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Oaken Barrel Brewing Company
Active Beers: 12
Beer Ratings: 430
Beer Avg: 3.69
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
50 North Airport Parkway, Suite L
phone: (317) 887-2287
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 22 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 1 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1 | selection: 1.5 | food: 1
I had high hopes for this place, if for no other reason than the fact that I like to support breweries in my home state. What a huge let down this turned out to be.
First of all, I can understand the dim lighting to try to create a certain ambiance, but when I can't read the menu without a flashlight, it's too freaking dark. Turn on some lights.
The host stood around ignoring us when we walked in for about 2 full minutes before finally acknowleging the fact that we weren't going to leave and he was going to have to do his job.
The waitress didn't know a damn thing about their beers including what happened to be on tap, she had to go ask, much less what kind of hops were used in the brewing.
Food arrived late, cold and under cooked.
The beer itself was not actually bad, but was nothing special.
Overall, this place was a waste of time and money.
12-10-2004 14:45:55 |
More by oracle
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 1.5 | $$
Before I was really into beer, I lived a few miles down the road from this place and ate here 1 or 2 times a number of years ago. I decided to re-visit the place during a recent trip to Indiana. My wife reminded me that the food was lousy when we last went there, and she was right.
Decor is that of the cheesy place next to the airport. You know, the one with the plane sticking out of the building? Service was slow. I was alone and sitting at the bar, and it was still slow. Organizationally, something was off. The one bartender had to continually pour drinks for waitstaff (at the expense of those at the bar) or disappear into the back for long periods. Beers were a little on the boring side. I had the SuperFly IPA, which was the most extreme at 5.8% ABV and a professed 100+ IBUs (although it didn't seem that bitter). My wife has a long memory - but the food is still lousy.
Not really worth a stop. If you're in Indy, go to Brugges Brasseries or Rathskeller instead.
09-22-2008 15:37:50 |
More by BeerBelcher
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
While visiting some friends in the area, we headed to the Oaken Barrel on a Friday night for dinner and drinks. I always get really excited to visit a brew pub or a bar that locals really talk up. So, I had high expectations for what I was about to experience.
When we arrived, the place was packed. I thought this was a good sign. But, maybed I was getting too excited too quickly.
I sampled several beers (the Indiana Amber, Porter, Razz-Wheat, and a couple of others that didn't leave enough of an impression to recall).
The amber was okay. The porter left something to be desired. And, the razz-wheat made me wish I had ordered something else.
For dinner, I had the fish sandwich which was just "okay" (espcially for the price). Just cheap white fish drenched in greasy batter with a typical tarter sauce (I was hoping a place like this would kick it up a knotch with some capers or a jalapeno sauce).
Would I go back? Probably not. There are much better dining and drinking locations in the greater Indianapolis area.
10-01-2008 18:57:29 |
More by jtothamo
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
While in Indy I stumbled onto this place and decided to give it a try.
Typical brewpub feel, the brewing operation was visible through windows. Ample seating with several televisions playing sports stations. Unfortunately we were seated in an area where the brewhouse was not visible.
The food was average, lots of choices, but average at best. The beer menu was decent for a small brewpub, I think there were 5 or 6 beers available. My wife had the sampler, and I had the Indiana Amber. The amber was decent, a little forgetable, but not bad. Among the beers on the sampler was a belgian witbier, an APA, a porter, a rasberry wheat fruit beer, and the amber. The belgian witbier was OK at best, but I would not order it again, and the Rasberry wheat beer was pretty bad. The APA and the porter were decent. Unfortunately, they did not have any guest taps, so if you are less than blown away by thier offerings you are out of luck...
The service was disappointing, our server knew nothing about the beer, and rarely checked on us to see if we needed anything else. I think they need to do a better job at training thier staff on the beers that they offer.
Overall this place was not bad, but it was far from stellar. None of the beers were good enough to draw be back in there for a repeat visit.
08-11-2010 14:05:35 |
More by CBlack85
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
I was stopping for the night in the Indianapolis area enroute to CO. So, being from CO, this place had a high standard to live up to. it didn't disappoint, but it was not extraordinary, however.
The overall impression is 'competent, but unremarkable'. Atmosphere was pleasant enough but not really comfy. Several TV screens with the usual sports showing (why can't they have news or Discovery Channel or something other than sports??? - How many people @ a brewpub REALLY want to look at sports?) Anyway, the service was a bit peremptory - They were moderately busy and probably short a waitress. I ordered the taco salad. It was, like the brewpub, competent, but unremarkable. Plenty of it, though, so not a bad value. The waitress visited to take the initial beer order, then came back for the food order. A second person brought the food, took a second beer order and brought that. Didn't see the waitress again until she asked, in passing, if I wanted another beer then brought the bill. she missed the opportunity to sell me dessert. I told her that I'd have ordered it if she'd asked. Wanted a little time to let the beer settle before driving.
