3 Floyds Brewing Co.

3 Floyds Brewing Co.3 Floyds Brewing Co.

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

9750 Indiana Pkwy
Munster, Indiana, 46321-4004
United States

(219) 922-4425 | map

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4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Days out, and now on my way back east, days away yet. Last time here, 5 and change years back, the brewpub was only just under construction and they were dealing samples and the like though a brewery space hole in the wall. As such, I was up for seeing what’s what. And you know I would’ve been here earlier, but someone put the rest of Iowa and the entire state of Illinois between my hotel and here (fucker). Now waiting in line with the others wanting in, ‘cause it’s Saturday late in the day and it’s Three Floyds...

Called in at last (bar space for one, please, something with a view) and placed at the end of the bar, a laminated wood slat topped ½ octagon, (turn, turn, turn again), with a wood lip, base & footing, and seating for 14 on black leather swivel chairs. Glassware rack “L” over the end of the bar, holding hanging guest glassware, tulips, snifters & chalices. Barback wall holds shelved pints & mugs and some beer books, with house growlers lining the shelves above, and steins & toys shelved atop (I see Simpsons play, including a comic book guy action figure, and another one of Ozzy). On the around the bend barback wall, a row of 20 taps over stainless steel. A large Daliesque ‘Last Supper’ or something colorful print sits above, it’s like Redbone’s basement on overdrive.

The walls up front in blue, yellow & green, and white walls to the rear showing a 3 stooges movie, the rest done with brewery logo pieces, other brewery signage & tins. Artwork, brewerania, all sorts of sensory overload. Three Floyds 22’s in a row along an I-beam above all toyed up, guest tap handles lining the topside of the wall, De Ranke prints, an Ed Grimley doll (I must say), crazy 3F muralage, displayed shirts, couches with vine lined & festive colored lighting. Do not come here while on acid, you will not bode well. Black ceiling with fluro blue ducts, green splotched concrete floorings. Blue bullet lamps, track spots, spinny fans and a few TV’s.

This room holds 4 tables on one side, low cushys to both sides of the door, and 3 hightops behind me along the hop lined windows. Other room to the side holds 9 tables (high & low), and couchings up front for lounging.

On tap, well for starters, there are 13 hours beers; Alpha King Pale Ale, Robert the Bruce (Scottish), Pride & Joy (Mild), Gumballhead (American Pale Wheat Ale), Sand Pebbles (American Strong Brown) , Dreadnaught IPA, The Ostemoller (Smoked Helles), Owd Engwish Barley Whine, Drunk Monk (Hefe), Infinitas Attero (English Mild), Broo Doo (Hop Harvest), Moloko (Milk Stout), Gomorrah (stout).

Started with a sampler of 3 (Sand Pebbles, some very good maltiness, nutty & roasty; Infinitas Attero, bready, with some mild citrus flavors, an overall meh; and the Drunk Monk, a solid Hefe where banana lives), and then moved onto another set of 3 (Gumballhead, wheat & light citrus, pure love; The Ostemoller, aka Osti, big bacon aroma, good smoky flavors; and the Broo Doo, piney, citrusy, spicy, it did not suck). Had an Alpha King as it seemed the most reasonable thing to do, citrus, piney, good stuff. And then the girl next to me gave me a hit of her Moloko, which was lactose sweet, and as much of it as I needed. No sooner written than it kicked and was replaced by a bourbon barrel aged Mokolo called the Conquistador De Muerte, done with 3 peppers (Ancho, Guajillo & Passilla) and methamphetamine in Woodford barrels. And I also just missed the Gomorrah (Stout), a small beer run from the Sodom (impy), I woulda liked to have had at that. Alpha King Pale Ale, Gumballhead, the Ostemoller & Broo Doo were the best of ‘em.

The other 1/3 of the taps are guest entries. 7 of them, a few from elsewhere in Indiana (New Albanian Beak’s Best ESB, Oaken Barrel Razz-Wheat), some other regionals (Jolly Pumpkin Luciernaga, Great Divide Belgica, Victory St. Boisterous), and a few imports (Klokke Roeland, Murphys Irish Stout).

