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Rich O's Public House
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
3312 Plaza Drive
phone: (812) 949-2804
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(Place added by: zerk on 04-19-2005)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 30
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
I had the pleasure of crashing the IN/KY Gathering with my brother and had a great evening talking and tasting beers with other BAs.
Located in a very unassuming shopping center area next to a car wash, it takes up the corner space of an L-shaped arrangement of store fronts. A nice assortment of neon signs from quality brewers preps the patrons for what lies inside. The inside was rather crowded that night. I would imagine that this is a typical problem for Rich-Os as there are easily enough craft beer loving people in the area to support their business. There was really nowhere to sit down for awhile. Fortunately I had some beer gifts to pass around and some beer trades to execute, by the time I was all done with that, some spaces opened up for me to sit down and have a beer and some pizza. Very cozy atmosphere, though a TV or 5 wouldn't hurt, especially during March Madness.
I only got to try one of their smoked beers, thought it was great. Others were equally impressed by some of the other local products. The server guy was very attentive and patient with all of us, even taking a food request from me while in the middle of something else. Service was prompt and friendly.
Though seating arrangements were a bit limited, the beer list was anything but. Very extensive list of US micros and top shelf imports. I tried several but was having so much fun I didn't stop to take notes on any of the beers, just enjoyed them. The pizza we had was just the normal stuff, but was it ever good. They know how to use garlic in this place very well, the pizza disappeared with haste.
I plan to attend more events at Rich-Os, if you're in the area and have a thirst for better beer, this is the place to go.
04-18-2005 19:04:17 |
More by brewdlyhooked13
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Got to visit here during the IN/KY Gathering. Located in a strip mall...my eyes lit up when I saw the Rogue neon in the window. They had a huge list of tapped imports and micros for the Gravity Head festival. My favorite of the night being Fantome Saison on draft. There's a wonderful atmosphere here with good lighting, lots of tables and even some couches near the bar. Everything I ordered was delivered in the proper glassware and they seem to really care about good beer here...not a macro in sight. On top of all of this they also brew their own beer.
The food here was great as well...I had a calzone with spinach, roasted garlic and mushrooms that was just awesome. We had one waiter for the whole gathering...and he was very nice and accomodating. I really can't say enough about this place. Their love for good beer shows...and if you're in southern Indiana anywhere near New Albany...do yourself a big favor and get to Rich O's. You will not regret the decision!
03-30-2005 03:46:17 |
More by orbitalr0x
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4
Spent a few hours here on 3-19-05, during the Ky/Indiana beer gathering. "Gravity Head", a celebration of barleywines, wheatwines, etc., was still going on. Adnams Tally-Ho barleywine was on cask, and over 20 assorted micro and imports were on tap. Extensive bottle selection included Alaskan Smoked Porter and an imposing number of other quality Ameican micros and fine imports. No macros to be found here. Very comfortable atmosphere, with a strong emphasis on quality beer. Staff was attentive and very knowledable. Proper glassware was used. This is also a brewpub, but their Electra IPA was the only one I tried and it was very high quality. This place has been well described by previous reviewers, so there's not a lot for me to add. This is simply one of the best beer bars I've ever visited in North America. Amazing place to be located just across the Ohio River from Louisville. Can't wait to make another visit to this outstanding pub.
03-21-2005 15:05:13 |
More by merlin48
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Wow, what a place. I had the pleasure of going to Rich-O's with a few fellow Kentucky BAs for the Saturnalia festival, and I was really blown away. The place is decorated nicely, with lots of cool breweriana and tons of even cooler communist memorabilia. There's lots of tables to sit at, a few bar stools, and even a few couches and sofas. I didn't get to check out the view over at the sportstime pizza connected to Rich-Os. It took us a few minutes to get a brew and get a table, but as they say, good things come to those who wait. They had a killer tap selection due to the Saturnalia festival, including De Ranke XX Bitter, Anchor OSA 2004, Urthel Quadrium, Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock Gfrorns, Hitachino Nest Sweet Lactose Stout, and Bells Third Coast Old Ale just to name a few. On top of that, they had a HUGE bottled beer menu, with two great offerings that I've been searching for and just couldn't pass up (Cantillon St. Lamvinus and Alaskan Smoked Porter). They even have a beer engine pumping cask ale. Everything was poured properly and was in proper glassware. The wait staff was fairly decent as well. If you come here, be sure to save some room for pizza as well. The deep dish is really really deep, and with great toppings such as spinich and whole roasted garlic cloves, you just can't go wrong. All the prices here on both food and beverage are decent, with nothing too overpriced. You can even get beers in bottles to go without the bar markup price, ingenious! This place is highly recommended if you are in the New Albany / Louisville, Kentucky area. Go. Now.
