Oaken Barrel Brewing Company, located near the Greenwood Airport, makes some tasty brews, has rock solid food at unbeatable prices, and is only 15 minutes from down town Indy. Everything about Oaken Barrel is very good. The beers they brew are very good, particularly so their seasonal productions. Nothing about Oaken Barrel Brewing is a game changer, that is to say nothing there will really blow your mind in terms of creative new concepts, but the lack of ingenuity is not necessarily a bad thing. Oak Barrel has completely mastered the production of American bar food staples. Think of Oaken Barrel as a real life example of what Applebee’s pretends to be.
Nothing goes better with an icy cold beer, than some good old deep fried food. The Homemade Chips & Bacon Dip is a true homage to M’erican hedonism, and it is ridiculously good. The dip is a homogenous concoction of cream cheese and smoky bacon, with just a hint of sweet onion flavors. The glorious mixture is covered with a layer of melted shredded cheeses that ends up with those teeny tiny crunchy cheese crispy parts at the edges. How can I shovel this mixture of everything that is awesome into my mouth you ask? With homemade potato chips still kind of warm from the fryer, that’s how. No short cuts here at Oaken Barrel. They intend for you to enjoy your future heart attack with a proper potato chip. This dip is every bit as delicious as it is bad for you.
Oaken Barrel Brewing Company has both entrees and sandwiches. They cut corners with neither. All of the sandwiches (which come with a choice of side: fries, cottage cheese, soup, cole slaw, or fruit) are under eight bucks, and for those measly eight dollars, remarkably good. The buffalo wrap, available with either chicken or shrimp, was everything it needed to be. Crunchy bits of meat, with hot sauce, and cold crisp veggies. The sandwiches are all models of exceptionally good, but not one of them is something that you need to try before you die. The dinners are all over the place. From giant enchiladas that could easily feed two adults, to the German style Claus’ Sausage sampler, everything is a model of satisfactory. Oaken Barrel showcases Claus German Meat Market which has over 100 years of sausage making experience and is located right here Indy. The sausage sampler is the one dish that knocks on the door of greatness. A tasting of natural cased: Bratwurst, Knockwurst, Kielbasa, and Cajun sausage, is accompanied by a side of spicy beer mustard and some very good sauerkraut that had undertones of beer and fennel. Where the dish falls just a bit flat is with the German potatoes. They were not bad by any means, but the mild vinegar flavor was not strong enough to brighten up the dull mushy texture and lack of other seasonings.
Oaken Barrel Brewing Company is a great place. With separate kid friendly dining areas, and beers brewed a scant 100 feet from your table, it is certainly one of Greenwood’s finest. You will not be disappointed with anything you get here, but you will not likely be blown away either. The prices at Oaken Barrel are simply unbeatable for what you get. If you are fan of American bar food, casual dining, friendly service, good beers, and cheap nights out, give these guys a try.