Oaken Barrel Brewing Company

Oaken Barrel Brewing CompanyOaken Barrel Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

50 North Airport Parkway, Suite L
Greenwood, Indiana, 46143
United States

(317) 887-2287 | map

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Reviews by Hoppy2Bhere:
Photo of Hoppy2Bhere
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I have been stopping by the Oaken barrel for about as long as it has existed and have always valued it as a great place to get a great meal, a couple pints of good beer and a growler to go. However, I have never reviewed what is one of the better brewpubs in Indy.

I stopped by for lunch today and had a wonderful experience all the way around. The waiter was asking for our drink orders before we even had our coats off and quickly brought 2 pints of their Superfly IPA, which is quickly becoming a favorite IPA of mine. It is only available on tap (wish they would bottle it!) and is very underrated in my opinion.

Ordered the special--a HUGE grouper sandwich that I could only get half way through--and their delicious black bean soup. With a growler of the IPA to go, we were completely satisfied with a great lunch stop.

I have to hand it to the Oaken Barrel...they are consistently turning out great beers and awesome food in a friendly environment. My only wish is they would bring back their Double IPA, which I only had the opportunity to enjoy one time.

Keep up the good work! I'll be back next time I am on the southside of Indy.

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Photo of JustinSparks
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of pettetk
5/5  rDev +45.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The original central Indiana craft beer! And is still the best!

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Photo of BeerPredator
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Vibe is like a sports bar meets restaurant meets brewhouse. Food resembles pub fare in price, taste, and selection. Nothing to gush over, but consistently acceptable and it pairs great with most of their beers. Speaking of the beers, I think all the house beers are great examples of their respectable styles and are each extremely approachable for any drinker, be it a beer geek or someone new to craft beer. The service usually takes a while so I recommend sitting at the bar, getting an appetizer and a pint and just watching Sportscenter during lunch when its not crowded.

Local tip: you can have them mix the pale ale with the porter in a pint (sacrilege to some, I know) but its incredible. They call it a "Black and Tan", try it!

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Photo of JDoHo
3.61/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.25

Photo of jbizzle0v0
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.25

Photo of TargaFlorio
3.99/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Boomer4ES
3.94/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of macaw87
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Photo of aklude
4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

Photo of Kyrojack
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of indianabeerman
4/5  rDev +16.3%

great food . nice beer garden some good beers

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Photo of gentryka
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of DoctorEvil65
4.06/5  rDev +18%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of mrjmann
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Trudogg
5/5  rDev +45.3%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Johnbat1985
1.45/5  rDev -57.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | food: 1

I went to this new restaurant based on my friend's amazing review. I ordered the beef tips and they were cold. So obviously I gave them another chance. Apparently, they thought they could give me the same beef tips I previously had (without warming them up). I felt the staff was very uncourteous The waitress talked about me behind my back and said some very disingenuous things while I listened. Her name was Dominique I would not recommend her as you waitress.
I also would not recommend this establishment as a place to go due to the poor service and poor Attitude of not only the sever but also the owner who was present And was made aware of my issues with my meal and he had no issues with sending me away unsatisfied

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Photo of robwestcott
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of inchrisin
4.86/5  rDev +41.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

I live in Southern Indianapolis. This place is Perfect for where I live. It's out of the way if you're coming from the airport or if you live in Indy--but it's worth it. It's hard to find great craft brew and great food in the same restaurant in Indianapolis. This place has BOTH. The annual beers are solid, and the you'll usually find a great seasonal beer. One thing that makes these guys stand out with their beer, and one thing that's really hard to achieve with brewing, is that they nail fruit flavor in their beers. The Raz Wheat is an annual beer, and the Apple Buzz is an autumnal favorite. Both are worth buying a growler of.

The food is diverse and you will usually see the waitstaff busting their butts to get things done. It has a bar atmosphere and can be noisy during peak hours. They have a lot of tvs and you can usually catch the game.

Overall it's a very likable place that stands out from downtown craft brew attractions. Oh, and if you know what Cincinnati-style chili is, they outdo ALL of the Eastern competitors. Their chili spaghs are penultimate!

I really would recommend this place over most anywhere in Indy. My ratings seem high, but I think this place deserves a great rating. Truly worth a visit!

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Photo of MSandahl23
3.75/5  rDev +9%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of WoodburyMN
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of glorp719
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

I was stopping for the night in the Indianapolis area enroute to CO. So, being from CO, this place had a high standard to live up to. it didn't disappoint, but it was not extraordinary, however.

The overall impression is 'competent, but unremarkable'. Atmosphere was pleasant enough but not really comfy. Several TV screens with the usual sports showing (why can't they have news or Discovery Channel or something other than sports??? - How many people @ a brewpub REALLY want to look at sports?) Anyway, the service was a bit peremptory - They were moderately busy and probably short a waitress. I ordered the taco salad. It was, like the brewpub, competent, but unremarkable. Plenty of it, though, so not a bad value. The waitress visited to take the initial beer order, then came back for the food order. A second person brought the food, took a second beer order and brought that. Didn't see the waitress again until she asked, in passing, if I wanted another beer then brought the bill. she missed the opportunity to sell me dessert. I told her that I'd have ordered it if she'd asked. Wanted a little time to let the beer settle before driving.

I sampled two beers, their 'Uber Weizen', a seasonal, and their 'Superfly IPA'. The weizen was definitely an American wheat. Good flavors of banana and yeast, with a hint of citrus. Served with a wedge of lemon, in the more proper fashion, rather than the fashionable orange. The name is a bit pretentious: Not a German weizen.

The 'Superfly IPA' was pleasing: weak head, but good deep copper color. Crisp, citrus/piney hoppiness with a strong malt base and clean finish.

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