01-11-2005 05:41:58 |
More by SheepNutz
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4
What a cool place. Somewhat hidden in a small shopping center, this place is much bigger and better than it looks on the outside. The first room of Rich O's has some luncheon tables. Go through a door and you have an area with a very small bar and several couches. To the left is the Red Room with more seating in a small area. We were there for part of the "Saturnalia" festival. Unreal beer selections on tap. Just unreal. Alpha Klaus, Fantome, De Rank Noel. Wow. The bar service was great - the co-owner kept coming by and checking on us as well as tending the bar.
The food from the pizza place next door was good (I only had the breadsticks, but the pizza looked great as well). The brewmaster from New Albanian gave us a great tour of the brewing area and gave us trials of all the beer he had on tap and in fermenter. What a great place. I'll be back very soon.
12-29-2004 18:38:25 |
More by clvand0
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
Had my first of many future experiences at Rich-O's today. Wow. They are celebrating the winter solstice now with their Saturnalia Festival. There are 17 beers on tap special now for the festival, with 13 or so in the wings for when these run out. How is a guy to chose? I went with a De Ranke Pere Noel, Oak Aged Arrogant Bastard, Corsendonk Christmas Ale, and Left Hand Milk Stout. While there, I was able to talk to Roger, the man in charge of writing their newsletter and one of hte bartenders, and got to meet a lot of folks that love good beer. What a great experience. They even let you buy their bottled beer for take-away, so I got a bottle of the Fantome Hiver. The only other that I remember was Alaskan Smoked Porter. Anyone in the vivinity of Louisville or southern Indiana should visit this place. I'm already planning my next trip!
Edit: Visited again yesterday. We spent at least an hour chatting with Michael, the head brewery, inside the small brewing set-up. He gave us samples of all the beers available off tap at the time, plus a taste of their stout that was still in fermenter. He put up with some questions from 4 homebrewers, all while continuing to work a bit. What a quality establishment. I can't say anything but good things about every aspect of the place.
12-19-2004 01:59:44 |
More by kmpitz2
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Hands down the best bar I've ever been in. [edit: well, I was a bit excited when I returned from Rich O's for the first time. I've tempered my ratings a bit, namely in the food and atmosphere category. I need to save 5s for some place truly special].
Wow. Just got back this morning from an incredible, dare I say AWESOME (imagine Will Ferrel impersonating James Lipton...'you are AWESOME'), trip down to New Albany Indiana. While hooking up with some members of the Fossils Homebrew Club was certainly the highlight of the evening, Rich O's wasn't exactly a let down.
The reason I went was to partake in some of the finest hoppy beers the world has to offer at their 3rd Annual Lupulin Land Fest. Besides the fact that 60 minute and SN Harvest were delayed until Monday, the selection was great. Had hand pullled Two Hearted, which was incredibly yeasty...the cask must have been rushed. Oh well. Had a 90 minute, an I2PA, and two dry hopped St. Rogue Reds. I passed on the 120 minutes (on draft!), the Mojo and Hazed and Infused, the two Anderson Valley brews, the Heavy Handed IPA, the Arrogant Bastard and Stone IPA, the Alpha King and the Avery 11. I regret having to pass on these and I also wish I would have had some Anderson Valley instead of the 90 minute or the second Rogue Red. But those Rogue reds are just awesome.
They also have another couple taps including Guinness, Belhaven's Scottish, Lindeman's Framboise and a couple others too. Very impressive.
The bottle selection wasn't exactly shabby either. George Gale's going back into the mid '80s, Jw Lees going back to the early '90s, a bunch of Thomas Hardy (didn't catch the date on those), Fantome Pissenlit on special for 12$!!, and about 200 other tasty treats that I didn't have a chance to peruse including, get this, something like 12 lambics!
