18th Street Brewery


Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

5725 Miller Ave
Gary, Indiana, 46403-2871
United States

(219) 939-8802 | map

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Added by emerge077 on 03-01-2013

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Reviews by mynie:
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4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

A few people told me to check this place out, they got awesome brews. A gander at their BA scores seemed to confirm that, but, you know, it's Gary and all. L-let's just wait until they hit that sweet spot where they're distributing to Merrilville but not yet shipping to Binny'ses, so I can buy bombers without having to chat up some mutant clerk.

But then my fiance's folks were like "aww, Gary ain't so bad." They said that Gary was something of a reclamation project, like on the episode of MTV's "True Life" where those black kids from Detroit got grant money to transform abandoned houses into crackpipe museums. Or, you know, hipster shit. Fucking, putting bike lanes on roads, or sitting some colored chalk next to a burnt slab of concrete and letting the local hoodlums express themselves through tagging.

So, fuck it, I'll go. It's basically on the way back home, and it couldn't possibly be as crowded as the Floyds.

And, yes, the place itself is cool. It even lies within something of a little reclamation/hipster enclave. Only that enclave is the size of a very small strip mall. To get through it, one must pass through Gary.

This was 3 PM on a Thursday, but it was fucking HELLA Gary out, let me tell you. There was a dead kitten a block away. Not a cat. A kitten. And they don't believe in sidewalks in Gary, since hoosiers regard any and all infrastructural spending as socialism, so the bums walk down the middle of the street. They slap at your windows. That's scary.

But the place itself is quite nice. My kind of people. Gary people. Ironic I'm such a pussy about things like Gary, I guess, seeing as how I generally enjoy the company of dirtbags. A-and I mean "dirtbags" as a compliment. Sure, I've been to fancy joints: Sound Brewing, Ruth Chris, Au Bon Pain. But I'd take this place's vibe any day of the week.

It's in a somewhat large and windy building. "Windy" as in it winds, not as in there's wind. Kind of a weird architectural setup, and maybe it's not actually that large but it just seems that way since it's mostly empty. The place smells new, like Home Depot. The servers were all pretty, maternal 30-something women with tattoos and when they call you "honey" it doesn't feel trashy or forced.

The beers sparkle. Deal with the Devil is one of the year's best. The smoked wit is likewise fantastic.

My one complaint is that they only sell 32 ounce growlers, and those cost more than most place's 64 ounce growlers. That's cray. Everything else is worth checking out. Just--don't go after dark. The neighborhood gets stabby.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ericfoster83
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 1 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Photo of CPAles
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of kreg02
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of johunnic
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Drinkcraft
4.18/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of jessewilliamson
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3

Photo of southsidejoe8089
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of SierraFlight
4.06/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of kylehay2004
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Warren2621
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

This is a small pub with a dining area and a bar area. Looks like someone's basement with the low ceiling and blue paint on the wall. I dig it. Reminded me of the little Mikkeller bars in Copenhagen.

You can usually catch Drew around the pub. He seems really involved with day to day stuff. Taps and food are excellent, especially the beer.

This has a nice old time local pub feel. You'll see all kinds of people here. It's a place where the locals in Gary can come sit down for beer after work. The appearance is nothing spectacular but it's a cozy place to have a beer.

To-go bottles are available. I've enjoyed my few visits here quite a bit. I can't wait to see these guys keep growing

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Photo of jenrhart
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of monty79_1997
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

They do stouts very well

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Photo of aasher
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Azz
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of NCCIndy
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Kinda an alt-dive vibe and an odd neighborhood. The beer selection was good and the staff was friendly, but we didn't get the chance to try the (limited) food selection.

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Photo of Thirsty_In_Chicago
3.94/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Came for Blud. Was told they had sold out. Ok, no problem. See next day it's still for sale and come to find out they just were not able to wax all the bottles in one day. Understand wanting to sell the bottles the way the brewery intended, but please be honest with the customers.

Other than this issue I have had positive experiences at 18th St. Always a great tap selection in a cozy room. Look forward to visiting their new brewery.

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Photo of MonikerMonks
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of BigPapa405
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Photo of pollocktown4
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

This gem, located in the heart of downtown Miller (Not to be confused with Gary, Indiana, which some reviews mention) is a great place. The location is definitely weird and interesting to get to, but once you get there it will be worth it. The beer selection they had was smaller, but each beer produced here is definitely quality. Metal music played over the speakers, and it seemed as if the small crowd that was there didn't match. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Did I mention that the beer here was great?

...going back again soon.

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Photo of CityofWind_brew
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of bcm75
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of RajaSTL
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

I thought I had taken a wrong turn deep in Gary Hell going to 18th Street… I’m used to breweries in the middle of nowhere, small towns, industrial parks… this one is something else. But when you get there, you’ll forget the location and be amazed at the quality stuff these folks brew.

The taproom is small and comfortable, despite the lack of AC and the sticky heat of a Chicagoland summer.

Metal on the stereo, friendly folks, good beer. Six beers on tap, priced at five-six dollars per small pour. Some food, basic menu. The Imperial Blud Imp Stout is world-class!

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