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Tin Man Brewing Company
Active Beers: 7
Beer Ratings: 116
Beer Avg: 3.02
Taps: 5 / Bottles: 4
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1430 W Franklin St
phone: (812) 618-3227
(Place added by: seanorear on 03-04-2012)
Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by Chaney:
District of Columbia
vibe: 4 | quality: 1 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
PREFACE: IF THINGS CHANGE HERE WITHIN THE NEXT YEAR OR TWO, I WILL HAVE NO PROBLEM WHATSOEVER CHANGING MY REVIEW.
In early 2012, I heard about this place through research and word of mouth from family, friends, and Facebook. How exciting to have a craft brewery in my own childhood hometown! I followed them feverishly, and drove by the place every day when I came to the area to visit back in August of 2012. So cool!
Fast forward to the present. Sure, I had heard some blurbs about "beer snobs" being unhappy with the quality of the beer, but I certainly know lots of "snobs" in my hobby and just dismissed the claims as mere arrogant rantings of a couple of craft beer spoilers.
Atmosphere: My wife and I arrived at a beautiful, modern, highly innovative environment on an icy cold weekday afternoon. We were both in awe of the cool robot in the foyer, the cleanliness of every inch of the building, and the table layout. Did I mention the cool swag?
Service: Our bartender waited on us very attentively, seemed to be proud of the place, and to be a part of such a noble venture. Also, our food came out in a timely manner and the attitude by the server(s) seemed great.
Food: My wife had some qualms with the amount of gristle on her pulled pork, but she's not a big BBQ fan to begin with, so I took that with a grain of salt. As for me, I enjoyed my pulled pork sandwich with slaw. Sufficient and reasonably priced.
Selection: When we were there, they had a pilsener, IPA, Black Ale, and Irish Stout. Additionally, they had nitro pours of a couple of these. They were out of the porter and Irish red. I've heard stories on both of these, especially the porter.
Beer: Seriously, I honestly couldn't believe it... some of the most gnarly, flavorless, sorry excuse for beer I've ever tasted. The IPA had no hop character whatsoever, the stout had no roast or coffee flavor, and was watery to the 10th power. Also, my wife keep referring to the pilsener as a "mead." After going through the sampler platter, we both decided to give the full glass thing a try. She ordered the pilsener and I got the IPA. Neither of us finished, we settled up, then drove to Turoni's.
I honestly couldn't get my experience off my mind all day, so I took advantage of my confused state during my beer shopping stint (I love bringing Indiana goodies back to Washington DC with me, especially FFF, Upland, and New Albanian!) Every store I went into (Frontier, Winetree, University, Turoni's, and many others) I asked about "Tin Man." The responses ranged from, "They're working the bugs out" to "Not sure what they're thinking." Needless to say, I've learned a lot about "Tin Man" in the past couple of days.
One thing I've learn is that they have a lot of disdain for us craft beer celebrators. So much so that they (the head brewer[s]) actually go out of their way to address us as "snobs."
What the public needs to know is that they're not actually serving craft beer. A couple of peeps I spoke with in the past couple of days told me that the test batches of their beers were very good. Why not start there? Supposedly, their philosophy is to dial everything way down and serve them a version of the macro muck that they have already tried before. That's not the way you do it. People who hate IPAs will always hate them. People who hate hefeweizens will always hate them. Why not just give show your A-game and let the chips fall where they may? Many more people than you think know craft beer. Don't play dumb with them.
I so want this place to succeed. It's awesome on so many levels. The only thing lacking is its major commodity... beer. Kinda important, huh? However, I am 100% certain that if the brewer continues to poo-poo the craft beer community while serving his imaginary base, this business will fail.
NOTE: I found it odd that the bartender here was also our bartender during our evening meal at Gerst Haus.
NOTE 2: Worst beer I've sample all year, and I've sampled A LOT!
12-28-2012 07:08:29 |
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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
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Really enjoyed this place. They have active brewery tours at different parts of the evening and it is something you should check out!!! they have a few things going on there that are very unique and up and coming... Im not going to ruin the surprise because If you are driving through and passing Evansville this is a must stop. Everyone there was very energetic... Try the salmon appetizer its to die for. For my entree it was very filling so as far as entree pricing goes it was less than a steak you get at any other restaurant. I guess they use to have serve yourself bbq and that didn't go over well. They have totally changed things and now have full control over there kitchen. The menu is simple and easy and I dont see anyone having a problem finding something they could enjoy.
Regarding the beer I had some newer beers a bourbon rye beer which was great as well as there imperial ipa. I spoke with several people there and now that they have there session beers going strong they are working on more specialty and seasonal beers so be on the lookout for new beers from these guys and go check the place out!
07-01-2013 22:27:06 |
More by jdprmd
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
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
vibe: 4 | quality: 1.25 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 3 | $$
I gave them a 2nd chance, 4 months after the first visit, hoping for better luck. Slight improvements in that they had some beer with a little flavor (the bourbon barrel'd one had some flavor and hop aroma, but still weak); but the other beers were all weak. None of the beers had head; have they not figured out their carbonation system yet? I only drank one full beer (didn't feel like paying for a 2nd low quality beer, probably the first time in my life I've only ordered one beer at a microbrewery), but between the two beers my wife ordered (sent the pils back for being too fruity) and samples, tried 4 beers. The black lager had some color to it, but no body or hop flavor. The IPA had little hop aroma or flavor. Food was mixed, my wife had a really good soup, my Cuban sandwich had a dry bun and the bbq was dry.
04-14-2013 17:40:17 |
More by pilzen1
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 1.25 | service: 1 | selection: 1.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
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 |
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