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New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House

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New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public HouseNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
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3.68/5
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1,016 Ratings
New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public HouseNew Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

3312 Plaza Dr
New Albany, Indiana, 47150
United States

(812) 949-2804 | map
newalbanian.com

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

BEER STATS
Beers:
37
Reviews:
343
Ratings:
1,016
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.2/5
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
49
pDev:
17.14%
 
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Ratings: 49 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by ZombiesAteMyDog:
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4.45/5  rDev +6%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of oracle
1.18/5  rDev -71.9%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1.5 | food: 1.5

When I first rated this place (then known as Rich O's) about 13 years ago, they were outstanding. They were truely one of the best beer spots in the nation.

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

A mediocre beer list...a sullen staff.....they stuff they brew themselves is far too experimental...and bad......not worth even a minimal effort to visit.

Truely tragic how far they have fallen

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.82/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of michaelbrian
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of TheBrewWarrior
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Jaszucs
3.82/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of Big_Jake
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
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 JKitchen23
4.16/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Photo of axf4129
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Ziggae
4/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Cycolac
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Warren2621
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
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 antzman
4.9/5  rDev +16.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of freewill35
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of MarshallBirdhouse
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of MSandahl23
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of neckbracesub
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of bconrad79
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of scottspencer
4.45/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Sam1959
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of PrimalOne
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

$6 growler Wednesdays for select house beers and great pizza for the price.

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Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of tykechandler
5/5  rDev +19%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Retroman40
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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 Stryker5713
5/5  rDev +19%

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New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House in New Albany, IN
Brewery rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 1,016 ratings