Flat 12 Bierwerks

Flat 12 BierwerksFlat 12 Bierwerks

Type: Brewery, Bar

414 Dorman St
Indianapolis, Indiana, 46201
United States

(317) 635-2337 | map

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Added by jtosh on 12-15-2010

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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 66
Photo of sgrechukhin
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Perhaps the most experimental brewery out there. The beer is consistently good. Because of non-stop events, the place is fun to go to hang out and have some crazy brew. Usually at least one new beer a week. Love the patio!

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Photo of dmgeng
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Highly recommended by friends and went to catch up with an old buddy.

Atmosphere- Nice atmosphere with both a to-go counter and a tap room with a few tables. The parking isn't very good but small price to pay for great beer. It's just off of down town and is a rustic place in Indy. It's a cool place to hangout and even better when you can go out onto the patio and take in the Indiana sunshine.

Quality- The beers are all pretty good and some stunners lie in wait for your palate. No food at this location but a great brewery. The seasonal beers are usually better than the lineup but the walkabout is a winner and the specials make the trip that much more exciting.

Service- Good service.

Selection- The usuals are always on tap with quite a selection of seasonals/specialties that make Flat 12 a great stopping point in Indy.

No food at the brewery.

The value is good with a 32oz growler and 2 pints for less that $25. Flat 12 is making great beer affordable.

I recommend this place for good draft beer and is always a great stop in Indianapolis.

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Photo of doldham
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Outdoor area is a large, beautiful patio if you happen to be there on a nice day. The inside tasting room is okay too, but there's only so much you can do to spruce up the character of a windowless cinder block room. The beer is tasty and they have a nice selection on tap. The staff is friendly and helpful. They had a food truck setting up as I left. I'd totally go back--I had a nice time and some good beers.

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Photo of mynie
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

This week I'm embarking on a "how the hell have I not reviewed this yet" tour. It should be fun.

See, some places I just forget about after I visit them. Others, like this, I visit frequently and enjoy so much that I always figured I'd give them a real nice, real fancy sort of write up. Then, what do you know, I never quite find the time to spend a couple of hours drafting and editing a review of a beer bar, and so these very nice places go unremarked upon.

Anyhow, Flat 12 is located in Indy's de facto beer district. The brewery is a 5-minute walk from Sun King. Unlike Sun King, where they do tastings on the weekends and only pour full beers during concerts, Flat 12 serves full pints whenever they are open. They also allow dogs.

The vibe is chill but also a little bit more monied than Sun King. They got a main room where you can buy swag and growlers, a woody festhalle where they poor pints, and then a very nice sun deck where you can sit and drink and soak up Indy's legendary urban atmosphere. The crowds are always nice, and like I said there's dogs, so if you like getting drunk and petting dogs you can do that here.

The beers range from good to excellent. F12 makes some of the coolest, most adventurous fruit beers you've ever tried. There's usually 6-10 beers on tap, including their flagships, some form of hop bomb, some fruit business, and then a higher ABV beer. So, basically a beer for every mood.

Growler refill and sixer prices a little high, especially since Sun King only charges 5 bucks for flagship refills on Saturday. But the crowd is nice, the staff are friendly and unpretentious, and really this is just a super nice place to sit and have a couple of pints.

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Photo of dcall384
2.45/5  rDev -39.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3

I don't know if it was because I didn't have a big beard or flannel shirt, but the service here was god awful. I came in with a group of 7 people and we walked to the bar area and the guy just looked at us and said,"What do you want?". Not "Would you like to try anything?",or "I recommend...". Then when I got my beer he walked away and just started talking to another employee, ignoring the rest of the people waiting to order. Their beer was just ok. Nothing to rave about, but I could have thought that because the service was so bad. Needless to say we were only here for about a half hour and left. Don't plan on going back.

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Photo of neckbracesub
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Visited the brewery on Sunday, September 15, 2013.

The atmosphere was a little underwhelming compared to our other two stops that day, at Indiana City and Bier Brewery, respectively. Flat 12 Bierwerks looks more like a sports bar/beach party hangout than an actual brewery.

The service was split down the middle, in my opinion. The gentleman pouring bullets and growlers and greeting people at the door was extremely congenial and helpful. However, when we made our way into the tasting room to purchase a couple of pints, the women working this section were less than friendly and seemed unhappy to serve people.

GLARINGLY CRUCIAL SIDE NOTE: They were pouring all half pints and full pints in PLASTIC CUPS. Yes, they don't even use pint glasses...and this is at the brewery itself. Major disappointment.

The selection was just okay, which was another tiny disappointment. When I go to the source I expect to see some variety and one-off's that are exclusive to the establishment, but other than the Saison Du'Flat there was nothing new to be seen. I had a half pint of that beer, which was decent, and that was it, other than my bullet fill of Walkabout.

The food truck, Scribbles, ending up being our nicest experience of the entire Flat 12 visit. The braised short rib tacos were outstanding. I'm told this truck rotates from places all around Indy, and I hope to see them again.

Overall I was a bit let down from Flat 12 Bierwerks. I got my hopes up a little too much.

