New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House


Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

3312 Plaza Dr
New Albany, Indiana, 47150
United States

(812) 949-2804 | map

As of January 3, 2011, the NABC Pizzeria & Public House is a smoke-free facility.

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Photo of Big_Jake
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Great beer bar/sports bar feel depending on which side you go to. Pizza is great, awesome beer selection, both home brews and guest drafts. Strong bottle selection.
In recent years the brewers have gotten less adventurous, putting out good, but kinda boring new beers. Old recipes are amazing.
Service is usually pretty good, but gets very crowded Friday and Saturday evenings which slows things down.

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Photo of Warren2621
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Great side project for New Albanian. The guest drafts are what brings the people in since NABC beers are bland and non adventurous. Plenty of guest drafts from all across the country and world. Pizza is pretty decent. All of the other dishes are pretty much pizza toppings in their original form (spicy italian sandwich, stuffed mushrooms, grilled chicken).

Service is great and the staff is nice and helpful. Each year they have Gravity Head which is a multiple week deal that features high ABV beers from many breweries all over. KBS, CBS, 3 Floyds, and many other rare brews can be found at this time.

Overall, a nice place to have in an area like New Albany since we are lacking a top notch brewery in this area.

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Photo of Retroman40
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Had been meaning to stop by the place for some time but it's a bit of a haul and I finally found the excuse to stop in with some friends. This review is only for the pizzeria side of the operation.

The place was crowded and with all the hard surfaces it was quite loud although not unbearable. The service was quite excellent and our server was quite knowledgeable about all the available beers. When my wife asked for one that currently wasn't available (B-15) she quickly recommended the Dark Mild which turned out to be an excellent alternative. What was really nice was that they have 10 ounce servings that allowed us all to have a couple different types. When I saw the prices I quickly understood why the place gets packed. I've paid more for a lousy AAL at other places than I did for high quality craft at this place. I didn't count but the number of available draft selections was pretty high including several guest taps.

As for the food, I would rate the place as an above average pizzeria. The small pepperoni pizza and sausage calzone my wife had were both very good and again the prices were very reasonable. A rather substantial calzone, a 13 inch pizza and 4 10 ounce drafts came to well under 30 bucks. I looked around at what people around me were getting and everything looked pretty good to me including some type of very deep dish pizza called "The Refrigerator" that I will certainly look into in the future.

I'm not sure you'd want to take young children here since there isn't much for them to do but if you do the food should easily satisfy them.

While it was quite busy during lunchtime on a Saturday, I suspect it really gets going weekend nights and considering the value I have no trouble seeing why. One thing that I found interesting is that they are a "Lite Free" zone (it says so on the menu!). Why you'd go to a place like this and order a light beer is beyond me anyway.

They didn't have that many 22's available but I picked up an Elector, Hoptimus and Hoosier Daddy for further research at home.

Overall this is a great place that is easy to find, has plenty of parking and decent food and beer. I certainly plan a return the next time by travels take me to the New Albany, IN area.

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Photo of Buschyfor3
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Updated review, as per visit in June 2014 (old review from 2009 listed under Rich O's Public House, prior to Rich O's Public House/Sportstime Pizza undergoing a re-branding as NABC).

Still the famous "Rich O's" and Sportstime Pizza to me, on first glance it does not appear to have changed much, at least with regards to the exterior/interior of the pizzeria. Building looks the same; parking lot always full; inside is just as packed, all the same. Where substantive changes have occurred, however, lies in the menu and the beer list.

First - the beer: While the draft board still features a very healthy number of rotating seasonals, one-offs and NABC's very own (the website lists anywhere between 25-40 draft selections in total), the once-expansive bottle list has been paired down quite considerably. The website indicates that there are over 250 bottles on the list, but on my last visit that was hardly the case - the bottle list provided at our booth had less than half that amount. Whether that is a result of internal cost-cutting, issues with distribution and availability, or patrons eschewing the bottle list in-favor of the rotating tap list, I know not the answer. What I do know is that what was once a bottle list that was a sight to behold with its expansive repertoire of Belgian selections and vintage offerings has lost some of its luster. That being said, you CAN still find some special bottles on the list, as well as a handful of beers that aren't distributed across the river in KY (after all, they still have that glorious Yeti) but the bottle list just isn't what it used to be.