Also, a bottle list of 2 dozen + offerings; from PBR to Rochefort 10 and things in between. (Lovely) Orval runs a big $8, as do the De Dolle Oerbier & Dulle Teve. The Stone Vertical Epic 030303 however, runs a slightly pricier $200. That’s a lot of money for not good beer.

Food, hmmn. Hey, hit me with a pair of tacos, will ya’ kid? One chicken (with salsa verde, queso fresco & slaw, cabbage & cilantro) and one Chorizo (with pork & red chili sausage, cilantro, salsa roja con queso). The chorizo taco was money, man, and now I’m on the fence as to whether it’ll be another round of tacos or the chicken sandwich. It’s a tough one, but I’m diggin’ on the tacos, and so it will be.

Beer was fresh & tasty, the food held me well, and yeah, it’s a cool scene. But I’ve got to start looking East again so I guess I’ll take the check. And Dreadnaught & Broo Doo bottles to go, please.

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Photo of emerge077
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

2011: Waited about an hour on a saturday for a party of 6, not too bad considering. All manner of eye-catching schwag on the walls, an original Dreadnaught label painting, psychotronic art, flags, posters, soccer scarves, etc. Imagine a Bennigans approach to decor, acid dipped in Willy Wonka psychedelia. Great atmosphere, efficient staff, great food. Seems they are trying to position themselves as a restaurant, which was slightly odd. Was told at the door we couldn't stand at the bar for this reason. Overall a convivial experience though, and plan to return when time allows.

I've been here several times under various circumstances, most recently this past weekend. It was a busy friday night, the lot was packed, but we got in and found a table right away. After 10pm it seemed to clear out. They had a movie or film show projected on one wall.

We had appetizers and the homemade dessert special, which was strawberry rhubarb cobbler. Mad Anthony IPA was a guest draft, along with that I sampled a Dreadnaught in a 10oz. for $4. There were a few pub-only drafts, which are worth a trip alone.

Our server Sophie was really friendly and knowledgeable about the beers. We got a couple Gumballhead growlers to go, and also bottles of their latest small batch, Blackheart IPA.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

So my wife and I finally got to visit the mythical Three Floyds Brewing! With such high expectations surrounding this place and the beers, I was bracing myself for a disappointment. It did not happen.

Three Floyds is one of the best brewpubs in the nation!!!

The location is weird (in an industrial park) and so is the atmosphere, kind of college-town-coffee-place-meets-the-beer-industry-in-Chicagoland. But it is quirky nice inside, and comfy.

You're here for the beer, of course. 18 taps of 3Floyds, plus 4 guest beers. Good? I thought so! :-) Some rarities like Gamorah, Sodom and Barrel-Aged Moloko, plus a variety of styles and ABV's (from 3.4% to 11%).

Food is extremely good. No nachos or spinach dip here! Tapas-style, fancy grub that would go well in a NY or SF restaurant.
A great chorizo taco, pig's head terrine (yum!), boudin (made of pork liver)... pizzas look good. I love how meat-centric they are, and that they make everything in-house.

Service was very good on a busy Wednesday night, and not so good on an empty Tuesday afternoon at lunch time (they had only one waitress and one cook).

Prices are good for the food but HIGH for the beer. $9 for a snifter of Barrel-Aged Moloko!! $30 for a growler of Dreadnaught!!! And they don't refill growlers for some sanitary reason only they know. But other than these minor issues, 3 Floyds is DA BOMB!!!

Beers I tried: Dreadnaught (kind of disappointing), Sand Pebbles (disappointing), Alpha King (got growler, drinkable and nice), Owd English Barleywine (weird, too hoppy/citrusy), Barrel-Aged Moloko, Sodom RIS. On my second trip I had: Robert the Bruce (disappointing), Gamorah/Gomorrah (interesting) and Broo Doo Harvest Ale. From a bomber I bought at the brewpub I tried Moloko, which I also had on tap at The Sugar Maple in Milwaukee along with Arctic Panzer Wolf DIPA. This makes eleven 3Floyds beers I've tried!

