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Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
Active Beers: 78
Beer Ratings: 42,940
Beer Avg: 4.05
Taps: 20 / Bottles: 20
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
9750 Indiana Pkwy
phone: (219) 922-3565
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 339 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$$
I am a metal head and don't live too far away (1 hr 40 ish min) and i love FFF so when I went here this weekend I had high expectations.
The beer expectations were met. Had a Zombie Dust and RisGoop and both were awesome. The Mentol was a bit lacking but still good.
They were playing sludge which i can enjoy at times but seriously add a little vibe rather than just chug chug chug. Play some music with balls, some Vader, Strapping Young Lad, Vicous Rumors, Solitude Aterunus (sp), Memento Mori. Something other than just depressing sludgy doom.
Also the people here love to smell thier own fecal matter. Our waitress was nice and friendly but everyone else was a bit douchey.
Love the beer but they are metal posers and their attitude sucks.
The food prices are ridiculous, like 13$ for the smallest bowl of curry ever.
09-03-2012 03:32:30 |
More by crossovert
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Having had the oppotunity to visit FFF numerous times during the past few years I feel that my last visit has prompted a review.
Hit up the pub on a late Sunday afternoon on the way home from Madison, WI. Four of us had a wonderful time going down the tap list...to include things NEVER seen outside the pub. A quite a few nice guest taps...like New Albanian Cone Smoker.
We enjoyed and shared a few pizzas...delish!
They were showing a few flicks while we were there...enjoyed Hot Fuzz and something I did not recognize.
Our waiter was good at keeping our pints from being empty and was helpful in explaining some of the characters on the FFF painting.
I know that FFF pub isn't the most impressive building nor is the place all that...but that I can ignore due to the quality of their brews, the food and the mystique that is FFF. I will continue to come back each and every time I am in the area.
12-05-2008 08:00:12 |
More by Deuane
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$$
Located in an industrial strip mall location, with a great deal of snarky attitude (typical this is my job, pissed I don't have a career vibe).
Excellent beers. Easily top 5 Midwest brewery. Great selection, although varies greatly, the less than desireable stuff is more widely available year round it seems.
As soon as they figure out how to make monkeys or robots pour beer, look fat at the door under the rubric of "security" or whatnot, this place will be awesome. Definitely unique, not normal, but the help is actually, quite predictable.
05-05-2010 16:24:35 |
More by Beerandraiderfan
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Was able to finally return to FFF on a trip through Chicago to Purdue. While the review below clearly show my love of FFF, this trip made it it one of my very favorite spots. It helped that my wife was along to DD, so the tasting was a lot more intense, but it was also the fall line up of beers compared to the summer brews that I had last time as well. Drinking Behemoth, Artic Panzer Wolf, Zombie Dust and Spazzerack! took all of my energy so that I didn't even get to Dreadnaught--one of my favorites.
But what really put it over the top was the food. I had pizza last time, which was very good. Maybe it's improved as well--didn't have a chance to try this trip. We really liked that they offered small plates so the meal was a more appropriate size. Started with the butternut squash soup--amazing--black truffles, hazelnut yogurt and pickled squash made this a soup to remember. After that, I had the mac n cheese. Doesn't sound too adventuresome, but the old fashioned comfort food with American cheese was spiced up with pickled onions and bread crumbs. I know--onions in mac n cheese? Just have to try it.
The basic format of the bar hasn't changed in the last few years, but they seem to have settled in with more beer paraphernalia and other decorations on the walls. The big screen TV with a kung fu movie was a nice touch--an nice to watch with dinner over the brew house. Not sure how, but it adds to the attitude of the place. Not fancy--just good. Fits my personality exactly. I feel lucky that FFF is directly on my route to visit my alma mater, and hope to make this a much more regular stop in the future to one of my very favorite brewpubs anywhere in the world.
Three Floyd's is an Indiana legend with Alpha King, as they should be. Lots of attitude, unique, and surviving by just brewing beer too good not to drink, similar to Stone of CA and Surly of MN. This was such a good stop, I simply drove home to Minnesota instead of hitting the rest of my planned stops.
Needed lunch, and ordered the five cheese pizza as the main veggie options. It was very good--and big. Two or three people at least to eat. It was also good cold for dinner half way through Wisconsin.
Jumped in with a half pint (thanks TF for pouring halfs) of Remus: Bravo. This was a paired brew with Remulus: Apollo. They beers were idential APAs except for teh Bravo and Apollo hops. Remus the better beer for me--cleaner and smoother compared to the Remulus that had a bit of a grassy taste, unusual for TF beers in spite of the very large hops bill that must have annually. Next was a draft of the famous Dreadnaught IPA, an Imperial IPA that is worth the travel. The bottle I took home was just as good though the bite was a bit different and lacked the balance of the draft for me. The final beer (so I thought) was the Fantabulous Resplendence (aka X), TFs tenth anniversary ale. Not really sure what the style should be labelled but it was 100 IBUs, so a DIPA range, but lots of Belgain characteristics, probably from the yeast. Very easy drink with lots of kick. In spite of eating most of the pizza and sitting for three hours, the accumulation of the beers forced the long wait before hitting the road again.
