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Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
Active Beers: 78
Beer Ratings: 43,070
Beer Avg: 4.05
Taps: 20 / Bottles: 20
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
9750 Indiana Pkwy
phone: (219) 922-3565
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 339 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Pulled into the 3Fs brewpub late on a Tuesday night and I wasn't dissappointed.
The building itself is located in an industrial part of town, well off the beaten path...it wasn't hard to find from the highway. Decorated with tons of 3F swag on the walls and some TVs with the Cubs game on...pretty small place, though.
The pub itself was quiet. There were only a handful of people in the joint, and considered that there were only two people working, service was okay.
We came for the beers, so didn't try any of the food- but it looked good from what I saw and I'd be inclined to try it if I hadn't already had dinner.
Beers were reasonably priced and served in the appropriate glassware. They have many 3Fs offerings on tap- Alpha King, Robert the Bruce, Deesko, Rabbid Rabbit, St. Barniberus, Dreadnaught, etc...They also have plenty of guest beers- Stone, Delirium Tremens, Old Rasputin...many others. Our server told us they change frequently.
I tried the Rabbid Rabbit and St. Barniberus, and walked out with a growler fill and a case of beer.
Great stop if you're in the area. Better stop if it's Dark Lord day.
06-23-2006 17:32:06 |
More by MeLikeBeer
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
At this time Three Floyds Alpha King is my favorite beer, so a trip to the mother tap was in order. My wife and I took a vacation day to take the short drive from Milwaukee to Munster Indiana.
Pay attention to your map. The brewpub is hard to find in an industrial park in Munster. Persevere, the hunt is worth you effort. Find the nondescript parking lot and building in the industrial gray area.
Oh, but what a surprise. This is an ultra hop lovers destination. The food was surprising wonderful and the beer could place you in nirvana. Have your sweet wife drive home so that you can sample the brews.
What a fun and surprisingly positive experience. Call ahead to assure that you will be served. The brew pub is highly recommended for the hop and food lover among us.
06-23-2006 04:10:33 |
More by znarf
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Went to the FFF brewpub on a jaunt from a trip to Chicago.
A - Small town atmosphere. Couple construction workers at the bar eating lunch and having a PBR from a can. Mix of three floyds decor with Sci-fi stuff.
Q - great beers, very good food. No complaints here.
S - service was good. Bartender served anyone that sat anywhere, but seemed to keep up just fine. She was nice and friendly.
S - Bunch of Three Floyds (Gumballhead, Rabid Rabbit, Alpha, Robert, etc) with some excellent guest beers (Ruination, Old Guardian, La Chouffe, Unibroue). Everything served in proper glassware. Too bad the person before me finished the Dreadnaught keg.
F - This was a surprise. Had the Buffalo Calamari and it was good. Had the Carnivore pizza and it was excellent. This made my wife feel it was worth the trip.
V - Not cheap, but not overly expensive. IMO, you get what you pay for.
Overall, well worth the trip.
06-22-2006 04:08:45 |
More by JeffKrenner
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
I've been meaning to stop at Three Floyds for a long time, but they're a long way from anywhere. I finally found my way there during a trip to Chicago, and had mixed feelings. Yes, they had a decent selection of 3F on tap (Alpha King, Rabid Rabbit, Drunk Monk, and more) and also some other good beers on tap and bottle (Bear Republic stout, Chimay Blue, Orval, Delirium Tremens, and so on). But I'd hoped to try Dark Lord or something else reasonably difficult to find...
Anyway the atmosphere was clean and inviting, nice woodwork on the bar and plenty of rare beer posters and sci fi geek crap on the walls. I was happy with the 3F beers I ordered and the food was not bad. I actually tried a hard boiled egg coated in sausage and deep fried which is bound to cause explosive gas soon. I bought a Dark Lord T-shirt but was shocked that it cost $25. I followed through on the purchase anyway but it still stings.
Good stop, but not worth a special trip unless it's Dark Lord Day.
EDIT: I just re-read this review, written 5+ years ago. I've since been to FFF dozens of times, on special occasions (DLDs) and just everyday stops. This place is awesome and there is always something good on tap. The prices are a bit high on some of the growlers and they don't refill (my only real complaints), but they make seriously good stuff and that's why I always return.