Also: Lord Admiral Nelson, Thick White Freeks.

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Photo of Billolick
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Exactly a 12 hour drive from my house, on the way to Chicago. (its about 1 hour or so south east of Chicago, making the immediate area a decent place to stop outside of town) Casual, funky and comfortable place. Unusual location, in a industrial park, quite differant from what I am used to...great beer stop, growlers and bottles to go, 12 FFF selections on tap, with 8 quality guest taps, and 24 qual bottles. Tasty pub grub. The turkey burger and fries I had was a cut above the usual. Inexpensive compared to places in my local area, with 4 and 5 buck pints and 8-12 $ entrees on the food side. Gotta love a place that has "Good fellas" being projected on the wall, by the bar! Had a great visit...If in the area or anywhere close, check this place out

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Photo of John_M
4.24/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

After a long drive from Morgantown WV, I was overjoyed to belly up to the bar at the brewpub. The location of 3 Floyds was not what I was expecting, and initially I thought my google map directions were off (yet again). The area looks like a school and hospital district, and at 10:00 at night, the area was completely dead. However, sure enough, after making a turn off of Superior Ave., there was the brewery/brewpub to the right.

The pub area itself is a modest size affair; as you walk in from the large parking lot you notice a smallish dining area to the right, and then a somewhat larger drinking area and fair size bar to the left (there is a small "take out" store area farther back to the left). This being 3 Floyds, there was all kind of great art work and sci-posters adorning the walls, along with beer and sports paraphenelia as well. There were also a few TV screens, and I think they were showig a movie (Apocolypse Now) on the back wall next to the bar. The vibe is very laid back and comfortable; very conducive to kicking back with a beer or three.

As for the selection, today they had some 20 different 3F selections on tap (one beer on cask), along with three guest beers. They also have a bottle list, with what appeared to be another 40 or so selections (nothing mindblowinig, but a solid list). Quality was excellent of course. Fresh Zombie Dust was just delicious, and I enjoyed the seasonal saison style beer and dreadnaught as well. I also ordered the Chicharroni nachos, just because they sounded intriguing and looked great (they were pretty good in fact). The folks next to me ordered a pizza, and that looked terrific as well. I get the impression that like their beer, they take their food pretty seriously here. Service was also quite good. The bartenders were quick, friendly and knowledgeable. Drink orders came quickly, and everyone at the pub was friendly and in a good mood.

Obviously, this is a great spot, and given my love of Zombie Dust, I'm sure I'd be over here all the time, just to drink that, if I lived nearby. Prices were OK as well I thought (especially given the proximity to Chicago), with most beers selling for $5 (imperial pints of Zombie Dust for $5!).

Any time I'm within 50 miles of this place, there's no doubt I'll made an effort to stop by again. Very glad I decided to stop in (even though I was pretty wiped after the 500 mile drive).

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Photo of GJ40
4.88/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I've been to Three Floyds a few times now but it hasn't lost its luster.

The atmosphere is every bit as eclectic, authentic and accomplished as the beers. They have great music, a varied and interesting decor and a comfortable atmosphere. The crowd is usually passionate and diverse.

The beer is phenomenal. FFF knows hops like few others (only RR and Alpine come to mind). I really enjoy Gumballhead, Zombie Dust, Dreadnaught, Arctic Panzer Wolf and Apocalypse Cow. They're all outstanding but I was surprised to find myself favoring the smaller beers; especially Zombie Dust. Maybe it's my age.

The service certainly depends on the crowd size. On busier visits, I've felt a bit neglected. But after being shut out by long lines once, I'm always happy just to get in.

The food is fantastic! On our latest visit, we had the brisket tacos, short rib burger, mac & cheese and poutine tots. They're all pretty rich but are out of this world!

Three Floyds does everything right. I just wish it were bigger.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.15/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been meaning to stop at Three Floyds for a long time, but they're a long way from anywhere. I finally found my way there during a trip to Chicago, and had mixed feelings. Yes, they had a decent selection of 3F on tap (Alpha King, Rabid Rabbit, Drunk Monk, and more) and also some other good beers on tap and bottle (Bear Republic stout, Chimay Blue, Orval, Delirium Tremens, and so on). But I'd hoped to try Dark Lord or something else reasonably difficult to find...