The food: Let's be honest, everyone went to Rich O's because of their beer list, but the Pizzas cooked up by Sportstime Pizza next door were just as fantastic. The good news - the pizzas are still just as fantastic, and the "Refrigerator" is still on the menu (think thin-crust pizza but made in a deep-dish pan so you get a good solid 2 inches of toppings on your pizza!). The bad news, however, is that it seems other areas of the menu were not as fortunate (again, the website would have you believe otherwise, but some of the menu items it lists were not on the menus the waitress handed to us as we were seated). For example, while the breadsticks are still just as doughy and served super fresh along with the house-made beer cheese, but some of the other accouterments and dips that you could order along are no longer available, most noticeably the pesto (which was superb when paired with the beer cheese). It also appeared that some of their sandwiches were not the same as they were in years past - in particular, the chicken salad sandwich did not look anything like the chicken salad that they used to serve a couple of years back. I also want to say they had a chicken parmigiana style hoagie a couple of years ago (I seem to remember a fraternity brother ordering one when we made the journey down from Hanover one night) but that was no where to be seen on the current menu. That being said, the food was still great, but like the bottle list it seemed that things had been paired down some since the last visit.

NABC has changed over the past few years, for better or worse. The biggest change impacting my rating is plainly the reduction in the bottle list - that accounts for the slight drop in my overall rating. One thing that hasn't changed, however, is that it is still a hoppin' place to go for pizza and beer, especially on Friday and Saturday nights, so get there early or expect to have to wait 15-20 minutes for a table. Overall, I still recommend giving this fine establishment a visit, but you'll just have to forgive me if I still call it Rich O's - it will always be Rich O's to me and my friends.

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Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

This joint is in my hometown, and I've been going there even before I could legally drink, so there is a bit of nostalgia in my mind as I write this "review".

Atmosphere- ever since they have banned smoking, it's been a place I'm willing o spend more time in. It's got a communist public house them... It's got a very quasi-Prague atmosphere that is simple and homey.

Quality- I'm putting this with beer selection and overall quality of their food... the food isn't upscale gastropub grub (however that is what they're going or at their second location), and in my opinion their house beer is on the same level as the food. They're not trying to reinvent the wheel with their food, but they can be fairly experimental with their beers.

Service- the same people have been working there for as long as I can remember. They are all quite friendly, knowledgeable, and prompt with thir service. I wish other places had as good of a staff as his place.

Selection- there have been times when I've been in the area and popped in to see if they had anything old on tap only to walk out. That being said, those times are few and far between. They have ome good stuff in bottles, but their taps are what shine brightest. Also, their yearly Gravity Head and Session Head events can last for weeks, and there are always some great cellared beers on tap... For example, had several FFF one-offs and 2006 Bigfoot on tap at he latest Gravity Head.

Food- it's mainly a pizza join... They have 4-5 different kinds of pizza, 4 different pizza sauces to choose from, and lots of options as far as toppings. There beer cheese is simple but it's been hard or me to find a better option.

Value- it's not he cheapest place in the world, but the things on he menu are done right, and generally the beer selection is by far the best this side of Louisville.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Luckily I live pretty close by and make the short trip every so often.

A- This is a fairly basic, nothing too special pizza pub in the eyes of most people. The place seats about 50 or so and is fairly laid back, everbody there is drinking a good beer. The brewing equipment and fermentation areas are practically in the place and can be seen from the inside.
Q- The place is fairly simple. The quality of the food is good and more then justifies the price and they have nothing but good brews. The people there are nice and usually pretty classy folk.
S- My most recent service was sub par, granted it was friday. We waited about 20 minutes for a table. The waitress what not very attentive and the food was quite slow. However, the other times I have been were totally different. The service was quick, food was quicker and the waiter we usually have is attentive and accommodating.
Se- The place has a great menu, especially if pizza is your thing. Pizza and calzones can be customized to the topping. Beer, however is what they do best and is very impressive for a pizza place. They have about 10 of their own beers on tap as well as about 20 guest taps. Guest taps range from 3 floyds to St.Bernardus to Victory to Delirium.
F- Food here has always been good for me but know your going to a pizza place. The selection is good and you can get your food made your way easily.
V- Cheap! Relevantly speaking. The prices of the beer is cheaper or comparable to any other place I have seen. The food is also priced well. 7$ for a 10 topping calzone cant be beat.

Go there if you can

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Photo of nrbw23
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Stumbled into this place while visiting the Horseshoe Casino.

Pretty laid back place for sure. A lot of wood tables, chairs and benches. Beer signs all ov over the place. A large chalk board tells what house beers and guest beers are on tap. Three page bottle list too. A great mix of styles. They also have a small gift shop area by the cash register and have a small selection of their brews to take home.

The staff was easy going and always there to help. Our waitress didn't have the largest knowledge of their brews or guest brews, but it wasn't that big of deal.

Another thing that is great about this place is the pizza. The entire menu is pizza driven. The deep dish pizza is crazy good.

