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Black Swan Brewpub
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Active Beers: 18
Beer Ratings: 57
Beer Avg: 3.89
Taps: 14 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
2067 E Hadley Rd.
phone: (317) 838-7444
(Place added by: treepaul on 10-12-2010)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
I've been to Black Swan twice now, and also tried their beer at the festival in Broad Ripple in mid-July.
The first time my wife and I went, they still didn't have any of their beers on offer; they were still tweaking them. We did have some food and some guest-tap beer though.
We had the "pub tots" - basically house-made tater tot-like things, with a tomatillo cream sauce; they were insanely good. I believe we also had the frites as well, and they were good.
We tried their beers for the first time at the beer festival in Broad Ripple. We weren't overly impressed then - the beers were "ok" but not "wow." Though - it was around 95-100 degrees out and ALL of the beers tasted "off."
So, last night, we went back to Black Swan. We tried 3 of their beers - the porter, a double hopped pale ale, and an ESB. All 3 were good - see BA beer reviews for details on those.
For food, we had fried pickles, chorizo-stuffed peppers, and for entrees, a steak special.
The fried pickles were awesome. They're breaded with cornmeal and it's very crisp. Not a hint of excess oil - proper fryer time+temp is a wonderful thing! The stuffed peppers were awesome as well, as was the steak.
Another cool thing about the Swan is the portion sizes are not "run of the mill American sports bar" size, they're gastro-pub size, which means you can enjoy a couple of choices and NOT walk out over-stuffed. The portions are a good value for price, but if you expect a train load of food for $5, this isn't your kind of place.
Service is over-the-top good. The servers from our first time remembered us and that we were "beer nuts" and so they asked the brewer and owner to come chat with us for a while, which was very nice.
07-28-2011 11:07:47 |
More by ModemMisuser
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Black swan is a gem for west siders and those visiting the area. They carry 16 taps and no crap. Right now they have 9 of their own brews on. You can expect to find a double pale, an IPA, an ESB, a Porter, and a tasty cream stout. More exciting to me is their rotating/seasonal menu which includes some more interesting stuff. Right now is a belgian tripple and a maple oat ale. (First one I've ever tried, sweet and flavorful coming in at 7%) Some very intersting stuff on the horizon too-a rye wine, a scottish ale, and a lambic in the near future. They fill the taps with a few indiana beers and Crispin cider in case you come with a non beer drinker.
The food is all very fresh and made with local ingredients whenever possible. They keep it pretty simple with only 6 sandwiches and 5 entrees rotating with the season. Sandwiches and apps are very reasonable with entrees being a bit pricier. Food is of exceptional quality and taste in my opinion.
Black swan has been open for just over a year now and has really hit its stride. Definitely worth the drive (Just glad I live close)
10-17-2010 23:27:12 |
More by elalber
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
The Black Swan Brewpub is a relatively new Indiana establishment serving craft taps and now their own beers.
When you enter the lobby is dark wood, casual but slightly upscale-feeling. The bar is ahead to the right with a family-friendly dining area farther down. Both times my husband and I visited, we sat directly at the bar.
Black Swan has quite a few taps, "16 taps and no crap" and they mean it. When we went Amazon Princess from People's Brewing Company was on tap, along with a few different beers from Bloomington Brewing Co, 4 of Black Swan's own beers and a Bourbon Barrel aged Ale (mmm, exceptional!)
The service was exceptional. The bartender offered and had no problem giving us tastes of the beer to let us make our final-beer-decisions =) A lot of places do this, but sometimes make you feel a little *too* indecisive, but this bartender was made of patience. When he bartender stepped away from the bar to do prep for the shift end, he apologized to us and let us know each time how long he'd be gone and asked if we needed anything before he left.
The manager remembered us from last time and knew we wanted to meet DJ, the owner. When he was finished he came over to talk with us. I tried to not go all fangirl on him and instead eat the appetizers and stay very cool, and I probably failed. =) I have endless admiration for anyone brewing good craft beer, and while he was very humble about his first attempts, they are very enjoyable and good beers. I squee'd about the conversation on Facebook after he left the bar, naturally... =)
Another brewpub component has to be the food, right? This is a mix between brewpub and gastropub food. The appetizers we've had both times have been eyes-roll-in-the-back-of-my-head worthy. The fried pickles have a very very crisp and light corn-meal based breading, the brewpub tots have a lovely tomatillo sauce with them and the stuffed red peppers with goat cheese and chorizo are excellent.
While I have the prices as 'a bit pricey' this is due to their food being a little more upscale. I didn't find the price/value ratio at all off kilter.
Oh the beer? =) Ah yes! =) We had Black Swan's ESB, Robust Porter and Double Pale Ale. All were very good beers - I had to end the meal with a nod to our home town peeps People's Brewing Co and their Amazon Princess.
We live in Lafayette, but will continue to travel here for their mix of gastropub/brewpub food and their beers. =)
07-28-2011 10:55:33 |
More by ElizabethCraig
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
This is my new favorite place to eat and drink. I just wished I lived right next door. I bugged my wife to go opening night and have been back a few more times. The West side of Indy desperately needed a place like this. The food, although pricey, is excellent. It varies from sandwitches to lamb shank. The beer list seems to be growing. I believe they just added Brooklyn Brown, Anchor Steam, Three Floyds Broodoo, and one more People's.
I recommend this place for dinner or just a quick pint. Cannot wait until they start brewing their own.
10-29-2010 20:23:43 |
More by Brettster
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
The first two things we ordered from the menu were not available, but the chef came out to the table, apologized, and we had a nice chat about the philosophy behind the place. Stuffed pepper appetizer was phenomenal, and the meatloaf was a revelation. Good service. Food is locally sourced, and the pub prides itself on being family friendly.