Anyway the atmosphere was clean and inviting, nice woodwork on the bar and plenty of rare beer posters and sci fi geek crap on the walls. I was happy with the 3F beers I ordered and the food was not bad. I actually tried a hard boiled egg coated in sausage and deep fried which is bound to cause explosive gas soon. I bought a Dark Lord T-shirt but was shocked that it cost $25. I followed through on the purchase anyway but it still stings.

Good stop, but not worth a special trip unless it's Dark Lord Day.

EDIT: I just re-read this review, written 5+ years ago. I've since been to FFF dozens of times, on special occasions (DLDs) and just everyday stops. This place is awesome and there is always something good on tap. The prices are a bit high on some of the growlers and they don't refill (my only real complaints), but they make seriously good stuff and that's why I always return.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.85/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I've been to around 250 brewpubs in North America including a previous visit to 3Floyds a couple of years back when it was an infomal tap room with a picnic table. Three Floyds is one of the best in the midwest for beer.

We liked...

Playing movies on the wall (Ferris Bueller's Day Off ) with no sound.
No smoking - I love smelling my beer
Comfortable lounge feel in a bland industrial park setting
Well staffed and good service
Good selection of beers tilting towards Beligians
Ideal intial stop for trip to Chicago from the East (a very nice Hampton Inn around the corner)
The beers are all excellent*

*The Christmas ale was a little heavy on coffee and I would have liked more of a spice (ginger) approach. Just my preference.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.66/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

i stopped in for the first time this afternoon while travelling between chicago and south bend for work-related items.

i always imagined that exit 1 off of I-80 would be a strange place for a brewpub of this caliber because the area is rather crummy. i was pretty right as this place is located off a dirty-busy nw indiana road in a warehouse district underneath a watertower. diamond in the rough indeed

I was in around 4pm on a tuesday and had the joint mostly to myself. the interior was pretty sweet with cool 3F artwork everywhere and nice vibrant colors. I got the vibe that all of the employees were probably the coolest people within a 20 mile radius.

obviously, the beer is of the highest possible quality.

service was pretty strong as i was the only person at the bar.

the selection was great. There were 12+ 3F taps including a 5 or 6 that i had never come across. I had an alpha khan and a gorm noire and picked up 4 alpha kong bombers to take back to madison. there were a bunch of guest taps as well that were all top notch beers, most of which appeared to be imports. There were also a number of guest bottles and a variety of 3F bottles available. Growlers appeared to only be available for a few standard beers.

food: everything looked good but i did not eat

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This isn't your mom and dad's brewpub, where it is more likely you see big tatooed men arm wrestling. But don't let the looks scare you, as they are good people and make good beer...besides that is part of the places charm. The service was ok and the selection was good, although with the amount of world class beers this place has could be better. Tried a hand full of beers I wasn't able to try before in Wisconsin, where the word of the day was hops. While I do like a good IPA, I'm not a big IPA fan but need to give credit where credit is due. Really liked their scotch ale, and the art that adorned the walls. Seemed a little pricey, but you get what you pay for. Will go back again and have 3 times.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

First off it is important to know that this is a small and popular place. The line to buy beer to go was 6 deep for about two hours ( may be because of zombie dust) and our wait to eat was 35 minutes as we for there 30 minutes after they opened. The beer quality was incredible. The selection was very good as well with a few specials and a nice selection if visiting beers. The service was good. They were very busy and they managed it well. The food was much better than I was expecting. I had the fish and chips and other than the large amount of salt on the fries it was very good. The beers that were offered were all excellent with none of them seeming average. It was quite an impressive place and I can't wait to go back.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Rock and roll beer heaven (if you like old school punk) on the radio! Fabulous graphics on the wall, and attentive bar staff. I ate lunch at the bar and the service was spot on. The burger and parm. fries were gourmet quality. And the beer flight was delicious and it's hard to not like fresh ZombieDust on tap. Plenty of parking (I drive a small RV). Beers to go by the case as well. A first rate brewery/beer pub!