And, then, a TF worker tapped a new beer--Gorch Fock Helles--and handed me the test glass to make sure the tap was working properly--then dumped it and repoured another for me because it didn't looke quite right to him. To me, this emphasized TFs committment to quality at all levels, and it is easily seen in the beer.
Hoping to return for an evening to check it out as well. The only downside of the pub (not for me but for others maybe going there) is that it's basically a thrown together in a corner of the brewery. And, the whole place is in a warehouse district south of Chicago that's a bit out of the way and I found to be hard to find that day. Personally, I like the comfortable college dorm furniture feel that concentrates on beer or form, but maybe not everybody will like that. If you're there to drink good beer--go; if you want a pretty place, head downtown.
10-26-2011 03:17:30 |
More by FightingEntropy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Visited 4 September, 2008
We splashed our way across rain-soaked highways and suburban roads (thanks, Hurricane Gustav) to an unassuming stretch of industrial buildings. Having seen photos of Dark Lord Day on website, I recognized the 'MUNSTER' water tower and knew we were close. Pulled into the lot at the 11:30 opening time and met our three friends inside, waiting at the bar, pints in hand.
The luscious scent of 'brewing' met us at the door, sweet wort welcoming us inside. Neither outside or in is this an 'impressive-looking' place: the furniture is pretty spartan (even with a few colorful couches), the decor is an eclectic mix of old beer signage and enlarged labels of FFF beers, past and present. The bar to the left was a bit livelier and fuller (even during the lunch hour) but we opted for a table centered in the dining area, near a large window into the brewing room (Gumballhead staring angrily back at us through the glass...). A classic beer movie, 'Strange Brew', played without fanfare on the opposite wall. Overall, there's a straightforwardly simple vibe... appealing for a lengthy hangout.
Service was quick and very friendly. Our guy's name was Greg and he knew his beers, Three Floyds and others. We didn't need much help picking our beers (where to go wrong?), but asked for and received help on the food items. Greg told us a new chef had just joined the team and encouraged us to try items off the back of the menu. Pierogies were a big hit (2 rounds), sandwiches/burgers were tasty and filling, cheese dip was disappointing.
It was amazing how good most of the beers were on draught. Metalmonk's glasses of Gumballhead and Dreadnaught were phenomenal, my wife's pints of Robert the Bruce were also quite nice and my two curiosities - Ostemoeller (smoked helles) and Moloko (big milk stout) were sublime. There were about a dozen FFF beers available, but what made this pub's list so intriguing was the range of outstanding 'guest' brews (at least two dozen).
Not all beers were available to-go in bottles, but all could be had in growlers. Unfortunately, luggage space was limited for our return trip to Oregon the next day, so we 'settled on': 2 Dreadnaughts, a Moloko, a Gorch Fock, and a six-pack of Robert the Bruce (two of which were swapped for Gumballhead from my friend). Prices for bottles seemed reasonable, ranging from $5 or 6 for the smaller 22s to $10 for the Dreadnaught and $10 for sixs.
It was tough to drag ourselves away but after nearly 2-1/2 hours, it was time to go our separate ways. A great time: nice food, terrific company (including our new acquaintance, Andy, from New Orleans) and stellar beer. I'm very glad we made the effort to get to Munster and would love to go back someday.
09-07-2008 00:48:25 |
More by msubulldog25
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
At first, driving up the FFF was a bit perplexing to think that such delicious beer eminates from such a plain building in a boring office complex but that quickly was lost when the beer flowed. A simple looking brewpub exterior adorned with some beer paraphernalia invites me to check out what is inside. First impression tells me that the FFF guys didn't just rest on their impressive laurels and slap doors on a brewery but actually took time to build a decent brewpub to compliment their excellent brewery. I liked the bar that wrapped around to the left and the couches that offer a relaxed feel with the tables. Tons of beer on tap that span the FFF bews to even include other offerings. Man, was I happy yo see so many FFF brews at once, but alas, I was driving so I limited myself to the Alpha Kong.
Their grub was decent. BBQ sandwiches and um...oh! Dark Lord barrel aged on tap!
Could you convince your Mother to go here. Yes! Clean and neat and ummm...oh yeah...they have tons of FFF on tap! Holy crap! I wish that I lived closer to here. At least I have te General Lafayette Inn to keep me happy.