The place is about as cool as they come too. It seems like its going to be pretty drab from the outside. Its a mini shopping center occupied exclusively by the Rich O's, New Albanian Brewery, Sportstime Pizza, and FOSSILS homebrew club. But the bar is just incredible. Tight little place, lots of walls and beams and tons of very cool stuff hanging on the wall. There are two couches and a big comfy chair around a coffee table. Stacks upon stacks of magazines and newspapers including 7 brewing papers and the Economist, among other periodicals of some stature. There's also the 'red room' off to one side filled with communist paraphenalia. Really really really great stuff.
THe food was incredible...at least the Pizza we ordered. We got a $30 dollar 'refrigerator' pizza, or as Serena called it, 'one agressive pizza'. It was freakin' huge. The toppings alone were at least an inch thick...no joke. It must of weighed 20lbs. Really really tasty.
The place is a little confusing when you first walk in. Its not quite clear where you order a beer and the servers look just like everybody else in the bar. It took a while to get a first beer, but after that the service was fantastic. He had a fresh beer on the table while I was just finishing the last one.
Also should note that the people there were just incredible. Not only did the owner give me advice on where to camp over email, I got to meet him. Very cool guy. I talked to a lot of strangers who knew a lot about beer. Really cool regular crowd whose neighborhood bar this is. Really great great great great.
It got pretty crowded, but I couldn't imagine how crowded it must egt when there isn't a huge harvest festival occuring simultaneously in the town.
10-09-2004 18:31:06 |
More by cerevisiaephilus
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $
As a long time denizen of Rich O's, it's difficult for me to be un-biased but I will do my best.
Rich O's is a little off the beaten path, in terms of its location and it's philosphy and it's approach to all things beer.
With 24 taps, some taken up by their own very fine in-house brewed beers, they still have the best selection of drafts of any establiment I have been in. The do not serve mass-produced industrial brews, in bottles or on draft (universally labeled "swill" by the staff and patrons alike) Do NOT attempt to order a Bud Light in this place.. There is usually a good mix of american micros and imports (including two or three belgians). The beers move fast enough to keep them from sitting around too long. The staff is very knowledgable about the beers on tap and are usually good at making recommendations.
In addition to the taps, the have anywhere between 150 and 200 different beers in bottles. The also carry a small selection of wines, meads and imported ciders (REAL cider, not that Woodchuck apple juice).
All of the food I have had there has been universally good. They have excellent pizza and a nice selection of sandwhichs. Soup, which varies from day to day, is made fresh by Amy, one of the owners.
The place is a little on the small side. Tables can be at a premium on weekend nights and service can be a little slow at times due to the fact that the place gets very crowded on occasion rather than due to any fault of the staff.
Any true beer fanatic would be well advised to stop by whenever in the area.
06-01-2004 02:57:42 |
More by oracle
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
Not only the best beer selection in Louisville (ignoring the fact that it is Southern Indiana), it also has the best pizza in town. I never get anything but the upside down pizza anymore, but back when I first discovered Rich O's, I would order other items, which were also quite good. The breadsticks are good, the pretzels with beer cheese make an excellent appetizer, and oh, yeah, they have some beer too.
Always a wonderful selection of beer on tap, knowledgable staff to help you find the specific taste you are looking for, and on one of my first trips there, other patrons introduced me to Chimay Grande Reserve, now a requirement on any Rich O's trip.
Sometimes you get what you pay for, but not in this case. The beer is very reasonably prices and the food is just plain cheap.
04-19-2004 21:36:24 |
More by rlcoffey
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4
After having so many of their NABC beers and hearing so many great things about Rich O's, I decided I had to finally make my way to the Louisville area. I went during their Gravity Head 2004, where I counted around 25 excellent hard to find high gravity beers on tap!!! The beer selection is by far the best I've seen anywhere in the US... and it's all fresh and kept in excellent condition. All of the NABC (New Albanian Brewing Co.) beers on tap are excellent as well. My only dilemma was that I couldn't order them all!
The atmosphere is warm and cozy, and the staff is friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. Food is from next-door's Sportstime Pizza, which is owned by the same family, and is quite good as well.
If you're going to be in the Louisville area and don't stop by Rich O's, you're doing yourself a great disservice!
03-21-2004 18:32:58 |
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