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Photo of mcorwin
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

On an impromptu short road trip, myself and two friends decided to head here for a saturday afternoon/evening a few weeks ago. We actually went to two locations; Bank St. for lunch and the pizzeria for dinner. At both locations the food was outstanding and reasonably priced. At the Bank St. location, there werent any brewers on site at the time, however we were allowed to go back and take a tour ourselves. Both locations had an excellent selection of beer (the pizzeria had a larger bottle selection, but I didnt bother with that). My only gripe was that I didnt buy a NABC pint glass from the first location, and they were out at the pizzeria... Luckily I only live an hour or so away and it is definitely worth another trip down!

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Photo of AllHoppedUp84
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I would like to start by expressing my enjoyment at the fact that I could walk to this establishment if necessary. NABC has recently gone non-smoking which certainly makes for a better smelling restaurant.

There is no shortage of available beers as they commonly keep 20-30 beers on tap as well as a vast assortment of bottled beers spanning the globe. NABC also has fantastic deep-dish pizza as well as pastas and sandwiches.

The staff is very friendly and attentive, yet, not overbearing like some other restaurants. Once you walk in the door, you are greeted with a large chalkboard on the wall that offers a very informative look into what is currently available on-tap.

Certainly a nice place to come and enjoy yourself in a relaxed environment while eating some damn good pizza and knocking back quality beer. Cheers to all!!!

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Photo of beerhobo22
4/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

NABC has an excellent selection of beers on tap and in bottle. They have there own beers on tap too. Several Beligian styles are available along with many American Craft beers. The original location has a great pub menu. Known especially for their pizzas. The pizzas are OUTSTANDING. They have an upside down pizza that can feed an army of hungry beer drinkers. The atmosphere is outstanding. They have an intimate lounge area near the bar. Leather couches and industrial art surround the area. Good place to socialize with friends or with the locals. Downside: Smoking is allowed. Generally the smoking takes place in the couch area, so you can seperate yourself in the main dining area if you please. The smoking does detract from the beer experience to some degree. The brewery staff has gone through a few changes, so consistency in beer quality has been an issue. Overall, a good place to get good beer and great pizza.

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Photo of Cresant
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This place can be a little confusing -- three names one location. The left enterance is Sportstime Pizza (with different hours from the other side/enterance). Both side allow smoking. The New Albanian/Rich O's side is more of a true "public house" no TVs, no music, just eclectic decor and large tables designed for large groups and mingling with other beer lovers (right door).

The Sportstime side is more like a family pizza pub with an awesome selection of beers. There are many smaller tables and a few large ones. There are 5-7 large wooden booth tables (seating 6 comfortably), two tall mega tables (seating 8 or more) and 4-6 smaller tables. Unobtrusive music plays here as well as several HD TVs with sports tuned in.

The menu is the same whatever "side" you choose -- Beer and Food. The food is good pub grub. Pizzas are better than average. They offer pasta, lasagna, calzones and sandwiches too.

The beer is why we are here however. You will not be disappointed. The chalkboard displays the current draft offerings, easily over 30 to choose from, plus their in house brews. Additionally there are hundreds of bottled offerings. They also have vintage beers and some hard ciders and meads. Your beer will be served cool/cold but not too cold in an unchilled, proper glass matching the style. Pours are Imperial 20 oz., or 10 oz. if you ask or if it is a high gravity beer. There is usually a cask/hand pull offering too.

NABC has the annual Lupulin Land Festival of hop heavy beers (Randall the Enamel Animal is a usual visitor), the Annual Gravity Head Festival which features high gravity offerings. There is also an annual Saturnalia Winter Solstice festival.

The thing with NABC is that EVERYDAY is a beer festival here. You cannot buy a Bud/Miller/Coors here. Spaten on draft is your best macro lager equivilant. I think you can get a very over-price Corona if you must.

There are a few standing draft offerings like Two Hearted, Spaten, Pilsner Urquell, Arrogant Bastard, and always some FFF offering. During the current Lupulin Land Festival you could choose from Schlafly Hop Harvest Ale, New Holland Existential Ale, Founders Hop Harvest, Rogue John Locker Stock choices - Glen or Double Dead Guy, FFF Alpha Naught, SN Chico Estate Wet Hop, and many others all on tap. There are high hopped bottle too! One of my favorite NABC beers is their Hoptimus Ale, a real hop monster.

I have visited NABC many times and I am never dissappointed. The service is generally good and the beers are fantastic. The decor is funky and it feels a little like you are in your high school friends' basement. I which there was no smoking and that the bathrooms were a little bigger, I will live with these issues. There is also the Prost Room, which can be reserved for special events.