05-04-2006 13:17:11 |
More by blitheringidiot
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I have been to the brewery several times for release parties but this is the first time I have been there since the brewpub is up. They had an amazing line of 20 taps with 12 being guest taps and the rest were amazing 3F brews. They also had 23 bottles with 12 of those being guest beers and not just run of the mill guest but all were solid beers. Even the PBR in a can isn't that common.
The garden in front of the doors is a nice touch with some hops and herbs popping up in-between the rocks making this no ordinary industrial park. Inside the bar is to your left and tables are to your right. At the back of the table area there is a nice big glass window that looks into the brewery and the tasting area. It was nice to see the jumbo bags of malt stacked to the ceiling. At there bar there is plenty of seating and some tallboy tables mixed with couches. The paint on the walls gave it a hip feel with some nice local artwork like gumball head originals and tin signs.
The menu looked great but because of the large crowds they only had turkey sandwiches that were pretty dry but the fresh potato chips were great with the beer. Even though it was a full house we still got service pretty quickly and the staff was all very friendly.
I usually expect the big juicy hops in everything 4F does but at the brewpub they had some nice "more to style" beers like the saison and the malt liquor. I was impressed by their ability to change it up a bit, and big Belgian beers that were guests.
This place has a hip north side Chicago feel with crazy beer selection. I will always stop by if I head anywhere on Rt. 80.
05-01-2006 02:07:11 |
More by rhoadsrage
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Traffic sucked once we got off I-80, it was the longest 3 miles ever. The drive from Chicago was not bad. I knew that 3F was tucked away in an industrial area. That was no lie.
As soon was we pulled into the parking lot it was clear as day this was a brewery with a restaurant as the loading bays are right of the doors to the restaurant. Again, as expected. As we walked in the door all I could smell was beer making. What a lovely smell!!
The restaurant is fairly small, it was around 2pm on a Tuesday and most of the people eating there were locals who clearly were not there for the beer. We were. Dreadnaught on-tap... score! Blackheart IPA... nice! Alphanaught... tasty! Not to mention Gumballhead and Alpha King. There was a robust helles lager (it might have been smoked) and one other specialty beer not to mention Pride & Joy and Robert the Bruce.
Since we were on our way back to Omaha we only had two beers each, I went with 5oz glasses of both Alphanaught and Blackheart IPA and Tara did Dreadnaught and Blackheart. Of course the beers was good.
We ordered a BLT and fish and chips. I liked the fish a lot, very flaky and tasty. The fries were okay. I don't think Tara was all that thrilled with BLT. It was food and we were hungry. I wasn't expecting much and frankly our low expectations were satisfied.
The service was adequate. Our waitress seemed way over worked, she was the only waitress on the floor, there was a bartender but he wasn't doing much. When we were done eating we asked if they had a gift shop. They did we were told but our waitress was too busy to take us there. I said we could walk over. She said it was locked. Then she stared at me for a couple moments and said she'd take us there in a few minutes. Okay. So, after about five minutes she grabs a set of keys from behind the bar and escorts us to the next room (next room in the restaurant) only to find a locked display case. Our waitress told us we couldn't touch the shirts! She nodded towards Nick Floyd who was sitting nearby and said he didn't allow it. Our waitress told us to look quickly. I was irritated. I asked about hats, they had the two on display, both were not my style. I did get a t-shirt as I felt some obligation after all this "hassle". Lastly, it was an ordeal to buy the damn shirt... something to do with cash or credit card. By then I didn't care. Sorry I wanted to rock some 3F gear. Don't sell it if it is so complicated.
As good as the beer was and as inviting and chill as the atmosphere was the location is too out of the way. I wonder where the nearest hotel is? I'd stop if I was driving on I-80 but I wouldn't detour from Chicago again.
08-13-2008 15:35:59 |
More by bditty187
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Make no mistake about it - this place is a little rough, atmosphere-wise. Scruffy doesn't quite capture it. But oh my god are the beers worth it - fresh mugs of Gumball Head, Dreadnought, Alpha King and all the rest more than make up for the vibe. And guess what? The food is really good too - delicious sandwiches and salads, well thought out and well executed. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. And it's fun to be able to watch the goings on in the brew house through the window in the back of the seating area. There is one glaring problem here, though - there is only one men's room, single occupancy, which created a terribly long line at lunch time as the largely male crowd moved through the delicious beer. But warts and all, this is a must stop for any beer fan.
07-14-2009 18:19:40 |
More by Seanibus
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Finally visited FFF.
Really cool place, both inside and out, despite its location in an industrial area. The beer selection was a bit of a letdown with no terribly interesting one-offs or pub only beers available the day I was there. Still, the selection of what was there was solid, including the beers from other breweries.
The food was EXCELLENT. I highly recommend going for lunch or dinner. Service was extremely friendly as well. I see what all the hype is about now...
07-23-2013 23:00:48 |
More by TheSevenDuffs
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