Black Acre Brewing Co.

Black Acre Brewing Co.Black Acre Brewing Co.

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

5632 E Washinton St
Indianapolis, Indiana, 46219
United States

(317) 207-6266 | map

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Added by jisom123 on 10-12-2011

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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 75
Photo of bwhalen
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Great atmosphere and wide selection of house and guest beer. Food selection is limited, however is all fantastic and there's something for everyone. I keep telling myself I am trying to work through all the beers, however regularly end up with Saucy Intruder, Beard Tax, The Quickening, Hipster Bird, or Architect's Breakfast. The place isn't very big (they are supposed to eventually expand) so make sure you get there early to get a table!

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Photo of JGrahonya
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

This place is simply amazing. It is located on a great street with a cool vibe. The atmosphere is exactly what a brewery should be. It was a relaxing place to be, but there was also a cool edge to the place. Il the server was one of the best I've had. He was extremely knowledgeable and passionate. Each person at this brewery had a passion for beer, service, and people. I met two of the owners. They were very nice. The beer was exactly what I needed it to be. Unfortunately we went there about an hour or two before close and I only had two beers. I did get to sample a few others. Everything I tried was great. I'm a big fan of rye beers. Who makes a rye ipa their flagship beer? Black Acre does and it was great. Also, the food was really good. Can't say enough good things about this place.

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Photo of TargaFlorio
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

One of my two favorite breweries in Indy (along with Deviate). Really pleasing environment to enjoy some beers, no televisions or overly loud music to distract from conversations. Black Acre attracts both neighborhood folks stopping in on their way home from work, and hop heads from around the city. There's an outdoor patio area in front, a bar seating maybe 10 people, and a number of tables. I'm anxious to see what the interior might look like if they embark on the expansion into the adjoining tenant's space they've been talking about.

The quality and selection of the beers is excellent. What I really love is the variety of beers on tap. On any given day you might find a rum barrel-aged braggot, a gin barrel-aged pale lager, or any one of countless variations on their 15-20 semi-regular offerings (love their coffee ipas). Black Acre also has a number of guest taps including at least one dedicated to Central State Brewing's great brett beers. Non-beer fans may enjoy some of the ciders and meads on tap as well. Beer prices are excellent compared to some other local breweries. All pours are $5, 16 oz for most beers, 8 oz for high ABV beers.

I've always found the service to be excellent. On one of my first visits Jordan, the tap room manager/co-owner, sent over a fresh beer after he noticed my beer turned out to be the last pour from the keg and he said he wanted me to enjoy a fresh one. (I had almost already finished and enjoyed my beer, not noticing any issues). Nearly all of the bartenders and servers I've encountered have been friendly.

I've only ever had the fries at Black Acre and they were just ok. I would probably eat there more often if one of my favorite local pizza places wasn't right next door.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

This is a really nice looking spot that, visually, looks like they have done everything right. The right combination of edge with a classy style. Quality of beers is superb. There really isn't much more to want for. Service was okay. It was good enough, but there seemed to be little interest in what they were doing; kind of a disconnect. And certainly no positive energy. Selection was extensive. Lots of stuff to try and pretty much any type of beer you may want. A really nice spot doing some seriously superb beers. (I actually went twice!)

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Photo of craft_shannie
3.99/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

my favorite brewery spot in indy. shared a flight & a couple of pints during sunday morning brunch. seating consists of small u-shapped bar, inside tables (20 or so), and outside patio. space has industrial, recycled materials vibe. well thought out. beers were the best we had in indy. service was very good.

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Photo of Thirstygoat
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%

I really like this place. No TVs, no tunes. Great service. At least while I was there the place ,including much of the conversation seemed to be about the beer. And the beer was great, across styles . The Octoberfest a bit heavy, sweet, sticky for the style but great malt flavor, very drinkable.

Carvers Army, peanut butter porter, the nut smell is pronounced, the peanuts show less in the taste, also excellent.

The best beer I had was The Quickening a thick black scotch ale. One minor nit, they should serve this a bit warmer than the others.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Nice little place. 15 or so tables, bar and standing room.

They had about 12 beers of their own and another 8-10 guest taps that were nicely currated. I got 4 $2 samples of their beers and it was impressive. Food was good, but pretty standard paninis. French fries were good.

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Photo of Deacon
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Nice place.
Big beer selection, everyone in my party got two 8 oz pours and swapped to try. Each beer was unique, clean and if to a style, very well done.

Lovely outdoor patio, lovely inside, great service and reasonably priced. I will go back when next in Indiana.

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Photo of W9820
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Black Acre Brewery is my favorite brewery in Indy. They have an outstanding selection of house and guest beers. The kitchen, while small, turns out fantastic food that includes Sunday Brunch. Black Acre is in the middle of historic Irvington and they are very supportive of local businesses. I have enjoyed their fresh cut French fries, panini's and crostini's on several occasions. The staff is knowledgable and friendly. The atmosphere is warm and the prices, especially compared to the quality of their product, is outstanding.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.51/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

A - Crowd is older / more established than 20-something hipsters and frat bros. A friendly regular from the neighborhood struck up a conversation about the revitalization of the area. Modern decor of wood and steel is comfortable and includes a seating area of ~15 tables as well as a decently sized bar. It looks like there's also outdoor sidewalk seating when weather permits.

