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Oaken Barrel Brewing Company
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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
50 North Airport Parkway, Suite L
phone: (317) 887-2287
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 1.5 | $$
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: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Visited Oaken Barrel on April 6th, 2009.
Nice place, it has the usual brewpub atmosphere, with brewing equipment visible and beer paraphanalia around the premises. Everything was clean and nice, but nothing really stuck out as amazing or interesting.
The food and beer were both good. The buffalo chicken sandwich was excellent (even though I would've liked it hotter), the fries were awesome, and I really enjoyed the Superfly IPA and the Uber Weise.
The menu was decent, some nice choices, if not tons of them. Having the beer on the menu was a plus and helped out.
The service was all right. My server was friendly, but spent more time talking to a few customers than helping everyone out. If there hadn't been another server bringing out food when it was ready, this score would've dropped. The hostess was polite.
I'm not sure if I'll ever go out of my way to come here again (especially since I can get most of their brews in bottles), but it's definitely good enough to go to if I happen to be in Greenwood.
04-07-2009 15:14:32 |
More by JamesS
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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: 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
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Heading back to Kentucky from a business trip to Indy, I was just thinking it would be a good time to look for somewhere to eat, when I saw a billboard by the interstate - "Brewpub - exit now" (who says advertising doesn't work?). Certainly a stroke of good fortune. I liked the decor right away - lots of framed prints featuring beer, such as old advertisements, pseudo-advertisements and classic paintings retouched to feature beer (i.e. the Mona Lisa holding beer - so that explains the enigmatic smile). Nice pub grub menu - I had the shepherd's pie, which was very good. I don't know what bottled beers they had available, as I was content to order a couple of the house beers. They had six regulars on tap, and a seasonal white ale. The server assured me the beers were brewed by the brewpub, and not contract brewed. I went with the Gnaw Bone Pale Ale and the Snake Pit Porter - both very nice beers. Next trip to Indy, I plan to make a stop at this place again.
12-17-2003 05:06:25 |
More by Brent
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: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Visited the Oaken Barrel this past Saturday and had an enjoyable experience. The atomosphere is ok, sort of non-descript. The location is kid of cool...basically the only thing open in this one strip mall area. The quality of the food and beer was quite nice, no complaints. We had the nachos and I had a pasta dish. The beers were all very good. They had six standard beers on tap and two seasonals. The value was reasonable....they even have six-packs of five of their beers available. My favorite was the seasonal american wheat....it was good.
05-29-2012 01:55:40 |
More by WoodBrew
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
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: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
About time for me to finally get a review in. I was first introduced to this place at a BA gathering. Decent decore, but it feels a little TGI Friday's-ish, but make no mistake this place is still worth a visit. An extensive menu backs up about 7-8 selections of brew. The freshness of my Snake Pit porter was impeccable. I would've liked to sample a few other pints but unfortunately I wasn't able to. Service was prompt, if not knowledgeable and food portions were tasty and massive. This was a quite solid brewpub. Not my favorite but it's worth the pain to seek out if you're on the southside of Indy.
09-01-2004 00:58:02 |
More by soper2000
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
First stop on my northern Indiana beer run. Stopped in for lunch and beer. Mentioned that I was a homebrewer and from out-of-state and was treated very well. Met the head brewer Mark Havens. Showed me around the brewery and talked beer. Met the assistant brewer Andrew Castner, who was busy cleaning up from the brew day. Great guys and terrific hosts.
Sat at the bar and ordered the beer sampler and the pork tenderloin sandwich. The menu had a good selection from traditional pub fare to some really interesting items. The lunch crowd started rolling in and once I received my sandwich I knew why. The food was really good! Talked to the manager and he mentioned that they had a really loyal, local, crowd. The beers were good, but were obviously tailored to the local clientele. The porter was the best beer I tasted; it was really good. The hoppy beers were too astringent, but that could have something to do with the local water (area is known for hard water). Overall, a really good place to visit. If you have the opportunity, definitely give it a try.
06-14-2009 19:01:21 |
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