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Rich O's Public House
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
3312 Plaza Drive
phone: (812) 949-2804
// CLOSED //
(Place added by: zerk on 04-19-2005)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 30
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Pizza, Beer and Pinkos
I was visiting the Louisville area on business, and stopped in this place on a Tuesday night for dinner and drinks, with my co-workers; Tom & Vinny. The parking lot was full, but there appeared to be plenty of tables when we first walked in around 7pm. We sat ourselves down and a waiter came by within a few minutes.
The Public House is not a very big place. It has one large dining area with a few smaller rooms adjacent. Wooden benches and tables line the walls of the main room which contains two blackboards; one listing the beers on tap and the other listing their bottled beer specials.
The bottled beer specials included Stone's Arrogant and Oak-aged Double Bastard, Founders Devil Dancer and Breakfast Stout, the Brooklyn Winter & Monster Ales, Aventinus Eisbock and De Dolles Special Export Stout. They also offered a wide selection of bottled beers from Belgium, Germany and other European countries, as well as, several American craft beer offerings. Overall, a very nice selection of bottled beers, although youll wind up paying about double for the imports compared to what you would expect to pay in a liquor store. The American micros seemed more reasonably priced.
The draft beers included Schlafly's Coffee Stout, Bell's Two Hearted and dopplebock, Rogue Smoke, Lindeman's Framboise, Anchor Steam, De Ranke XX Bitter, Hitachino New Year Celebration Ale and their standard offering of NABF beers (Hoptimus, Elector, Old 15B, Cummunity Dark and Croupier).
The waiter was attentive, knowledgeable and friendly. The draft beers were fresh and good. The thin crust, deep dish pizza was tasty and different, and the atmosphere was very casual. We sat in the largest of several rooms where there was no TV, no smoke and a mostly middle-aged (plus) clientele. BA magazines were available for reading, as well as, a mini library of what appeared to be beer related periodicals. There were a couple of small rooms (including the Red room) with couches and chairs that offered a more intimate setting, but I found them to be too smoky for me to remain in for very long.
This is definitely one of the better places to grab a good beer in the Louisville area. The Public House might be what you would get if you crossed a good brewpub with a coffeehouse, next to a small library selling pizza. A place where, a large picture of Eisenhower doesnt seem out of place next to an equally large picture of Frank Zappa.
03-07-2007 04:48:21 |
More by 86sportster883
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$$
Most of the comments from other BAers are right on. The bar is located in what appears to be a vacant 1950's strip mall. The signage is weak and the place is easy to pass by. Inside is where it gets interesting. From other comment, I imagined that the place would have been larger. It's quite small and it's unclear on how to get to the bar from the front door. The place (and it's help) is very eccentric, yet comfortable. It looks and feels like Jimmy Hendrix's basement if he were a Commi. I enjoyed the fact that there is little there to do other than enjoy and appreciate the vast array of high-quality brews. The beer menu was awsome. I attended the week after Lupin Land Fest and they had great IPA's, IIPA's, APA's and a good array of Belgians, local brews, and Pilsners. They obviously relish in the thought of having the most hard-to-get brews on tap in the region. If you are within an hour of Louisville and don't stop in for a pint or two, then you will do yourself an injustice.
10-26-2005 15:51:41 |
More by BEERchitect
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: 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: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $
My friend warned me about finding this place. He was right. After a 411 call, a few wrong turns, and a few delays in Louisville rush hour traffic, it was drinkin' time.
We were starved as all get out after driving from Georgia on a slice or two of cold pizza. My wife ordered the calzone, I got a ham sub. Basic bar food, we presumed, hoping to get some food in us before the insta-buzz of beer on an empty stomach.
The atmoshpere somehow transcends the stale strip-mall exterior. The place winds towards the bar, and by the time you're in that dark, very English environment you are sold on the place. I felt a major London flashback at the bar.
We asked about hoppy selections, and were answered with the in-house brands of Hoptimus (double-ish IPA with english characteristics) and Elector, an Americanized English IPA if that makes any sense. Founder's Centennial IPA, Upland's Dragonfly IPA, and Rogue's Mogul ale were also available for your hoppy desires.
I enjoyed the house brews but we both thought they were a touch ragged and all had a significant chlorophyll flavor. As the beers breathed (and we acquainted ourself to English yeasted American IPA) they definetely got better.
Tap selection is bomb-diggity, I can't remember all but what more than Stone's OG and GD's Old Ruffian explain about the quality and hard-core-ness. A vintage keg of Gale's Prize Old Ale was also intriguing, but as I was driving I could not partake.
The attitude toward beer here is incredible, as reflected both in the credo and overall presentation and respect. Beers are served at the proper temperature, multiple sizings are available, and everything is VERY reasonable in terms of price. I was also pleasantly surprised by the food; both of our entries seemed far above average for bar-food and were very cheap.
This place rocks. Too bad its a four hour drive from my house. I hope to return very soon, perhaps for next year's Gravity Head if i'm still in the state.
04-15-2006 18:29:51 |
More by GreenWBush
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: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
March 18th found Rich O's Public House after wondering around New Athens, In. Helpful staff guided us to several of the better offerings: Lindemans Fromboise Lambic, Burton Bridge Brewery-Thomas Skyles Old Ale -cask, BBC's Jeffersonson's Res. Bourbon barrel and the Fossil HBC winner Old 15-B a very drinkable clean stout. A lot of beer loving folks stop by and have been doing so for 10 yrs or so. High Gravity beer is still on tap from annual Gravity Head. My server brought me a 12 oz pack of Homeroasted roasted by a local patron. We had been talking about Kaldi's Coffee Stout. Very nice folks. The opposite side serves pizza and has a brewery view through a glass wall. Both sides have a chalk board with the offerings from the 30 taps. It was my pleasure to return the next week for pizza and a new UK cask ale and leave with a couple of growlers of high gravity beer. Friday nights are more crowded and you may have to have a couple of pints while waiting for a booth on the Pizza side.
03-26-2006 22:43:35 |
More by karst
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 |
More by zerk
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: 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
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