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Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
Active Beers: 78
Beer Ratings: 42,909
Beer Avg: 4.05
Taps: 20 / Bottles: 20
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
9750 Indiana Pkwy
phone: (219) 922-3565
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 339 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped here on a mini brew-pub tour of the area. It was quite nice to see the home of some of the most sought after beers in the area.
This is my kind of place. It's off the beaten path in a industrial park. You wouldn't find it unless you were out looking for it. Very nice, small pub area in front of the brewery. A very casual, laid back, decor to say the least. Just as if I was over a friends house and we were drinking in the basement. Incredible beer, good music, and a really good "my '80's-90's generation" vibe being displayed everywhere.
I was here during the holidays, so was a little upset to see no specialty, non-bottled beers available. I did find comfort in a Black Sun Stout off the nitro tap.
They have a just as impressive guest tap lineup. Gouden Carolus Noel caught my eye here. Food was decent, just had an appetizer. Mostly was trying the beer and taking in the atmosphere. This is a very good place to have in the area. It definately warrants another pub visit in the near future from here in Cincy.
12-29-2006 16:17:29 |
More by FtownThrowDown
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
The first three visits were with just brewery tours. they were great. Atmosphere was nonchalant, service good, selection their own three or four. Food did not have any at the time. Last was with the brew pub. Service was good, atmosphere was great. Quality is always good here. Selection several of their own with some guest beers. Food was good. Value is reasonable, pints were well priced, with cases the same as always. Growlers did not get one. But they are available. This is a very nice place to visit.
11-24-2006 03:40:31 |
More by amatuerbeerguy
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
first stop on the chicago festival of debauchery 2006 trip. flew into midway and immediately got in the chevy malibu rental en route to munster. a true traffic nightmare!
arrived at the pub on friday around 2:30, there was only one table occupied (seemed to be fellow beer enthusiasts as they were fervently sampling), so i grabbed a seat at the bar. had been here before, but only when mobbed. i really had the opportunity to take in the college dorm-style decor. brashly painted walls, random posters and signage about, lots of beer memorabilia. three floyds' bottle collection of bombers past lines the shelf over the bar. a front window nook has two fabric-covered couches that also belong in said dorm room. there is a nifty little chalkboard and various printed menus around displaying current tap beers.. and what a selection!
enjoyed the company of the employees who were very helpful and knowledgeable. the bartender was able to provide excellent descriptions of the brews, and the waitress wrote down detailed directions for me to liquor stop. the marketing/website guy was happy to run down their new plan for monthly seasonals, which sounds excellent. also a plus that the brewers are hanging out in the pub between mashing and hopping or whatever it is they do.
foodwise, i really sought out recommendations before i went (avoid buffalo calamari, try the burger..) but relied on the suggestions of the bartender, who was passionate about what he did and didn't like. first up was the scotch egg, which was excellent. thin, crispy layer of battered sausage on a quartered egg.. excellent spicy dipping sauce to go with that. not greasy and very flavorful. when i heard that the chili of the day was cocoa venison, i knew that was a must-try. more of a stew, but bursting with spice and flavor. chef even made a point to come out and ask me how it was since i was the first person to try it that day.
and the beer.. what can i say? let's start with $5 dreadnaughts. that's all i'd need in life to be happy, and a bar that carried that and PBR only would probably earn a 4 for selection. when i was there, they had: dreadnaught, alpha king, robert the bruce, pride and joy, red tendon porter, calumet queen, chubby brown, alpha kong, gumballhead, munsterfest, and fifteen or so quality guest taps which included hercules dipa, reissdorf kolsch, saison dupont and gouden carolus. one stop shopping for an excellent tasting experience. only frown was lack of cask.. but i understand they occassionally hook one up or throw a firkin on the bar. had a calumet queen, a dreadnaught, and a chubby brown.. all were served in proper glassware and at good temps. all, also, were as fresh as you can get. DN on tap is even better than the bottle, if you can imagine.
also noted should be the music, which was an eclectic mix of punk, rock, and 90's alternative-type stuff. not for everyone, but i really dug the vibe. alot of brewpubs are switching focus to big screen tv's and sports vibe.. this place is a true bar without a central high-definition football crack pipe to smoke from. good beer, good tunes.
really glad i had a chance to get here on a day OTHER than dark lord day. a welcome respite for those rural indianaites.. with this place and flossmoor station within 10 miles of each other, there is a great scene blowing up in this little area south of chicago.
