18th Street Brewery - Hammond Brewpub

18th Street Brewery - Hammond Brewpub18th Street Brewery - Hammond Brewpub
18th Street Brewery - Hammond Brewpub18th Street Brewery - Hammond Brewpub
Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

5417 Oakley Ave
Hammond, Indiana, 46320-1817
United States

(219) 803-0820 | map
18thstreetbrewery.com

Notes: Beers are listed at the original Gary location: https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/31042
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.12
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
47
pDev:
11.65%
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mynie from Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

We stopped by on a hungover Sunday mid-morning, bleary eyed after a wedding reception the night before.

The first 18th Street location is in Gary, in a very Gary-like portion of Gary that entails more Garyness than most people would want to deal with. Nearby Hammond gets a bit of a bad rap, but their downtown area was savaged and abandoned so long ago that gentrification's been under way for nearly two decades. Like most of the Region, Hammond has a creepy Omega Man sorta feel to it: an urban landscape, complete with tall buildings, that is eerily wide open.

The new 18th Street is smack dab in the middle of downtown, right on popular cycling and dog-walking route. The facility is, of course, an old building that was formerly abandoned. It is huge. A giant bar, a giant production and tour area, and a giant, fenced-in patio that allows dogs.

18th's aesthetic is a clear replication of the Floyds and comes with all the appealing problematics of so-called alternative culture--people with fancy haircuts and lavish tattoos who profess extreme individualism but nonetheless worship authority ("You know who's really metal? Cops."). 18th's forced sense of faux alterity isn't nearly as aggressive as that of the Floyds, however. Unlike FFF, the bartenders at 18th Street are neither surly nor dismissive. The music isn't incredibly loud. And--best of all--you don't have to sit outside for an hour before you can get in.

The beer is worthy of the hype: throughly midwestern, 100% contemporary, but with the sort of craftsmanship and quality that's becoming more and more rare in startup breweries. The food is likewise a bunch of farm-to-table "chef inspired" nonsense but, unlike most similar such places, here it's actually worth what you pay.

Jun 29, 2018
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West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

First off, this is a cool place. My main issue is that I thought it was going to be the coolest place I'd ever been, but, it wasn't. My expectations got the best of me. I just didn't like the beer I had or the beer I took home. The servers were nice, but not overly nice. Hammond is a terrifying spot. The food was great. If you are on the way to Chicago, then by all means stop by. I wouldn't make the drive in the way I would for a place like 3 Floyds.

May 07, 2018
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Large open-looking former manufacturing space with half walls separating the bar from the brewhouse and from more of a restaurant looking space. It's interesting to see City of Chicago flags in an Indiana establishment, but that's from where the brewers/owners hail.
All the beer is great. 9 house beers in 6 styles on tap and Zombie Dust as a guest all with reasonable prices.
Service was top notch. Our server was enthusiastic about the brewery and beer, well informed, willing to get questions answered, and was always closing with a great attitude.
I can't comment on the food, as I didn't have any, but it looked good and as with the beer the prices are right.

Oct 10, 2017
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Billolick from New York

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

This place is turning out high quality brews in bottles and cans and you also can fill your growler here.

Kinda dark and gloomy inside with what I'd describe as a heavy metelish kinda vibe..whatever, the food (I tried the tacos) and the Hoppy/fruity IPAs were on point...a friendly bartender and staff is always a plus....well worth a visit and not far from the interstate

Aug 22, 2017
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SaisonRichBiere from Michigan

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Very cool reclaimed industrial/warehouse space with a tap room and kitchen. Great selection of taps and guest offerings. Plenty of to go options with usually cans and bottles, and growler fills for select brews. Service very good both times I've been, and a great chef-inspired food menu to go with the beers. An easy stop if you're going to or from Chicago from the east. Makes Calumet Avenue a must stop with 3 Floyds to the south!

Jun 15, 2017
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RockRuler from Mississippi

3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I was there on a Monday evening around 5pm and the place was almost empty. The place is an old industrial space that they have polished up and converted into one large area that is sectioned off and doesn't flow well. There is no main focal point, including the bar. The service was good and the staff was friendly enough. I got a burger and fries and loved it, great flavor. With only 8 beers on tap I felt the selection needed improvement on quantity and variety. They also offer mixed drinks if desired. This location is worth checking out and I enjoyed it but will try other spots when I get the chance to visit the area again.

Aug 21, 2016
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NoYouDidnt from Indiana

4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Was a big open space. Lots of tables. Lots of standing area. Patio open too. They play metal, not my thing at all. But not played terribly loud. Was there about noon on a weekday, not many there which there probly shouldn't be. Beers are great quality. Served in proper glass. 7-8 taps of their beers and a guest. The beers are really good. You figure out from trying any beer pretty much, these guys know how to make beer. Service, fine. Was checked on regularly and they were nice. Food was real good. Got poutine and loved it.

Jul 27, 2016
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southsidejoe8089 from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Much bigger and nicer than the original location in Gary. I like the Gary location, but will probably hit the Hammond location more frequently. Closer to Chicago, which is a bonus, and it seemed like they had a bigger selection. I was there on Memorial Day so it was not that crowded, but everyone there was friendly. Be sure to have an Undercrown DIPA if you make it there. Very tasty.

Jun 03, 2016
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Warren2621 from Indiana

4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

The beer is the best thing going here of course. The new location is huge and is set up in an old brick warehouse. It's all concrete inside.. looks like where the villain in a movie would take you to torture you. Beer is awesome. Have only had the food once but it was pretty solid and prices are fair.

It's easy to tell this place is still in its early stages, but don't let that scare you away. You'll get some tasty beer and good food. They do to-go bottle sales from the bar and update what's available on their website. Staff has always been friendly and easy going.

Love how big this place is.. it's comfortable and can't get overcrowded with how much room there is.

I have no complaints.. I come here for good beer and that's what I get

May 02, 2016
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BertSugar from Indiana

4.41/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

The Gary facility was just too damn small to contain the operation. The tap room remains there, but this is the new brewery and additional pub. Boy, what an addition! TONS of space for lots and lots of new beers. This is a funky old warehouse that has been spiffed up beautifully. Nice big bar, room to roam. The same great beers one has come to expect from these guys: big ass DIPAs, gorgeous sours, rich stouts, and some curve balls aged in various barrels. Drew knows exactly what he is doing. There is a small kitchen kicking out an equally small menu, but all the food coming out is simple yet elegant. Just right. A bit more difficult to find than the one in Miller, but closer to Chicago. Highly recommended.

Mar 11, 2016
18th Street Brewery - Hammond Brewpub in Hammond, IN
Place rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 47 ratings