Q - Everything we tasted, both food and drink, was well-made. Solid ingredients in the beers. Artisan approach to charcuterie and cheese plate. Our glassware included portion markings.

S - Friendly and attentive. We were offered free small but adequate samples for everything we so much as verbalized considering. Meat, cheese, and condiments were identified when served. Growler was filled as part of our table service. If anything, we felt a tad rushed to sign out, but that could have to do with the arrival of a brewery tour party bus, which we discovered at our next stop is quite the booming business in Indy. Overall, service was great.

S - Not only is there a relatively broad selection of house brews for the size of the brewery (10 on tap at the time of our visit), the taproom also offers another nine guest taps of quality beers as well as a handful of highly regarded bottles. What I especially appreciated is that they offer all of their own beers in both pint and 1/2 pint sizes (high ABVs only come in 8 oz.), allowing patrons to taste a wider selection of beers, and do so with a glass size large enough to get a good sense of each beer.

F - There's a nice selection of small plates and sandwiches that pair well with the available beers. Our meat and cheese plate included two choices from local charcuterie purveyor Smoking Goose and two cheeses, along with a sliced baguette and condiments of a stone-ground mustard and fig jam. Everything was delicious and complimented our beers well.

V - An excellent value for the craft beer dollar. I'll be making an effort to include a Black Acre stop whenever I'm in the Indy area. They fill all 64 and 32 oz. growlers - they just slap a sticker on it.

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Photo of jisom123
4.06/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25

Best Brewpub in Irvington!
Keep in mind, this is a Beer bar first, and a food place second.

The food menu is short and to the point intentionally. The food selection, although limited to about a dozen awesome snacks, is of the highest possible quality.

On Sundays, they serve organic, locally grown, farm-fresh, dry-aged, sunnyside hip, baykahn schmammiches. NOM.

They offer plenty of guest beers as well as house brews. Great stuff.

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Photo of Tickman
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Best micro in Indy IMO. Very small batch brewery, but beers are unique and all have been top notch. Very broad offering of styles, rotating guest taps, both Indy and outside IN micros. Best garlic mayo aioli I've ever had...pairs well with sweet potato fries. Staff is awesome. They even gave me the pilot recipe for their coffee IPA...which I will make at home soon.

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Photo of tsauce2
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

A: Located in the Irvington section of Indy's east side, right off Washington St. Irvington is a very historic area of Indy, but over the last 40 years or so had fallen in to decline. Over the past 10 years this area has really come back, and it is great to see establishments such as Black Acre aiding in the economic resurgence. Neighborhood where Black Acre is has really been renovated and is a fine place during business hours.

Bar is modern and has a very metro/up-scale look, without the pretentious clientele or staff.

Q: Beer is of great quality and always fresh. Food is also of very good quality.

S: Service is excellent.

S: House and guest beers. Great variety.

F: Excellent sandwiches.

V: Everything is reasonably priced.

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Photo of MSandahl23
4.98/5  rDev +15.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Probably my favorite place in Indy to have a beer or 3 with some friends(might be biased though since it's a 5 minute walk from my house. They always have about 10-12 quality guest taps with some harder to find stuff sprinkled in with regular favorites(like Old Rasputin on nitro, which they always seem to have). And their own brews have been some of the best locally that I've found. Food menu is limited, but really good sandwiches and brewery fries(especially the sweet potato). Highly recommend if you're in the Indianapolis area.

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Photo of Gatordaddy
3.83/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Wanted to warn people: NOBODY UNDER 21 IS ALLOWED IN THIS ESTABLISHMENT. So if you have kids, don't bring them.

I was traveling across this fine country with my two sons and decided to meet my Indianapolis friend and his family for lunch at Black Acre. Unfortunately I found out upon arrival that only adults are allowed here. Not sure what law is involved, because Three Floyds is in Indiana and has no such age limit. The real problem is that this is not prominently mentioned, if it is mentioned at all, on the Black Acre website. There is a great pizza place, Jockamo, a couple of shops down that has excellent beer choices, so it wasn't a total debacle. I was able to get a growler from Black Acre and take it on the road. Bitter Life, a very good IPA. The decor inside was a bit stark for my tastes, but I can see how some would consider it upscale. The bartender was friendly. Certainly a worthwhile place to stop, but just don't bring children.

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Photo of zeebonic
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Was up from VA visiting family and popped in for a visit. Sat at the bar. Bartender was kind enough to pour a flight of all 7 of their offerings. Wine selection was decent for my girlfriend too. I particularly liked the Bitter Life IPA coffee-infused version and also the Saucy Intruder rye IPA. The only beer I didn't like was the Nit Wit. Wasn't bad, just not a style I love. Really really wish we had a place like this in DC. I overheard someone say there are 15 breweries in the metro Indy area. In jealous, esp if any of the others are as good as Black Acre. Will def visit again next time I'm in town.

