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Lafayette Brewing Co.
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Beer Ratings: 133
Beer Avg: 3.66
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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
622 Main Street
phone: (765) 742-2591
(Place added by: Dogbrick)
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| Reviews: 36 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
I'm a Purdue graduate. Whenever I visit, I come to LBC for their Piper's Pride Scotch Ale with a side of Scotch Eggs. The beers are terrific. I recommend getting a beer sampler before you commit to a pint.
This place is near and dear to my heart especially when I reminisce of the times I came here for Dollar Pint Night with my college friends. It used to be Wednesday nights; I'm not sure if they still run the promotion.
To me, LBC is a piece of PUrdue/Lafayette history on the same level as Harry's Chocolate Shop.
I only wish I could buy a fresh growler of LBC beer where I live in Florida.
05-21-2008 14:13:38 |
More by tharper178
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I started going to Lafayette Brewing Co before we started home brewing and before we started our appreciation for craft beer.
Through the years we've changed in our food tastes (from fish and chips to their lighter dinner salads/entrees) and our beer tastes (from "grab us something" to "Any cask conditioned beers today?"). We've watched the kitchen staff change, and the people working on brewing their beer change.
I've brought the kitchen staff loads of candy on Halloween. I've bonded with waitstaff about things as diverse as online games, big weird dogs and dealing with other customers. I've seen the same core waitstaff there for years, which is exceptional in such a fluid industry.
So, where I'm going with this is that, I can't be neutral about LBC. Though our experiences and memories associated with a place always color our reviews, I'm REALLY not neutral in this case.
The beer is good to very good - I prefer maltier beers generally and theirs don't disappoint. The opening of People's Brewing Company in town really upped their beer selections, I think they're branching out and their recent beers (Oatis Brown, the Bumpyface agave beer) have been excellent.
The food perception depends on what you like and how you like to eat. I avoid a lot of wheat, and fat/fried things - so there's not always a lot here for me. That being said, I always find something that I want, and always enjoy it muchly. =) Their smoked meats are exceptionally good, as are almost all of their soups. Two things that are so easy to mess up.
On Thursdays they sometimes have their upstairs open and have their pizza. Their pizza is *quite* good. If you happen to arrive when there is a show upstairs, generally it's an interesting band that offers something different. Go see them. =)
If you are looking for good, and very well respected beers along with good food and some interesting conversation, head to Lafayette Brewing Company.
06-28-2011 16:19:19 |
More by ElizabethCraig
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped by the Lafayette Brewing Company to share a pint with some friends from work. The bar area is a little eclectic in its mix of breweriana, chile lights, and gargoyles; but it is comfortable. I like the long copper bar.
The selection if brews is nice for a small brewpub. At any given time they have 10 or so beers on tap. Today they had 2 cask conditioned ales. Not bad for a little Indiana town.
The service is always great. I have been there several times and everyone has been friendly and helpful. Today was kind of slow, so we got a little more facetime with the bar-tender, and she knew her stuff when it came to beer. A lot of brewpubs/beer-bars I have been in the staff knows little to nothing about what they have.
Prices are reasonable. My cask-conditioned strong ale was $4 and change. My friend picked up a 64 oz growler of Oatmeal Stout for $12.
All in all, a nice place to visit. No smoking until 9PM, so you can actually taste your beer and food. Family friendly during the day/evening, haven't been there at night.
Edit: Sept 30, 2006. Actually ate soem of the food today at LBC. It was very good. The menu is above and beyond what I would call "pub fare" with some very fine entrees. Usually you find a brewpub that does one thing well or both mediocre. LBC does the food and the beer right!
08-12-2006 02:18:09 |
More by beveritt
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in at the LBC for lunch with my wife and son right after noon on a Sunday. One of my son's professors talks up the fish and chips so we thought we would give them a try. The dining area was wide open when we arrived but began to fill as we were nearing the end of our lunch.
They were playing Led Zepplin I when we arrived and Bruce Cockburn's Stealing Fire when we left. Gotta love some classic rock with lunch!
I was impressed with our waiter's understanding of the available beers on tap. It was obvious he had an understanding of hops and malts.
We thoroughly enjoyed the fish and chips with waffle fries and cole slaw. I also enjoyed a pint of their Scotish Ale.
We will certainly make our way back to the LBC in the coming months.
01-29-2012 23:54:37 |
More by bozodogbreath
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I visited the Lafeyette Brewing Company with my dad and brother one Monday afternoon this last summer and was pleasantly suprised. Being from the Chicago area and used to a large number of good brew pubs and restaurants. The atmosphere brought me back to my college days being that Lafayettte is a college town but was surprised because it is no where near Purdue campus. The beer was very good we had serveral samplers being there was three of us.
The have a wonderful selection and the bartender was very knoledgeable about all of them.
If you ever have a chance to visit get the Scotch Eggs with onre of there stout selections.
Overall this was a very good experience with good beer, service and food. Hard to beat!
12-11-2006 04:30:22 |
More by jpthemer91
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Went to Lafayette Brewing Co. while in Lafayette on business. This place is VERY GOOD. Our party of 5 arrived at about 10PM on a Wednesday evening. The place had a decent crowd for a weeknight. This is a wide open place... pretty big. It's in a historic building. PThe decor was lots of wood paneling and the had thousands of different beer coasters lining the walls. The parking lot was right across the street (VERY convenient!).
I had three different beers and an appetizer.... all were excellent and reasonably priced. Otheres in my party also enjoyed the food and beer selection and commented on how reasonable the prices were.