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Photo of Mothergoose03
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This was stop #40 for my wife and I on a 21-day pub-crawl from Michigan to N. CA and OR. This brewery is located near the highway on our trip home, so why not stop since we had the time.

I can’t add any more about this brewpub than what has already been said. This was not the first time that we’ve stopped here, and it is always an enjoyable experience. The key is to pick a time when they are not so busy so that you can linger and enjoy the beer and the food. The beers are nearly unquestionable for their quality, and the food is always a cut above the rest even thou it is mainly pub grub. But it always has a special twist that adds excitement, and that’s what makes it special.

We’ve been here before, and we’ll keep coming back. Any beer geek that is in the area needs to take the time to stop here.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Finally visited FFF.

Really cool place, both inside and out, despite its location in an industrial area. The beer selection was a bit of a letdown with no terribly interesting one-offs or pub only beers available the day I was there. Still, the selection of what was there was solid, including the beers from other breweries.

The food was EXCELLENT. I highly recommend going for lunch or dinner. Service was extremely friendly as well. I see what all the hype is about now...

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Photo of mynie
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The drive from the city was awful. Rush hour. I'm not used to that kind of stuff, and in the rain, too, with both rearwindows fogging up every two minutes and lane changes made on good faith. Indiana smells funny, like sulfer and dandruff. The 3 Floyds pub is found behind a large Speedway/White Castle, in the middle of several small factories. It looks like a small factory.

Inside it was busy, the day before New Years Eve. White people of every variety, all very friendly. A movie was for some reason projected silently against the far wall and Interpol was playing at a reasonable volume. All the beers were listed on a chalkboard and a comprehensive beer list.

Quality? I'm not exactly a seasoned Brewpub veteran, but the four beers I sampled while at the 3 Floyds Brewing Company were far and away the very best brewpub beers I have ever had. Nothing comes close. Nothing.

The waitress was friendly despite being obviously overwhelmed. An old man who claimed to be one of the original investors in 3F sat next to my friend and I, told us all sorts of neat stories and said this was the busiest he'd ever seen the place. Strange, because it didn't have the horrible feel of an overly-crowded bar. It wasn't too smoky, there was no ominous raising of voices, crying women, or horrible country/top 40/classic rock blasting.

Another thing about the waitress was that she *knew* about the beer and she respected us enough not to say "Uhh, this is our porter, that's basically like a Guinness" in the style of most other brewpubs, where the waitstaff's ignorance is covered with a patina of five or six memorized sentences.

The selection was massive. Over a dozen 3F beers and guest taps from Stone and a few Belgian brewers (I honestly wasn't very interested, with all the great Three Floyds beers, but if you're a regular it would have been awesome).

The food was great, even for the area. It's hard to find a really good thin crust pizza near Chicago (thick crust is easy, of course), and 3F's delivered. Not that I'm a gourmet or anything, but as far as pub fare goes it was excellent, and quite reasonably priced.

Excellent place, I hope to come back a couple of times a year.

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Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Apparently going on a Wednesday afternoon is the key. No line, maybe half full. Colorful eclectic interior. Bar side, "restaurant" side I guess. Menu seemed on the slightly upper side for a brew pub, but I didn't try any. Service was fine since they weren't busy, but I could see how they could become easily disinterested other than for the locals. Heavy/grunge metal playing which I thought was a little strange but fine. Very much a hodge-podge of a place. Pretty neat and a must stop, in not just to say you've been there. At least stop for some brews to go. Picked up a Ragnorok while there, pretty pleased with that. Nothing much more to say that hasn't been said.

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Photo of spointon
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visited on 10/5/2008.

FFF brewpub is located in a light-industrial park and from the outside it looks like it could be just another small manufacturing plant. A couple outside touches let you know this is the real deal: The metal art sculpture of the "Alpha King / Alpha Queen" out front and the beautiful gardens in front set off an otherwise non-descript metal sided building.

