Bier Brewery and Taproom

5133 East 65th Street, Indianapolis, IN, 46220, United States
(317) 253-2437
Latitude: 39.87595, Longitude: -86.08276


  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 3:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 3:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Thursday: 3:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Friday: 1:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 6:00 PM
Wifi Available
Cask Beer
Indoor Smoking
Available Parking
Beer Pricing: $$
Public Transit
Proper Glassware
Outdoor Seating
Family Friendly
Selection: 4.50 | Atmosphere: 4.50 | Service: 5.00
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blakem (3)
Friday 6th of September 2013 03:25:30 PM
Dropped in for a quick sip on my way from Iowa back to WV, and glad I did. The taproom is located at the front of the brewery, it's part of a small business complex on the north side of Indy that's tucked away in the middle of a larger residential area -- when I was driving there, I almost expected I would be sampling in someone's backyard.

Two bartenders were there, both had pretty good knowledge of their beers. I believe they always have 9 beers on tap, as well as 1 or 2 guest taps. I skipped the saisons (Farmgal and Dirty Farmgal), the session (Session), but tried their browns (Dred and Coffee Dred) and pale ales (PDG APA, Metro, Crooked Teeth IPA, Bubonic Chronic IPA).

Both guys told me the Dred was closer to a porter than a brown, and they were spot on -- pretty smooth, had a very strong, smoky taste to it, and very drinkable. The only thing keeping it from being a porter was lower bitterness. I would compare it to O'so's Night Train porter, but not as flavorful. The Coffee Dred was a coffee-infused version of the Dred, and it was barely average -- the coffee was so overpowering that you lost all of the good flavors of the Dred.

The pale ales were all average to above-average. The best offering was the PDG (also lowest ABV) -- very floral from the dry-hopping and very drinkable. Great session beer, and it was the one I took a growler home with me. The Crooked Teeth was their "English" IPA, definitely had the more distinctive bitterness of a traditional IPA.

1/2 and full growlers are the only way you can take beer home with you, and they only serve pints on Saturdays, so plan accordingly. They also had stainless steel double-insulated 52oz growlers for purchase, which I had never seen before and sounded pretty cool (and pricey, I stuck with the glass growler for now). They can be found on tap at a few dozen bars in the Indy area as well as across the state. The impression I got is their MO was to focus on small batches with a constantly changing rotation -- for example, they had an imperial IPA that was going to be tapped next week.

No food available there either -- they had pretzels if you needed to cleanse the palate. Overall, I like their business model, and while the rotation was pretty heavy on the pale ales, if you do a good job with them, stick with what works. Would definitely come back on a Saturday to see how different it is with a packed house -- when I dropped in on a Wednesday early evening, there were two other patrons who came and went while I was sampling.
Selection: 4 | Atmosphere: 4.5 | Service: 5 | Food: N/A

colin (96)
Sunday 1st of May 2011 07:35:39 PM
I was specifically told to come here last summer by a brewer in Cleveland. Strangely, I was told by the staff here that they had only been open since November. Who knows...
But the Cleveland guy was right: this beer is excellent. Their IPA is one of the best I've ever had. Not too much of anything, but you can taste everything. The hops, alcohol and then body roll up and finish clean, leaving just the flavor of the full beer. It's impressive...
Everything else was well-done. They do growler fills but do not sell pints and do not distribute, so this is the only place you're going to get them.
Sampling is free and the staff is super nice. Just a really weird location.
Selection: 5 | Atmosphere: 4.5 | Service: 5 | Food: N/A

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