Location: 2006 N. 9th Street, Lafayette, Indiana (map it)
Phone: (765) 714-2777
This post might be drifting away from the purpose of Lafayette-Eats inasmuch as People’s Brewing Company doesn’t actually sell food. But, it’s a great local establishment, and I like beer, so I figure, “close enough.” People’s Brewing Company is, as the name might suggest, a brewing company. I had heard about it for quite some time, and may have had one or two of their beers at local restaurants, but I had never actually visited their tap room.
The facility is an unassuming warehouse building on North 9th Street, close to the Tick Tock Tavern. There is a garage bay door with the People’s logo painted on it and a row for parking. Next to that are stairs leading up to the tap room door. The tap room is a few bar tables and a small bar looking at a wall with taps and a window into the brewery. There was also a TV up above the bar with some sporting events on. There were a few people seated at the bar and about 3 or 4 people lined up to order a beer or have their growlers filled.
The bartender was friendly and moving fast, so no problems there. While I waited, there was a good bit of friendly banter having to do with jealousy over a guy who had tickets to Three Floyd’s Dark Lord Day. I also seem to recall some discussion about what one of the guys had used to make a People’s version of a black & tan. As much as the beer, I think it was the nature of the conversation that won me over. Random conversations about quality Indiana beer. These are my people!
I bellied up and ordered a growler of “Mr. Brown.” One of the guys at the bar volunteered, “that sounds like a good night!” Mr. Brown is an American Style Brown Ale with about 7% alcohol by volume. A growler is about a half gallon of beer. So, if I had intended on drinking the whole thing that night, it would have been a notable (or forgettable) evening. Getting the growler with the beer was about $15. Refills are cheaper – and you get $2 off on Wednesdays! (As of 4/12/11 — obviously things might change as time passes.)
The beer itself was very good. I’m probably not the most discerning consumer of beer, but I can generally tell a good one from a bad one, even if I’m willing to drink either. Unfortunately, I’m not up on my beer vocabulary to readily articulate the flavors. (Check out Beer Advocate for some helpful reviews). One thing I noticed about the “Mr. Brown” was that it had an insidious tendency to improve as you made your way through a glass. The beginning was good, but the way it settled made the bottom outstanding. (Insidious because that really increases your odds of wanting a refill.)
All in all, I’m happy I finally made my way over there, and this brewing company seems to be another solid addition to the Lafayette community.
Kid Friendly: Nope. Not at all. Unless you’re a really, really bad parent.
Price: Very reasonable for good beer.