Gastro-pub is probably the best label: great food, excellent regional and national beer, as well as a carefully selected collection of Scotch whiskies, American bourbons, and other micro- and nano- distilled rare spirits available in generous drinks or 1oz taster flights of multiple distillations.
If you are headed out of Indianapolis Airport or traveling west along I-70 (exit 22 to IN-267), this is well worth a stop. I think it will become a destination in its own right, particularly when it starts brewing. Highly recommended.
Sixteen taps; the list for April 5-15 included: Tyranena Bitter Woman IPA, Founder's Dirty Bastard, Mad Anthony's Auburn Lager, Singlewide IPA, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Brugge's Bokken Ryder, Goose Island Matilda, and Flat12 Blonde (the newest Indiana craft brewer: their IPA is next to be tapped). Beer available in pints (20oz), half-pints (10oz), 3oz flights of 5 or 10, and 1oz teasers.
My only quibble is that it's a new place, so there's no patina, no history in this strip mall gastro-pub. Dark stained wood moves in the right direction, but it's all so -new- and shiny. Highly recommended.
04-10-2011 00:14:24 |
More by salvo
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
The beer was a real eye opener for me. I was antcipating it after seeing the owner/brewmaster on the PBS show Hoosier Craft Beer. You have to go to New Albanian in New Albany, IN, Three Floyds in Munster or Rock Bottom, W 86th St, Indianapolis to get a comparable craft brew. Now finally I have what I want on the west side Indianapolis.
I tried 7 different ales and they were all very good to excellent. The do have a unique beer that is brewed with maple syrup and it was very good. Here is my overall review:
A - All the beers had good color and good lacing especially the double IPA.
S - From the Stout to the Belgium Tripple, they all had a nice aroma and I believe this is due to the quality malt ingredients from the UK and Belgium.
T - Once the flavors hit the palate it you knew that the brewmaster is on his "A" game.
O - Great beer and good pricing is always a good thing. Try this place out and you will not be disappointed.
10-24-2011 19:08:16 |
More by btaylorgtr
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
As soon as I walked in the very nice bartender greeted me and she said to sit anywhere I wanted. I sat at the bar and looked at what they had on tap a couple highlights Hopslam, Sun King Grapefruit Jungle, BBC bourbon barrel stout. I ordered a SK Grapefruit Jungle and the Italian Beef sandwich w/fries. The sandwich was good but IMO it was a little overpriced. One nice thing I didn't even ask for it but when my sandwich was brought out the waitress brought me a side of pepper dew aioli. The thing that I would like for them to do is to keep an updated list of what they have on tap. On the website it just gives what breweries they sometimes have on tap. I cant wait for them to start brewing.
01-31-2011 16:07:41 |
More by phisigben
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I have been holding off my review of Black Swan until their house brews were on tap, and now that I have been there and tried them, I am happy to report how good a brewpub it is!
Decent atmosphere, fairly open with nearly comfortable seating. Seems to try and balance an upscale eatery with a beer bar. I would pick one. While the atmosphere is the pub's worst attribute, it's still a nice and wonderfully clean place.
Good quality, everything I had was tasty and as it should be; beer and food.
Excellent service! My server/bartender did an excellent job, even though she was slammed. One of the cooks stopped and talked Terry Pratchet for a moment ( I was reading Reaper Man.) other servers did come on and all were friendly and prompt.
Beer selection was great, too! Between house and guest brews, you were set. House old ale and guest cider, which I have never seen before. All of good or better rating.
All in all it is a very nice brewpub. Definitely worth a stop. Food is a little pricy, but everything I have had (salad, desert, and jerk pulled chicken) has been very tasty.
10-04-2011 22:02:08 |
More by JamesS
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
This is a very hopeful review. As of this writing this is THE PLACE to go on the west side of Indianapolis if you want Indiana beer on tap - no place else closeby has more than one local tap - Black Swan has more than ten. As the other reviewer wrote they are currently not brewing on site - licensing is pending and according to the brewer they hope to be serving their own beer by April to June of next year.
We visited late on their opening day and were lucky enough to have good conversations with both the chef and head brewer/owner. The menu is definitely different from most brewpubs. You won't find nacos, burgers or fish and chips - typical beer drinking comfort foods. They do have some creative alternatives. The stuffed mini-pepper appetizer was creative and tasty, but the portion was small. I found the "frites" dissapointing in execution. The entree selection was interesting and I do look forward to trying a couple after I save up a little cash. I hope the menu doesn't outpace the audience.
I really want to see this place succeed and I am looking forward to tasting the results of their brewing when the time comes. In the meantime I will be stopping in every chance I get to enjoy some of my favorite Indiana beers that are sure nice to have on tap in the Indy West/Hendricks County/Airport neighborhood.
10-21-2010 00:20:06 |
More by treepaul
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I have been to the Black Swan on three other occasions. That was before they started selling their own brews. I was able to sample some of their beers and food tonight.
The atmosphere is relaxing and typical of a brew pub. It is a comfortable place to drink and eat. The wait staff has generally been attentive and knowledgeable about their offerings.
I had one of their Old Ales and a cream stout tonight. I enjoyed both and will review them separately. I sampled a few other beers and was pleased with their offerings. Prior to the availability of their own brews they had been offering a very good selection of local and regional beers. The choices are not as broad as they were, but are still good choices.
The food is another matter. I have had some disappointments and some very agreeable dishes. Tonight, I had the house salad, frites, and a mushroom tart. It was good. I felt the mushrooms were a little tough, but the rest of the dinner was toothsome.
This place is developing its own character. I will be returning.
09-04-2011 03:35:24 |
More by Badbobx
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