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Thr3e Wise Men
Active Beers: 23
Beer Ratings: 165
Beer Avg: 4.01
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1021 Broad Ripple Avenue
phone: (317) 255-5151
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vibe: 1 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 2 | $$
I'm more of a dark and dingy traditional English pub kind of gal, so it goes without saying that the bubbly sports-bar atmosphere of this establishment did not agree with my tastes. However I can say that the beer was good, not terribly impressive but good.
The idea behind the restaurant was clear; a friendly place where you could bring your family, children included to watch the game, have a good beer and meet new people.
Pick nick tables line the large hall and the bar is settled in a far corner with large plasma televisions hanging from the ceiling, ensuring that they were visible from any seat in the restaurant. There is no place for a two people to dine peacefully, hence the pick nick table layout.
The menu features sodas and other beverages which come served to you in a large mason jar, kind of a nice touch, the beer is served in an america pint glass.
As for the food, the menu is comprised of various appetizers, including fried pickle chips, and large New York style pizzas. The service was fine, but the waitresses were a little annoying, I did like that they wear a card reader on their belt so I did not have to wait to pay my bill.
Overall the quality of the food and beer was good, the only question is if one can stomach the atmosphere.
03-09-2011 22:34:02 |
More by Kasia
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
Went here on a Sunday night around dinner time. Fairly crowded with a good mix of clientele. There were college students, families, and retirees. Fairly cool decor inside and outside. Stand up tables made out of barrels and hofbrauhaus-esque style seating where you share a table with a few other people. They have a glass wall between the restaurant and brewing area, so you can see all the equipment.
Service was good. Even though we were outside, the waitress was courteous and fairly prompt. She knew about the few beers they offered, but not much about beer in general. She was even nice enough to talk to us about the other brewpubs in the area and gave us directions. They had about 7 or 8 beers of their own on tap. Tried a couple of them, most were average.
Overall, a good brewpub to visit in the area, but I'd make it a quick stop if I was there again. Friendly people and decent beer for the area.
03-13-2012 01:58:16 |
More by ahq514
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Went on July 4th
A-- Felt like an up scale Montana Lodge. lots of wood and antlers all over the place. Good warm feel to the place. Like the TV advertising on some of the tables and in the bathrooms. Smartly thought out place.
Q-- Beers were good. Had a good Rye PA and a decent IPA. Crap wine list though. Indiana wines?? Really?
S-- Bad and bad. Very slow service. Was hard to get a beer ordered at the bar and was originally given a table and not a peep from the wait staff.
S-- Their stuff plus a lot of guest beers. They had a Sun king beer on tap plus a lot of bottled beers from all over. Good selection of guests.
F--- Did not eat but thought menu was average and pizzia's looked average.
V-- Cheap as heck. Lots of specials on growler prices and beers. Good value for what it was. Too bad service was shocking bad. As a venue one of the better brewpubs I was at when in Indiana.
07-12-2011 01:17:52 |
More by mulder1010
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $
Walking back to the car from Brugge Brasserie, we saw Thr3e Wise Men across the street--and over we went. Sports bar atmosphere with lots of plasma TVs and multiple games running. Nice U shaped bar, and light wood throughout the place, including the oversized communal picnic tables and beer barrels with tops to stand up at to drink and eat. Place was small up front, but it extended through the back behind the restrooms. Glass wall for the brewhouse in the back makes for a nice setting. Overall, a nice little sports bar.
And, they seem to be trying very hard. Not sure on the food since we'd already eaten at Brugge Brasserie down the street, but the free popcorn was pretty good. Our server Arianna was attentive and friendly, and really made it a pleasant stop. Chris (a manager?) stopped to chat, and was a '09 Boilermaker (we we're all dressed for homecoming), and seemed to really know beer as we chatted about the local beer scene. And, the attitude of the brewers (Long Fang and Centennial DIPA on push and cask) attest that they have an attitude to push some beer limits. My guess from this and previous trips is that Indiana beer scene is developing but not quite ready for prime time, even with an obvious exception of a Three Floyds in state (technically, near Chicago).
10-27-2011 01:38:33 |
More by FightingEntropy
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
to be honest, I wasn't expecting much and avoided the place for several months.
however, once I entered, I was pleasantly surprised. the food is good enough and fairly priced. nothing special, pizza, salad and sandwiches. but the beer... dang, it's good.
several serving options, a 3 beer, 6 ounce sampler for a cool-ass 5$ bill, an 8 ounce pour, or a 16 once pour or an 8$ growler fill. all beers priced the same, regardless of brew or abv. 6 brews plus one cask option and a guest tap.
each and every beer I've sampled has been well above par. amd the pizza's decent enough too.
nice lunch destination and a great place to fill a few growlers for a get together.
07-10-2011 01:15:08 |
More by robwestcott
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
Nice location in Broad Ripple, within a couple of blocks of Barley Island and Brugge. The atmosphere is medium classy, nicely lit and decorated but unpretentious; it's basically a higher-scale pizza joint with craft beer and home brews. The crowd was friendly white professionals in their 30s and 40s, and the bartenders knew a decent amount about all the beers on tap.
