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Beer Ratings: 160
Beer Avg: 3.8
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Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
211 S. East Street
phone: (219) 663-4545
Growlers to-go Monday thru Saturday.
(Place added by: jlh8643 on 06-28-2008)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 19 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
My wife and I stopped in here for food and drink when we were traveling through this area. The pub is small but cozy, and is situated in an older building that has a pizza parlor at the front. Free parking is in a lot adjacent to the building. The place is located just at the edge of the downtown area of Crown Point. (Of historical interest, according to our bartender, is an adjacent building which was a jail from which John Dillinger the famous bank robber escaped many years ago.)
We ordered a sampler flight of 4-oz pours to get started, and chose the Dunkel Weizen, Brown Ale, Industrial Porter, Special Forces IPA, Plead the Fifth Anniversary Imperial Red Ale, and Kill 'Em 2x IPA. The first 4 were right to style and very tasty, but we really enjoyed the Impy Red and the 2x IPA. The red was very hoppy (not your typical red), but it worked very well. It's called an 'anniversary' ale, but I hope they keep it as a regular offering. The brewery also has a Bourbon barrel-aging program for some of their beers, and our server offered us tiny samples of the bba Barleywine and a stout with sour cherries. Both were excellent.
The food menu has a nice variety of deli sandwiches, a burger, pizza, pasta dishes and fried chicken. (There may have been more food categories, but that's all I remember.) The fried chicken and a dish of spaghetti and meatballs were ordered, and they were very well done. If we're in the area we'll stop here again.
06-26-2013 16:09:13 |
More by Mothergoose03
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
So I stopped in for a few pints and some pizza for my birthday dinner with my family. I really enjoyed this place. The Taco Pizza, Irish Nachos, were the standout of the food. Of the beer I had the bourbon barrel milk chocolate stout (served in a snifter $9), their Industrial Porter (pint $5), Winter Warlock (9oz $3), Pumpkin ale (pint $5), Crown Blue (9oz $3), Special Forces IPA (9oz $3), Crown Light (tasted out of a flight), and Crown Brown (also tasted out of a flight). That was pretty much every beer on tap. Of the beer, the only ones I did not care for we're the Crown Blue, and Crown Light. I'd buy all the other again.
The place is small and cozy. Very family friendly. Food was very good and service was excellent. I love this place, highly recommend it, and will be going back!
12-24-2012 02:23:49 |
More by IrishHockey
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
I live in Crown Point and enjoy a trip to "The Crown" at least once a week.
I've been a craft beer fan for 20 years and have tasted my share of good craft beers (and lousy craft beers)from all over the country. Crown Brewing ranks towards the top of my list.
This place had a bit of a rough start until their current brewmaster came on board. There are generally at least 6-8 beers available and they have begun offering "guest taps" from other local breweries. The food is Carriage Court Pizza, which has been a Crown Point establishment for over 30 years. If you like pizza, you'll like the food. If you are looking for something off the wall (like some brew pubs), you may be disappointed in the food offerings.
If you have not been there in the past year and a half, give it a try!
07-26-2012 00:25:36 |
More by BigDog0996
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
The size of the place is tiny, but could be described as quaint. Nice window view of the brewing operation. Visited for lunch on a Thursday. I chose the buffet, some decent pizza and sausage. The service was fast, friendly and informtive. Chose a pint of Alkoholika and a pint of Java Porter. The Alkohlika was a good dopplebock, decent balance of malt with fruit finish. The alcohol may have showed just a bit. The Java Porter was excellent! Great coffee roast flavor mixed with some sweet choolate notes. Did I mention it was 1/2 price pints on Thursdays? I'll be back.
05-22-2012 05:04:47 |
More by TedZlives
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $
I'm originally from Crown Point, and live out on the east coast now. This place is exactly what a brewery in CP should be. Crown Brewing doesn't try to be something it isn't--and instead focuses on good service and getting people educated about, and enjoying, good beer. I am a big fan of their IPA, and some of their seasonals are great. I particularly love the Winter Warlock around the holidays. They're not trying too hard, which I really appreciate. Crown is down to earth, comfortable, and accessible. Definitely worth checking out.
05-22-2012 02:50:38 |
More by MikeS84
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $
Cute joint. I'm honestly surprised to see that it has over a dozen reviews, since it's not close to very much, exists off the beaten beer trail, and it's really small and inconspicuous.
It's about 5 minutes off of 65. There's various hop vines growing outside, replete with little placards telling the names of each hop variety and giving a brief description of its characteristics. I took this to be a very good sign--like, hey, this must really be a beer-lover's brewpub, if they're actually taking the time to try and educate their clientele. At the very least, it's a sign at they're not the kind of brew-from-kit place, where everything aside from the IPA is described as being "kinda like Guinness" and, really, the beer was just a restaurant owner's gimmicky afterthought. At the very best, this could be some kind of hidden beer gem, overshadowed by FFF and Flossmoor.
