Central State Brewing is a brewery founded in 2014 by three bearded friends specializing in brewing on the wild side of craft beer.
A great hangout for the Downtown crowd, and an ideal spot for a beer and a snack after the theater, Chatham Tap offers great drinks and nightly specials, as well as two taps always dedicated to local brews. The menu is fantastic as well — and by that we mean the garlic cheese fries make us smile. Outdoor seating and dedicated soccer fans round out the attraction. There’s also a location on 116th Street in Fishers.
Located in Indy’s next culinary hotspot on Dorman Street, Flat 12 Bierwerks crafts an impressive lineup of regular brews, interspersed with specials and seasonal offerings. Although its inspiration may lie in Europe, the execution is all-American, with modern, freewheeling ales like the Nunemore Black and the Tangerine Porter playfully challenging traditional and established styles. Outstanding recently have been the Lacto-Matic Stout and the Pogue’s Run Porter, either of which could hold their own against some of the nation’s best. A place to find the perfect gift for the connoisseur on your list.
Metazoa Brewing Company will be donating five percent of its sales to charitable wildlife organizations, something that sets them apart from any other local brewery.
Outliers Brewing had a successful launch party, but they’re not quite open for retail — just trying to make everything perfect when they eventually open their storefront. Legendary Hoosier emcee Rusty Redenbacher is one of the “beer dudes” slinging Outliers brew, so you know they’re going to have a great social media presence. Keep your eyes on their Twitter to know when the new brew is available on Mass Ave.
The food here is bold, the portions are generous, and the prices almost unbelievably reasonable. Owned by the folks who brought us the excellent Chatham Tap(s), there's no doubt that a lot of thought went into the menu and its pricing. Judging from the speed and efficiency with which the food hits the table, I would take a guess that they are going to make up in volume what they might lack in margin. As for the menu itself, it's pretty short, with a handful of appetizers, mostly priced in the $12 range and intended for sharing, and a roughly equal number of main courses, priced somewhat lower (around $8) and better suited for one. I'm never quite sure what to make of photos of food included in a menu, as they all too often remind me of a Chinese take-away, but here they serve to intrigue, rather than discourage.
Featuring craft brews from across Indiana on a rotating basis means there's always something new, fresh and unexpected on tap at the newly opened Tomlinson Tap Room. A partnership between City Market and the Brewers of Indiana Guild, the intent is to bring to Indianapolis standards, specials and seasonals from each of Indiana's currently operating craft breweries.
We love us some City Market. We also love us some Brewers of Indiana Guild (although, c’mon, guys and gals, the name is just clunky). In what may be the greatest partnership of awesomeness since chocolate met peanut butter, Tomlinson Tap Room lives on the mezzanine above the food stands in the market and offers rotating taps of fine Hoosier craft brews.
We don’t know much about Tow Yard, but their website indicates they’re hiring. Consider this less of blurb about breweries and more about helping you find work in the ever-expanding Indy brewing business. They’ve tweeted about “maple syrup soaked whiskey barrels” which is a combination of words that brings tears of unfettered joy to our eyes. They’re letting you in on the ground floor, inviting folks to submit t-shirt ideas and help them build the brewery of their (and your) dreams.
Brewery with a tasting room and porch park
Northwest style beers
Deli > Butcher to table
The best Indiana beer according to NUVO readers comes from Upland Brew Company, which now has a tasting room conveniently located on the corner of College Avenue and 49th Street. Upland regularly produces five varieties of beer, and adds seasonal selections to the mix. The Wheat Ale has a classic taste and is great for the summer. New to the arsenal is the Nut Hugger Brown Ale, with caramel malt flavors, hints of chocolate, and a slightly sweet finish. This the uptown place to enjoy all that beer-goodness in person with your pals.
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