Packard (29) Kirkland, Washington | November 14, 2009
62 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
Maybe itís just me, but itís been a long time since Iíve walked into a restaruant and had to struggle with cigarette smoke. Thought that went away years ago, but thereís a definite holdout in Carmel. Anyhow, having to worry about whether the lovely servers wind up with lung cancer in 30 years puts a damper on the beer. This is the only decent beer pub open past 1 in north Indy, so I go there only when itís very late at night.
This is a nationwide sports bar chain(most are non-smoking) that offers 36 taps plus about the name number of bottles. Although there is a lot of mundane stuff, there are some respectable offerings in both categories. Iím drining 3F Alpha King right now, and the better micros include offerings from Bells, Goose Island, Rogue, Chimay. I used to frequent the Beavercreek restaurant a lot, and I learned that one of the tricks is to look for whatís not on the menu. Sit at the bar and look in the fridge; youíll see some special stuff on occasion. Managers are generally very good beer guys, and they make an effort to meet the regulars.
Tonight, the Alpha King nose was overpowered by the smell of the disinfectant used to wash the glass. Not good.
This is decent bar food at decent prices and would be a good place to watch sports if not for the smoke.. In Indy northside, there are better choices at Broad Ripple Brewpub and Brugge Brasserie, But those arenít open till 3 am on weekends.