If you went to college at IU, Purdue or Ball State or have lived in Indianapolis at some point in the last decade, you probably have heard of (and may have even been to) Scotty’s Brewhouse. Owner Scott Wise started the Scotty’s ’empire’ in the village at Ball State in the late ’90s and has since opened locations in West Lafayette, Bloomington, on 96th Street in Indianapolis and in downtown Indy as well as Scotty’s Lakehouse on Indy’s Northeast side, the Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Company (Scotty’s Brewery which supplies all the house beer for all locations) in Broad Ripple and (opening soon) a location in Columbus, IN. It’s safe to say that Scotty’s Brewhouse is slowly spreading to all corners of Indiana and that’s a great thing.
The menu at Scotty’s is a pretty typical bar food and clocks in at a hefty 28 pages, but there are a few things you have to try. The fried dill pickle chips with either horseradish or ranch dipping sauce are must-try appetizers and the most unique sounds-weird-but-tastes-amazing dish is the Shewman Special: a half pound, hand-pattied, grilled burger, peanut butter, jalapeņos, cheddar cheese and bacon.Yes, it has peanut butter on it, and it’s really good. If you’re looking for something a bit lighter, they serve several great salads, flatbreads, chicken sandwiches and if you head in during a weekday lunch, you can pick up their $7 lunch specials (pdf) which include a drink for a great price.
One other unique thing about Scotty’s Brewhouse is how active they are in social media. Scott himself manages most of the updates and they’re frequently running contests, discounts and other promotions on their Facebook page, as well as Twitter (@Brewhouse) and Foursquare accounts.
Have you been to Scotty’s before? What’s your favorite thing to get there?