06-20-2006 22:41:34 |
More by TurdFurgison
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I've been trying to make it out to FFF for a good while now and I'm glad I finally managed to take advantage of an oppurtunity to do so. This is a dynamite spot to sample some very nice American micros and nosh some rather tastey eats to boot! Atmosphere was quite nice, a cool low-key vibe with various FFF paraphenelia hanging about. Plenty of televisions and a window into the brewery portion of the building. Overall the settings made for a great respite on the trek between Detroit and Chicago. Quality was unsurpassed, the beer was excellent enough with all the great FFF offerings but FFF in a very nice display of perhaps humility or perhaps confidence in their own brewing skills also offer patrons a nice guest tap list as well which gives this place an A+ for selection. Service was great, friendly and ever-present. The food was exceptional as well. I had the brewer's pizza which was to die for. Try a scotch egg while you're at it, comfortably spicy! Value ranged from downright cheap to a bit expensive, all depending on what and how much you order.
A very nice experience, I WILL return.
06-18-2006 21:09:56 |
More by Gaisgeil
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
After spending some time on the coast at the Rogue Ale's House and spending a long night at the Bed and Beer, we stopped at Three Floyds on the way back to C-town.
Road weary and becoming increasingly exhausted, we stepped out of my Subaru with only the knowledge of a noteless and unreviewed drinking of a few pints of alpha king last winter, and I reviewed Gumballhead ages ago. Sure, I knew the reputation of such brews as Dreadnaught and Darklord, but I have yet to come into contact with them, especially after living in Oregon for a year.
The selection was nice sized. The Three Floyd's mild, which was surprisingly hoppy, Alpha King, Alpha Kong, Dreadnaught, Gumballhead, Rabid Rabbit or their saison, a triple, a scotch ale (they had specific names but they elude my memory at the moment) and a few other Three Floyds' brews. The guest taps and selections were impressive: la chouffe's double IPA triple, a lindeman fruit lambic selection, and a few other selections that I failed to note on my notes sheet. The decorating was impressive and unique, a drastic use of colors and artwork that differed from the usual pub look. The beer's were served in the proper glassware selections and the food, which we ordered, was excellent. The service, although friendly, disapointed in the sense that the bartender seemed to lack an indepth knowledge of the beers.
Overall, this was a great experience. The music and atmosphere was idiosyncratic and wonderful (Kubrick posters anybody?). The food, which we chose to order a number of interesting and tastey interpretations of standard sandwiches, was quite good and priced semi-reasonably - nothing out of the ordinary now. And the beer was fresh and super enjoyable, even the beers that I've heard were mediocre proved very tastey at the pub, even if it simply may have been my beer thirsty pallette longing for something, anything.
We'll hopefully be returning soon.
06-05-2006 21:48:56 |
More by edmundfitzoil
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
The brewery and pub are set in a clean little suburban industrial park on the southern cusp of the Gary/South Chicago area. Pulling up to park the car in the lot in front, it looks and felt like many a manufacturing plant I've worked at, but once you go through the door you feel like you're in a sort of cool little nightclub, like a new punk rock bar one finds in college towns. The walls and floors were of dark colors, and it was very dark inside in spite of it being midafternoon on a sunny day. Contributing to the punk rock bar feel were the painting and poster sized logos and label art for 3F beers on the wall (which themselves, the labels that is, are very punk rock looking). In furtherance to the punk rock feel, the furnature was a hodge-podge of high bar chairs and tables to low square bistro tables to even lower sofas around low coffee tables. The brewery part was a very clean looking, very quality oriented looking manufacturing-like facilty. We were there early in the afternoon, and the service was a little slow, sort of casual, as if everyone had just woken up for the day, and the coffee had not kicked in yet. Not rude, or inattentive, just not alert and sharp at first. As the afternoon went on (and we're spending more money), the service improved greatly. I suspect if you go in the evening, the service would be entirely good the way it should be from the start.
The beers there were, of course, simply excellent. The thing was, on the day I was there they didn't have a terribly deep selection of their own beers, which I learned during the brewery tour is because they are so small, yet so popular right now that demand far exceeds capacity to supply it. I was really dissapointed that I did not get to sample a wide array of 3F's, because that was the point of going there, I even had one non 3F guest tap, when between our party of three we had tried every 3F available that day (barring the three 3F mainstays that we can get in six-packs and do enjoy often). What did make me feel better though, was the satisfaction from knowing that 3F was doing good because they are good...
Also, they do have some good guset taps available...
Then we had dinner, and the food was excellent. I was expecting some lame bar food, but was very pleasantly surprised by the fine dining high quality of first, the menu, then the execution of it. I had the Alpha Chop, which is a pork chop in an English pub style curry gravy with mashed potatoes and zucchini. Overall, I had a great time at 3F and can't wait to visit again.
06-03-2006 23:17:44 |
More by ultralarry2006
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Finally found the excuse to make it to Three Floyd's when a friend needed moving assistance to Chicago. We hit the place at 3 o'clock on an average Wednesday and it was completely dead. I overheard a Detroit Ratebeerian talking to the waitress and wondered how many times they must hear the same "pilgrimage" story.
