Black Acre Brewing Co.

BEER AVG
4.02/5
Black Acre Brewing Co.Black Acre Brewing Co.
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

5632 E Washinton St
Indianapolis, Indiana, 46219
United States

(317) 207-6266 | map
blackacrebrewing.com

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Added by jisom123 on 10-12-2011

BEER STATS
Beers:
111
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
621
PLACE STATS
Score:
94
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
75
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
4.17%
 
 
Taps:
20
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 75
Reviews by Yetiman420:
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 shelbs1202
4.45/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Nice little nook to duck-into. Always something new and innovative on tap. Sandwiches are pretty stellar too.

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Photo of nwhittin
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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 JustinSparks
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of cjwheeler
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Absolutely a must if you're into craft beer. Really good attention to quality.

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Photo of iRun2Beer
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of pkeating59
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Bruce5
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Great food, great beer, great service!!!

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Photo of JJH1018
4.45/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of adamjthompson00
4/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of rxthree
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of fredmugs
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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 kylehay2004
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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

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

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Phoneguy
4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Benjhilmer
4/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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 neckbracesub
3.76/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Zonian1
4/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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 jbizzle0v0
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

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Black Acre Brewing Co. in Indianapolis, IN
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