11-07-2006 18:05:39 |
More by goodbyeohio
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
The brewpub is located in a warehouse, the have taken away some of the warehouse feel with wood tables, bright colors on the walls, and signs for theirs, and many other products. The draft line-up was impressive, about 7 FFF drafts and about the same number of guest taps. Guest taps included Le Chouffe, Reisdorff Kolsch, Blanche de Chambly to name a few, a few I have never seen on tap. The ambience was tainted when the guy sitting next to us came in, farted, said "oh MY" then sat down and ordered bean soup. The food was good, took a very long time to get a Rueben and a Burger. The burger with bacon and cheeseand fries was $9.50, that is pricey in my book. I would go back, not on Sunday because there is no beer to go.
09-19-2006 13:58:15 |
More by jimbotrost
vibe: 2 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$$
Atmosphere was cold and sterile. I wish they put as much thought into the brewpub area as they do the beers. Upon sitting at the bar, the bartender appeared to ignore us for about 5 minutes even though we were 2 of only 5 at the bar. Maybe he was waiting for us to soak in the beer menu. Maybe he doesn't work on tips.
But the beer's what it's all about. It's big, bold and eccentric. The Alpha King was fantastic. Sadly, the Dreadnaught was not available, nor was the Dark Lord (didn't realize they only sold it one day a year). The guest taps were a pleasant suprise and I finally got a chance to sample the long-awaited Stone Ruination IPA. It was fantastic as well.
I'd go back to fill up a growler or buy a 6-pack, but that's about it.
08-20-2006 14:20:00 |
More by DaveFL1976
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$$
I gotta give credit where credit is due. This place is a cult facility for beer in the states. I have visited here for DL day 2006 and on 2 other occasions as your average beer hound. THe atmosphere in the brewpub is warm and cozy, and the selection is always great. I will say that the service is spotty. At first, the service is personable, but can be a little stand-offish. The beer obviously is world class, and without a doubt some of the best in the world. I have been here on a few occasions and will continue to stop by when ever I'm around the area, and for DL day, of course.
They still have my full support, and my patronage.
08-15-2006 18:48:52 |
More by murrayswine
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
I've been to Three Floyds several times in the past, but last week was the first time since the brewpub opened. I expected to see a brand spankin' new building connected to the brewery. When I pulled up, I was disappointed to see a part of the old building converted to a restaurant and bar. Oh well, it's the beer that counts, right?
Since I had been in the car so long, I headed through the dining room on the right in search of the men's room. The bartender shot out from behind the bar, met me before I could reach my destination and asked me in an accusatory tone if she could help me. She seemed satisfied when I explained that, yes, I would be ordering once I came out, went back behind the bar and proceeded to glare at me until I left about an hour later. I hate bad attitudes, but it's the beer that counts, right?
The decor was a bit of a disappointment, but as brewpubs go, it was acceptable. The best feature was the large signs on the walls displaying the Three Floyds characters. Robert The Bruce, the Alpha King guy, the Calumet Queen chick, the Behemoth Blonde, etc. They also had a few smaller prints featuring the same characters that I would have loved to have bought, but it didn't look like they were for sale. Other than the very nice hardwood bar, the rest of the furnishings were serviceable, if a bit shabby. But then again, it's the beer that counts, right?
Since I arrived just after opening, I expected to get my food in record time, grab a growler and get back on the road. There were only two other guys at the bar and they were still trying to decide what to get when I placed my order. Why then did it take almost 30 minutes to get my reuben? Not only that, but the sandwich was too dry and slightly burnt. And who uses raisin bread on a reuben? I enjoyed the loads of tasty fries, however. Next time I'll be sure to order something else. No one makes the trek to Munster for the food, though, since it's the beer that counts, right?
Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to sample the liquid wares since I still had about 5 hours of driving ahead of me. I would have loved to have sampled Dreadnaught or Alpha King on tap. I was disappointed to learn that only three 3F offerings were available in growlers (the whole point of my pit stop on my way to Ohio). I passed on the Alpha King and the St. Barniburus Trippel--a mistake given the reviews--and got a growler of Calumet Queen Kolsch. My waiter quoted me $10 before my meal, but I noted $15 on the sales slip once I got out to my car.
As far as I'm concerned, there's no reason to go to Three Floyds Brewery & Pub other than the beer. But what beer! Given the potent nature of most of their offerings, I'd suggest finding a nearby motel or bringing along a designated driver. A wider selection of growlers would be nice for those of us just passing through. Oh yeah, and an attitude adjustment for the staff.
08-06-2006 00:50:29 |
More by BuckeyeNation
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$$$
We entered the black hole that is 3 Floyds brewpub and we walked past a nice-looking bar, a couple of couches, and very large day-glo signs for the various 3-Floyds beers (the only real decor to speak of), to a table by a large window looking into the packaging section of the brewery. Scenic. Also I should mention the place smelled kinda funky. I've worked in a brewery, and they weren't really brewery smells. The music was a reasonable volume, when I was paying attention I heard Blondie, and that new band that sounds like Blondie.