Once inside you can go to the right and find the dining area or turn left and visit the bar room. Everything is kitschy and cool where it counts and non-descript where it doesn't. For example, the floors are simple painted concrete and the ceiling is what you would expect in a metal industrial building, but the walls are covered in cool brewerania, FFF artwork, and wierdo TV and movie references (for example, the framed picture of Sam Elliott cracks me up). There are a few TVs scattered around that show old movies or sports games but these are not the focus of the place. The most important thing to note is that this pub is small. There are only about 10 tables in the dining room and fewer than that in the bar area.

Now for the good stuff. The beer selection was excellent, with around 8 FFF beers on tap and at least 8-10 guest taps. Between all of these taps, there was a huge range of styles and types represented. Most of these beers are $5 per imperial pint, and with several of the beers at 8+ abv, that is a deal! The guest taps are a nice mix of American and imported craft brews, but along with the extensive bottle list they were sort of expensive.

Service was reasonably good, with most of our needs being met fairly quickly. The food was very good. I have heard people bag on the food here but it has always been good or better on my visits.

In short, a relaxed unassuming place with excellent beers for mostly reasonable prices (though some are unexplicably too costly). Definitely worth a visit!

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Photo of Knapp85
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I had planned on going out for Dark Lord Day this year but found myself unable to get tickets. I had planned a trip out that way anyhow and made it a point to hit this place up since I can't get Three Floyd's in PA anymore. This is located in the back end of an industrial park just minutes away from Illinois. A friend of mine and I went in and took a seat at a table. As we were waiting for a waiter to come along we started noticing all the cool little things they have hanging on the walls. It really kept you busy trying to locate something new with every turn of your head. There was a decent crowd of people there in the mid afternoon on a Monday, pretty surprising really. The beers were extensive, many to choose from. My friend and I must have tried about 5 each. I noticed that they had even less because it was two days after DLD. We spent about 4 hours there just drinking eating and shooting the shit back and forth about stuff. The place was very cool, they had an interesting sense of style here. The food we got makes me want to go back again and have more. Next year I'm going to try and get the DLD tickets and hopefully get to see what the hypes all about. Until then I'll have the memories of just getting to go there and try everything I could at that time.

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Photo of crossovert
3.38/5  rDev -22.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

I am a metal head and don't live too far away (1 hr 40 ish min) and i love FFF so when I went here this weekend I had high expectations.

The beer expectations were met. Had a Zombie Dust and RisGoop and both were awesome. The Mentol was a bit lacking but still good.

They were playing sludge which i can enjoy at times but seriously add a little vibe rather than just chug chug chug. Play some music with balls, some Vader, Strapping Young Lad, Vicous Rumors, Solitude Aterunus (sp), Memento Mori. Something other than just depressing sludgy doom.

Also the people here love to smell thier own fecal matter. Our waitress was nice and friendly but everyone else was a bit douchey.

Love the beer but they are metal posers and their attitude sucks.

The food prices are ridiculous, like 13$ for the smallest bowl of curry ever.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

We've been here several times over the past few years, including the last 2 Dark Lord Days. Our latest stop occurred with a group of friends on the way out for Great Taste of the Midwest.

Atmosphere: Eccentric to say the least, including everything from local art, to giant beer graphics, and vintage toys sitting in the rafters. The last couple of times we've been in, they are also usually playing some kind of cult/classic movie like a Kung-Fu flick or Godzilla movie. I like the addition of coaches as well to tables here, as it helps round out the pub feel. Just a cool and funky vibe here.

Quality: You expect a little something different here, based on their "It's Not Normal" slogan, and I think that between the eclectic atmosphere, servers, menu, and bad-ass beers, the overall experience here does not disappoint.

Service: I can't really count the DLD visits to the brewpub (just too crazy & hectic to rate the staff properly) but the service on our other visits has been great. As a matter of fact, we had a fantastic time yucking it up with our bartenders (who were big beer fans as well), when our group basically took the entire bar over on our latest visit. Good times.

