Tin Man Brewing Company
Active Beers: 11
Beer Ratings: 116
Beer Avg: 3.02
Taps: 5 / Bottles: 4
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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Reviews by BigJim5021:
2.43/5 rDev -19.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | $$
I was guardedly optimistic about Tin Man as soon as it was announced. They have long made the claim that they would be different. "Ordinary Beer Does Not Compute", they plastered upon countless billboards. Well, now that they've opened, apparently ordinary is exactly what they're going for.
I'll get the positives right out of the way. The building looks amazing. Presentation is top notch all around. All of the beers are served in appropriate glassware and the whole building just screams big city. Whoever tackled this aspect of the brewery/restaurant absolutely nailed it. And as for the food, I didn't try it. It's handled by a separate entity operating within the confines of the brewery. For what it's worth, I haven't heard many positives about the BBQ.
As for the most important part, I tried a sampler of their Rivet Irish Red, Alloy American IPA, Circuit Bohemian Pilsener and Dry Cell Irish Stout. They give you the option to have any beer on nitro, and since they didn't have their porter (more on that later) I got a nitrogenated Rivet. Every single beer was devoid of aroma. There was literally nothing as far as nose was concerned. The same could be said for the body. The only beer of the bunch that had any discernible flavor was the IPA. I understand that these first few recipes are supposed to bring fringe drinkers over to craft, but seeing as you can get superior beers from the likes of Anheuser/InBev and Miller/Coors, I don't see any of these beers doing that job.
All of this would be fine if the people behind the business weren't taking massive shortcuts, misinforming those they seek to educate, dismissing the detractors as little more than haters and just being generally smug and disingenuous about their piss-poor beer. The porter that I spoke of earlier apparently didn't come out right, to the point that they chose not to serve it. Well, they chose not to serve is as a porter. Instead they slapped a different name on it, called it a black ale and pretended as if it was an entirely new beer. Their so-called Bohemian pilsener is made with ale yeast, which is simply a fallacy that will only confuse new drinkers trying to learn about different beer styles. Any person that doesn't like their beer has been written off as a "beer snob" by the head brewer. Worst of all, they have brewery employees post on the beer app Untappd, giving their beers stellar reviews in an attempt to skew scores in their favor.
I'll go back six months down the line to see if anything has improved, but as it currently stands, I have no desire to visit a brewery that has such obvious disdain for myself and others that want flavorful local beer. The dishonesty at play is incredibly unattractive as well, and will have to be ditched for a far more humble and honest approach before I'll consider giving them any more of my business. I truly want this place to succeed, but if they continue on their current path, that simply can't happen. Until then, there's always Turoni's.
12-27-2012 21:13:56 | More by BigJim5021
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2.03/5 rDev -32.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 2.25 | $
It took me less than 30 seconds after I walked through the door to realize I wanted nothing to do with this place. The host and maybe the manager at the host stand were more interested in image than he was taking our money. We were in about 8:00 on a Saturday night and wanted to try their beer in their building. We were told it would be 30 minutes to order beer. The place was 2/3's full and the bar was basically unoccupied. I have never been to a food and drink establishment that did not do everything they could to meet their customers needs and gladly take their money. It was no problem to walk out the door and go to the Gerst House a few blocks down the street where I ordered anything but a Tin Man product. Maybe the comments in other reviews "about second chances" should say something to anyone who is interested in trying this place.
P.S. My son and his friends ate dinner here later in the evening and had a like experience along with what they described as an "inept server."
08-11-2013 21:58:42 | More by stormcloud
4.61/5 rDev +53.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Really enjoyed this place. They have active brewery tours at different parts of the evening and it is something you should check out!!! they have a few things going on there that are very unique and up and coming... Im not going to ruin the surprise because If you are driving through and passing Evansville this is a must stop. Everyone there was very energetic... Try the salmon appetizer its to die for. For my entree it was very filling so as far as entree pricing goes it was less than a steak you get at any other restaurant. I guess they use to have serve yourself bbq and that didn't go over well. They have totally changed things and now have full control over there kitchen. The menu is simple and easy and I dont see anyone having a problem finding something they could enjoy.
Regarding the beer I had some newer beers a bourbon rye beer which was great as well as there imperial ipa. I spoke with several people there and now that they have there session beers going strong they are working on more specialty and seasonal beers so be on the lookout for new beers from these guys and go check the place out!
07-01-2013 22:27:06 | More by jdprmd
4.93/5 rDev +63.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
This is by far the best beer bar in Evansville and vicinity. Very fresh and tasty beers in a variety of distinctive styles and an awesome inspired food menu. Tin Man has $2 pints on Mondays, lunch specials and other great deals throughout the week. All of their bar and server staff is more than friendly and knowledgeable about the beer and food that they serve. They aim to please. The atmosphere is in my opinion the perfect micro brewery environment, an old boarding house from the 1800's converted into a beautiful bar/restaurant/beer production facility with a modern industrial vibe and plenty of room. They also have outdoor seating to boot. If you are visiting Evansville, IN be sure to stop in you will not want to leave. One of my favorite beers is the Alloy on N2. It's a flavorful American IPA. Tin Man offers up many of their selections with a CO2 - N2 option. Check them out!
06-25-2013 18:36:48 | More by sta2ned
2.08/5 rDev -30.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 1.25 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 3 | $$
I gave them a 2nd chance, 4 months after the first visit, hoping for better luck. Slight improvements in that they had some beer with a little flavor (the bourbon barrel'd one had some flavor and hop aroma, but still weak); but the other beers were all weak. None of the beers had head; have they not figured out their carbonation system yet? I only drank one full beer (didn't feel like paying for a 2nd low quality beer, probably the first time in my life I've only ordered one beer at a microbrewery), but between the two beers my wife ordered (sent the pils back for being too fruity) and samples, tried 4 beers. The black lager had some color to it, but no body or hop flavor. The IPA had little hop aroma or flavor. Food was mixed, my wife had a really good soup, my Cuban sandwich had a dry bun and the bbq was dry.
04-14-2013 17:40:17 | More by pilzen1
1.5/5 rDev -50.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 1.25 | service: 1 | selection: 1.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
The atmosphere was alright. The beer was not very good relative to other Indiana breweries. The food was alright, it was decent bbq. The selection was ehh, not very many beers on tap. The service was not good, perhaps some of the worst I've had at any brewery. The redeeming quality is the fact that it is a new place and has potential to get better. If the brewery opened in a town with an established beer culture, they may or may not have already been run out of town haha.
04-12-2013 16:56:38 | More by tdeshaw
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Tin Man Brewing Company in Evansville, IN
76 out of 100 based on 21 user ratings.