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Big Woods Speedway 1002 W. 10th Street Speedway In.

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Big Woods is a brewery AND distillery and originated in Nashville Indiana. They also have a joint in Bloomington Indiana. I believe last year they decided to make the move north to Speedway. The home of America’s Greatest Spectacle in Racing; the 500. It is a big beautiful building with an amazing interior of varnished wood.

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Quaff On is the name of the beer they produce. Also each beer has an individual name. So when you order a Quaff On flight you get 5 five ounce pours of beers that are representative of their brewing skills.

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I am not going to begin to describe each beer. I will say they were excellent examples of their craft. All for $13.

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As soon as we pulled up I could smell their smoker. I love smoked meats. I find pulled chicken boring. Brisket is still hit and miss around here. A good smoked pork butt is getting easier to find and from the aroma of their smoker I figured this one should be pretty good.

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It was excellent. A great smokiness and the pickled veggies were a marvelous counterpoint. Of course I would have enjoyed more and a larger variety but carrot and onion are pretty commonplace in most kitchens. The bun was nice and I appreciated the sauce on the side. Their side options were kettle chips with truffle oil and parm, fries or kicked up slaw. For some reason I chose chips. They were okay but I think the truffle and parm bit looked better on paper. I forgot all about the slaw option. That was silly. Next time. My sandwich was $11.25 and Pat’s 2 topping pizza pie was $10.95.

In the beginning I mentioned that Big Woods was a distillery too. Their brand of liquor is called Hard Truth. They offered Vodka, Rum and Gin at first. Now they have a whisky. It is a clear liquor; like moonshine. So in keeping with the spirit of adventure I ordered a Manhattan cocktail.

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It was a wonderful beverage. It was incredibly smooth. Too often when all the components of a cocktail are alcoholic the first taste can be a bit astringent. Not here. That is a testimony to the bartender and the liquor. In my opinion.

Pat and I had a swell time. The food is good. The beer is good. The surroundings are good and the service was outstanding. I think Pat and I will both be back;even though it is a drive for both of us. We think it may be worth it.

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7 responses

  1. Sure looks nice from the outside! I’ll take a Quaff On flight please!

    January 18, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    • Coming right up. I wish I could have gotten some interior shots. The place looks like a log cabin with sanded and varnished timbers. With an upstairs.

      January 18, 2017 at 4:24 pm

  2. Toni

    I love Big Woods! I’ve been to the Bloomington location twice. Nice to know there is one a little closer since I live in Greenwood. I’m not a beer drinker, so I love that they have cocktails! We like the wings and poutine at the Bloomington location.

    January 18, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    • This was my first trip to any Big Woods location. I like beer but who can pass up a well crafted Manhattan?

      January 19, 2017 at 2:08 am

  3. Nothin better than a good mixologist. Nom nom!
    I think that place looks fab. Food looks great! I’d check it out if it wasn’t over there. Slaw over chips any day. Maybe you needed the dry crunch?

    January 18, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    • I just flat forgot that option.I like beer with pulled pork but a well made cocktail just makes the meal complete. Don’t you think?

      January 19, 2017 at 2:10 am

      • I definitely enjoy cocktails 🙂

        January 19, 2017 at 12:15 pm

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