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Barley Island Brewing Company
Active Beers: 23
Beer Ratings: 705
Beer Avg: 3.81
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
639 Conner St (Hwy 32)
phone: (317) 770-5280
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 16 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Barley Island is a Restaurant / Brewpub located in a turn of the century building in downtown Noblesville. They've got an Irish theme going on, with Shamrocks as part of the stained glass windows, brass lamps, etc. The decor is dark, has a lot of character, and is reminiscant of a british pub. The food is pretty good (standard american fare), and I'd definately recommend their Scotch Eggs as an appetizer. On Wed, Fri, and Sat, they have live music. (Wed is an open mic night) The beer selection isn't outstanding (probably 7 or 8 beers) but the quality of beer is good.
08-05-2002 08:16:48 |
More by zerk
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Nice brewpub atmosphere, with nice hidden tables, good bar area seats, and a nice open area, as well.
The bartender was the only one on duty at lunch, but he was very friendly, gave excellent service, and was knowledgable about the food and, more importantly, the beer.
The menu seemed large, the scotch eggs and tenderloin sandwich were excellent.
The have their usual brews on tap, as well as a few guest beers (Belhaven Scottish Ale, Warbird's Irish Shanty, and Three Floyd's Gumballhead when I was there). I was a little disappointed that their pump engine was out, because I really wanted to try their pump stout, but it was being repaired at the time.
07-03-2008 19:04:08 |
More by JamesS
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Checked this local brewery out on an early Saturday eveing. Not too busy at around 5. There was a local beerfest going on about an hour away that this brewery was at, so that might have taken away from some of the usual clientel. Has a setup that allows you to watch the brewmasters at work from the front window. Door opens to a "family" style dining room with a bar and nice private booths behind that. The waitress was knowledgable about what she was serving us and we appreciated it. I had the Pale Ale and my girlfriend, who is a brown ale snob sampled it. We were both really impressed with what we got. I believe they had four other choices on tap with a seasonal as well. Food was fair, but I wasn't too adventerous that night with the Bratwurst. Other than that it is just regular pub food. Definitely will remain on the restaurant rotation for us.
04-07-2004 01:23:02 |
More by rdailey76
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
A nice, quiet place to have some modest but respectable original beers.
I've been to Barley Island twice now, and I'm pleased to report that on my recent trip, I found the same charms as last time. The place itself has a warm, dark atmosphere, and was relatively dead on both visits (this I like). The beers themselves are modest but fully respectable. Typical characteristics seem to be assertive hoppings and full mouthfeels. Service was great and genuinely friendly both times (with I could remember their names). The food was ok... pretty typical pub fare... didn't notice any standouts. Prices were reasonable with no beer over $4. Definitely worth a visit... or two :)
12-28-2009 18:00:03 |
More by dmfrench
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $
Okay my wife and I stopped by here on Phish tour. When we first walked in the dining area was dead because kitchen was closed and it was only 9:55pm on a Thursday. So we went to the bar and ordered a beer. The taps were not working because of the compresser or something was on the fritz, but their cask had some delicious BB Aged Stout (Beastie Barrel Stout). I was very pleased with this beer, the aroma was a bit low but the taste and body made up for it. They had plenty of their brews in bottles so my wife ordered a Sheet Metal Blonde (Belgian Style Wheat Ale). After about 30 mintues there was about 9 people there enjoying the brews, while the bartender and I were the only ones haveing the cask. The bartender (we will remain nameless for security reasons) and I were jabbering about beers and he tried the tap again and got it working. Then I started moving to the Beastie Barrel Porter, being a Kentucky burbon whiskey fan I really enjoyed this beer. My wife stuck with the Sheet Metal Blonde but on tap. Before we could even finsh a beer the bartender would automatically keep refilling. I asked about the Java Porter and the EXTREMLY RARE Single White Friar. He looked around and answered, sorry but we don't have anymore of them. a few minutes before 12am the bartender started asking people to leave due to closing time, but asked my wife and I to stay. After evey one except for the bartender and one of the cooks were gone he locked up and took us on a private tour of the brewery. Then he brought out the Java Porter (bottle 12oz) and shared it with me, while still pouring more Sheet Metal Blondes for my wife. Then he brought out the Single White Friar and explained why this is so rare and how it is impossbile to clone every again. We left about 2am and was charged only 14 bones for one of the best brewpub visits I have had.
06-24-2009 12:57:01 |
More by TonyBrew
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Barley Island is about 20 minutes from downtown Indianapolis. Aside from some confusion with their many streets named Fall Creek, it is pretty easy to find. They have the entire brew works viewable from the street! Parking consists of a small side lot, and some additional parking in the rear.
Inside you are greeted by a fairly sparse seating area, but toward the back things get a little warmer, with booths and frosted glass all in an Irish theme. I especially liked the hanging lights that showed leprechauns holding mugs of ale. The bar area is tucked in the rear and is pretty small but well stocked. They also have an adjoining game room with pool and classic arcade games.
The beer selection is fairly good. They have 6 beers available, including a seasonal or 2, and a cask offering. The have a sampler and growlers available as well. The beers range from standard brewpub stuff to more unique offerings like a 60 Shilling Scottish Ale.
The service here was decent, but they were not busy at all on a weeknight.
The food was a combination of Irish pub grub, pizza and sandwhiches. We tried the brewpub nachos and were not disappointed.
