“It’s been kind of whirlwind,” says Tomlinson Tap Room manager Ben Hunt of Indy’s craft brewing scene, where it seems every month brings at least rumors of a new brewery opening. Here, a few Indianapolis breweries we love!
With constantly changing beers on tap, Bier hasn’t had the same lineup for more than a year and a half. A good sign: it has won the Indiana State Fair Champion Brewery award for 2011 and 2012. No food. Just BIER!
5133 E 65th St., Indianapolis, 317.253.2437
Fine Belgian-style beer, served up alongside some of the city’s best frites. Try the Tripel De Ripple, a blonde, Belgian-style triple with notes of vanilla and pear. It’s so strong there’s a limit of two!
1011 E Westfield Blvd., Indianapolis, 317.255.0978
Seasonal beer and five core brews you can find throughout the city, including Pogue’s Run Porter, Hello My Name Is Amber Ale, Upside Down Blonde, Half Cycle IPA and Walkabout Pale Ale. There’s usually a food truck parked nearby.
1414 N Dorman St., Indianapolis, 317.635.2337
Fountain Square Brewing Company
Up-and-coming new brewery: drop by and try a Workingmans Pilsner, a Preacher’s Daughter Amber or a Hop for Teacher Pale Ale, to name a few. No food on premises, but you can get delivery from Nameless Pizza Company.
1301 Barth Ave., Indianapolis, 317.493.1410
Among the newest brewers, serving quality beer out of the historic Bottling House of the Home Brewing Company on Indy’s near East side. Food trucks feed the hungry.
24 Shelby St., Indianapolis, 317.643.1103
More than a decade of award-winning food and beer makes this a must-visit (and family-friendly) brewpub. Six standard house ales and a steady stream of specialty beers. Try an Indiana Amber or a famous Razz-Wheat.
50 Airport Pkwy., in Greenwood, Indianapolis, 317.887.2287
Sun King Brewery
Popular spot (and exported to hundreds of area locations, too); Sunlight Cream Ale is a great starter for “newbies” to craft beer, and Osiris Pale Ale and Wee Mac (Scottish Style Brown) are also local favorites. Utilitarian tasting room, so no food on-site.
135 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, 317.602.3702
Another great location for newbies, Trition Brewing offers a sampler featuring a Fieldhouse Wheat, Four Barrel Brown or Railsplitter IPA to help the indecisive and the inexperienced hone in on their personal tastes.
At Fort Benjamin Harrison, 5764 Wheeler Rd., Indianapolis, 317.735.2706
The Indy tasting room (outpost of a Bloomington brewer) offers Dragonfly IPA and other smooth pours.
4842 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, 317.602.3931