This much anticipated brewery in Broad Ripple has been a piece on conversation for quite a while. Scotty, from Scotty’s Brewhouse and Lakehouse, opened his brewery to the public on January 17. Hubs and I decided to meet up with a few friends to experience the beer, food and buzz of this anticipated venue, the Thr3e Wise Men.
We had just left another local brewery downtown and made our way to Broad Ripple around 6:45. I knew the other Scotty establishments took call ahead, so I happily did this with the hostess who informed me it would be a one hour wait (note – I recently saw Thr3e Wise Men tweet that they do not take call ahead so this must have changed). I completely anticipated this as it was a Friday evening, first week and all, and didn’t think too much of it. We were a larger group of seven and I would happily wait until 8pm or so to nosh.
Upon arrival, the place was busy. Picnic tables are all around for patrons who are dining and drinking and there are also cocktail tables for the same purpose or to wait at until you get a table. I checked in, made sure we were on the list (we were) and we got comfortable around a cocktail table we were lucky to find. Hubs and I instantly ordered a beer, he the Centennial Martyr Double IPA and I the Hoggy Style Amber. Both were great tasting brews – I appreciate the local honey love. We munched on some popcorn while we waited – loved having the popcorn available as a pre-dinner nosh. Almost movie style, it was salted and buttered perfectly and was continuously filled while we waited.
We also ordered stuffed breadsticks. I didn’t really read the menu, so I was anticipating a cheesy pepperoni breadstick. The dough was great, had a crunchy texture and soft, chewy inside. There was no cheese at all, just pepperoni, which left me wanting a bit more with the stuffing. The marinara was slightly chunky with tomatoes and had a great roasted garlic taste. Nacho cheese was the other dip, which I found to be a standard nacho cheese sauce. Overall, they were very good – cost was about $6.50 for the small order which was more than enough with six sticks.
Two of our friends also ordered an appetizer, the Goat cheese & marinara. Creamy, smooth goat cheese was dolloped into a plate of warm marinara. The marinara was was the same from the breadsticks and paired great with the rich goat cheese. Lightly seasoned, toasted flatbread crisps were the vehicle for the dip. The ratio of chip with dip was good which sometimes can be a problem. Around $6.50, well worth it for an appetizer.
We continued to enjoy a few more pints – hubs enjoyed the hops of the Golden Zoe IPA as well as the light but still creamy Snow Bunny Blonde. I adored the Hubbard & Cravens Porter. It was rich with coffee flavor from the local coffee house and at the same time didn’t sit heavy on the tongue. All of the beers ran for about $4.50 for a 16 oz. pour which I find to be standard for some great, local brew.
Unfortunately, that is all we tasted. Though told we would be seated in one hour, we ended up waiting for 2 hours and 20 minutes. We checked in a few times only to find that they had gone three sheets of customers beyond our name. I wasn’t really given any explanation either, and this is where I become disappointed and my pleasant experience turned unpleasant. I’ve always had great service at Scotty’s establishments but they couldn’t even explain why they continued to skip our group. I was extremely frustrated and we ended up walking out and enjoying dinner elsewhere because of this. To say the least, I understand it was opening week, but the wait was ridiculous. Our server, Allison, was absolutely phenomenal and if it wasn’t for her, we would have left much earlier. Yes, the restaurant was busy (Scotty was even there enjoying himself) and it was new, but honestly, the wait was quite frustrating and unnecessary with no customer love to back it up.
I’ve only heard great things about the establishment so I know this isn’t something that happens to everyone. I do plan on returning, but it will be a while before we do so. I still want to try the pizza and the brew we did have was tasty. I personally like the picnic style seating, but the flow has to be worked out. The environment was great and I could see relaxing there for a football game while at the bar. I just won’t be back soon at peak hours if there are more than four of us.
Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Company * 1021 Broad Ripple Ave * Indianapolis, IN * 317.255.5151