All in all this is definitely a recommended stop if you are in the Indianapolis area. It's not that far (unless you take a couple wrong turns like I did) and the beers are all pretty good.
01-16-2004 03:43:59 |
More by Dogbrick
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in for a late lunch because we were in the neighborhood visiting a friend. Furnishings are a little on the old side and the place is a little drabby IMO. Service and food were both very good. I had an excellent beer battered pork tenderloin and my wife had a good chicken wrap. I got the beer sampler which was a great value. 5 4oz servings of draft + 1 4oz cask serving for $6 was a good deal. I'm not a huge fan of their beers, but the food is very good. If you like their beers, this place is a no brainer.
05-19-2007 22:40:45 |
More by Duster72
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I was in Noblesville for a concert and stopped by Barley Island (found it on BA).
This is a nice little place with some good beers.
Walking in you'll find a decent sized dining area. Walk to the back and you'll find the bar (unless you park out back, then reverse it). We sat at the bar.
The back bar is beautiful...old stained glass, and a beautiful old bar.
While there, I sampled their cask ale, which at the time was an imperial stout--a pretty good one. I also had their IPA and a few sips of their Count Hopula imperial IPA. All were good examples of the style. It was nice to see a cask ale on tap, and the stout was served in a small snifter.
One thing I enjoyed about this place is that they do half pours...which, if you are looking to sample a few extra beers, is where it's at.
The service was friendly, and the bartenders were quite knowledgeable about their beer. One beer bottle on display was a java stout...they didn't have any on hand, but one bartender said it was brewed with locally roasted coffee, which lead us down to a local coffee shop later. Pretty cool.
Overall, the experience was nice...a cool place with some good character and fine ales. Check it out if you are in the area.
05-12-2010 20:43:40 |
More by movingtrain
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Visited Barley Island last night for the first time with my wife. I've never had any of their beers despite the fact that they're available practically everywhere beer is sold in Hamilton County.
Atmosphere is cozy and warm despite the overall size of the place, a fairly large establishment overall with nice old-world accents like the gold tinned ceiling not unlike that of the Broad Ripple Brewpub and the stained glass windows separating the bar from the booth and table seating area. We were sat in a booth being nonsmokers as the bar was a smoking section as well, which is fine if that's your cup of tea.
Service was knowledgeable and attentive, our waitress seemed to be fairly well versed in their beer's characteristics.
Selection of fare ranges from burgers and waffle fries to typical pub fare like scotch eggs and fish n chips, along with a few mexican and asian influenced dishes as well. We started off the night with the Beer bread and Asiago cheese crock which was great. We also got their beer sampler which gives you 5-4oz. samples of their Wheat, Pale, Brown, 60 Schilling Scotch Ale and their IPA.We also added their Oatmeal Stout and the Black Majic Java Stouts to round out the lineup and get a feel for their brewing. Their stouts in my opinion are their bread and butter, both great beers. Their other beers aren't bad by any measure, just a little plain.
As far as the food is concerned, my wife and I both ordered burgers, I opted for the "Black and Bleu" and she got the "Beer-B-Q" burger, both of which were pretty tasty.
Value is outstanding, the seven four ounce samplers of beer and the burgers with the appetizer was only $32.66 before the tip. Absolutely amazing, the quality offered at these prices is practically unbelievable. I've had some better beer and some better food at similar establishments but not at these prices.
Overall, a solid brewpub with a comfortable, relaxed feel that offers up some solid beers and a good menu at great inexpensive prices. Stop in and check this place out if you're hungry or thirsty for a good beer in Noblesville.
12-24-2006 02:04:44 |
More by danielocean03
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4
First planned stop on my Indianapolis beer adventure. Unfortunately the place doesn't open until 5 on the weekday, so I had to come back and open it up after BW3's, Kahn's, and Alcatraz.
Barley Island is housed in a retro-fitted antique-y building right off of the main drag in Noblesville. Has the feeling of a pre-prohibition tavern. Classic wood floors, painted metallic ceiling tiles, wild west creaky wooden furniture, crappy plastic bucket seats at the bar, video gaming unit. The bar is gorgeously mirrored and decorated with Christmas lights with a few decent scotches and some other sub-top level liquors.
Remiscent in tone to the Horse Brass pub in Portland, Oregon. Refreshing after an afternoon at the BW3's.
Parking is a bit iffy, there's some behind the building but I wasn't really sure where exactly I was supposed to. Could be a problem weekend nights.
The bartender was downright obnoxious when I got there. She was talking to a fellow employee and playing one of the Cherry-masters while attempting to take my order, her back turned. I was rather infuriated by the time it took to get my pint and a simple hello.
Fortunately, she got less gruff rather quickly when I showed an interest in the beers, and she was actually pretty knowlegable about the beers. She did eventually redeem herself with pleasant conversation and a friendly tone.
I thought BI's selection was pretty darned remarkable for how small of a pub it was. On tap was a wheat, red, scotch, brown, porter, stout, and pale, which was available via conventional CO2 or on cask. The bourbon barrel aged Oatmeal stout was available in a bomber for $5.
Faced with the prospect of an hour drive home, I could only have three pints over a couple hours. I loved the scotch ale, loathed the red, and could have easily drowned myself on the cask pale ale, which was really tasty and 100% sessionable.
Definitely worth a stop if you're near Indy.
PS - if you go, request that they do an IPA. They never have, and the brewmaster might do one if the interest is there...
12-11-2004 19:51:53 |
More by GreenWBush
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