I sampled two beers, their 'Uber Weizen', a seasonal, and their 'Superfly IPA'. The weizen was definitely an American wheat. Good flavors of banana and yeast, with a hint of citrus. Served with a wedge of lemon, in the more proper fashion, rather than the fashionable orange. The name is a bit pretentious: Not a German weizen.
The 'Superfly IPA' was pleasing: weak head, but good deep copper color. Crisp, citrus/piney hoppiness with a strong malt base and clean finish.
07-03-2013 01:49:11 |
More by glorp719
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Visiting family and I'd had the beer before so we headed over to check it out. Place was fairly busy on a Tuesday night, so we let them seat us in the bar. They had one server for the bar and the room off to the side so the service was slow. She was as attentive as she could be given the number of tables she had to cover. I had the 5-beer sampler, but they were out of the Porter (which you can also get poured through nitro - but not tonight grrr), so replaced it with a seasonal, there Uber German Wheat (see my reviews). Food was decent. I don't know that I'll ever go back, but if you are nearby I would say it is worth a stop.
07-18-2007 00:46:51 |
More by schoolcb
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I was directed to the Oaken Barrel by some Indiana BAs. They said it was only a couple minutes off I-65, and was a worth while stop. I'de like to thank them, as this was a nice place.
Now on to the the review. The atmosphere was kind of sports bar like, which isn't what I prefer in a brewpub. Except for the fish tank in an oaken barrel in the entrance, the decor was kind of cheesy. There were too many pictures of people holding beer with shit eating grins on there faces. The service was fairly slow. Although I don't see why as business was also slow, and our waitress only had two or three tables. The selection was pretty good. Seven beers on tap ranging from pale and amber ales to baltic porter. I had the Snake Pit Porter and the Superfly IPA, both of which were fantastic. I also got a growler of the Uber Weizen, which turned out to be horrid. It was a rotational offering though, and the porter and IPA I believe are mainstays. I am more inclined to review the breweries quality from its main beers, than from a rotational offering that might have turned out poorly. The food was really good. Excellent pub fair, at reasonable prices. If I ever find myself in the Indy area again I would most certainly stop by this place once more.
07-27-2005 19:35:11 |
More by KarlHungus
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Visited Oaken Barrel on April 6th, 2009.
Nice place, it has the usual brewpub atmosphere, with brewing equipment visible and beer paraphanalia around the premises. Everything was clean and nice, but nothing really stuck out as amazing or interesting.
The food and beer were both good. The buffalo chicken sandwich was excellent (even though I would've liked it hotter), the fries were awesome, and I really enjoyed the Superfly IPA and the Uber Weise.
The menu was decent, some nice choices, if not tons of them. Having the beer on the menu was a plus and helped out.
The service was all right. My server was friendly, but spent more time talking to a few customers than helping everyone out. If there hadn't been another server bringing out food when it was ready, this score would've dropped. The hostess was polite.
I'm not sure if I'll ever go out of my way to come here again (especially since I can get most of their brews in bottles), but it's definitely good enough to go to if I happen to be in Greenwood.
04-07-2009 15:14:32 |
More by JamesS
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.5
I was a bit dissapointed in their beer selection. Oaken Barrel bottles 5 different brews, not bad for a small brewer. I was expecting at least double that on tap, but they only had three additional beers available: Stout, Bock, and Hefeweizen. I have no complaints about the beer, I just wish there were more choices! The atmosphere was OK, but seemed more like a standard sports bar than a brewpub. Service is good, even during peak hours.
Overall, it's worth a visit. Good food and good beer are what most concern me when visiting a brewpub.
04-09-2002 10:38:09 |
More by Viking
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
I visited The Oaken Barrel over the holidays with soon-to-be family. The location in southern part of Indianapolis was relatively easy to find. It helped to look for a Cessna airplane that crashed into a strip mall. Although the OB wasnt associated with the plane, it made it easy to find.
Once inside, the building has a decent sized bar and ample seating. In the bar you have visuals of the mash tun, lautering and fermentation tanks. The restaurant was geared towards more of a family restaurant style. Ample tvs and plentiful posters of their different beers.
Sampled the sampler. A good selection consisting of a Pale Ale, Amber, a Raspberry Wheat, a Belgium White, a English Brown, and a Porter and a IPA (seasonal). The beers were pretty good. I wasnt expecting much I liked what I tried. The Pale and IPA were pretty hoppy that were really good, but I didnt like the razwheat. The fam liked the Blue Moon-esk Belgium white. So pretty good selection for a brewpub.
The staff was typical for a family restaurant. Mostly college kids. We didnt sit at the bar as maybe the bartender would know more, but we werent picky so they were above average.
The food was good. Sorry to reference it again but it was mostly like a family restaurant. Burgers/sandwiches, pasta, salads. Same you would find at a Chilies and about the same grade. The price was good and relatively the same as well. Although nice to note that they did have a pint night at $2 for the Belgium Whites.
Overall, I think it was a good time and better then expected. If in Indy again (which is likely) then this would be a great place to go, family and all.
01-16-2006 22:53:22 |
More by Oxymoron
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