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Thursday, June 26, 2008

The New Albanian Brewing Company

New Albanian Brewing CompanyLast Saturday evening we made our way to The New Albanian Brewing Company, a brew pub / pizzeria / public house just off SR 111 (Grant Line Road) in New Albany, Indiana.

It took us a little while to find it because our out-of-date information had us looking for Rich O’s Public House, which is what the place was called before it became NABC in 2002. When we finally did find the place, it was immediately apparent that it had been well worth looking for!

The New Albanian Brewing Company is a modern, rambling building that houses several components, including a brewing operation, Rich O's Public House, Sportstime Pizza and Prost, a special events and meetings facility. The operations all overlap somewhat — the pizza is available to beer drinkers, the beers are available to restaurant patrons. There are rooms for families, and there's the adults-only inner sanctum, with its bar, comfy leather sofas and ash trays.

If your idea of a good beer runs along the lines of Budweiser or Coors Light, you may as well go someplace else, because they don't have them. What they do have is several excellent brews of their own, as well as 250 or so bottled beers from all over the planet, as well as some meads and ciders. If you absolutely have to have it, some wines are available but they don't mention what they are. The closest thing they have to a "regular" beer is Corona, which they grudgingly serve with a 50-cent fruit wedge whether you want it or not. Bottled beer prices range from $3.50 to $34.75 for a 750ml bottle of Lambic ale.

I only sampled a couple of NABC's brews, their Hoptimus (mighty hoppy!) and the Elector Ale, a somewhat over-the-top IPA, which is just the way I like them. The label art and amusing name made me want to try their Flat Tire, but that'll have to wait until next time. We did get a bottle of ’96 Samichlaus, which given its sweetness and its 14 percent(!) alcohol level is about all you'd want, for a reasonable $7.50.

We tried one of their Herbivore pizzas (mushroom, onion, green pepper, black olive,
green olive, spinach, banana pepper, diced tomato and roasted garlic) and found it excellent and inexpensive. Two hours is a long trip just for pizza and beer, but I like this place so well I just may do it.

The good news is that NABC is preparing to open a second location in downtown New Albany, and after they do there's a good chance that their brews will be available closer to home. Until then, I'll make it a point to stop in anytime I'm in their neighborhood.
Katzenfinch, 10:03 AM

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