Broad Ripple Brew Pub
Active Beers: 41
Beer Ratings: 212
Beer Avg: 3.99
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Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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4.3/5 rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I arrived here early (read before opening) on Monday, 28 Nov 2005 and was able to badge my way in through a combination of brewspapers, business cards, and LNCBC letterhead. This brings up an important point, since I was acting as Advance Party for a possible bus trip from LNCBC to the IN Microbrewers' Guild Festival next summer. Say tuned!
Curt Dannemann, the manager, was the kind soul who let me in, and I was highly grateful and kept my nonsense to a minimum. John Hill, the owner, was out of town at the time, but my information is to be passed on to him upon his return. The other notable presence was a young man named, "Cupcake", which seems unusual for a guy, but he's an unusual guy, or so I am told.
The site is a former Napa Auto Parts store, but it has a really, rustic, vintage look going on. This is thanks to John having gone on a scavenger hunt at the place's inception. The back bar is a former dresser and mirror, flanked by former bedposts. The working fireplace was purchased through a local salvage company that specializes in fireplaces. The real talking point, however, is the pressed tin ceiling that was rescued over a weekend from a local home that was slated to be razed the following Monday. The skivvies blew early here, lemme tellya. The bar, which is just a small corner affair, was brand new fifteen years ago, but has since taken on a worn, vintage look. I was especially intrigued by the "Mystery Rubbing Hole" to the left of the center jointure on the bar. It gave me a tingly feeling when I rubbed it. I also want to mention that they have six brass taps and two beer engines.
Coming through the front door, you reach the main dining room slightly to the right. In it is a grandfather clock that was donated by a friend of the owner. Above it are a row of vintage drinking mugs. On the left side of the dining room is a series of glass doors that lead onto an area overlooking their porch and North 65th Street.
The mens' and womens' are to the left of the bar area, through a doorway by the fireplace. Beyond that passageway are a couple of English-style dartboards.
The ambiance is great and the beers are tasty. I started with a sampler, but stayed with their IPA. I also had their squash soup, but I had to agree with the majority that the cook had been a bit heavy-handed with the jalapeno peppers. Bet on me coming back.
12-03-2005 01:43:35 | More by woodychandler
4.3/5 rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This was my last stop on my tour of Indianapolis. And it sure didn't disappoint.
Upon walking here from Brugge Brasserie, I noticed scores of people hanging outside drinking. I thought I would walk into a mad house of people at the bar, but it was only me and a couple of others. Thankfully, everyone wanted to drink outside, which gave me ample room to spread out at the bar.
I ordered up a flight of all the beers they had on tap. 6 beers plus 2 casks were pouring that night. This place has a nice English Pub feel, with brewerania all around. I had their Lawnmower Pale Ale, IPA, ESB, Mild, and Pils. All were quality and fresh.
The service here was also way above par. The bartender was extremely nice and personable. And him and I talked beer most of the time I was there
Overall, great brew pub. Great beer, good people, and a nice atmosphere. What more could you want?
06-24-2008 15:10:21 | More by leftmindedrighty
4.28/5 rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
My second time to the brew pub but my first with the ability to correctly report my findings, as the first time i was a little tipsy. I travel to indianapolis a few times a year and my g/f and I went here for our anniversary dinner since she is starting to enjoy good beer too. Its in a really neat area of Indy, tons of shops and piano bars, lots of friendly people and a just an all around cool place. The broad ripple brew pub is nesseled on the outskirts of the main drag and has a nice outdoor section to eat which is were we ate. Usually pretty busy but we were able to sit down right away. They have tons of craft brew from all over the midwest as well as their own brew, only beer that i saw that was a macro was rolling rock.
Food was good, i had Pollock with potatoes and my g/f had pulled pork, prices were very reasonable and the food was good, the beer was also relatively inexpensive and they had a great selection, i had the lawnmower pale ale i believe is what it was called, it was a very tasty, drinkable beer. I can't wait to go back to the brew pub again it is a real treat and a fun place to hang out.