I was disappointed to learn that 3 Floyds does not do samplers. This is especially frustrating because FFF's beers are almost all overproof for the style. I was told my initial beer choice was "having problems", so I started with a Rabbid Rabbit Saison (8%) and was prettymuch done for. Choose wisely, and for God's sake bring a designated driver.
The beer was awesome. Unfortunately, thats about all that was awesome on this much-anticipated Sunday afternoon. We had been seated in the restaurant over an hour and a half (not an exaggeration I fear) before our food finally arrived. We were one of two tables in the pub. Despite generous portions I'm afraid it was not worth the wait, or the price.
I was very excited to finally make it to FFF's but overall, I was disappointed in this experience. These guys make amazing beer, much of which you can only get at this brewpub, and I'd say its worth the pilgrimage to fill growlers (but not on Sunday) or try new seasonals, but I will never eat here again.
07-27-2006 05:08:22 |
More by JudgeRoughneck
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Drove down while in Chicago on business for lunch on a Friday. They are adding some new tolls so there is a lot of construction so plan accordingly if coming from Illinois.
Got there right when they opened at 11:30, door was locked. Five minutes later it was opened, Barnaby introduced himself, apologised for his appearance as his staff was late and he was supposed to be brewing. He asked me what I wanted, I ordered a Rabid Rabbit, he comped it for the inconvenience...so we are off to a good start, now on to the review....
In an industrial park only 3 turns off the exit. I didn't think it nearly as hard to find as I was expecting based on other reviews. Nicly decorated/landscaped exterior. As you walk in there is a room with tables to the right and the bar area with bar tables and lounges to the left. I sat at the bar as I was by myself. I was the first person in there but in a matter of minutes people were flowing in, mostly families and business people people picking up orders. Hiply decorated with FFF and sci-fi decorations. Window looking into the brewery in the dining room.
Food: Food was excellent. I had the ruben and it was one of the best I have had, and I have had many. The fries were fresh cut and fried golden brown, just how I like them. the menu had pretty much something for everyone and can be seen on their website.
Drink: They had approximately 11 FFF taps and 12 guest taps. Very good selection. I had never had Stone Ruination on tap and was tempted but that wasn't what I was there for. I had a Rabid Rabit and a St Bernaribus, both served in the proper glassware and both were exceptional.
Service: Aside from the lateness the service was good. The bartender that replaced Barnaby was friendly, informed and attentive. She was filling growlers and drink orders and still made sure I was doing OK. I did notice that two parties had to come and ask for menus but it seemed that the dining room service was fine as well.
They have some swag available, I got me a t-shirt..Well worth the 1 hour-15 minute drive and waiting in construction. I highly recommend stopping in. Wish I didn't have to drive and had more time, I could have spent a while there....
07-12-2006 16:09:07 |
More by jarsh
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
As a disclaimer, I have to admit that I know one of the brewmasters at 3F personally and my fiance has worked for them at beer festivals in the past. However, that does not affect my review of this fine brew pub.
Atmosphere - With the expansion last year of the pub space, crowds are now larger even on weekdays. Most patrons seem to be knowledgeable about beer and are there to sample fresh and new offerings. Usually a lively, friendly crowd and staff. Plus there's nothing like an excellent pint enjoyed within view of the brewing vats from which it came.
Quality - I would rate very few, if any, of the selections available as below average and would rate several as well above average. Variety of glassware used as appropriate for each offering.
Service - Due to the increasing popularity of the brewpub, the staff can be stretched a bit thin and wait times can climb. Not really a problem if you sit at the bar but the table service can lag during weekend rushes.
Selection - Always a wide variety to choose from. I have never seen fewer than a dozen 3F brews and four or five guest brews available. During peak times, some selections can run out but are usually replaced quickly by a comparable selection. While you can get Alpha King, Robert the Bruce and Pride & Joy at the pub and at most stores in the area, where else are you going to find fine selections such as Broodoo, Dolomite, Moloko Plus and Brian Boru Old Irish Red.
Food - Not the main draw but average to above average menu. Just be sure to order early in the visit as service times get long during lunch and dinner rushes.
Value - Overall you cannot beat the selection and quality. I have friends who drive the hour from Chicago to have a pint or two and get a growler or a case to go on a regular basis. Well worth stopping in.
07-06-2006 05:59:32 |
More by ChicagoLaw21
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub in Munster, IN
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