The first thing that catches you off-guard about FFF is the size - it's tiny! Hard to believe they pump out Alpha King en masse to so many states from such a small production brewery. I feel particularly guilty about bitching about expensive 22-oz offerings after this trip...especially with the general over-arching principal of quality and consistent greatness that flows out the doors and taps.
Inside, its a hodge-podge of neon-painted walls, FFF breweriana, and minimal decoration. No matter, its the beer you belly up to the bar for. When we visited, we were a smidge disappointed by the selection just in the sense that we were hoping to try some crazy-variants on the FFF hopped-to-hell theme. Rabbit Rabid saison and St. Barnabus quad offered a break...but unfortunately the only other (new to me) beer was the Berlinger Weiss and Alpha Klan. Still, nothing beats the opportunity to get an uber-fresh half-pint of Dread for $5 and the same of Gumballhead for $3. I wanted to try the aforementioned quad, but alas, I was driving...and I already had the insta-buzz that hoppy beers often produce.
I was particularly impressed by the forthcoming nature of the server in offering samples. I get really pissed off when brewpubs are super stingy with letting you try beers instead of dropping cash on something you may dislike. This is especially nice since no sampler is offered. They know that the beer is strong enough once you get a sample, chances are good you'll opt to pay to play. The server we had didn't seem effusive or bubbly about the greatness of the beer, but who cares? She was nice, curteous, and kept our glasses full both with beer and water...a nice consideration when you're drinking Dreadnaught in the middle of the day.
We ordered sandwiches, I the turkey smoker and my compatriot a chicken club. Quite tasty they both were, though nothing worth ambling on about. Large portions, too...which happened to (oddly) taste better when re-heated.
It was pretty cool to drink in both the beer and aura that is FFF...and shoot the shit with the youngest Floyd who was banging away at his laptop and helping with various pub-chores. I was also happy to pick up a bottle of bottled-that-day Gumballhead for $5. Barnaby was also nice enough to run out to my car with the half-sandwich I accidentally left at the bar...which came in handy while sitting in Chicago traffic for hours.
My only complaint was the fact that (presumably full) bottles of Dark Lord, Rabbit Rabbit, Behemoth, Dreadnaught, et al, were sitting atop the bar, teasing me. Sixers were unavailable at the time. They were doing growler fills of the St. Barnabus, A-King, P&J, and RtB, however.
I was blown away by the guest taps, too: Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen IPA Tripel, Bear Republic Stout, and some other heavyweight offerings I didn't try and can't recall.
06-01-2006 18:47:46 |
More by GreenWBush
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
It was very hard to find this place, and once we got there is was a cool little brewery with a nice pub attached to it.
The atmosphere was reminiscent of a sports bar with memorabilia of beer instead of sports. There was even a little window that looked into a little part of the brewery where nothing happens but shipping and storing.
Service was fast and friendly, but considering the time I had wasn't long I was a little dissapointed at the St. Berniliidius or some similar name because it didn't have time to warm up since it was a triple on tap.
Selection was great, I don't think I have ever been to a bar where I didn't know if I could have all of them in a few visits.
Overall kinda average and a little expectional, it was like going to a nice sports bar with a lot of selection to choose from.
05-19-2006 02:45:17 |
More by Erdinger2003
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$
visited dark lord day 06. previous reviews have done a good job summing the place up, but i'll give it a go also. bar area is pretty damn small. maybe 12 bar stools only, and the only other seating was rather low sitting chairs and couches huddled around coffee tables. had a movie projected, and the only thing i remember it playing was the dvd menu of star wars: a new hope.
total brewpub size was pretty damn small. walls rather sparse and no bar games such as darts or anything. they could at least have some cards to loan you out for something to do, that would be cool. but the reason you came was for the beer, i get that.
on to the beer. lots of taps (10+), a few guest beers. all were pretty fairly priced, but it seemed some of the stuff served in smaller servings really shoulda been served in imperial pints as well. oh well. good beer, fair prices.
the food on dark lord day wasn't that good. for some reason everyone seemed to be raving about it, but it was absolutely nothing special. had we not gotten stuck wandering around munster during rush hour we would have probably eaten some place else, but we instead decided to just hightail it back to the brewery and cut our losses (we were looking for a good liquor store to bring back tasty treats to madison).
all in all cool place, but sitting around at a table gets old after a while. needs some darts or some shit, bring cards if you're gonna hang out all day.
05-18-2006 03:42:53 |
More by nchrist13
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub in Munster, IN
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