I’ve stopped in several times, but have held off on rating Lennies until I ate there, which was today. The ambiance is good and the service is great. A nice selection of beers too, and they have rotating taps in addition to their staples. The food is a little pricey, but it’s good. Definitely worth a stop if you’re in B-Town.
Visited on a Sunday afternoon, college crowd watching football. We were able to get a sample of 6 of their beers. They were all good, especially the IPA. We were told it was an Indiana Gold Medal winner. The service was really good, and he was very knowledgeable about all their beers. Food was top notch as well. Would visit again when in the area.
The place is decent sized; about 20 four person tables in the main dining area, and some seating in the connected brewpub. The walls are paneled wood, the lighting is somewhat dim- the overall vibe is relaxed and cozy. Service was honest, but not knowledgeable- he told me he didn’t really like one of their beers (the Blanche) but couldn’t really answer basic questions about it (style or what it was similar to). Otherwise, they refilled, etc. at a reasonable pace for a Friday. Selection included only their beers, I believe, which covered a good range of commonplace styles with some interesting brews (such as the Persimmon Ale). Their ales ranged from slightly below average to slightly above; nothing too flashy, but nothing terrible, either. The star here was the food; my wife and I shared the Woodsman pizza, which was very tasty. Their flight of beer is predetermined, but comes with specs on the beers, which was a nice touch; I was able to try samples of other beers for free, only paying 4.95 to try eight beers. The pizza was a little high, but worth it in my opinion; some of the pizzas with regular topping were lower in price. Overall, a decent stop for beer, a great stop for food, and a solid value all around.
In a strip mall just across the street from campus (wish my dorm was across the street from a brewpub). We were able to get a table without waiting on a Friday night (but this was during the summer). Nice selection of beers and food was very good as well. A great place.
This is an innocent looking place tucked away in a strip mall just across from campus. The food and beer are respectable for a college setting. If you are expecting anything remarkable then you might be disappointed. However if you are expecting well made beer that usually hits the mark you won’t be. Pair a sampler with a slice of pizza or lunch special for the best experience.
Solid beers, but nothing to write home about. The atmosphere is a bit more upscale than I’m accustomed to for a college town bar - might be because they were doing a wine dinner and the place was crawling with wine snobs. didn’t try the food, but queries were met with positive reviews. Two hand pulls are a plus. Very nice staff. Parking sucks, as this is in a pretty busy strip mall. Certainly worth a stop.
JCB (293) Durham, North Carolina | September 13, 2011
The OG Bloomington brewpub, baby! I was tickled pink to grab an early dinner in the sidecar to the main restaurant, nestled into one of my fave old two-tops along the side. Rocked a salad and dug into the brews. Service was excellent during a lively hour, crowd was nicely mixed (especially for the summer), and the brews were solid. BBC has never really hit anything out of the park, but it’s such a convivial spot and they miss very few too. Seems like it gets lost in the shuffle these days, but I’ve certainly always enjoyed myself there.
Visited in March 2010. In a small mall close to the University campus. Lennies is much more prominent than Bloomington Brewing in the signage. The town and campus had an eerily deserted feel (not surprising since it was Spring break) but this place was doing a brisk trade. Sat at the bar and worked through the beers, which were pretty decent. A drunk guy came in with a friend and sat next to us at the bar, proceeding to give us a teary account of his marriage break up. Then he threw up all over the bar. Fortunately, I’d gone to the toilet at the time and it had all been cleaned up by the time I returned. OH wasn’t too impressed though. On the plus side, the drunk’s friend insisted on paying our drinks bill and the bar gave us a free meal. Certainly an interetsing stop! I’ve discounted the vomit incident in my scoring as (I imagine) it was just an unfortunate coincidentce.
The restaurant and bar are located in a strip mall near the IU campus, with the restaurant taking up about three quarters of the space on the left and the separate, walled-off bar, with its own entrance, on the right. We went into the bar first, which was pretty full and crowded with tables, but went over to the restaurant to find a table for our group. The ambiance was nice, but didn’t do much to differentiate itself from a typical chain or family restaurant. There were a lot of beers on tap and some guest bottles, nothing too adventurous, but pretty good beers. Food seems to vary from nicer artisan-type food to typical bar food. A decent place to visit.