Service was top notch! Our waitress was Jenny. She was very attentive and personable. And she enlisted the help of others to make sure that our glasses were never empty and that we were never in need of anything.
Selection of beers was 10 available on tap and the food selection for 10PM on a weeknight was phenomenal.
I had the Scotch Eggs, a traditional Scottish pub appetizer (hard boiled eggs coated with ground pork sausage then breaded and deep fried and searved with a dipping sauce).... They were GREAT. My other colleagues had chicken wings and Reuben Sandwiches.... they all commented on how great they were.
Overall: a great place to go for some good beer and food...RECOMMENDED!
04-10-2008 16:19:18 |
More by TheBierBand
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
The main dining room of the Lafayette Brewing Co. has a nice, clubby, tavern feel with lots of dark wood. You can look in on the brewing gear as you sit down to lunch and a pint. (I haven't been to the second floor, yet. I will update when I do.)
All of the beers that I have enjoyed at LBC have been at least good and some have been excellent. Since I normally walk to the brewpub, I always forget to make notes on the brews. I will remedy this on future visits.
Service has ranged from excellent to average, averaging out to consistently good with the occasional peak and valley.
There are always more beers available than I can conceivably have since I normally have to head back to work after I leave.
The food is normally top-notch: fresh, flavorful and a nice variety to choose from.
All in all a nice place that, very nicely, is within walking distance for me. Other than being disappointingly closed on Mondays, the Lafayette Brewing Company is one of my favorite places in Indiana.
05-10-2006 15:30:12 |
More by monkeytoe
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped by here recently on a 600 mile round trip journey that took me down to New Albany, IN and back in the course of one day! This was the first stop on that journey and quite a nice one at that. My trusty GPS got me to this downtown Lafayette brewpub and the big green awning made it easy to spot from the road. Upon entering you can see this is a fairly large place with lots of restaurant seating with both booths and tables. Follow through to the right and you'll find the bar where I took my spot at.
The bar is very cool with a copper top to it that looks like it's been there quite some time but adds a great charm. There's about 8 hanging signs with each different brew above the bar, from a common to a oatmeal stout to a pale ale and most everything in between. They also have a cask offering that was an IPA when I was there. It was tasty and served at the perfect temperature. The best part was the vintage barleywine that was only $2.50 a half pint at the time and very tasty.
Me and Dave split a veggie and cheese platter that was very substantial and only cost a mere $5.00. It made a great start to the day and got some food in me to soak up the rest of the days drinking. Overall, this was a really enjoyable place and I would definetly stop by again if I find myself in the area. Our bartenders never let our glass of water or beer go empty for more than a few seconds. Great service overall. Check the Common and the Oatmeal Stout that are in six packs to go now as well!
08-31-2007 03:19:03 |
More by orbitalr0x
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$
This is a casual, laid back brew pub, with no pretense or airs. All are welcome, all feel welcome. There is a large bar area with good seating and wide open views of the bar and the large screen TVs. The restaurant seating is spacious and can accommodate parties from 2 to 50. There is a good view of the brewing kettles and collegiate/olde tyme decor on the walls.
The food is simply prepared but excellent in both quality and value. Wednesdays are typically discount pint night, and nightly specials keep most menu items under $10. There is a good selection of food to choose from, from typical Irish pub fare to more cross-cultural items. The kitchen usually has fresh fish specials, as well as creative meals only available once a week.
You simply must have the onion rings. The largest, best battered rings I have ever personally witnessed. One basket will feed two easily, three comfortably, four if two are dieting. At last glance, the menu item was $4.50.
The fish and chips are equally impressive. Shepherd's Pie is well done, as well as the buffalo burgers, wraps, and soups.
I recommend sitting in the window, better for people watching.
06-28-2013 05:15:49 |
More by Jason417
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
If you haven't read my review of the Black Sparrow (which you probably haven't, since it's not up yet), you'd know about my ambivalence towards boozeries that make me in any way self-conscious. Even if they make me positively self-conscious, like "hey I sure am a swell kinda guy," that still involves comparing myself to others, judging my worth as a human being against other people. That makes me feel dirty. And it can be very easily turned around, too. Especially in a place as baldly image conscious as the Sparrow. Right now I might be okay, but what if looking like a libertarian or having a rat tail becomes the next big thing and I'm left behind? What then, huh? So... so many worries. Enough to drive a man to booze.
Usually I prefer a proud lack of metacognizance and all the complications it entails. A place that genuinely does not give a fuck about it's image. And I don't mean they meticulously mess up their hair in a certain way to exude a sense of not caring, or that they're so self-certain and proud of these days of wine and daterape that they never think to care. I'm talking about a place that's maybe been a little insecure in the past but whatever, man. You get over that kind of stuff. Just come on in and drink.
The vibe is wonderful. It's reminiscent of Town Hall in Minneapolis, it's so happily laid back. They don't bounce up and down and give you a hug when you come in, but come on you know you're better than that. Places that treat you like that are welcoming in the same way that strippers are into you. This place is more like a cute, cool girl you sometimes hang out with. She might not flirt with you at first but she's always nice and, well, if she ever *does* seem interested you'll know it's genuine.
The beer is rock solid. Nothing's blown me away but sometimes not getting blown is just...that's a horrible metaphor. I do wish something here was exceptional. But, really, I've had nearly everything on tap and not a one of them has had a single off node and that's rare for a brewpub. British styles are subdued.
Service is friendly and prompt. The food is maybe a little above average for a brewpub. Happy to say they have a full vegetarian section.
08-12-2009 05:19:31 |
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