Selection: It varies from visit to visit but your always sure to find something brewpub exclusive on though. They usually always have fresh Alpha King, Gumballhead, and Dreadnaught, so you really can't go wrong at any time. They also have a pretty impressive guest tap list, with several quality imports and fellow American Craft choices, including selections direct from Pizza Port, which really surprised me. They also had some decent to-go bottles on this latest visit, with the brewpub exclusive Jinx Proof being available, as were leftover DLD release bottles of Popskull (at a discount to!).

Food: Not a super extensive menu, but still plenty appetizers, sandwiches, pizzas, and a couple of higher end entrees. You can't go wrong with one of their pizzas and a fry cone. Oh, and a Scotch egg to!

Whether you drive out for a Dark Lord Day or are just passing through northern Indiana, this is a must hit.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Great brewpub! The place was packed and had a lot of taps! The food was pretty good. They also had beer to go with about 4 different 4-packs and about 8 different bottles.

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4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Having had the oppotunity to visit FFF numerous times during the past few years I feel that my last visit has prompted a review.

Hit up the pub on a late Sunday afternoon on the way home from Madison, WI. Four of us had a wonderful time going down the tap list...to include things NEVER seen outside the pub. A quite a few nice guest taps...like New Albanian Cone Smoker.

We enjoyed and shared a few pizzas...delish!

They were showing a few flicks while we were there...enjoyed Hot Fuzz and something I did not recognize.

Our waiter was good at keeping our pints from being empty and was helpful in explaining some of the characters on the FFF painting.

I know that FFF pub isn't the most impressive building nor is the place all that...but that I can ignore due to the quality of their brews, the food and the mystique that is FFF. I will continue to come back each and every time I am in the area.

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4.83/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Was able to finally return to FFF on a trip through Chicago to Purdue. While the review below clearly show my love of FFF, this trip made it it one of my very favorite spots. It helped that my wife was along to DD, so the tasting was a lot more intense, but it was also the fall line up of beers compared to the summer brews that I had last time as well. Drinking Behemoth, Artic Panzer Wolf, Zombie Dust and Spazzerack! took all of my energy so that I didn't even get to Dreadnaught--one of my favorites.

But what really put it over the top was the food. I had pizza last time, which was very good. Maybe it's improved as well--didn't have a chance to try this trip. We really liked that they offered small plates so the meal was a more appropriate size. Started with the butternut squash soup--amazing--black truffles, hazelnut yogurt and pickled squash made this a soup to remember. After that, I had the mac n cheese. Doesn't sound too adventuresome, but the old fashioned comfort food with American cheese was spiced up with pickled onions and bread crumbs. I know--onions in mac n cheese? Just have to try it.

The basic format of the bar hasn't changed in the last few years, but they seem to have settled in with more beer paraphernalia and other decorations on the walls. The big screen TV with a kung fu movie was a nice touch--an nice to watch with dinner over the brew house. Not sure how, but it adds to the attitude of the place. Not fancy--just good. Fits my personality exactly. I feel lucky that FFF is directly on my route to visit my alma mater, and hope to make this a much more regular stop in the future to one of my very favorite brewpubs anywhere in the world.

Three Floyd's is an Indiana legend with Alpha King, as they should be. Lots of attitude, unique, and surviving by just brewing beer too good not to drink, similar to Stone of CA and Surly of MN. This was such a good stop, I simply drove home to Minnesota instead of hitting the rest of my planned stops.

Needed lunch, and ordered the five cheese pizza as the main veggie options. It was very good--and big. Two or three people at least to eat. It was also good cold for dinner half way through Wisconsin.

Jumped in with a half pint (thanks TF for pouring halfs) of Remus: Bravo. This was a paired brew with Remulus: Apollo. They beers were idential APAs except for teh Bravo and Apollo hops. Remus the better beer for me--cleaner and smoother compared to the Remulus that had a bit of a grassy taste, unusual for TF beers in spite of the very large hops bill that must have annually. Next was a draft of the famous Dreadnaught IPA, an Imperial IPA that is worth the travel. The bottle I took home was just as good though the bite was a bit different and lacked the balance of the draft for me. The final beer (so I thought) was the Fantabulous Resplendence (aka X), TFs tenth anniversary ale. Not really sure what the style should be labelled but it was 100 IBUs, so a DIPA range, but lots of Belgain characteristics, probably from the yeast. Very easy drink with lots of kick. In spite of eating most of the pizza and sitting for three hours, the accumulation of the beers forced the long wait before hitting the road again.

