Broad Ripple Brewpub

You can’t go wrong with the menu mainstays at Indiana’s oldest microbrewery: creamy beer cheese crock, indulgent Scotch eggs, and crunchy fish and chips. And a melange of meatless options—like the Garden Tacos with veggie crumbles and tangy tomatillo guacamole, the Spinach Melt with crunchy jicama slices, and not one but two types of veggie burgers—has made the place “veddy” popular with local vegetarians. But if you’ve done the rounds on the regular menu, turn straight to the internationally inspired specials lineup and be surprised to find handmade pierogies, or flank steak tenderized in Japanese red miso, sake, and mirin, or a recent and regularly appearing favorite, the Elotes Loco, grilled corn-on the-cob slathered in lime mayo and queso banco and sprinkled with Ancho chili powder (at $2.50, well worth the mess). The experiments don’t always work, but they rarely lack imagination. Did we forget to mention the beer? In recent years it has ventured from the heavily English-influenced brews that once dominated the list (read: ESB) to include everything from a crisp Kolsch to the aromatic “Hopsicle”.

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