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Photo of GwenNoel76
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Probably one of the better ones in Indy, IMHO. Very small location, but good food and very friendly staff. They serve a Sunday brunch, and now offer growlers. They offer up selections from other local/regional breweries, and they also offer a small selection of white and red wines.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.79/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Stopped in for lunch shortly after opening time on a Saturday.

First off I really loved the atmosphere. Nice low key place with multiple little nooks and crannies for different sized groups to gather. We pulled up to the bar where a friend knowledgable bartender provided us great service our whole stay.

Throughout the course of our time, the girlfriend and I split 4-8 oz pours. I love that they do half pints and the tulips themselves the half pints come in were very cool, so I ended up with 2 of those to take home. The Rye whiskey barrel scotch ale was the standout. One of the better local brews I've ever had. The Carver's Army (PB Porter), Red Hopper (imperial red) and Valve (CA common) were all well crafted and very close to style. The mouthfeel on all were incredible. Very smooth and none of the examples were too watery which is a problem many local places, especially ones on the green side tend to have. They also had around 12 of their own beers and several guest taps on draft.

We each ordered a panini from the small bar food menu. Mine had Smoking Goose meat in it and was really tasty. The fries had a great spicy seasoning on them.

I was absolutely floored with this place. I will definitely be going back there again and with another good visit or two, they could hit #1 on my go to list in Indy. Really good stuff here.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stop #376 on my world brewery tour.

Along with Three Floyds and New Albanian, this is one of the top three brewpubs in the state.

I grew up in Indianapolis when Irvington was a declining blue color area of the city. What a surprise to find this gem in the historic gentrified heart of a city within a city.

Plenty of parking around back. No food but they have a food truck out front with printed menus at the tables. About a third full during my visit on a Monday early evening. Mare sure to check hours before visiting.

Can see a tank or two from the back outside and across the bar. Probably qualifies as a nano brewery as the boil tank looked no bigger than 2 or 3 barrels.

Had a flight of all their beers plus 8 oz of the DIPA.
Blond, amber, 2 browns, porter, holiday spiced, and Russian imperial stout.
The amber, RIS, and DIPA were outstanding. I've been avoiding DIPA's lately as they're usually cloying, muddy, and too sweet. This was one of the best, well-attenuated DIPA's I've had - on level with Pliny from Russian River. Yeah, I said that.
The RIS was creamy, roasty, and delicious. Both of these high alcohol beers had no fermentation flaws in terms of detecting the alcohol or off flavors.

The only drawbacks I came up with was their guest tap list, while good, could have benefited from other great Indiana or regional beers. The server was friendly but when I asked a question or two about the beer, she didn't know and didn't bother asking one of the guys who kept coming around from the brewing area.

Highly recommended and they're on my Indy brewery rotation.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Lived in Indy for 8 years and did not even know that this part of town existed. Recent trip got me back to Indy for a night and gave the place a try. Nice surprise. Upscale bar and decor. house beers were pretty darn tasty and awesome grilled cheese. Bar staff was helpful and very cordial but not exactly well-versed in beer, etc. Eclectic crowd the night I was there, had trivia going with a bunch of law students in the crowd geeking each other out and a few locals. Little pricey for Indy, at least in my opinion, but that seemed the trend all over town.
Worth the trip if you are in town.

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Photo of LesArmstrong
4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I stopped by with friends last weekend. We were in town for the Bands of America Grand Championships. We just googled " beer pubs" near our hotel and found Black Acre. I had several of their beers and they were fantastic. The Beard Tax Russian Imperial was amazing! Strong, smooth, and a great roasted flavor with a subtle chocolate flavor. The guys behind the bar were very friendly and knowledgable . The menu is pretty small, but everything we ordered was terrific, great sandwiches!! Black Acre has a pleasant atmosphere , not rowdy or too loud (at least not that night),and we were made to feel welcomed immediately. I will definitely return when I get back to Indy!

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Photo of AaronHomoya
4/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Black Acre is a cool little beer bar in Irvington that also makes some nice beer. I've been a few times now, and really like the sleek (yet warm) modern atmosphere. They've always got an impressive selection of guest beers, though they can be a bit pricey (ex. $5.75 for a half-pint of Dreadnaught). But it's a good selection of craft beers. The house-brewed beers are pretty good too - especially the pumpkin ale I had recently. Food is offered every other day from the kitchen (pretty good sandwiches) and from food carts on the other days. They use some local goods (Smoking Goose meats) in a lot of the options, so that's cool. Recommended as one of the best beer options on the east side.

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Photo of Gross
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

On the first night they tapped their own beers, I was able to try the Green Tea Pale Ale and the Fair Wind Porter. Both of which were fantastic, but I don't remember enough specifics to accurately rate them. We also ordered appetizers. I had the sweet potatoe fries with cinnamon yogurt sauce, and they were outstanding! An absolutely fantastic place to just hang out with friends and talk over some wonderful craft beers.
If you're around the east side of Indy, you should definitely check this place out!

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Black Acre Brewing Co. in Indianapolis, IN
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