NABC is working on an additional location in historic downtown New Albany. The current location is in a strip-mall. The new location will be closer to downtown Louisville, KY (thankfully, but also dangerously close to me!)I have heard they may bottle/can soon too. The label/poster art is really well-done, by a man named Tony Beard.

The owners and brewers of NABC really care about quality beer and it shows.

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Photo of hiikeeba
3.93/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

We stopped in for a late lunch after driving in from Loretto Kentucky. Somewhat difficult to find. It takes up a whole strip center, apparently, but except for the side door, I couldn't spot any signs of life.

We walked in past the chalkboard with all the tap beers. It was an impressive list. The bottle list, however, was beyond impressive: Dozens of Belgians, and literally hundreds of beers from around the world.

Service was a bit slow for the size of the room. There were only 10 customers, and one waitress. Once she got to us, everything was fine.

We had the carnivore pizza, and it was very good. Best pizza I have had in a while. The beers were a bit, well, uninspiring. The Imperial Red lacked malt and was all hops. The Flat Tyre Amber was bland. The 15B Porter was great! The Pheonix Kentucky Kommon was good, but a little went a long way.

I would stop by again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I found this place easily and was able to find a parking spot quickly even though all the spaces were filled (about 3 cars pulled out soon after I entered). Walking in I was immediately impressed by the blackboard and signage displaying graphics w/ very detailed descriptions of each ale that they had on draft. There is a nice wooden bar around the corner behind a tabled seating area and leather couch. They have a nice array of breweriana including Bell's, Stone lighted Arrogant bastard sign and Victory poster in a frame beside a DFH tin. An impressive painting of Lenin covering the wall w/ Mao nearby and Che Gueverra in the red room.

The black/gold color scheme in the Public house appealed to me on an aesthetic level. There is plenty of style appropriate glassware behind the bar including Kwak glasses so you know you'll be served the beer in the proper glass. I enjoyed the tunes and felt relaxed listening to The Allman Brothers, Dylan, Son Volt and other classics played on. They have plenty of musical photos displayed too. Zappa, Cobain, Johnny Cash and Eddie Vedder adorn the walls. I can't say enough about the atmosphere here it really sets them apart. They even have a Jereboam of Oak Aged bastard converted into a lamp in the lounge area. I felt like I belonged in this place the first time there.

The Service was quick and friendly while at the same time low-key, just adding to the feel w/out being overly helpful/annoying. I felt confident ordering knowing the information on what was on the menu was available and the servers had a good general knowledge of beer.

When it comes to selection how can you go wrong here? They have more than 21 countries listed on the menu, countless styles of beer like lambic, mead, cider and many regional beers offered. The house ale is very good and they keep a good amount of flagships as well as seasonals on from what I could tell. They know what the focus is here and even refuse to sell light lager to promote craft beer more. I have to give them a five since they have 15 quality taps including Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence, T'smije, Bigfoot barleywine, Monk's Flemish sour ale, Bluegrass APA, Brooklyn blast as well as wine and other vintage ales represented.

Everything exudes quality here from the set-up which is open and inviting, decor which is perfect for enjoying great beer, and the stuff thay put in the glass and the food which is obviously an aspect they do not neglect. The food is presented well and is very well made. Nice choice of pub grub w/ pizza being the focus here.

The food is very good, not 5 star french dining, mind you, but appropriate and with a nice variety to go w/ the great beer. You can mix and match ingredients and they serve everything at the proper temperature w/ fresh ingredients. Overall I loved this place, I can't wait to get back to New Albanian BC. It made my trip to Fort Knox a little more enjoyable and won't dissapoint anyone who enjoys craft beer, mead cider or it shouldn't at least. Don't miss this place if you are near Louisville or New Albany it is a gem of a brewpub/beerbar. You can get Imperial pints of smoked ale and they have boots on display. Not many places I know of serve the Kwak in the signature glass.

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Photo of tmitch75
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Had a chance to stop in on a recent business trip. Just my luck, I arrived in the middle of Gravity Fest 2008, a month (or so) festival where they buy individual kegs of many high-gravity beers and serve them until they run out. The selection of beers for the festival was awesome, but I only had time for two beers and I had to try house brews.

The Hoptimus (house IPA) was awesome and really fit the bill (recommendation from the server). Satisfied my hop-jones with a solid malt background to balance it out.

Atmosphere was awesome. No TV's, just a bunch of people hanging out conversing. Comfortable furniture (leather couches and chairs) in a seating area right near the bar. People were very friendly and it was no problem meeting people. Servers were very friendly and really know their product (and take pride in it).

A little out of the way if you don't live there (which I don't), but I would love another chance to spend more time there (and try the pizza which smelled awesome).

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