08-04-2007 21:59:22 | More by 1fastz28
4.24/5 rDev +6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75 | $$
The Broad Ripple brewpub is one of my favorite places to go in the area. The food is outstanding, and the services is excellent and friendly(and knowledgeable about their beers) They don't have a huge selection of beers that aren't brewed on site, but I always opt for one of their own beers anyway. Had a delicious black currant sour that they collaborated with Brugge on(Tart Lizzie) today. Highly recommend if you're in the broad ripple area!
08-24-2013 19:38:12 | More by MSandahl23
4.22/5 rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
This is the first brewpub I am aware of being in the Indianapolis area. It has been open for over 15 years now and is going strong. The decor is very English in nature and truly does live up to what one would expect in a 'pub'. The layout is split up between 3 main areas, one is the bar area with a room attached to that with 8 or so tables. Another room in the middle with 8-10 tables, and then a long thin room in the front along all the windows with more seating. Lots of old English pub style decoration and woodwork adds to the charm.
The menu is a touch on the eclectic side, which can be off-putting depending on your food preferences. There are quite a few traditional English entrees, such as bangers and mash, fish and chips, etc to be found on the menu, as well as some unusual vegetarian entrees. I personally love that they have a bratwurst and kraut sandwhich, and get that almost exclusively. There are a number of appetizers, and I would have to recommend the crock of beer cheese with fresh bread. All in all, the menu is diverse enough that anyone should be able to find something they like. I rated the selection a 3.5 just because I am somewhat picky about what I will eat, and find this menu somewhat limiting for myself.
The beer menu is outstanding to say the least. They seem to keep roughly 8-10 beers on tap at all times, 2 of those are cask conditioned. The standard draft beers are served in 20oz imperial pints and usually sell for around $4 / pint. The cask pours are in a smaller stemmed glass, but the price is reduced on those. Unfortunately you cannot get a growler of any of the cask condition beers. Speaking of growlers, they run $12 to get one filled, and if you bring back the empty growler, you can get it refilled for $11. Their beer styles tend to stay true to the more English styles, although they almost always have an American style wheat available and their Lawnmower ale, which is similar to an industrial lager. They definitely give you a full measure when you order a beer, the imperial pints are filled right to the top of the glass, and there is very little head present, so you really get your money's worth.
The other thing to mention about the beer menu is the plethora of non-brewpub beer available. They have a fairly extensive list of regional micros available, including entries from 3 Floyd's, Bell's, Sprecher, and then some truly exotic stuff. Some very high end ciders and fruit beers round out the list. So if you are tired of their own beer you can try some great beer from other brewers as well. I like a brewpub that is secure enough with their own product that they don't fear putting a 'rivals' beer on the menu as well.
One of the biggest drawbacks is the location. Broad Ripple is a neat area, but parking can be a real hassle. They have a very small parking lot, with spots for maybe 7 cars. After that, you are parking on the street, and that can get very hit or miss depending on when you visit. Not enough of a reason to go elsewhere though! This is a fantastic place to get a few pints and a good meal with some friends, and still not spend too much money. If you live in Indianapolis or are just visiting, this should not be missed for a great pint of beer and some very good food.
08-21-2006 16:20:17 | More by Generik420
4.22/5 rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
The interior gives a very old time pub feel. There is some outdoor seeting and standing room. On the weekends the standing room comes in handy when you have to grab a beer and wait for a seat.
Some areas inside have a strange musty smell, but easy to deal with. The food is very reasonably priced and pretty tasty. My wife is not a vegan but orders from that menu because it is very tasty.
A good beer selection but most importantly, they brew their own. The brewed beer is usually excellent.
Definitely worth stopping by for at least a pint if you are in the area.
11-03-2009 14:56:40 | More by Brettster
4.2/5 rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is my default, "go-to" restaurant. I absolutely love this place.
They rotate their beer selection often enough that I can almost always have something new, but keep the "standards" in stock so you can get something you know you'll like. Their beer quality is top-notch, and the selection is varied. They brewed the Poor Richard Ale earlier in the year, and it was one of my favorites.