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Photo of Bogforce
2.63/5  rDev -35.1%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

This was our first stop on the Indy brew bus this past weekend and I must say it was my least favorite. There isn't much of an atmosphere at all besides some chairs made out of shopping carts. They did have a patio that looked cool but we all stayed inside.

Every beer I tried was very mediocre. They had a barrel aged porter with vanilla beans that sounded great. It was bland and very thin. The best beers that had were the ipa and pale ale. Both had a nice smell and a decent taste.

Overall this is a not a place I would return to do drinking or fill a growler.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

I may be a bit prone to love Flat 12 because it is right in my neighborhood, but I think it is deserving of this rating. It has a good atmosphere, especially when it is nice enough to use the outdoor patio and fire pit. All beers are of at least solid quality, with a few that are very good. The porter, IPA's and some specialty stouts really stand out. The service is always great, with friendly pours and the head brewer often on-site. The selection is really great. There is always something new, some small batch aged with spices or peppers, etc. No real food, but often a food cart or food from Smoking Goose nearby. The value is fair, with pints around 4 bucks and growlers usually around 8-10 bucks.

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Photo of baybum
4.9/5  rDev +21%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

October 2012 - I stopped back 1 year later when in town and this place is still amazing! The beers are still top notch and the people are super friendly! The outside has a fire pit and lots of seating. The food truck was a nice touch as you need to eat after trying all their beers(for free!) Pints were $5. The Walkabout IPA is a must try! They now are bottling beer which I bought and shipped back to PA. And sure enough I got another ride back to my hotel. These people are outstanding!

October 2011 - I stopped here while out of town on business. What a find! The place was great and the people were so friendly. I highly recommend stopping in for some beer if you come to town. I was shocked to find out that they had only been open for a year and already were making such amazing beers! Since I walked to this place from Sun King I needed a cab to get back to down town the brewer offered to help call one but instead one of the customers offered to drop me off if I didn't mind staying for a few more beers. Which I gladly accepted.

Food is just a pizza station outside but wow what great thin crust pizza.

Beers were a huge selection. I think they had 12 to taste for free! If you wanted a full pint you could buy one also. I loved the beer so much I got a growler filled to drink at my hotel the next night.

I think this brewery will be growing fast! And I hope they find their way to the east coast

I'll be stopping back next time I'm in town!

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Photo of Florida9
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Located on what appears to be the not-quite-yet gentrified street of Dorman, Flat 12 is about as bare-bones of an operation as it could possibly be.
Upon entering the front door, there is a table set up in the back on the room to facilitate growler sales. To the right is the "tasting room" which was really nothing more than an open space with some interestingly repurposed shopping carts and a couple of folding tables that forms the "bar."
What is impressive is the number of beers available - easily over a dozen ranging all of the styles. And they are quality beers, some better than others, but I didn't taste a bad one in the bunch. What is less than impressive are the plastic cups the beer is served in.
Food is from Smoking Goose across the street. Literally. When you place an order someone physically runs across the street to give it to Smoking Goose and then runs it back across the street for you. Considering Smoking Goose makes an excellent product they alone are worth the visit to Dorman street.
Prices are reasonable - roughly $5/beer give or take. Growler prices varied depending on the beer, but were generally less than $12 growler and somewhere around $5-$7 for 32oz bullets.
Overall, Flat 12 is a very interesting Brewpub with a lot of potential. The beers are far better than average and the food from Smoking Goose is the perfect complement. However, the rough-shod atmosphere, lack of glassware, and the inability to find a proper chair or table are unfortunate distractions that hopefully will be rectified as Flat 12 continues to grow.

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Photo of Rempo
4.7/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Entrance room - Growler sales and bathrooms
Tasting Room - Samples, pints, food orders, giant TV, a few tables
Patio - More seating, fire pit, cornhole

Finally made it here on St Paddy's Day. East side of downtown. Simple enough brewery, described above. Not sure if people dragged tables/chairs outside with the nice weather - tons of room to move around in the tasting room. Taps are set up behind a few folding tables. Able to sample to my heart's content, before ordering a pint ($5 I think). All Flat 12 beer, but something for everyone (blonde, amber, pale ale variations, IPA, porter, rye stout, more...).

Food comes fresh to order from Smoking Goose (meatery) across the street. Pricy, but well worth it. Get the Sasquatch and enjoy the best bar food that will ever pass your lips.

Nice atmosphere - all beer lovers here. Cycling-friendly, saw plenty of bikes safely stored on the patio. No problems with service. Well staffed, working hard and having fun.

Flat 12 is now sitting at the top of my list for places an out-of-towner should vist. And don't wait forever like I did if you're from Indy - check it out now!

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Photo of Lukafer
4.73/5  rDev +16.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I've been coming to Flat 12 since they've opened and man has this place gotten great. You walk in the front and that's the small growler fill room, go right an there's the tasting room. The tasting room is great, it's medium sized with a projection screen for whatever game is on, music playing, a cooler you can keep your growlers in till you're ready to leave, and some lounge chairs made of shopping carts. In nicer weather head outside to their newer beergarden, complete with fire pit, benches, corn hole, outside speakers and a nice patio. This place is a must visit on the Indy beer scene. And the people here are really nice too.

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Flat 12 Bierwerks in Indianapolis, IN
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