Brewpub Review: Quaff On’s Big Woods Speedway
Big Woods Speedway is located within a mile of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It’s owned and run by Quaff On Brewing which also owns and operates their own distillery, Hard Truth. They have over 50 taps but are also known for amazing pizza.
The building is a beautiful work of art. Big Woods embraces their name with a wonderful combination of lots of wood and a few metal accents. The interior reminds me of a really giant industrial lodge with an open floor plan. Their chairs even look like they were made by a woodsman. Tv’s are present all around with various live sports on. One was even playing a loop of them smoking meat so you can get a good idea where your food came from.
The bar is located directly in the middle with great views of all the taps. It is laid out in a racetrack pattern with their beers featured in the end taps. The middle taps feature guest taps and a few domestics for the uninitiated. A good selection of hard liquor including their own are featured if you fancy a cocktail.
Beer is important but I really must point out Big Wood’s great food first. They feature a wide range of items ranging from “hopped” up bar food to their famous pizza. The burgers are worth noting as one of them is a James Beard winner.
The food is a bit pricey but is very filling so I’d say it’s worth it. I’d suggest pizzas and appetizers if you want to keep the check down to save money for more beer. I visited with my parents and brother so we decided to go with the pulled pork nachos and their primal meat pizza.
The pulled pork nachos were the best nachos I’ve actually ever had. There was more pulled pork and toppings than chips. The toppings included everything you could want with tons of cheese, corn, jalapenos, onions, and black beans. There barbecue sauce was well balanced on the juicy pulled pork and the peppercorn ranch was a nice touch. I had no complaints about the tortilla chips as they weren’t too salty and didn’t get soggy.
The pizza was well endowed with all the good meats. Ham, Italian sausage, pepperoni, and of course bacon were all included minus my least favorite beef. Cheese was a plenty with it stringing for miles when plated. The sauce was a good balance of sweetness and Italian herbs. I like that they included what I would describe as extra sauce without asking. Big Woods didn’t disappoint on the pizza side.
Of course I had to give the tap line up a taste!
Tasters are readily available for everything on tap. We were also offered samples of all their new hard liquor. I tried a taster of Peanut Butter Busted Knuckle and Blood Orange Yellow Dwarf. In the end I ordered a pint of the Peanut Butter Busted Knuckle. I like the original quite a bit and am happy with what the addition of peanut butter does.
After we finished eating we tried another round of tasters. I went with Pineapple Hare Trigger and a cherry wheat. The Pineapple Hare Trigger was really great. The cherry wheat was a nice light beer but I prefer Sam Adam’s version. Ultimately I went with a howler of the Blood Orange Yellow Dwarf. It took a few minutes to fill but I was happy to find out they had a special on their common house beers for just 9.99.
The customer service was really great. We were seated within a few minutes. It would have been quicker but the hostess had to clean off a table. The waiter arrived promptly and gave us a nice back story of Quaff On as well as the building. We had him grab us a round of tasters to decide on what we wanted to drink. They didn’t take too long and we were given enough to give us a good taste. We then ordered our beers and the food.
The beers took about five minutes to reach us and nachos were out in less than 10 minutes. Our pizza arrived shortly after we devoured the nachos. Everything came out perfectly and the waiter checked on us regularly. The biggest delay was when I ordered the howler. It took about 10 to 15 minutes but that’s ok because we were waiting on Daredevil to open anyway.