There was a great selection of bottles and cans from other breweries (with a strong focus on Indiana beers, natch) and about 8 house beers on tap. I didn't get any food, but the pizza looked and smelled good, and you're given ridiculously salty popcorn just for sitting down.
When Thr3e Wise Men are brewing well, their beers are quite solid. But, as I noted in my Golden Zoe review, they seem to have some quality control issues. So it's probably a good idea to ask for a sample before you commit to a pint, even if you know full well what an IPA should taste like.
Overall, though, I really enjoyed my time here. I was by myself--didn't plan on stopping by--but had no trouble starting conversations with the locals. Everyone seemed to be in a good mood, which is rare on a Monday in December, and I took that as a sign that this is the sort of place that treats its regulars well.
12-13-2011 20:41:38 |
More by mynie
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
The atmosphere was interesting at first. Almost a lodge feel. One can see the brewery through glass windows. Seating was strange at first but not bad. Unless you sit at or around the bar you sit at large picnic tables, typically with other patrons. Not so bad. There are lots of tv's playing sports, which was great during March Madness.
The last time I was there we made the choice to sit outside. The people to either side of us were served but we waited twenty minutes.
The pizza there is consistently very good. I yet to have any food there that is bad.
08-02-2011 19:52:48 |
More by Brettster
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
(Visited 11/2011): Yes another brewpub in the Broad Ripple neighborhood (which is awesome), Thr3e Wise Men is located on Broad Ripple right off Westfield and right around the corner from Brugge. There is a decent sized lot.
The interior is well-lit and open with wooden benches and tables. Brewing equipment is easily visible behind glass from multiple locations. The bar is to the left of the entrance, and there are a few TVs. They also have a board listing the available beers.
As for the beers, there were 5 on my visit: Snow Bunny Blonde, Beneficence Pale, Two Lucy’s Blackberry Wheat, Golden Zoe IPA and Centennial Martyr IIPA. All of the beers are above average. They also serve 3-beer sampler trays.
Service during a weekday lunch was good. The server knew the beers and was attentive throughout lunch.
Food at Thr3e Wise Men is solid. Pizza, sandwiches etc are good.
Overall this is a welcome addition to what is already a target-rich environment when it comes to brewpubs.
03-13-2012 21:20:18 |
More by Dogbrick
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
After years of familiarity with Scotty's Brewhouse, I was eager to check out the long-awaited brewpub/restaurant. The man never rests and it is quite apparent by the details in Thr3e Wise Men. As with all of his establishments, the place is spotless. It was a bit too shiny new for me, but the woodwork, tables, ipads, bar, and top notch brewing equipment behind the glass make it easy to settle in.
Even though I wasn't there with my family, I love that it's family friendly.
The only problem I had with my visit was the service. It was a busy Friday night. The manager(s) were top notch and very helpful, but there was one server and a bartender that didn't know the beer product. Our first server added things to the check that we didn't order, but the managers were awesome. The first bartender I ordered from couldn't or didn't want to answer my questions about the wheat and double ipa. I actually got more beer info out of an employee who combed the floor keeping the place cleaner than an operating room.
There were 6 house beers on tap and a few coolers of quality bottles from other breweries. The beers were good, but did not wow...some good gateway beers. I did try the double ipa which I thought needed some work. I know it's not an easy style, but when your ipa has more/better hop flavor & aroma than the double, it's time to retool.
The food was great! The pizza was exceptional. We also had the mofo hot & mustard wings & the dill chips...delicious.
The prices were good and there were plenty of specials including the $20 growler/pizza carryout. Definitely plan on revisiting.
03-30-2011 14:05:46 |
More by WhiteRiverSuds
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Finally visited Thr3e Wise Men during an afternoon of bar hopping in Broad Ripple.
First off--I give very high marks to the designers of this place. A big, wide-open space with a lodge-like feel, a clear view of the brewing equipment, comfortable, large picnic-style tables with nice cushions, and lots of windows to watch the passers-by outside.
Our waitress was extremely friendly, and was very knowledgeable of their house brews. She was also very attentive, and served us multiple rounds of free popcorn.
The beer menu was admittedly a bit limited and one-dimensional. I ordered a 3-beer sampler, trying an IPA, and imperial IPA, and a porter. The beers were "good-enough", but none of them really wowed me. In general, they had what I perceived as a dullness that beer can sometimes have if the yeast isn't given enough time to clean things up after primary fermentation. The imperial IPA, on the other hand, appeared to have a tad bit of oxidation.
In addition to the house beers, I was glad to also see some guest tap offerings. I spotted some bombers of Great Divide Old Ruffian and, being a barelywine fan, snatched one up.
I'll certainly be back, as it's a fun place to hang out, and there are ample flat screen TVs around the room on which to watch sports. Would also like to try their food next time. I'm hoping the beers improve, but, again, they weren't bad.
12-11-2011 18:17:22 |
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