The food is absolutely incredible. The beer cheese appetizer, the Scotch eggs, the herdsman's chili, and most especially the fish and chips are all worth going even if you don't drink. I've never had their pizza, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was as excellent as the rest of the food.
The service tends to be a tad spotty...sometimes it's average, sometimes it's excellent. It really seems to depend on who you get, and how well staffed they are. But their wait staff all have character, and seem to be well educated in Beer Lore. These are not your typical O'Charlie's/Chili's/Appleby's wait staff drones.
The atmosphere is excellent...the feel of the place is to me what an actual pub in the UK must be like. The music is very eclectic, and played at a level that doesn't disrupt conversation. Children are allowed, but I've only seen any once.
The prices are about average for any good restaurant. If you only have a couple of beers, two people can eat a VERY filling meal here for under $40.
07-17-2006 14:43:52 | More by BlackAngus
4.16/5 rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in here that Saturday after Thanksgiving and this place was booming. Sat at the bar and got taken care of by a fine young lady named Danni. She was hung over from the night before but wasn't shy about it and still gave me good service. I had already eaten so I didn't order food. Looked like standard pub food (which is a-ok by me). They had two cask beers and I sampled the porter. Delicious. Also had their Serenity Now! IPA which is an award winner. I understand why. That stuff is off the hook! I wouldn't sell growlers of it either...I'd keep it all to myself. Anyway, I will definitely be back. Good atmosphere, great beers, great people. It's worth making the trip to Broadripple (which is a cool little town anyway) if you are in the area.
12-02-2007 21:00:32 | More by mattcrill
4.13/5 rDev +3.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Have been here a few times in the last few months and have not had a bad dining/drinking experience so far. Atmosphere does leave something to be desired, only because each time I've been it's been crowded and on the noisy side. Service has always been alright, even when we've done things like switch our tables without asking our waitress. Perhaps they've changed things a bit since some of the earlier reviewers were there. The non-BRBP beer selection is pretty decent, with appearances by Three Floyds, Red Seal, and other excellent micros. To top it off, they make the best beer of any of the Indy brewpubs. We tried a sampler of 6 and were only disappointed with one, the "Lawnmower pale ale" which, sure enough, would've probably tasted better on a hot day during or after said activity and the ESB was especially delicious. The food isn't at all bad either. They cater to both the typical pub-goer as well as the more discerning diner, both of which suit me just fine.
In all, a good dining experience for when you want a nice meal AND good beer. It definitely beats the hell out of Alcatraz, RAM, or Rock Bottom (and even Barley Island). So if you're in the Indianapolis area sometime, definitely give this place a shot.
03-26-2005 00:12:35 | More by blurredline
4.1/5 rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
Broad Ripple is tucked back into an area with some ecclectic shops, I am not sure you would even see it from the main road unless you were looking for it. The have a small lot that I don't imagine gets to overflowing status that often.
The inside is very cozy and intimate. It is kind of dark with lots of seating and the bar tucked into the back corner of the room. The ceilings are really ornate and give away the age of the building. They also have some interesting breweriana around.
The beer selection is not too bad, they have around 8 brews at a time, with a seasonal or two. The only downside is that they don't really seem to try for much uniqueness in their selection other than a Barley Wine. The rest is the typical Light-Stout you see at countless brewpubs. However the brews they do produce are all above average.
Contrary to some complaints, I found the service here to be just fine. Granted we were there for a late lunch so they were not busy, but the waitress went as far as to draw circles on a piece of legal paper with the names of each corresponding beer so I would not get confused. Bless her heart.
The food here is good too. They have lots of pub grub and interesting appetizers like Scotch Eggs. We had the nachos and they were more than enough for 2 and tasted excellent.
All in all this was a great find and I am happy we visited. It is only a short distance from downtown Indy and I would recommend a stop if you find yourself in the area.
01-16-2004 20:45:58 | More by Dogbrick
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Broad Ripple Brew Pub in Indianapolis, IN
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