And, then, a TF worker tapped a new beer--Gorch Fock Helles--and handed me the test glass to make sure the tap was working properly--then dumped it and repoured another for me because it didn't looke quite right to him. To me, this emphasized TFs committment to quality at all levels, and it is easily seen in the beer.

Hoping to return for an evening to check it out as well. The only downside of the pub (not for me but for others maybe going there) is that it's basically a thrown together in a corner of the brewery. And, the whole place is in a warehouse district south of Chicago that's a bit out of the way and I found to be hard to find that day. Personally, I like the comfortable college dorm furniture feel that concentrates on beer or form, but maybe not everybody will like that. If you're there to drink good beer--go; if you want a pretty place, head downtown.

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3.36/5  rDev -23.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4

Located in an industrial strip mall location, with a great deal of snarky attitude (typical this is my job, pissed I don't have a career vibe).

Excellent beers. Easily top 5 Midwest brewery. Great selection, although varies greatly, the less than desireable stuff is more widely available year round it seems.

As soon as they figure out how to make monkeys or robots pour beer, look fat at the door under the rubric of "security" or whatnot, this place will be awesome. Definitely unique, not normal, but the help is actually, quite predictable.

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4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visited 4 September, 2008
We splashed our way across rain-soaked highways and suburban roads (thanks, Hurricane Gustav) to an unassuming stretch of industrial buildings. Having seen photos of Dark Lord Day on website, I recognized the 'MUNSTER' water tower and knew we were close. Pulled into the lot at the 11:30 opening time and met our three friends inside, waiting at the bar, pints in hand.

The luscious scent of 'brewing' met us at the door, sweet wort welcoming us inside. Neither outside or in is this an 'impressive-looking' place: the furniture is pretty spartan (even with a few colorful couches), the decor is an eclectic mix of old beer signage and enlarged labels of FFF beers, past and present. The bar to the left was a bit livelier and fuller (even during the lunch hour) but we opted for a table centered in the dining area, near a large window into the brewing room (Gumballhead staring angrily back at us through the glass...). A classic beer movie, 'Strange Brew', played without fanfare on the opposite wall. Overall, there's a straightforwardly simple vibe... appealing for a lengthy hangout.

Service was quick and very friendly. Our guy's name was Greg and he knew his beers, Three Floyds and others. We didn't need much help picking our beers (where to go wrong?), but asked for and received help on the food items. Greg told us a new chef had just joined the team and encouraged us to try items off the back of the menu. Pierogies were a big hit (2 rounds), sandwiches/burgers were tasty and filling, cheese dip was disappointing.

It was amazing how good most of the beers were on draught. Metalmonk's glasses of Gumballhead and Dreadnaught were phenomenal, my wife's pints of Robert the Bruce were also quite nice and my two curiosities - Ostemoeller (smoked helles) and Moloko (big milk stout) were sublime. There were about a dozen FFF beers available, but what made this pub's list so intriguing was the range of outstanding 'guest' brews (at least two dozen).

Not all beers were available to-go in bottles, but all could be had in growlers. Unfortunately, luggage space was limited for our return trip to Oregon the next day, so we 'settled on': 2 Dreadnaughts, a Moloko, a Gorch Fock, and a six-pack of Robert the Bruce (two of which were swapped for Gumballhead from my friend). Prices for bottles seemed reasonable, ranging from $5 or 6 for the smaller 22s to $10 for the Dreadnaught and $10 for sixs.

It was tough to drag ourselves away but after nearly 2-1/2 hours, it was time to go our separate ways. A great time: nice food, terrific company (including our new acquaintance, Andy, from New Orleans) and stellar beer. I'm very glad we made the effort to get to Munster and would love to go back someday.


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