town. And the cheesecakes are amazing! They whip out a new flavor (baked in house) whenever they run out of the last flavor. I've had mint chocolate and raspberry chocolate pieces that blew me away.

My only gripe is that they often run out of beer. In fact, on one visit, they only had one type available. Inexcusable, in my opinion.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This was my bar away from home during my 5 years at IU.
It is actually split in two, and has two parallel entrances: the entrance on the left leads you to the restaurant, and the entrance 15 feet to the right leads you straight into the depths of the brewpub (21+ only). They are connected inside, so if you mistakenly walk into the restaurant, you can easily mosey into the bar. Food is very good here. This is one of the best places to get pizza in Bloomington.

Their full range (6 or 7 beers if I recall correctly with a revolving release of seasonals) are usually on tap. They will also offer at least one or two beers (usually the stout or the pale) on nitro, very fun. When I was last there (spring of 2007) my favorite brew of theirs (Blueberry Pale Ale) was put on hiatus, and I don't know if it has been brought back yet. This is my only beef with this place. This was probably their best selling beer, yet they discontinued it.. why? They were selling more than they could brew, as many times I stopped in for a growler fill only to find out that they had sold out.. again I ask, why?

Between Bloomington's two brewers, this one get's my vote. The beers are just better overall. It seems like Upland focuses more on bottling than quality, although they do have a few decent brews as well.

If you for some reason enjoy frat boys in pink shirts with upturned collars drinking Miller Light with loud trendy music throbbing in the background.. then go somewhere else. Lennie's tends to attract these types of people: some locals, tourists, and grad students. Definitely worth a shot. Especially for the $2 pints on Sunday.

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Photo of marksto
3.63/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped by on a quiet Monday evening and had the bar area almost by myself. Sampled two beers, a decent IPA and a better coffee porter. They had a beer menu of about 5 ales, several of which were available three ways - normal draft, nitro, and hand pull. Prices on beer were very good, happy hour meant $4.25 for a big 25 oz pour, and they advertise $2 pints all day Sundays.

Food was quite good, I had a tasty bowl of soup and a good sandwich made with fresh bread baked in-house. Service was good, though as I mentioned my group was nearly the only one there.

Overall, a solid brewpub. Next visit I will have to try nearby Upland to see which is best.

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Photo of JamesS
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

BBC was very crowded and with very little room between the tables, it made it worse. Still, the service was good; my server was polite and fairly prompt, as well as personable. The menu selection is good, if not very wide. A good place to go if you're a vegetarian, and not bad if you're not. The blue crab pizza was excellent. A nice selection of brews, but I was disappointed when I found out their cask-conditioned ale was out the day I was there. Nothing extraordinary, but probably worth a second try.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I've visited this place several times, mostly recently today. Today I wasn't able to partake in any beers during my visit, but I was still quite pleased with my experience.

We were in a rush, and our server was very accomodating. The menu is rather expansive with a good selection, and the pizzas and stromboli are very good. There appeared to be about 6 beers on tap, but unfortunately, as I mentioned, I wasn't able to drink any of them.

Layout was a small room up front, with a larger room in back I believe. The place was a low-ceilinged dining room, softly lit, with a mix of tables and booths. There was some mood music that was a bit too loud and didn't seem quite seem to fit the place. Everyone in my party seemed really enjoy their food, and found the location quite convenient to campus. I look forward to returning another time to try some of their beers!

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I joined my in-laws in this establishment on Black Friday. Instead of shopping, we did a mini-beer crawl. This was our first visit of the day.

As you walk in, bar area to the right, dining area to the right. We sat in the dining area. Only about 10 or so tables with a couple six tops but mostly four top booths. The bar area seemed like a nice place to grab a pint after class.

The service was pretty bad. I think they only had three servers or something. We waited about five minutes to get our drink order taken. Another five to receive the beers. About ten to have our food order taken. The food actually came fairly quickly. Hard to get service after that. My father in law asked how dark the pale ale was and what it tasted like. The server said "Its a pale beer." Thats it. Didnt explain the taste or color in more detail. Not very knowledgable in the beer department.

The beer selection was fairly unique. They had the stout and pale ale served three different ways; CO2, Nitrogen, and draw or cask style.

The food was very good. I chose a grilled portobello mushroom sandwich with chips. Very tasty with my cask pale ale. Chose the stout for dessert. They also brought hershey kisses as well.

Overall, better food than beer and needs more attention in service.

*Part of the Indiana Thanksgiving beer crawl*

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

A nice little restaurant and brew-pub situated in an ugly strip-mall.

Not surprisingly, we sat on the brew-pub side. There's the requisite chalkboard announcing available brews and their distribution methods. We went for the cask pale and cask porter, which were good to down our meals but nothing spectacular.

The service was really, really good. The food was quite tasty...I got a brewer's (ham) melt, while the wifey had a tasty calzone. Darned good.

I loved the red-lit tanks in view while we dined. A classy little place inside that has very passable beer. Worth a shot.

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Photo of zerk
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Located in a strip mall near the IU campus, Lennie's / BBC is a nice looking place that has a good menu, but a fairly small beer selection. When I was there, they had 6 beers on tap, although several beers were served in multiple ways (CO2, Nitro, and Cask.)

The food was quite good, and the beer was quite fresh. Their beers aren't really stellar, nor do they really push any envelopes, but they are well crafted. I do apprecite the 2 handpulls they have, although I found it odd that one of the beers on handpull was a wiess, while the other was a stout. I would have liked to try the pale or ruby on cask.

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This place is pretty swanky actually and that is reflected in the food prices. The beer is better in that respect, $3.50 a pint. A pretty interesting menu that has a lot to offer. I had a roast beef dip that was really pretty good. They have baskets of fries that are huge too!

The beer is average. when I was there they had a blonde, weiss, ruby (amber?) pale, stout and java porter. They have two hand pulls which is really cool! Except they only had the java porter from a cask. I bet their pale ale is quite good from a cask. They also have nitro taps which I think is pretty cool. When I was there the pale, stout and porter were available pushed by nitrous.

I've been back several times now and yes, the pale from the cask might be my favorite Bloomington brewed beer. Its a simple pale, delicate cascade nose and flavors, very SNPA-like, but simply amazing from the hand pull. They also recently had their weiss from a cask which I thought was pretty neat. It was a whole different experience.

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Photo of BitteBier
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

One of Bloomington's better restaurants also happens to offer a reasonable selection of decent in-house brews. The Lennie's menu is the highlight at this establishment, but many of their beers are good complements to the food. Seasonable choices are common, but it's hard to beat the Quarrymen's Pale Ale all year long. Service varies, but the veterans are really good at their job. The atmosphere is comfortable and rather cozy--quiet enough to carry on a conversation but loud enough to show some life.

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Bloomington Brewing Company in Bloomington, IN
3.84 out of 5 based on 404 ratings.
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