Turns out it was somewhere in between. There were 6 styles on tap and 3 of them catered to the non-BA crowd, including a light, a golden, and blueberry beer. "Gotta have something for the ladies," the bartender said. And while I agree--and while I'd never dismiss those beers--such a selection establishes this place as more of a restaurant and less of a beer destination.
But, really, not bad. It's in an old building, and the decor of the bar area is more like an apartment than a normal bar--it's like you're in the livingroom of someone who makes 100k/year: Track lighting, expensive, clean gimcracks, and comfortable furniture. There's some John Dillinger memorabilia on the wall, which serves as a cute and decisively bourgeois attempt at edginess.
All the beers came in 3 sizes, including a 9 oz, which was great for reviewing purposes. At first I thought that was meant to appeal to tickers such as myself, but no--no, not at all. This is a restaurant, serving a wide variety of people (some of whom probably don't care for beer), and so they just happen to have a wide variety of sizes.
The bartender was friendly, the brewmaster as accessible, and the bar itself is attached to a pizza place. The beer itself was decidedly okay. Combine all that with the location and relaxed vibe and you get a place that's very much a neighborhood bar/restaurant, despite its middlebrow pretensions.
07-31-2011 00:26:40 |
More by mynie
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
Stopped in here after work on 24 May 2011, about 2030 hours (thanks for waiting around for me Phil). The brewpub is an old converted industrial type building. Not clear what it used to be but there is a large smokestack about 10' dia at the base and maybe 40' tall on the right side of the entryway from the parking lot.
The interior is typical pubby converted older building, exposed brick, concrete floors, etc. A large chandelier made from empty bottles and sheet metal hung from the ceiling. The bar is to the right as you enter from the parking lot. A restaurant is to the left. The exact relationship is not clear, but you can order food from the restaurant at the bar and beer from the bar at the restaurant.
We sat at the bar. It was kind of slow so we had a lot of time to talk with the bartender. The Chicago-Miami game was on the TV. 7 or 8 beers on tap, no guest taps. Some bottles are available to go. Several growlers were filled while we were there.
I ordered the sampler and we split a pizza from next door. The pizza was Fred's Favorite, it was decent but had a bit too much topping for me. Also had the Fade to Black and Crown Blue. Fade to Black was the best of the beers I tried.
Our bartender Darin treated us right.
05-27-2011 01:53:25 |
More by htomsirveaux
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2 | $
First of all, let me say that if you decide to go here within the next week or so, you HAVE to get the Black IIPA called Fade To Black! Best beer from Crown I've had. Too bad the brewmaster recently left and took the recipe with him.
Living right behind three floyds is nice but dealing with the crowds is not always ideal. A short drive away is Crown Brewery. It is a very small place to visit in the winter time as seating is very limited inside. In summer they have a patio available to sit outside. The beer is not the best compared to Three Floyds and Flossmor being a short drive away but it is good enough for a few beers if you don't want to deal with the crowds of floyds. The service has been excellent every time I have gone. Being on the smaller side, the atmosphere is not the best but if you are sitting at the few chairs at the bar, you can usually get into some good conversations with the other beer geeks.
05-14-2011 00:39:10 |
More by EseLocoSS
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
My spouse and I have been visiting brewpubs for a few years now and enjoy going to Crown Brewery on a weekly basis because:
A It's 10 minutes from our home.
B Growler refills are 8 bucks on Fridays.
C You don't smell like an ashtray when you leave.
D Brewmaster Steve makes kickass beers.
E You don't have to wait in line all day to get a nice bourbon barrel aged russian imperial stout.
F The folks that drink there are friendly and the people that work there are even friendlier.
G Public Enemy #1 broke out of the jail next door
H If I want to enjoy a fine cigar with my dopplebock theres a nice patio area to sit in.
I Pints are half price on Thirsty Thursdays.
j The brewery supports the local homebrewing club IBRU-Illiana Beer Rackers Union.
01-03-2011 04:04:46 |
More by southsider
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 1 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 1.5 | $
I don't normally do beerfly reviews, but I had to for this one.
Crown Brewing is a strange combo of a brewery (with an itty bitty bar and tasting room) attached to a sub-par restaurant (pizza place). I don't know if the two are owned by the same people, or just intertwined, but I will consider them a brew pub collectively. Regardless, Crown falls short EVERYWHERE. Well, almost. The service was actually pretty good (prompt, polite, got my food/beer orders correct) but the food and beer left much to be desired. For food my pretzel appetizer was bland and probably frozen, and the stromboli was nothing more than a french-bread pizza rip-off. On top of that, the beers were all-around AWFUL. Tragically awful. Of the six sampler beers I found ZERO that were good. Zero. Not a single one I would seek out and order again
If you are in the area, don't go. Suck it up and drive somewhere else. Somewhere good. Go to FFF in Munster or Oaken Barrel in Indy. I don't care how far it is, it will be worth it...
09-14-2010 01:59:26 |
More by mrandypandy
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