Beyond the Breweries: Well-Deserved Drinks in Indy

From wine to mead to tap rooms serving craft beers, Indianapolis wants to quench your thirst

Indy's craft brew boom hasn't left the little guy in the dust. These locations around the city offer smaller batches of locally made beers that exceed expectation. But it's not all beer here; the state offers plenty of opportunities for the oenophile to indulge, as well, with local wineries churning out offerings for every palate.

Tomlinson Tap Room A showcase for Indiana brewers, this handsome spot upstairs at City Market has 16 taps, with a substantial portion dedicated to local brewers not represented by any other bar. “We want to be the stage for the little guy as much as the big guy,” says manager Ben Hunt. 222 E. Market St., Indianapolis, 317.423.2337

More serious suds A small selection of some stellar showcases for area craft beers: Twenty Tap (5408 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, 317.602.8840); Pearl St. Pizzeria & Pub (65 E. Pearl St., Indianapolis, 317.638.3110); Chumley’s Pub (838 Broad Ripple Ave., Indianapolis, 317.466.1555); Ale Emporium (8617 Allisonville Rd., Indianapolis, 317.842.1333).

New Day Meadery The world zigs, they zag: the good folks here turn out a noble beverage also known as honey wine (along with a few ciders) that will make a believer out of you. 1102 Prospect St., 888.632.3379

Oliver Winery The state’s oldest and largest winery, Oliver Winery, has something for every taste, from sparkling and sweet to dry reds and whites. Bucolic setting makes a perfect afternoon drive’s destination. 8024 N. State Road 37, Bloomington, 812.876.5800

Heartland Distillers First distiller to open in the state (in 2008) since Prohibition, their Indiana Vodka, Sorgrhum, and Prohibition Gin are available at area liquor stores, or check their website for upcoming tastings.